Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Frankenstein Diaries

Original Novel Title: The Frankenstein Diaries

Author: Rev. Hubert Venables, trans. and ed.

Publisher: New York: Viking Press, 1980

A brilliant and faux presentation of a "tattered bundle of ancient, decaying papers" the translator and editor received from a Swiss colleague in 1970. In his foreword, the English Rev. Venables states "My subsequent researches in the archives in Germany and Switzerland have obliged me to revise my opinion, in that I have established beyond all personal doubt the authenticity of the diaries as a true historical record of fact." Of course the fact that Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein is a complete fiction means that these alleged authentic diaries of Viktor Frankenstein must therefore also be fictitious. Conveniently, the editor, who translated the diaries from German, died in 1980.

Other similar works to this one include The Secret Laboratory Journals of Dr. Victor Frankenstein by Jeremy Kay (1996) and the Diary of Victor Frankenstein by illustrator Timothy Basil Ering (1997).

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