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“A filthy process in which I was engaged”: Revising Frankenstein

Terror, nausea, and the solitary slog of patching together cold, dead bodies in the workshop:  Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus created a fantastical, searing metaphor for the horrors of revision, that process by which writers try, fail, and try again to animate the corpses of their ideas.  Yet it is Shelley’s—and Victor Frankenstein’s—dazzling…