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Happy Halloween, Day 25

Links of the Day: All three links are related to the literature of the day.

1. My Hideous Progeny: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (This site explores Mary Shelley, her works, and her world.)

2. The Last Man by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley: A Hypertext Edition (This is an excellent online edition of Mary Shelley's post-apocalyptic masterpiece — and one of my very favorite books.)

3. Don't miss this wonderful site!

Literature of the Day: This is a haunting little short story that's very much worth reading, especially near Halloween!

"Transformation" (1831)
By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

I have heard it said, that, when any strange, supernatural, and necromantic adventure has occurred to a human being, that being, however desirous he may be to conceal the same, feels at certain periods torn up as it were by an intellectual earthquake, and is forced to bare the inner depths of his spirit to another. I am a witness of the truth of this. I have dearly sworn to myself never to reveal to human ears the horrors to which I once, in excess of fiendly pride, delivered myself over. The holy man who heard my confession, and reconciled me to the church, is dead. None knows that once —

Why should it not be thus? Why tell a tale of impious tempting of Providence, and soul-subduing humiliation? Why? answer me, ye who are wise in the secrets of human nature! I only know that so it is; and in spite of strong resolve — of a pride that too much masters me—of shame, and even of fear, so to render myself odious to my species — I must speak.

Read the complete story here.


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Oct. 25th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
I love these daily links. I've never read The Last Man, perhaps I should. As well as some of those other gothic classics. The Monk sounds particularly interesting. I need to compile a cultural to-do list!
Oct. 26th, 2007 02:57 am (UTC)
I love these daily links.

Oh, I'm so glad to hear it! It's so much fun, sharing these great sites.

I feel the same way about compiling a cultural "to-do" list. I make reading lists all of the time, and the problem is, the more you read, the more you discover things you want to read, and so the list always seems to grow and never seems to shrink! I suppose it's a nice problem to have, though. :)

Thanks for your kind comments!
Oct. 26th, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)
Thanks for the Shelley links:)
Oct. 26th, 2007 02:55 am (UTC)
You're most welcome! :)
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