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It is (still) alive. In the two centuries since Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley wrote “Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus” in 1818, her eight-foot monster has become the ultimate emblem of the uneasy borderline separating what science can do and what it should do. As the scholar Christopher Frayling writes in his new, amply illustrated history of the novel and its enduring fascination, “The real creation myth of modern times…is no longer Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.” In the age of stem cells, genetic engineering, cloning, three-parent babies, and cryogenic attempts at resurrection, the “real creation myth is ‘Frankenstein.’”

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NY Times

23 Oct, 2017

Zoe Lescaze