Dracula and Frankenstein, No Longer Together Again
Well, I missed it. My opportunity. My one and only chance. (I hope it isn’t really my “one and only” chance, but it feels like it.) At the famous Rosenbach Museum in Philadelphia, where they have as part of their permanent collection Bram Stoker’s handwritten notes for his masterpiece DRACULA, they were also, for a limited engagement, featuring the original manuscript, also handwritten, of FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley. The two were being displayed together, side by side, together again. DRACULA and FRANKENSTEIN, the original texts (yes, the notes for DRACULA count), the two greatest Horror novels ever written. Two of the greatest novels, period, ever written. When I learned of this–and there is the biggest part of the problem, as I didn’t find out about the exhibit until late last year–I determined to go before the exhibit closed. I gave it the old college try, but alas, alas, I didn’t make it.
FRANKENSTEIN had never been displayed outside of England before. Now I would suppose it is on its way back there. I am distraught. I am demoralized. I’ve been to the Rosenbach before and seen Bram’s notes for DRACULA, but the chance to view Shelley’s original version of FRANKENSTEIN has slipped away from me. I may never recover.