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The Text

The complete text of Frankenstein is here available in both of its major editions, along with a catalogue of all the variants between the editions. Manuscript variants in the so-called Thomas copy of the second edition (see the textual history), located in the Pierpont Morgan Library, are excluded from the textual record as, never appearing in a published text authorized by Mary Shelley, they remain indicative of areas where she felt a substitute text to be called for but cannot otherwise be claimed to possess true textual authority.