The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann RadcliffeThe Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe

The Mysteries of Udolpho

byAnn RadcliffeEditorBonamy DobreeIntroduction byTerry Castle

Paperback | October 11, 2008

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`Her present life appeared like the dream of a distempered imagination, or like one of those frightful fictions, in which the wild genius of the poets sometimes delighted. Rreflections brought only regret, and anticipation terror.' Such is the state of mind in which Emily St. Aubuert - the orphaned heroine of Ann Radcliffe's 1794 gothic Classic, The Mysteries of Udolpho - finds herself after Count Montoni, her evil guardian, imprisions her in his gloomy medieval fortress in the Appenines. Terror is the order of the dayinside the walls of Udolpho, as Emily struggles against Montoni's rapacious schemes and the threat of her own psychological disintegration. A best-seller in its day and a potent influence on Walpole, Poe, and other writers of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Gothic horror, The Mysteries of Udolpho remains one of the most important works in the history of European fiction. As the same time, with its dream-like plot and hallucinatoryrendering of its characters' psychological states, it often seems strangely modern: `permanently avant-garde' in Terry Castle's words, and a profound and fascinating challenge to contemporary readers.
Terry Castle is Professor of English at Stanford University.
Title:The Mysteries of UdolphoFormat:PaperbackDimensions:736 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 1.38 inPublished:October 11, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199537410

ISBN - 13:9780199537419


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Might be more fun if it was a tad shorter. In spite of how hilariously melodramatic this novel is, it suffers from its excessive length. The plot is ludicrous and the characters are rather flat but really, that doesn't matter. What we want is some good melodrama and this novel does deliver. If you were to really analyze this book for flaws you would easily find them but really they don't matter. The problem is that a book of this genre when too long can wear rather thin. I can appreciate a soapy gothic novel but I prefer something this fanciful to be a but shorter. Good alternatives might be Horace Walpole "The Castle of Ortranto" or Radcliffe own "A Sicilian Romance."
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gothic Goodness I found this book very hard to put down.
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