A statue of Frankenstein's monster in Geneva, as seen May 9, 2016.
AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI
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Frankenstein, the story of a scientist who brings to life a cadaver and causes his own downfall, has for two centuries given voice to anxiety surrounding the unrelenting advance of science. To mark the 200 years since England's Mary Shelley first imagined the ultimate horror story during a visit to a frigid, rain-drenched Switzerland, the exhibition "Frankenstein, Creation of Darkness" has opened in Geneva. Polidori's book is among a multitude of first editions at the Geneva exhibition, including three of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus" – the most famous story to emerge from the contest.Though still young, Mary Shelley – the daughter of political philosopher William Godwin and feminist philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft – tapped into widespread angst about the increasing power of science and technology.
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