The Mary Shelley Reader

I read Frankenstein years ago and fell madly in love with it. Always meant to go back and read it again and now I MUST!

Another book I picked up at Dog-Eared Pages in Phoenix, The Mary Shelley Reader. Frankenstein is first in the book, since it’s the first she published. I’m excited to get to Mathilda and her letters, too!

But first…a warning:

“A human being in perfection ought always to preserve a calm and peaceful mind, and never to allow passion or a transitory desire to disturb his tranquility. I do not think that the pursuit of knowledge is an exception to this rule. If the study to which you apply yourself has a tendency to weaken your affections, and to destroy your taste for those simple pleasures in which no alloy can possibly mix, then that study is certainly unlawful, that is to say, not befitting the human mind. If this rule were always observed; if no man allowed any pursuit whatsoever to interfere with the tranquility of his domestic affections, Greece had not been enslaved; Caesar would have spared his country; America would have been discovered more gradually; and the empires of Mexico and Peru had not been destroyed.”

Probably should go get the house cleaned up and go to the grocery store, not just sit here and read all day…again.

The Mary Shelley Reader

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