The Mysteries of Udolpho: A Gothic Romance (Reader's Edition)

The Mysteries of Udolpho: A Gothic Romance (Reader's Edition)

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by Ann Radcliffe
     
 

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After the death of her parents, Emily St. Aubert leaves her beloved home to live with her aunt, a woman of much money and less sense. The marriage of Emily's aunt to a mysterious Italian begins a series of journeys that take Emily across the rugged beauty of the Alps to the wonders of 16th century Venice and then to an isolated and foreboding castle in the Apennines,

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After the death of her parents, Emily St. Aubert leaves her beloved home to live with her aunt, a woman of much money and less sense. The marriage of Emily's aunt to a mysterious Italian begins a series of journeys that take Emily across the rugged beauty of the Alps to the wonders of 16th century Venice and then to an isolated and foreboding castle in the Apennines, where she must struggle against the malignant schemes of her aunt's husband and her own fearful imaginings. This reader's edition has been edited to flow more smoothly to modern ears. The interspersed poems have been removed, and the parts have been named and redistributed. However, no scenes and no descriptions have been removed: the work stands as Ann Radcliffe wrote it, polished for today's readers. Includes map.

Editorial Reviews

Supernatural Horror in Literature - H. P. Lovecraft
To the familiar Gothic trappings of her predecessors Mrs. Radcliffe added a genuine sense of the unearthly in scene and incident which closely approached genius; every touch of setting and action contributing artistically to the impression of illimitable frightfulness which she wished to convey. A few sinister details like a track of blood on castle stairs, a groan from a distant vault, or a weird song in a nocturnal forest can with her conjure up the most powerful images of imminent horror.
Monthly Review, November 1794 - William Enfield
A story so well contrived to hold curiosity in pleasing suspense, and at the same time to agitate the soul with strong emotions of sympathetic terror, has seldom been produced. ... Mrs Radcliffe has contrived to produce as powerful an effect as if the invisible world had been obedient to her magic spell; the reader experiences in perfection the strange luxury of artificial terror, without being obliged for a moment to ... yield to the weakness of superstitious credulity.
H. P. Lovecraft
To the familiar Gothic trappings of her predecessors Mrs. Radcliffe added a genuine sense of the unearthly in scene and incident which closely approached genius; every touch of setting and action contributing artistically to the impression of illimitable frightfulness which she wished to convey. A few sinister details like a track of blood on castle stairs, a groan from a distant vault, or a weird song in a nocturnal forest can with her conjure up the most powerful images of imminent horror.
William Enfield
A story so well contrived to hold curiosity in pleasing suspense, and at the same time to agitate the soul with strong emotions of sympathetic terror, has seldom been produced. ... Mrs Radcliffe has contrived to produce as powerful an effect as if the invisible world had been obedient to her magic spell; the reader experiences in perfection the strange luxury of artificial terror, without being obliged for a moment to ... yield to the weakness of superstitious credulity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011899010
Publisher:
Idle Spider Books
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
582
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823), called "the first poetess of romantic fiction" by Sir Walter Scott, was the most popular and well-paid novelist of her time. Her work influenced an entire generation of writers as well as refining the Gothic genre itself.

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The Mysteries of Udolpho 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would greatly recommend The Mysterys of Udalpho, by Ann Radcliffe, to any adult or young adult who loves a suspenseful plot with an added bonus of romance. The Mysterys of Udalpho tells the classic story of good versus evil. The book¿s focus is on a young orphaned heroine, Emily St Aubert. Radcliffe does a brilliant job in showing Emily¿s growth physiologically as well as psychologically throughout the book. Emily is held a prisoner at the castle of Udalpho, where it is hard for her to tell reality from fantasy. The constant twists in the plot keep you on the edge of your seat as you are reading. The intricate plot comes together well with an exceptional ending that has you smiling and shaking your head in disbelief.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm still envolved in the book at the moment. And, despite a slow start, it quickly got me interested and now I am captivated by it. I find myself even shouting out exclamations for the characters like one does in a movie theater when the actors start walking towards the weird light and the creepy music starts playing. I can't wait to find out what happens next!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book started out slow, but once I got into it there was no putting the book down. There are so many mysteries throughout the book that it only adds to the intrigue. The author does well in answering all of the questions you form while reading the book. It was a great romance with adventure. I would recommend this book to any serious reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first heard about this book when I was reading Jane Austen's 'Northanger Abbey'. It made this book sound so interesting I just had to read it. I am only 14, but it is one of the greatest books I have ever read. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone even remotely interested in literature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Google's digitaization of this classic is at times impossible to decipher the original word. With numbers and various puncuations thrown in place of letters the text finds itself struggling to convey the intended meaning. To truly enjoy this tale look for a better digital copy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing book that kept me hooked all the way to the end. I fell in love with these characters. This book goes through all the emotions! It's great!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome read. It does start out very slow but it's worth sticking to it. It is full of adventures and mysteries. Quite fabulous.....I definitely want to read more of her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At over 700 pages, this seems to be the entire novel, but again, barely readable. Google should not offer such a bad copy.
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ajjg24 More than 1 year ago
DO NOT ORDER THIS BOOK until you know your version is readable. I just received my order and I'm very disappointed that B&N would allow a book with miniscule print to be sold online! I will have to return it; it's over 300 pages and I will need a magnifiying glass to read it! I've always been very happy with my B&N orders, except for this one. The book is being returned immediately.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED THIS COVER! THIS IS not ABOUT THE BOOK itself but unfortunately the print in this edition is SO miniscule I, a young person with perfect vision, got a headache straining my eyes to read the print. So unfortunate but such a good read!
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Jenn Valenza More than 1 year ago
Theres too many strange characters and typos. About to buy the real version
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NAS_MN More than 1 year ago
I read this book years ago, and it was very lengthy and drawn out. But overall I enjoyed it. It's a true Gothic novel; seemingly every character has sinister motives. And the locations are all dark and mysterious. One of the great mysteries of the novel isn't explained real well. The nefarious characters are contrasted with truly benevolent people, and they all get their just rewards in the end. This book is helpful to read if you plan on reading Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. Ms. Austen references Udolpho often.
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