“In this house I chanced to find a volume of the works of Cornelius Agrippa” (24).
Cornelius Agrippa was a German alchemist in the 16th century whose theories were quite controversial. His topics ranged from everything in the natural world to what he imagined to exist in the mystical sciences. Shelley’s husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley is said to have named Agrippa among one of his favorite writers, perhaps inspiring Shelley to include Agrippa in Frankenstein.
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