IN SEARCH OF FRANKENSTEIN by Radu Florescu

IN SEARCH OF FRANKENSTEIN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A follow-up of Florescu's In Search of Dracula (written with Raymond T. McNally, 1973). Frankenstein buffs will probably find the answers to most imaginable and some unimaginable questions; the Rumanian scholar, writing a somewhat dubious English, touches all bases from the circumstances of the original book's composition to a comprehensive filmography up to Mel Brooks. There are portraits of Mary Shelley's parents (William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft) and the Shelley circle, speculations on Frankenstein's possible connection with an alchemist named Konrad Dippel, who hung out in the early 18th century at Castle Frankenstein on the Rhine (which Florescu claims the Shelleys must have visited), and much concocting of mysteries ("Is it mere coincidence that...?"). Some good solid information, some enjoyable schlock, a generous measure of quasi-scholarly batfeathers.

Pub Date: July 28th, 1975
ISBN: 978-0821206140
Page count: 244pp
Publisher: New York Graphic Society
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 1975