Melmoth the Wanderer
By (author) Charles Robert Maturin
Edited by Victor Sage
Introduction by Victor Sage
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Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Robert Maturin
Book DescriptionCreated by an Irish clergyman, Melmoth is one of the most fiendish characters in literature. In a satanic bargain, Melmoth exchanges his soul for immortality. The story of his tortured wanderings through the centuries is pieced together through those who have been implored by Melmoth to take over his pact with the devil. Influenced by the Gothic romances of the late 18th century, Maturin's diabolic tale raised the genre to a new and macabre pitch. Its many admirers include Poe, Balzac, Oscar Wilde and Baudelaire.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140447613
(198mm x 129mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 25-May-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Charles Robert Maturin
Melmoth the Wanderer, Paperback (May 2012)
Tells the story of Melmoth, who has sold his soul in exchange for immortality in a satanic bargain, and now preys on the helpless in their darkest moments, offering to ease their suffering if they will take his place and release him from his centuries of tortured wanderings.
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." . . a pulse of power undiscoverable in any previous work of this kind--a kinship to the essential truth of human nature, an understanding of the profoundest sources of actual cosmic fear . . . Without a doubt Maturin is a man of authentic genius, and he was so recognized by Balzac . . ." -- H.P. Lovecraft.
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Author Biography - Charles Robert Maturin
Charles Robert Maturin (1782-1824) was born in Dublin and educated at Trinity College. He took orders and worked as a curate in Loughrea and Dublin. Maturin enjoyed literary success with his Gothic novels and a tragedy 'Bertram' (1816). His later plays and fiction, including MELMOTH THE WANDERER, were neglected and he died in poverty. Victor Sage is Reader in Literature in the School of English and American Studies at the University of East Anglia.
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