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On the 2018 Penguin Classics edition.
on February 4, 2018
The new Penguin Classics 1818 Text edition of Frankenstein celebrates the 200th publication anniversary of the novel nicely, right down to the month.
However: as a warning, this book also contains NO EXPLANATORY NOTES for the story. You read that right. NONE. I'm assuming one reason is because either the editor or Penguin themselves wants readers to consult the 1831 text edition from Penguin Classics. Who knows? All I know is, I was a little disappointed when I purchased it, and readers will have a hard time going through it without knowing the meanings and sources behind quotes, the older dialogue, etc.
It otherwise contains a nice amount of background extras. I especially loved the Chronology by Charles E. Robinson, showing the genesis and progression of the story.
So that's why this gets a 4/5. 1 less for no explanatory notes, but still great for the background info. Oh yeah, and the story's awesome, too, as long as readers can plan ahead with note-checking parts of the text, and to persevere through it, having patience for the older-style narration and characterization.