Creation & Remix

Frankenstein’s Creature was, at a superficial level, a remix of body parts: a new creation assembled from things that had come before. The spark of life or creation, the mutability of creation, and remix leading to new creations, can be seen throughout Shelley’s circle and how their works continue to inspire today.
Essays
An Interview with Henry Jenkins

Especially in the digital age, losing control over one’s creations speaks to the experience of many artists, authors, and musicians.

By Eric Eisner

Stalkers and obsessive collectors are not unique to today’s celebrity culture: Lord Byron was among the first to encounter such impassioned followers.

By Andrew McConnell Stott | NYPL Cullman Center

Was Lord Byron an incestuous, sadistic monster? A trail of letters in NYPL’s Pforzheimer Collection suggests it was so.

By Joshua Wilner | NYPL Pforzheimer Collection

Did a guitar in NYPL’s Pforzheimer Collection really belong to Percy Bysshe Shelley?

By Wm. Moeck | NYPL Exhibitions

Satan, as depicted in Milton’s Paradise Lost, shared much in common with Mary Shelley’s Creature, the anti-hero of her famous novel.

By Madeleine Cohen | NYPL Science Library

In Mary Shelley’s day, scientists hoped to raise the dead using electricity. Now they use it to keep people alive.

By John Balow | NYPL Science Library

Was it a showboating Italian physicist, or a grave-robbing anatomy professor, who inspired Mary Shelley?

By Erminio D’Onofrio | NYPL Science Library

Automata, the precursors to robots, were in the zeitgeist around the turn of the 19th century.

Featured Stories

Beautifully handmade and touchingly personal, two scrapbooks in NYPL’s Pforzheimer Collection provide a window into the ordinary lives of two women loosely connected to the Shelleys and Lord Byron.

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Watch as teens from New York's High School of Fashion Industry & Design visit the Pforzheimer Collection for inspiration in designing outfits for a runway show at NYPL’s annual Anti-Prom. The theme of this year’s event: Monster Ball.

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Especially for children and teens, monsters are more than scary creatures — as Ivan Velez, Jr., a graphic novel author and illustrator, has discovered in working with teens at The New York Public Library.

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