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RASSELAS. By SAmUil Johnson, LL.D.

RELIGIOVMEDICI, ETC By^Si* Thomas Biowni. . V V ' ,

THE STORY OF THE CHEVALIER BAYARD. By Edith Wali-ord.

VATHEK: An Eastern Romance. By WillIam Bzcjcf-ord.

ABDALLAH AND THE FOUR-LEAVED SHAMROCK.

PARABLES FROM NATURE. By Mm. Alfred Gatty. Z vols.

FRANKENSTEIN OR THE MODERN PROMETHEUS. By Mm. Shellit. •*

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The event on which this fiction is founded has been supposed, by Dr. Darwin, and some of the physiological writers of Germany, as not of impossible occurrence. I shall not be supposed as recording the remotest degree of serious faith to such an imagination; yet, in assuming it as the basis of a work of fancy, I have not considered myself as merely weaving a series of supernatural terrors. The event on which the interest of the story depends is exempt from the disadvantages of a mere tale of specters of enchantment. It was recommended by the novelty of the situations which it develops; and, however impossible as a physical fact, affords a point of view to the imagination for the delineating of human passions more comprehensive and commanding than any which the ordinary relations of existing events can yield.

I have thus endeavored to preserve the truth of the elementary principles of human nature, while I have not scrupled to innovate upon their combinations. The "Iliad," the tragic poetry of Greece; Shakespeare, in the " Tem

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