"My Reign Is Not Yet Over": Frankenstein's Bicentenary

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 12:00pm to Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 10:00pm

Lobby Gallery, Charles E. Young Research Library

On a dark and stormy night in a villa on Lake Geneva, Mary Shelley conceived Victor Frankenstein and his monster. Two hundred years later, her timeless novel celebrates its bicentenary.

This exhibit features the 1818 first edition, her 1831 revised edition, and a number of other significant editions, including several with stunning original illustrations. It also features works by her literary influences, including her parents, husband, and friends as well as works she consulted while writing it.

In addition, works of popular culture include images from and documentation of the first play based on the novel and a series of comic books.

Most of the contents are drawn from UCLA Library Special Collections. The Grace M. Hunt English Reading Room and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library also generously loaned important items.

Frontispiece to Frankenstein 1831 edition


Research Library (Charles E. Young)