Monthly Archives: April 2018

1823 – Richard Brinsley Peake’s Presumption



Out of the thousands of adaptations of Frankenstein that have been made over the years, there is only one that we have a record of Mary Shelley actually seeing: Richard Brinsley Peake’s Presumption; or, The Fate of Frankenstein.

Sources:
Jeffrey N. Cox (editor), Seven Gothic Dramas 1789-1825 (Ohio University Press): https://www.ohioswallow.com/book/Seven+Gothic+Dramas%2C+1789%E2%80%931825
Harold J. Nichols, “The Acting of Thomas Potter Cooke”: http://knarf.english.upenn.edu/Articles/nichols.html
Romantic Circles. “Novel into Drama and onto Stage”: http://www.rc.umd.edu/editions/peake/apparatus/drama.html

This episode features the voices of Steven Nelson and Mary Shelly as well as a very special appearance by Samuel Asimov Matzke.

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