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ExhibitionThe Birth of Frankenstein: Surrounded by Ice

Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus opens with a series of letters written by Arctic explorer Robert Walton during his personal quest to expand the boundaries of the known world. It is Walton who first encounters Victor Frankenstein in the Arctic desperately searching for the monster he has created. The explorer becomes the only person to hear Victor Frankenstein’s strange and tragic tale.

  • A ship with raised sails on dark waters in front of tall cliffs of ice.

    Untitled from Northern Exposure, 1827

    Courtesy Picture Collection, The Branch Libraries, The New York Public Library