The Frankenstein of the French Revolution: Nogaret’s automaton tale of 1790

  title={The Frankenstein of the French Revolution: Nogaret’s automaton tale of 1790},
  author={Julia V. Douthwaite and Daniel Alex Richter},
  journal={European Romantic Review},
  pages={381 - 411}
Long before Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was published in 1818, an author penned a story that resembles it on more than one account: François‐Félix Nogaret, Le Miroir des événemens actuels, ou la belle au plus offrant (The Looking Glass of Actuality, or Beauty to the Highest Bidder, 1790). Nogaret’s story about an inventor named Frankenstein who builds an artificial man is an astounding precursor, especially since the Revolution and its attempt to make a “new man” have long focused… 
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