The Castles Of Athlin And Dunbayne

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Ann Radcliffe, nèe Ward (1764-1823) was an English author and a pioneer of the gothic novel. She married William Radcliffe, an editor for the English Chronicle, at Bath in 1788. The couple were childless. To amuse herself, she began to write fiction, which her husband encouraged. Her works were extremely popular among the upper class and the growing middle class, especially among young women. Her works included The Sicilian Romance (1790), The Romance of the Forest (1791), The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) and The ...
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Overview

Ann Radcliffe, nèe Ward (1764-1823) was an English author and a pioneer of the gothic novel. She married William Radcliffe, an editor for the English Chronicle, at Bath in 1788. The couple were childless. To amuse herself, she began to write fiction, which her husband encouraged. Her works were extremely popular among the upper class and the growing middle class, especially among young women. Her works included The Sicilian Romance (1790), The Romance of the Forest (1791), The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) and The Italian; or, The Confessional of the Black Penitents (1796). The success of The Romance of the Forest established Radcliffe as the leading exponent of the historical Gothic romance. Her later novels met with even greater attention, and produced many imitators, and famously, Jane Austen's burlesque of The Mysteries of Udolpho in Northanger Abbey, as well as influencing the works of Sir Walter Scott and Mary Wollstonecraft.

Set in the Middle Ages against the melancholy beauty of mountains and rugged coasts of the Scottish Highlands, this book tells the story of the warring clan chieftains of Athlin and Dunbayne, recounting low-born Alleyn's quest for love and honor. One of the earliest Gothic tales, it alternates scenes of passionate feeling with breakneck pursuit.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781409901501
  • Publisher: Dodo Press
  • Publication date: 4/18/2008
  • Pages: 116
  • Sales rank: 842,287
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.28 (d)

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Alison Milbank is a freelance writer and editor. She has also edited Ann Radcliffe's A Sicillian Romance in World's Classics

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

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    Great Story, But Way Too Short

    This book had the potential to be a great epic tale between two rival families over domain and a beautiful woman. It had so much potential, but alas it was Ann Radcliffe's first novel. Don't get me wrong! It is a great story! However, it is so short that you don't get to know some of the characters very well, such as the Baroness (Louisa), Laura, and the Count de Santmorin.

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