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F for Frankenstein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Font

Famous writers, notable works and publishing jargons by alphabet "F".

Frankenstein 科學怪人

2018 marks the bicentenary of the publication of Frankenstein, the classical horror science fiction novel written by Mary Shelley. It was first published anonymously when she was only 20 years old. 

Set in the 18th century, the novel tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who uses dead body parts to make a perfect man (“The Creature”) in his laboratory. Victor, however, regrets and is terrified by his creation, abandoning The Creature. Due to its ugly appearance, The Creature experiences discrimination at the hands of humans, so it decides to take revenge on its creator. 

The novel gave the English language the word “Frankenstein”, which, according to the Cambridge Dictionary, refers to “something that destroys or harms the person or people who created it”. 

F. Scott Fitzgerald 費茲傑羅

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896- 1940) was one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century.

Fitzgerald wrote four novels, namely, This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, The Great Gatsby, and Tender Is the Night, and several short stories. The Great Gatsby is his best-known novel, in which Fitzgerald vividly described the luxurious life of Jay Gatsby, a wealthy self-made man. This book also illustrates the lives of the rich and aspirational during the Jazz Age of the 1920s, and reflects the social upheavals of that time. It was also regarded as a warning about the American Dream.

His life blighted by alcoholism, Fitzgerald met with only intermittent success during his career, making much of living as a screenwriter in Hollywood. His reputation started to grow only after his death, upon the republication of The Great Gatsby after the Second World War.

Font 字型

A font is the style in which text is printed. Fonts vary in size, weight, width, slope, height, etc. The characteristics of a font have a major bearing on readability of a text, and minor differences can greatly alter the reading experience.

For example, Times New Roman, initially designed for the British newspaper The Times in 1931, is the most common font used in English-language books, and has been widely adopted in computer software; while Helvetica is another font much loved by designers.

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