"Excellent notes and solid introduction. A good example of the gothic mode, of use in an introduction to fiction or survey of the novel class."--Leslie G. Bailey, St. Martin's College
The Romance of the Forestby Ann Radcliffe
The Romance of the Forest evokes a world drenched in both horror and natural splendor, beset with abductions and imprisonments, and centered upon the frequently terrified but still resourceful and determined heroine Adeline. The Gothic Romance stands perfectly poised between the eighteenth century and the oncoming Age of Romanticism, offering moral lessons,/i>… See more details below
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The Romance of the Forest evokes a world drenched in both horror and natural splendor, beset with abductions and imprisonments, and centered upon the frequently terrified but still resourceful and determined heroine Adeline. The Gothic Romance stands perfectly poised between the eighteenth century and the oncoming Age of Romanticism, offering moral lessons, pure thrills, and a new kind of fiction with more prominence given to atmospheric setting and sustained suspense than ever before.
About the Author
Ann Radcliffe became the best-selling English writer of the 1790s when her husband, publisher of the English Chronicle, encouraged her to write for the commercial market. Praised by Walter Scott and favorably compared to Shakespeare, Radcliffe wrote such successes as The Romance of the Forest and The Mysteries of Udolpho. At the height of her fame she ceased to publish, though she lived until 1823.
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1) about 107 pages 2) an ocr scanned book with out corrections 3) many strange symbols, missing letters, and incorrect letters and punctuation 4) ends part way through the story with a sentence the says it is the end of 1st volume 5) thinking if it as a puzzle helped to make sense of the jumble of words, symbols, misspellings, and out dated word usages
This copy is terrible. There's random symbols and gaps of space throughout the text.
A Romance of the Forest is riveting through the end. Adeline is so endearing. She suffers through so much torment at the hands of the evil Marquis. At the same time she seems to be exceedingly lucky in that she is taken in by strangers who honestly care for her with the minor exception of M. La Motte. In Adeline's world instead of having six degrees of separation she seems to have only two or three degrees of separation whether they are in France, Switzerland, or Italy. The only remains one question unanswered in this story...In the Abbey, in the underground chambers La Motte discovered, there was a door that he could not open. It appeared to be locked from the other side. What is in that chamber?
I believe this is the least known of Radcliffe's big three...fair, young, naive heroine? check. strange mysterious past? check. creepy run down abby? check. libidinous, treacherous, evil man of power? check. white knight trying to protect our heroine? check! This novel's got it all! I highly recommend for anyone interested in Gothic treats such as Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, The Mysteries of Udolpho...
I did start this book. but found it hard to get into. Had heard so much about the writer from other romantic books I have read that I thought it would be interesting to see what her writtings were about. Sadly disappointed, but then I may have given up too soon.