A Sicilian Romance
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Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe
Book DescriptionIn A Sicilian Romance (1790) Radcliffe began to forge the unique mixture of the psychology of terror and poetic description that would make her the great exemplar of the Gothic nove, and the idol of the Romantics. This early novel explores the cavernous landscapes and labyrinthine passages of Sicily's castles and covents to reveal the shameful secrets of its all-powerful aristocracy. Julia and Emilia Mazzini live secluded in an ancient mansion near the Straits of Messina. After their father's return to the island a neglected part of the house is haunted by a series of mysterious sights and sounds. The origin of these hauntings is only discovered after a series of breathless pursuits through dreamlike pastoral landscapes. When revelation finally comes, it forces the heroines to challenge the united forces of religious and patriarchal authority. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199537396
(196mm x 128mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 9-Oct-2008
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
Also Hon. Wordsworth Fellow, University of Lancaster (1988-1992). Has contributed to volumes of essays on Josephine Butler, and on Gothic writing.
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