The Italian [NOOK Book]

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First published in 1797, The Italian is one of the finest examples of Gothic romance. The fast-paced narrative centres on Ann Radcliffe's most brilliant creation, the sinister monk Schedoni, whose past is shrouded in mystery. From the opening chapters the reader is ushered into a shadowy world, in which crime and religion intermingle. Leagued against Ellena Rosalba and Vincentio di Vivaldi's union are the proud and ambitious Marchese di Vivaldi and her confessor Father Schedoni. Supernatural forces seem at work, ...
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The Italian

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Overview

First published in 1797, The Italian is one of the finest examples of Gothic romance. The fast-paced narrative centres on Ann Radcliffe's most brilliant creation, the sinister monk Schedoni, whose past is shrouded in mystery. From the opening chapters the reader is ushered into a shadowy world, in which crime and religion intermingle. Leagued against Ellena Rosalba and Vincentio di Vivaldi's union are the proud and ambitious Marchese di Vivaldi and her confessor Father Schedoni. Supernatural forces seem at work, but it is to the Holy Inquisition that the ill-omened lovers eventually fall prey. This edition explores the work in the context of British attitudes to Italy and Roman Catholicism in the late eighteenth century, as well as providing close analysis of the novel's structure and form.
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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: 701,502
  • File size: 727 KB

Meet the Author

E. J. Clery is Research Fellow in English at Sheffield Hallam University and author of The Rise of Supernatural Fiction 1762-1800 (1995). She has edited Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto in Oxford World's Classics.

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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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