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Middlemarch: An Authoritative Text, Backgrounds, Reviews and Criticism (A Norton Critical Edition)
Bert G. Hornback, George Eliot
The Magic Mountain
Thomas Mann, John E. Woods
Love in the Time of Cholera
Gabriel García Márquez
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley, J. Paul Hunter The Norton Critical Edition for this one is good, including numerous materials of interest to the professional reader.

Likely that any speculative fiction nerd should read this one and consider it a foundational moment in the modern instance of speculative writings.

Much of the critical essays about the text itself in this volume are silly, regarding whether the eponymous character or the monster or evil or culpable or whatever. That's all philistine talk, as far as I'm concerned--but it is apparently one of the interests in reading here.

Definitely a decent story, even now--and I can't think of a wider divergence between novel and film in the history of literary cinema.