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The Last Man

by Mary Shelley

The Last Man "created an entirely new genre, compounded of the domestic romance, the Gothic extravaganza, and the sociological novel. . . . [Mary Shelley's] most interesting, if not her most consummate work."--Muriel Spark. "A fascinating ... novelromance on a timely subject. "-Studies in English Literature. "An absorbing roman a clef [it] develops one of the major themes of romantic art, that of spiritual isolation, and ... treats it in a unique way. "-The Year's Work in English Studies.

The Last Man ends in 2100, "the last year of the world." A devastating plague has wiped out humanity, except for one man. This novel of horror, originally published in 1826, was rejected in its time and out of print from 1833 to 1965, when the first Bison Books edition appeared. Some critics now rate The Last Man more highly than Frankenstein, by the same author. This Bison Books edition offers a new introduction by Anne K. Mellor, who writes, "In our era of AIDS and biological warfare, Shelley's apocalyptic vision of an incurable plague that gradually destroys the entire human species resonates with mythic power." Mellor, a professor of English at the University of California at Los Angeles, is the author of Mary Shelley: Her Life, Her Fiction, Her Monsters.

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Format: Paperback
342 Pages
First Published: 1826

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