Posted on 10/22/2018 at 09:36 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Sarah Perry’s new novel, Melmoth, draws influence from classics of all kinds.

There are other novels, by Charles Maturin and Honoré de Balzac, that also star a creature known as Melmoth the Witness, who has been damned to wander Earth while witnessing humanity at its worst.

But Perry also took inspiration from Frankenstein: namely, that story’s theme of being born innocent but made monstrous by the world.

Add in an element of mystery — what crime or misstep is the story’s main character, Helen, atoning for? — and you have a most entertaining interview on NPR’s Weekend Edition.

Listen to Perry and Scott Simon chat below or read the transcript on NPR’s website.

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