Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus

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Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was written by Mary Shelley (1797–1851), an English author, and tells the story of Victor Frankenstein. Victor is a young scientist who creates a creature in a scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was 18, and the first edition was published anonymously in London on 1 January 1818, when she was 20. Her name first appeared on the second edition, published in 1823. The Vocabulary Activation Pack is designed to help students learn, remember, and use 1,257 items of vocabulary taken from the novel. Sit back and listen to the entire book read by the Britlish AI in British English. NOTE: CHAPTER 15 Audio is here. The link in the lesson is broken, but you can click this link instead.

Vocabulary focused on in this lesson: abbey, abhor, abhorrence, abhorrent, abject, aboard, abode, abortive, abrupt, absolution, absorbed, absorbing, abstruse, acceptance, accompanied, accomplished, accomplishment, accordingly, accumulated, accumulation, accuracy, accursed, accusation, accused, accustomed, aching, acknowledged, acme, acorn, acquaintance, acquainted, acquired, acquirement, acquiring, acquisition, acquit, acquittal, acquitted, acting, actuated, acuteness, addressed, adieu, adjacent, adjuration, admirable, admired, admittance, adopted, adoration, adored, adorn, adorned, adrift, advancement, advancing, adventurer, adversary, adversity, aerial, affability, affectation, affected, affecting, affectionate, affectionately, affirm, affirmative, afflicted, affluence, affright, aggravation, agile, agitate, agitated, agitation, agonised, agonising, agony, agreeable, agreed, aided, airs, airy, akin, alas, albatross, alchemist, alike, alleged, alleviate, alleviated, allotted, alloy, 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