Welcome to our GitHub site! We are preparing a new digital variorum edition of the novel Frankenstein. Our edition is a digital collation of five distinct versions of the novel produced between 1816 and 1831. We launched our project in response to the bicentennial of Frankenstein’s first publication in 1818, thinking only to improve the comparison view of the 1818 and 1831 editions available on Romantic Circles. Since we launched, our project has grown into a more comprehensive effort to revive and rework earlier ambitious digital editions of the novel, from the Pennsylvania Electronic Edition of the mid 1990s onward. One of our projects is to bring together the 1816 manuscript notebook edition of the Shelley-Godwin Archive and the manuscript annotations of the Thomas copy into readable comparison with the print editions of the novel, to help students, scholars, and fans explore Frankenstein’s intensive, nonlinear revision history.

“Beta editions” ready for reading:

About Frankenstein and our variorum project:


Contributors (alphabetically)

More resources, including editions of the 1823 and 1831 versions of the novel, will become available here as our project develops.