Anonymous [James Boaden] - The Man of Two Lives, A Narrative Written by Himself - Henry Colburn, 1828, First Edition.


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London, Henry Colburn, 1828. First edition, first impression. Hardback. A very good copy. A gothic novel of reincarnation and seemingly a response to Frankenstein. Uncommon. "Boaden's novel will be read as a riposte to Frankenstein. The bleakness of Shelley's novel is reflected in the coarse physicality of the creature and in the battle between him and Frankenstein in the dead zone of the polar ice cap. Boaden, howereve, wants to make death meaningful by suggesting that a contemplation of a past life enables us to reflect upon, and so rectify, the harm that we have done to others. The implicit doubling between Frankenstein and his creature is reworked by Boaden through reincarnation as the subject attempts to make amends for the conduct of an earlier self. Boaden's narrator is a would-be artist and the texts discussed here all centre on ideas about death and creativity." [Smith, Gothic Death 1740-1914: A Literary History]. Complete in two volumes. Rebacked at some point, some wear to the labels which are probably later. A little wear to the corners and spine tips. Internally neat and tight. [11501, Hyraxia Books].


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