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Henry M. Milner

Little is known of Milner beyond what is suggested by his publications. He was apparently a very successful playwright; his works included a great many melodramas and popular tragedies, including Barmecide; or, The Fatal Offspring (1818), The Philosopher: A Tragedy in Five Acts (1819), Twelve Precisely! or, A Night at Dover: An Interlude in One Act (1821), The Hertfordshire Tragedy; or, The Victims of Gaming: A Serious Drama in Two Acts (Founded upon Recent Melancholy Facts) (1824), The Death-Fetch; or, The Fatal Warning: A Romantic Melo Drama in Two Acts (Founded on a Well-Known Superstition) (1826), The Hut of the Red Mountain; or, Thirty Years of a Gambler's Life: A Drama, in Three Acts (1827, also known as The Gambler's Fate), Lucius Catiline, the Roman Traitor: A Drama, in Three Acts (1827), Masaniello, or, The Dumb Girl of Portici: A Musical Drama, in Three Acts (1829), Mazeppa: A Romantic Drama in Three Acts: Dramatised from Lord Byron's Poem (1831), and Gustavus the Third; or, The Masked Ball! A Romantic Drama, in Three Acts (1833).

His interest for this edition is his adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein; or, The Man and the Monster, first published in 1826. Frankenstein was the second dramatic adaptation of the novel in English, following Peake's Presumption and the French Le Monstre et le magicien (1826) by Jean-Toussaint Merle and Béraud Antony.