Shown here is Mary Shelley’s (1797-1851) working draft of the turning-point in Frankenstein – the moment when Frankenstein’s Creature comes to life. Her draft manuscript of Frankenstein is accompanied throughout by P. B. Shelley’s corrections, revisions and additions. Two changes can be seen on this page: nine lines from the bottom he has substituted ‘beautiful’ for ‘handsome’; three lines below that he has added the words ‘of a lustrous black &’ to Mary’s description of the Creature’s hair.
Excerpt from Mary Shelley's draft of Frankenstein, read by Christopher Adams
An introduction to Mary Shelley's hand-written draft of Frankenstein by Stephen Hebron, Curator of Treasures of the Bodleian.