The Mysteries of Udolpho
By (author) Ann Radcliffe
Edited by Jacqueline Howard
Introduction by Jacqueline Howard
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Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe
Book DescriptionWith its insightful portrayals of her protagonist's inner life, Ann Radcliffe's "The Mysteries of Udolpho" was a hugely influential work of early Gothic horror. This "Penguin Classics" edition is edited with an introduction and notes by Jacqueline Howard. Emily St Aubert lives with her loving, enlightened parents in exquisitely happy rural isolation. But when she is tragically orphaned, the beautiful young woman is thrown on the mercy of her heartless aunt's sinister new husband. The villainous Signor Montoni has designs upon his wife's fortune, and that of her niece, and imprisons them in the gloomy medieval castle Udolpho. Separated from her beloved Valancourt, Emily must cope with torments of wild imaginings and terrors, as ghostly omens and attempts upon her virtue and life threaten to overwhelm her. One of the most popular novels of its time, "The Mysteries of Udolpho" continues to grip readers with its vivid characters, its sublime Alpine settings and its dramatic sense of suspense and danger. In her introduction, Jacqueline Howard discusses the novel's huge success when it was first published, its place as a groundbreaking work of the Gothic genre, and Radcliffe's imaginative use of history, poetry, landscape and the supernatural. This edition also includes further reading, a chronology, and notes. Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823) was the leading exponent of Gothic fiction. During her lifetime she published five novels including "A Sicilian Romance" (1790), "The Mysteries of Udolpho" (1794) and "The Italian" (1797), as well as a collection of European travel writings. Her novels were immensely popular, and much imitated. If you enjoyed "The Mysteries of Udolpho", you might like Edgar Allen Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings", also available in "Penguin Classics".
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140437591
(198mm x 129mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 26-Apr-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ann Radcliffe
Mysteries of Udolpho, Paperback (April 2013)
Fresh with grief for her recently-deceased father and forced to live with an aunt who doesn't want her, Emily is plunged into a nightmarish world in this terrifying gothic classic by Ann Radcliffe. Steeped in atmosphere and full of dark sweeping landscapes, Radcliffe offers a disturbing tale couched in beautiful language.
Italian, Paperback (January 2011)
Ann Radcliffe is the high priestess of the gothic novel. In The Italian, first published in 1797, she creates a chilling, atmospheric concoction of thwarted lovers, ruined abbeys, imprisonment and dark passages, with an undercurrent of seething sexuality.
Sicilian Romance, Paperback (January 2010)
On the rocky northern shores of Sicily stands a lonely castle, the home of the aristocratic Mazzini family. The marquis of Mazzini has remarried and gone away to live with his new wife, abandoning his two daughters - sweet-natured Emilia and lively, imaginative Julia - to wander the labyrinthine corridors alone.
Romance of the Forest, Paperback (March 2009)» View all books by Ann Radcliffe
A novel of mystery and suspense in the Gothic style, The Romance of the Forest was considered by contemporary critics to be her finest novel.
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Author Biography - Ann Radcliffe
Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823) was the leading exponent of Gothic fiction. During her lifetime she published five novels including A Sicilian Romance (1790), The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) and The Italian (1797), as well as a collection of European travel writings. Her novels were immensely popular and much imitated. Jacqueline Howard is Co-ordinator of English and Languages at St. Mary's College in Adelaide, South Australia, and author of 'Reading Gothic Fiction: A Bakhtinian Approach'.
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