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On 14 May 1817 Mary Shelley notes in her Journal that she wrote a preface to Frankenstein and finished work on the novel. Over the next several months the fair-copy was read by Godwin and several publishers; then in late August terms were struck for a contract with Lackington, Allen & Co. At that point a new preface of just four paragraphs in length was written by Percy Bysshe Shelley, as if in Mary's hand. In the end, this was the Preface that appeared with the novel. Mary Shelley's original remarks from May 1817 have apparently not survived.