This article is about a novel by Mary Shelley. Frankenstein 1818 edition title page. Shelley started writing the story when she was 18, and the first edition of the novel was published anonymously in The oxford book of gothic tales pdf on 1 January 1818, when she was 20.
Her name first appeared on the second edition, published in France in 1823. Since the novel’s publication, the name “Frankenstein” has often been used to refer to the monster itself. This usage is sometimes considered erroneous, but usage commentators regard it as well-established and acceptable. In the novel, the monster is identified by words such as “creature”, “monster”, “demon”, “wretch”, “abortion”, “fiend” and “it”. Captain Robert Walton writing letters to his sister. It takes place at an unspecified time in the 18th century, as the letters’ dates are given as “17—”.