The Last Man

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October, 1997

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This hypertext edition of Mary Shelley's 1826 novel, The Last Man, is encoded in HTML, with some extensions for HTML 2.0, including a limited use of tables and frames. It will work best with Netscape 2.0 or later; earlier browsers may not display everything properly.

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Note: Lord Protector

October, 1997

"Lord Protector of England" is a historically significant title; it belonged to Oliver Cromwell after the civil wars, during the Protectorate of 1653-58. Cromwell declined the crown in 1657. Though set three hundred years in the future, The Last Man examines long-standing (and very English) questions about the various posssible forms of Government: royalist, republican, and populist/democratic.

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Note: Lord Protector

October, 1997

"Lord Protector of England" is a historically significant title; it belonged to Oliver Cromwell after the civil wars, during the Protectorate of 1653-58. Cromwell declined the crown in 1657. Though set three hundred years in the future, The Last Man examines long-standing (and very English) questions about the various posssible forms of Government: royalist, republican, and populist/democratic.

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Note: "Prometheus" from Lempriere's _Classical Dictionary_

October, 1997

from Lempriere's Classical Dictionary: "Prometheus"


[Prometheus] ridiculed the gods, and deceived Jupiter himself. . . . To punish Prometheus and the rest of mankind, Jupiter took fire away from the earth, but [Prometheus] outwitted the father of the gods. He climbed the heavens by the assistance of Minerva, and stole fire from the chariot of the sun, which he brought down upon the earth . . . .

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