Melmoth The Wanderer

Paperback | February 1, 2001

byCharles Robert MaturinEditorVictor Sage

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'My hour is come ... the clock of eternity is about to strike, but its knell must be unheard by mortal ears!'

Created 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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'My hour is come ... the clock of eternity is about to strike, but its knell must be unheard by mortal ears!'Created 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 ...

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‘My hour is come … the clock of eternity is about to strike, but its knell must be unheard by mortal ears!’In a satanic bargain, Melmoth has sold his soul in exchange for immortality 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 tortured wan...

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. ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:704 pages, 7.79 × 5.09 × 1.25 inPublished:February 1, 2001Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:014044761X

ISBN - 13:9780140447613

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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