The Italian [NOOK Book]

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The Italian, or the Confessional of the Black Penitents (1797) is a Gothic novel written by the English author Ann Radcliffe. It is the last book Radcliffe published during her lifetime. The Italian has a dark, mysterious and somber tone, and concerns the themes of love, devotion and persecution by the Holy Inquisition. It also deals with issues prevalent at the time of the French Revolution, such as religion, aristocracy and nationality. Radcliffe's renowned use of veiled imagery is considered to have reached ...
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The Italian

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Overview

The Italian, or the Confessional of the Black Penitents (1797) is a Gothic novel written by the English author Ann Radcliffe. It is the last book Radcliffe published during her lifetime. The Italian has a dark, mysterious and somber tone, and concerns the themes of love, devotion and persecution by the Holy Inquisition. It also deals with issues prevalent at the time of the French Revolution, such as religion, aristocracy and nationality. Radcliffe's renowned use of veiled imagery is considered to have reached its height of sophistication and complexity in The Italian; concealment and disguise are central motifs of the novel. In line with late 18th-century sensibility and its parallel fetishisation of the sublime and the sentimentally pastoral, the heightened emotional states of Radcliffe's characters are often reflected through the pathetic fallacy. The novel is noted for its extremely effective antagonist, Father Schedoni.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781304061218
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Publication date: 5/22/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 626,166
  • File size: 727 KB

Meet the Author

Ann Radcliffe was born in 1764, the daughter of a London tradesman. In 1786 she married William Radcliffe, later the manager of The English Chronicle. She set her first novel, The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne (1789), in Scotland, and it received little critical or public attention. Using more exotic locations in Europe, notably the 'sublime' landscapes of the Alps and Pyrenees, she wrote four more novels within ten years: A Sicilian Romance (1790), The Romance of the Forest (1791), The Mysteries of Udolfo (1794) and The Italian (1797), as well as a volume of descriptions of her travels in Holland, Germany and the Lake District.

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 Romance of the Forest in Northanger Abbey), and influenced the work of Sir Walter Scott and Mary Wollstonecraft.

The Italian was the last book she published in her lifetime; a novel, Gaston de Blondeville, and St. Albans Abbey: A Metrical Tale were published posthumously. Despite the sensational nature of her romances and their enormous success, Radcliffe and her husband lived quietly—she made only one foreign journey and barely glimpsed the Alps that she wrote about so vividly. She died in 1823 from respiratory problems probably caused by pneumonia.

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

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    Queen of Gothic Romance

    Ann Radcliffe is queen of the gothic romance novel. The Italian is well written, with many plot twists, good character development, and great landscape descriptions and settings. However, it contains very long passages of exposition that slowed the plot and made me set the book down several times. It's a very difficult book to read in one or two sittings. It is, overall, a good read, if you're interested in gothic fiction, although I prefer other gothic classics like Dracula and Frankenstein.

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

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    A true Gothic novel.

    This version was worth the money! The free Google version had so many errors it was unreadable. This e-version only had a few areas where the oldfashioned S's still translated as F's. The story was interesting and had a lot of action. As with Gothic mysteries there were many sinister characters with selfish motives and dastardly plans. Every house the characters stumbled upon was dilapitated and had a sad history. The plot had me captivated right up until the end, although the climax left me unsatisfied. I felt that Radcliffe could have created a more exciting ending.

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    Absolutely brilliant!

    Very good ebook. No more typos than you would find in the original, which is refreshing. Ann Radcliffe has a wonderful sense of humour in this book, as well as keeping to her reputation of describing the beautiful landscapes of Italy. Highly recommend this book....this version

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