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Name key differences between Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, and Richard Brinsley Peake’s early dramatic adaptation, “Presumption, or the Fate of Frankenstein,” included in your text. Mary Shelley saw the production, and noted “the story was not well managed,” but also that it “created a breathless excitement in the audience.” Indeed, she marked the moment as key to her fame, writing, “Lo and behold, I found myself famous.” What was done to adapt the play? What does she mean the story is “not well managed”? How do Peake’s alterations effect the meaning of Shelley’s original?

 
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