The Last Man
Illustrated by Caspar David Friedrich
Introduced by Sarah Hall
Mary Shelley's apocalyptic story about a mysterious disease that devastates humankind is illustrated with paintings by the German Romantic artist Caspar David Friedrich.
England, at the end of the 21st century, has become a republic. The last king has abdicated peacefully, and the egalitarian dream is close to realisation. But a plague is gathering in the East that will soon lay waste to human society. Written in 1822, The Last Man is a multi-stranded apocalyptic story about a mysterious disease that devastates humankind, leaving one lone survivor. Like Mary Shelley's first novel, Frankenstein, it speaks to some of our deepest fears. As introducer Sarah Hall writes, ‘No noble arrangement, product of enlightenment or utopian dream is able to vanquish the foe.'