An interesting article at bbc.com by Rebecca Laurence about how Mary Shelley's novel continues to shape culture some 200 years after it was published. Laurence notes that an anxiety about science and technology is as true today as in Shelley's day. After you read it, maybe you'll want to put a sticker of this incredibly influential writer on the window of your car. We have Shelley in B&W and color, for $5.95 each, shipping included. (Her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, was also incredibly influential--we have her, too.)
Great May 25 article at bbc.com by Miriam Quick. She describes two recent projects that used data mining to show that that every book in the world uses one of six basic plots. And then she diagrams them, including Pride and Prejudice, which I've screen-grabbed for you above. Check it out here.