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    The Port Folio, for September, 1818, Containing a Scathing Review of Frankenstein. (Philadelphia: Harrison Hall, September 1818), 240 pages, disbound, 8vo (5.25" x 8.25"). Pages 200-207 of this periodical contain a scathing seven-page review of Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus reprinted from the April issue of The British Critic.

    Eight published reviews, fairly evenly divided between favorable and unfavorable, were available to choose from for the September issue of The Port Folio. Here is an excerpt of the review the Hall brothers chose to reprint, "these volumes have neither principle, object, nor morals, the horror which abounds in them is too grotesque and bizarre ever to approach the sublime." However, "There are occasional symptoms of no common powers of mind, struggling through a mess of absurdity."

    John Elihu Hall was a Princeton educated lawyer, author, college professor, and active Federalist. He edited first The American Law Journal, 1808-1817, before editing The Port Folio,1817-1827. His brother Harrison, a science writer, published The Port Folio.

    The textblock is largely free of foxing, and there are remnants of the soft leather cover on the spine. From the Betty Bennett Collection.


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