With Miranda Seymour

Thursday 25 January 2018, 6.30-8.30pm, Reading Room

FULL MaryMary Shelley’s great novel “Frankenstein: or the Modern Prometheus” was first published 200 years ago in January 1818, changing the world of fiction forever.

Behind the tale of this remarkable novel is the tale of its extraordinary creator - Mary Shelley – who was just 19 when, on holiday with Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron in 1816, she first conceived the idea for the story that shook the world.

Join us for a special evening in celebration of Frankenstein’s 200th anniversary with Miranda Seymour - author of the definitive Mary Shelley biography. Miranda will be exploring the writing of the novel and the intricacies of Shelley’s life in a fascinating talk, woven around selected readings from Frankenstein and shining a light on the personality behind one of literature’s great classics.

All tickets for this public event (£10 for London Library members; £15 for non-members) are now sold out. To join the waiting list please click here 


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"Sense & Sensibility", "Pride & Prejudice", "Mansfield Park" by Jane Austen

Sense Sensibility 3Jane Austen died 200 years ago this year and to mark her bicentenary we've put three editions of her work up for adoption.

Published by Richard Bentley, the featured editions include an 1853 copy of "Sense & Sensibility"; an 1854 copy of "Pride & Prejudice and an 1856 copy of "Mansfield Park". Adoption would make a perfect gift for anyone who loves the work of one of the world's greatest novelists.

"Walden" by Henry David Thoreau

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2017 marks the bicentenary of the birth of the great American essayist, poet and philosopher, Henry David Thoreau. 

Among his many works is “Walden”, the much-loved masterpiece of nature writing describing his two years living in the woods by the beautiful Walden Pond in Connecticut. Published in 1854 “Walden” is an unforgettable exploration of the poetic beauty of the natural environment and the value of life lived in simplicity.

To celebrate Thoreau’s anniversary we’re proud to offer this 1897 edition of “Walden”, published by Houghton Mifflin as part of our Adopt a Book scheme. Adopting this beautifully bound and illustrated classic would make a perfect gift for any book lover, giving them a very special and permanent link with one of the great works on environmental writing.

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