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Books about exhibition themes for adult readers

Chris Baldick.
In Frankenstein's Shadow: Myth, Monstrosity, and Nineteenth-Century Writing
Oxford University Press, 1990.

Betty T. Bennett.
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley: An Introduction
Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998.

Steven Earl Forry.
Hideous Progenies: Dramatizations of Frankenstein from Mary Shelley to the Present
University of Pennsylvania Press. 1990.

Frankenstein: Complete, Authoritative Text with Biographical, Historical, and Cultural Contexts, Critical History, and Essays from Contemporary Critics, 2nd ed.
Johanna M. Smith, ed. St. Martin's Press, 2000.

Thomas Hankins.
Science and the Enlightenment
Cambridge University Press, 1985.

Roslynn D. Haynes.
From Faust to Strangelove: Representations of the Scientist in Western Literature
Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994.

Stephen Jones.
The Frankenstein Scrapbook: The Complete Movie Guide to the World's Most Famous Monster
Carol Publishing Group, 1995.

Leon R. Kass and James Q. Wilson.
The Ethics of Human Cloning
AEI Press, 1998.

Bill Lambrecht.
Dinner at the New Gene Cafe: How Genetic Engineering Is Changing What We Eat, How We Live, and the Global Politics of Food
St. Martin's Press, Inc., 2001.

Kenan Malik.
Man, Beast, and Zombie: What Science Can and Cannot Tell Us about Human Nature
Rutgers University Press, 2002.

Timothy Marshall.
Murdering to Dissect: Graverobbing, Frankenstein, and the Anatomy Literature
St. Martin's Press, Inc., 1996.

Mary Shelley in Her Times.
Betty T. Bennett, Stuart Curran, eds.
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.

The Mary Shelley Reader: Containing Frankenstein, Mathilda, Tales and Stories, Essays and Reviews, and Letters by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
Betty T. Bennett and Charles E. Robinson, eds.
Oxford University Press, 1990.

Dorothy Nelkin and M. Susan Lindee.
The DNA Mystique: The Gene as a Cultural Icon
Henry Holt & Company, 1996.

Terry O'Neill.
Biomedical Ethics
Greenhaven Press, 1998. Grade 8 and up.

Caroline J.S. Picart.
The Cinematic Rebirths ofFrankenstein: Universal, Hammer and Beyond
Praeger, 2001.

Caroline J.S. Picart, Jayne Blodgett and Frank Smoot.
A Frankenstein Film Sourcebook
Greenwood, 2001.

Matt Ridley.
Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters
HarperTrade, 2000.

Bernard E. Rollin.
Frankenstein Syndrome: Ethical and Social Issues in the Genetic Engineering of Animals
Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Michael Sappol.
A Traffic of Dead Bodies: Anatomy and Embodied Social Identity in Nineteenth-Century America
Princeton University Press, 2002.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus
. Maurice Hindle, ed.
(Penguin Classics). Penguin, 1992.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
Frankenstein: The 1818 Text Contexts, Nineteenth-Century Responses, Modern Criticism
Paul J. Hunter, ed. Norton, 1996.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
The Last Man.
Hugh J. Luke, Jr., ed.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Selected Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
Betty T. Bennett, ed.

Susan Merrill Squier.
Babies in Bottles: Twentieth-Century Visions of Reproductive Technology
Rutgers University Press, 1994.

Linda Tagliaferro.
Genetic Engineering: Progress or Peril?

Lerner Publishing Group, 1997.
Grade 8 and up.

Martin Tropp.
Images of Fear: How Horror Stories Helped Shape Modern Culture.
McFarland & Company, 1999.

Jon Turney.
Frankenstein's Footsteps: Science, Genetics and Popular Culture
Yale University Press, 1998.

Robert M. M. Veatch.
The Basics of Bioethics
Prentice Hall, 1999.

John Williams.
Mary Shelley: A Literary Life
St. Martin's Press, Inc., 2000.

Lois Wingerson.
Unnatural Selection: The Promise and the Power of Human Gene Research
Bantam Books, Inc., 1999.

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Selected Reading for Younger Audiences

Addie Adam.
Hilda and the Mad Scientist
Illustrated by Lisa Theising.
Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, July 1995.
Ages 5 to 8. o.p.

Roscoe Cooper.
The Diary of Victor Frankenstein
DK Ink, 1997.
Ages 10 and up.

Stephen Cosgrove.
Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 2001.

Jeanne DuPrau.
Gale Group, 2000.
Ages 12-16.

Sylvia Funston.
Monsters: A Strange Science Book
Illustrated by Joe Weissmann.
Owl Book (distributed by Firefly Books), 2001.
Ages 8 to 12

Janet Perry and Victor Gentle.
Mad Scientists
Gareth Stevens Audio, 1999.
Grades 3 to 5.

Colin McNaughton.
Making Friends with Frankenstein: A Book of Monstrous Poems and Pictures
Candlewick Press, 2001.
Ages 6-12.

Cynthia Pratt Nicolson.
Baa! The Most Interesting Book You'll Ever Read about Genes and Cloning
Kids Can Press, 2001.
Ages 9-14.

Terry O'Neill.
Biomedical Ethics.
Greenhaven Press, 1998.
Ages 14 and up.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
Adapted and illustrated by Chris Mould.
Oxford University Press, 1998.
Ages 7 and up.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
Illustrations by Philippe Munch.
Viking, 1998.
Ages 12 and up.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

(PBS Wishbone Classics Series #7).
Illustrations by Kathryn Yingling and Ed Parker.
William Morrow & Co, 1996.
Ages 9-11.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
Adapted by Steve Parker, illustrations by McRae Books Agency Staff.
Millbrook Press, 1995.
Ages 9-11.
Good review in School Library Journal.

Mary Shelley.
Adapted by Larry Weinberg, illustrations by Ken Barr.
Random House, 2000.
A Stepping Stone Book Classic.
Ages 7-10.

Linda Tagliaferro.
Genetic Engineering: Progress or Peril?
Lerner Publishing Group, 1997.
Ages 14 and up.

David Wisniewski.
Illustrations by Lee Salsbery.
Houghton Mifflin, 1996.
Ages 8-11.
A Caldecott Medal Book.


Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature was developed by the National Library of Medicine in collaboration with the American Library Association.

It has been made possible by major grants from The National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, D.C., and the National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Md. The traveling exhibition is based upon a major exhibition produced by the National Library of Medicine in 1997-1998.

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Local program support has been generously provided by Cornell University, M&T Bank, and Borders Bookstore.

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We have also benefited from many local partnerships with community groups including the members of the Discovery Trail.

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