May 8th, 2018

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein! Eight spooky stamps introduced by Jersey Post


This year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of “Frankenstein”, Mary Shelley's acclaimed Gothic novel, written when she was just eighteen. To mark this special occasion Jersey Post has designed and prepared for issuing a set of eight spooky stamps featuring different scenes from the world-famous novel. invites everyone to appreciate these frightening but also beautiful stamps!

Frankenstein was published on New Year's Day 1818 in an anonymous three-volume edition of 500 copies. Mary Shelley decided to write her famous novel to participate in the competition organized by Byron. After several nights of intense thought, Mary went to bed and dreamt of a young man obsessed with creating life. This led to her writing the horror story which eventually became the novel Frankenstein. It has since become the most analysed and contested novel of all time.

By 1826, no less than 15 different versions had been performed on stages in England and France. The novel has become so embedded in British culture that the word 'Frankenstein' even appears in the Oxford English Dictionary, defined as 'a thing that becomes terrifying or destructive to its maker. 


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