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The Last Man, Edited by Steven E. Jones

Mary Shelley's friend, the musician Vincent Novello, was organist at the Portuguese Embassy chapel. Shelley frequently went to hear him play there during the time she was composing The Last Man; indeed, his music, particularly his playing on the organ of his own adaptation of Haydn's Creation, seems to have helped inspire the book.

In fact, shifting kinds of music play a structural role in the narrative action as a whole.

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October 1997