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Description - Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Robert Maturin

Melmoth, one of the most fiendish characters in literature, was created by an Irish clergyman determined, as he put it, to 'display all my diabolical resources'. In a satanic bargain, Melmoth has sold his soul in exchange for immortality. As his story is pieced together through those who have glimpsed his eerie existence over the centuries, we witness Melmoth's desperate quest to find someone who will take his place and release him from his tortured wanderings. Comic, violent, allusive and profound, Melmoth the Wanderer casts a plumb line into the depths of human perversity. Ever since it appeared in 1820 it has been hugely influential, numbering Balzac, Poe, Andre Breton and Oscar Wilde among its many admirers. It is, according to Victor Sage, 'a labyrinthine form without a centre... the Gothic romance to end all Gothic romances.' This edition includes a critical introduction, explanatory notes and further reading.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780140447613
ISBN-10: 014044761X
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 30mm)
Pages: 704
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 25-May-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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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