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Frankenstein, written by British author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, was first published in London in 1818.
Victor Frankenstein learns how to create life and creates a being in the likeness of man, but larger and more powerful than the average man. Frankenstein rejects the creature, and lives to regret his desire to create life, after it kills his brother William.
Frankenstein is a warning against the "over-reaching" of modern man and the Industrial Revolution - as alluded to in the novel's subtitle, The Modern Prometheus. Frankenstein has significantly influenced modern literature and popular culture, and spawned the "mad-scientist" genre of horror stories and films.