At the time of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, a story about life created in a laboratory would have seemed diabolical. Her state of mind might have been questioned by her peers. She wrote in the context of storytelling rituals involving Lord Byron, and Percy Shelley, where the authors dared one another to create the most outrageous, most mind-blowing story. Mary took up the gauntlet and created Frankenstein, the monster.
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