Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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At this challenge, Mary Shelley began work on the 'ghost story' that was to evolve into the most celebrated horror novel in literary history. Frankenstein was published the next year and become the rage of London. In the generations since, the story of Victor Frankenstein and the monster he created has been read by millions all over the world. It has inspired hundreds of imitations, but it has never been equaled for its masterful manipulation of the elements of horror and suspense.

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The 79th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 9th on The 100 Greatest British Novels (BBC)
  2. - 10th on The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time: The List (The Observer)
  3. - 15th on 50 Books to Read Before You Die (Complex)
  4. - 27th on The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read (Telegraph)
  5. - 77th on The 100 Greatest Novels (
  6. - 81st on Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Novels (Entertainment Weekly)
  7. - 91st on The 100 Favorite Novels of Librarians (
  8. - 102nd on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  9. - The Graphic Canon (Book)
  10. - Best Books Ever (
  11. - How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Reading List (Thomas C. Foster)
  12. - The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written (Easton Press)
  13. - 100 Best Novels Written in English (The Guardian)
  14. - 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime ( (UK))
  15. - 50 Books to Read Before You Die (Barnes and Noble)
  16. - The Best Classics (The Times)
  17. - The Great American Read (PBS)
  18. - 110 Best Books: The Perfect Library (The Telegraph)
  19. - The College Board: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers (
  20. - 50 Books to (Re-)Read at 50 (nextavenue)
  21. - Masterpieces of World Literature (Frank N. Magill)
  22. - The Book of Great Books: A Guide to 100 World Classics (Book)
  23. - From Zero to Well-Read in 100 Books (Jeff O'Neal at
  24. - Great Books (The Learning Channel)

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