The Last Man

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Author(s): Mary Shelley
Original Publish Date: Feb 14, 2012
Product Number: EB00793601
Released: Dec 02, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780486118390
Publisher: Dover Publications
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Description

From the author of Frankenstein comes this apocalyptic tale of a world devastated by plague. Mary Shelley's 1826 roman A clef takes place in the late 21st century, as England's last king abdicates and a charmed circle of idealistic political reformers plunges into a maelstrom of war, pestilence, and anarchy. Shelley wrote this gripping novel after the untimely deaths of her husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and their comrade, Lord Byron. She modeled a pair of characters on the charismatic poets and based the narrator — the sole survivor of a pandemic — on her own persona. This parable of humanity's destruction by plague is widely regarded as a repudiation of Romanticism and its failure to solve the world's problems through art and philosophy. It reflects the ways utopian ideals, unchecked by moral and ethical standards, can shatter society. Misunderstood by19th-century readers, Shelley's visionary novel disappeared for over a century, only to reemerge to critical acclaim as a precursor of science fiction and a forerunner of modern apocalyptic tales. Novelist Muriel Spark hailed it as the harbinger of "an entirely new genre, compounded of the domestic romance, the Gothic extravaganza, and the sociological novel," and pronounced it Shelley's "most interesting, if not her consummate work."

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Author(s): Mary Shelley
Product Number EB00796169
Released: Dec 04, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Dover Publications
ISBN: #9780486843827
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Author(s): Mary Shelley
Product Number EB00331483
Released: May 20, 2014
Business Term: 26 Circ
ISBN: #9781443435406
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Author(s): Mary Shelley
Product Number EB00594793
Released: Feb 24, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: #9781504005913
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Author(s): Mary Shelley
Product Number EB00675987
Released: Jul 13, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Start Classics
ISBN: #9781609778767
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Author(s): Mary Shelley
Product Number EB00628509
Released: Nov 30, 2015
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Joe Books Inc.
ISBN: #9781772750034

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