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Sundays with Frankenstein

January 14 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Following our very successful series, Sundays with Dracula, which ran from May 3–November 15, 2020 (you can watch past episodes here!) we now bring to you a fifteen week exploration of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Shelley’s landmark monster novel was a defining work of the Romantic Age and continues to fascinate readers over 200 years later.

Every Sunday from 2-4 p.m. beginning on January 24, 2021 and ending on May 2, Edward G. Pettit and a revolving set of co-hosts will dissect, annotate, anatomize the novel Frankenstein live on Zoom. Each week we’ll talk about the novel, usually two chapters at a time, to fully illuminate and understand this monumental work of fiction. Sometimes we’ll be joined by special guest experts. We’ll also share items from The Rosenbach’s collections that relate to the novel and look at pages from Shelley’s manuscript available online at The Shelley-Godwin Archive. Just as we did with Dracula, every week we’ll also feature a special cocktail inspired by the book and brought to you by Art in the Age.

Register in advance to join this virtual program on Zoom and participate in the chat during the program. Join the Sundays with Frankenstein Facebook group for further discussion between the episodes.

We use the 1818 edition of the novel for the text and chapter divisions, you can read that text here. We recommend any complete 1818 edition, however if you are reading Shelley’s 1831 edition, we will also talk about the changes made to that edition whenever they occur.

  • January 24  Walton’s Letters that open the novel
  • January 31  Volume 1, Chapters 1-2
  • February 7   Vol 1, Chs 3-4
  • February 14 Vol 1, Chs 5-6
  • February 21 Vol 1, Chs 6 (continued) – 7
  • February 28 Vol 2, Chapters 1-2
  • March 7   Vol 2, Chs 3-4
  • March 14 Vol 2, Chs 5-6
  • March 21 Vol 2, Chs 7-8
  • March 28 Vol 2, Ch 9 – Vol 3, Ch 1
  • April 4   Vol 3, Chs 2-3
  • April 11 Vol 3, Chs 4-5
  • April 18 Vol 3, Chs 6-7
  • April 25 Vol 3, Ch 7 (continued)
  • May 2  Aftershow and wrap-up


January 14
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


The Rosenbach