Frankissstein

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“We, too, are inventing a life form of our own—not out of body parts but out of the zeros and ones of code.” In this Vintage Books video, Jeanette Winterson talks about reimagining Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for her most recent novel, Frankissstein: A Love Story (Jonathan Cape, 2019), which was longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize.

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Mary Shelley

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Elle Fanning stars as the titular character in Mary Shelley, a biopic focusing on Shelley’s relationship with Percy Bysshe Shelley, which inspired her to write the novel Frankenstein. Directed by Haifaa al-Mansour and written by Emma Jensen, the feature film also stars Douglas Booth, Ben Hardy, Bel Powley, Tom Sturridge, and Maisie Williams.

The Spark of Life

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"Man is a mass of electrified clay!" Percy Shelley wrote a couple hundred years ago. Frances Ashcroft and Denis Noble, professors at the University of Oxford, discuss the science of how ions transmit electricity through the body as well as the more poetic aspects of electricity, including Michelangelo's Creation of Adam, Mary Shelley's inspiration for Frankenstein, and more.

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