The Last Man

By Mary Shelley (Author)

OVERVIEW
One of the first dystopian novels ever written, The Last Man traces the path and impact of an unstoppable pandemic as it slowly overtakes the world. Beginning in the year 2073, the story follows Lionel Vesey—the titular last man—and his circle of friends as the disease creeps from continent to continent. At first, many refuse to believe that a truly global disaster is possible. War breaks out, further spreading disease. Storms flood coastal cities, and famine abounds. Opportunists and religious extremists use the chaos for personal gain and power.
 
Published in 1826, after the death of Shelley’s husband, her step-sister, and her two children, The Last Man is both an eerily prescient story about disaster and a moving fable about surviving personal grief. As Shelley observed in her diary entry of May 14, 1824: “The last man! Yes I may well describe that solitary being’s feelings, feeling myself as the last relic of a beloved race, my companions extinct before me.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)

Mary Shelley (1797–1851) was the author of five novels and numerous works of short fiction, though she is best known for Frankenstein. The daughter of feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, Shelley was steeped in the progressive ideas of the early 19th century British Romantic era.

Pub Date: 4/4/2023

ISBN: 9781454948131

Price: $16.99 / $22.99 CAN

Format: Paperback

Pages: 496 pages

Trim: 5.37 x 8.25 x 0 Inches

Territories: World

Category: Literature & Fiction / Classics

Publisher: Union Square & Co.

Series: Rediscovered Classics

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