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All-new essays about the fear of technology by students at The Bronx High School of Science â€” plus more readers' responses to our discussion topics
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App DescriptionSee how the classics live on and join the â€śAfterlife of Shelleyâ€™s Circle.â€ť What makes a monster? Is technology good or bad? Whatâ€™s it like to live at the margins of society? Enter the NYPL stacks to see rare collections items and how they continue to inspire ideas and storytelling today.
This second edition of The New York Public Libraryâ€™s collections-based app â€śBiblion, The Boundless Libraryâ€ť once again takes users deep into our famed stacks to explore the sometimes hidden connections between the time of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, author of the 1818 novel â€śFrankenstein,â€ť and our ownâ€”showing how the classics live on. In â€śBiblion: Frankenstein and the Afterlife of Shelleyâ€™s Circleâ€ť you can browse and interact with:
- Galleries, essays by experts on the Romantic era, and narratives featuring 1,300 images, audio and video clips.
- Exciting new social reading features that allow readers to engage in conversations with other readers of the app.
- All surviving handwritten pages of Mary Shelleyâ€™s original â€śFrankensteinâ€ť manuscript, courtesy of Oxford Universityâ€™s Bodleian Library. Toggle between the pages of this version and the complete text of Shelleyâ€™s revised 1831 edition to see how she edited the work.
- The entire Esdaile Notebook containing early works by the great British Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelleyâ€™s husband, from The New York Public Libraryâ€™s Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection.
- Dramatic audio readings of key passages from the â€śFrankensteinâ€ť novel, read by actor AJ Stetson in The New York Public Libraryâ€™s Audio Book Studio at the Andrew Heiskell Library for the Blind.
- Copies of Thomas Jeffersonâ€™s handwritten draft of the Declaration of Independence, held by NYPLâ€™s Manuscripts and Archives Division; Nelson Mandelaâ€™s first official African National Congress statement held by The New York Public Libraryâ€™s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; and other seminal materials related to the struggle for freedom that resonated with the circle of people surrounding the Shelleys.
- A transcript of a prison inmatesâ€™ reading group discussing themes in â€śFrankensteinâ€ť such as justice, prejudice, and being an outsider to society, courtesy of The New York Public Libraryâ€™s Correctional Services Department.
- Rarely seen photographs of Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., and other actors portraying the various Hollywood incarnations of Frankensteinâ€™s monster, held by The Billy Rose Theater Division of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
July 28, 2012 New version 1.1
June 15, 2012 New version 1.0.2
May 31, 2012 Initial Release