Skip to main content

Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus: Home

Use this guide to find research materials on Mary Shelley's novel and its continuing influence


Promotional photo of Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monster in the film Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Public domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons



Mary Shelley, by Reginald Easton (1820). Public domain. Source Wikimedia Commons


This guide is designed to quickly connect student researchers to all materials available through the Gumberg Library on Mary Shelley's pioneering and perennially popular cautionary tale about Victor Frankenstein, his ambition, and his monster that finally destroys him and those he loves. It will connect the researcher to reference works (great for getting authoritative background information), books, and articles from journals, literary as well as those from other fields. It also provides information on citation and on getting materials not owned by the Gumberg Library.

This page will connect the user not just to literary resources, but resources in theology, philosophy, science, and health sciences, since this novel has been used as a lens through which to examine ethical and other sorts of issues in all of these fields.

(Who is this "Prometheus" guy in the subtitle of Frankenstein? Click here to find out.)

Click here to read a short biography of Mary Shelley


To visit the SFE, please click the logo above

This is a free online presentation of the  third edition of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. It aims to provide a comprehensive, scholarly, and critical guide to science fiction in all its forms.

For more about the Encyclopedia, please follow these links:

full text nw ed.

Frankenstein: Annotated for Scientists, Engineers, and Creators of All Kinds

By Mary Shelley. MIT Press, 2017

Click the cover image to read this book online, courtesy of MIT Press and Science Friday

Find Books

Click a link below to run that search in the QuickSearch online catalog.

These links will find only print books. To learn how to find EBooks for these searches, click here.