Valperga: or, the Life and Adventures of Castruccio, Prince of Lucca by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Valperga: or, the Life and Adventures of Castruccio, Prince of Lucca

byMary Wollstonecraft ShelleyEditorStuart Curran

Paperback | September 1, 1997

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Valperga, published in 1823 and reprinted here for the first time, was Mary Shelley's second novel, the successor to Frankenstein. Set in fourteenth-century Tuscany, the novel shares certain structural features with the popular fictions of Sir Walter Scott, most notably the novel Ivanhoe withits contrasting heroines, but Mary Shelley's work pointedly challenges Scott's model, inverting his masculinist and conservative outlook, foregrounding the lives of its principal women, Euthanasia dei Adimari and Beatrice of Ferrara, and attaching to the figure of Castruccio Castracani, Prince ofLucca, a retrograde authoritarianism and sterile lust for power. Valperga, steeped in Mary Shelley's command of local Italian history and culture, offers the vivid pleasures of accomplished historical fiction while at the same time representing in the clash between Castruccio and Euthanasia astruggle between autocracy and liberal democracy that speaks directly to the contemporary political tensions of post-Napoleonic Europe. Timed for Mary Shelley's bicentennial and superbly introduced by Stuart Curran, this exciting new edition makes available a bold yet little-known work by one of thefinest minds in English letters.

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Title:Valperga: or, the Life and Adventures of Castruccio, Prince of LuccaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8.11 × 5.51 × 1.18 inPublished:September 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195108825

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Valperga, steeped in Mary Shelley's command of local Italian history and culture, offers the vivid pleasures of accomplished historical fiction, while at the same time representing in the clash between Castruccio and euthanasia a struggle between autocracy and liberal democracy that speaks directly to the contemporary political tensions of post-Napoleonic Europe.

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"Curran dazzles us with the meticulous and thorough editing that we have come to expect from him....an excellent resource for scholarly study....At every step, Curran quietly and thoroughly immerses readers in the complex historical, political, and biographical context of the novel."--RomanticCircles