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Mistress of Udolpho: Life of Ann Radcliffe

Mistress of Udolpho: Life of Ann Radcliffe (Paperback)

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This is the biography of the Gothic novelist, Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823), author of "The Mysteries of Udolpho", the world's first "best seller". The text clarifies Radcliffe's emergence from a Dissenting Unitarian, rather than a conventional Anglican, background. This places Radcliffe within the circle of other women writers nurtured in radical Dissenting backgrounds (such as Wollstonecraft, Hays, Inchbauld and Barbauld). Radcliffe's childhood and family background are documented and the rumours of her madness and reclusiveness investigated leading to an evaluation of the resons for her probable mental breakdown. The text constitutes a "cultural history" of a writing woman, demonstrating her place within radical culture, literary tradition and aesthetic discourse, and examining her role in the rise of the professional woman writer. Her novels are analyzed mainly in the context of her biography and sources

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The best (and maybe the only :-)) complete biography of Ann Radcliffe. The definitive book for lovers of gothic and pre-romantic English literature. Mr. Norton recreates the life of Mrs. Radcliffe with a great anc careful research of her beginnings and career: the Unitarian background, the simpathy with the Radical clubs supporter of the French Revolution, her fondness with the Aesthetics of Terror and the achievement of the role of "Great Enchantress" of the romantic poetry. The reenactment of the end of the XVIII century is fantastic: the sophisticated life in Bath and the Italian operas and oratotios of Handel seem to have a great influence on Mrs. Radcliffe. Very unusual - but intriguing - the lesbian interpretation of Ellena of "The Italian". A great work. Recommended. Guido Sala - Milan

- 30/04/2013
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