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that blank incapability of invention

Although Mary Shelley surely exaggerates the time it took her to begin her novel as well as the anxious writer's block that inhibited her starting forth, there is a more serious aspect to this account than her personal uncertainties. Questions concerning the circumstances of and responsibility for creativity, the attitude with which intellectual ambition approaches the unknown, and the moral neutrality of the human imagination, are deeply inlaid within the structure of Frankenstein. There is thus a sense in which this personal account in her Introduction seems intended to focus attention on such larger, more public concerns with which the reader will soon be asked to grapple.