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  1. The Summerless Year That Spawned Frankenstein

    What do an Indonesian volcano, temperamental British weather and Frankenstein’s monster all have in common? The fiery, climate-altering eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815 made for one of the strangest summers Europe has ever had — picture tremendous storms, rain-lashed forests and churning seas. Gillen D’arcy Wood has linked this eruption to a string of historical events, including the storytelling session in Lord Byron’s house on Lake Geneva, which provided Mary Shelley (then Godwin) with the inspiration for Victor Frankenstein and his monster.

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