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The Italian
     

The Italian

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by Ann Ward Radcliffe
 

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The haughty, manipulative Marchesa, determined to thwart the romance between her son, the young Neapolitan nobleman Vincentio di Vivaldi, and Elena di Rosalba, has enlisted the help of the villainous, scheming monk, Schedoni. With a livid paleness of face and a melancholy eye, whose brooding presence dominates the novel, Schedoni has become an archetype of Romantic

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The haughty, manipulative Marchesa, determined to thwart the romance between her son, the young Neapolitan nobleman Vincentio di Vivaldi, and Elena di Rosalba, has enlisted the help of the villainous, scheming monk, Schedoni. With a livid paleness of face and a melancholy eye, whose brooding presence dominates the novel, Schedoni has become an archetype of Romantic literature. Set in the mid-eighteenth century against the dramatic, lush backdrop of the Bay of Naples, The Italian is a tale of passion, deceit, abduction, and the horrors of the Inquisition.

In one of the most powerful Gothic tales ever written, Mrs. Radcliffe, the unrivalled master of the genre, skillfully combines traditional elements of danger, romance, and the supernatural with her abiding interest in history and considerable ability to paint poetic images of sublime landscape. In the introduction, Robert Miles examines the novel's literary and historical context.

An ingenious performance. (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

Author Bio: Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823), the leading writer of her time of Gothic fiction, published five novels in her lifetime, including The Mysteries of Udolfo (1794).

Robert Miles teaches English at Sheffield Hallam University. He is president of the International Gothic Association and editor-in-chief of the journal Gothic Studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781453806838
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
09/08/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

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Italian 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WTVCrimeDawg More than 1 year ago
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.
NAS_MN More than 1 year ago
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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Ashley Cavazos-Franck More than 1 year ago
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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