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The Mysteries of Udolpho
     

The Mysteries of Udolpho

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by Ann Ward Radcliffe
 

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An unparalleled example of Gothic romance, Radcliffe's novel portrays the multitude of misfortunes heaped upon the admirable French heroine, Emily St. Aubert. Losing first her mother, then her beloved father, the orphaned Emily must be separated from her newfound love Valancourt to live with her aunt and new guardian, Madame Cheron. Emily then faces the evil

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An unparalleled example of Gothic romance, Radcliffe's novel portrays the multitude of misfortunes heaped upon the admirable French heroine, Emily St. Aubert. Losing first her mother, then her beloved father, the orphaned Emily must be separated from her newfound love Valancourt to live with her aunt and new guardian, Madame Cheron. Emily then faces the evil machinations of her aunt's husband, the Italian brigand Signor Montoni, who imprisons the two women in the dismal, degenerate, and isolated castle Udolpho. It is here where Emily must overcome persecution from an unwelcome suitor, the threats of Montoni, and, most frightening of all, the psychological terror of apparently supernatural occurrences and her own riotous, horrified imagination. Radcliffe transitions from the striking mountain landscapes of France and Italy to the illusory and even phantasmal terrain of the heroine's mind creates an enthralling tale that explores the farthest reaches of a young woman's experiences of outer and inner life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596251533
Publisher:
Neeland Media LLC
Publication date:
01/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Ann Radcliffe (née Ward, 9 July 1764 - 7 February 1823) was an English author and pioneer of the Gothic novel.

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The Mysteries of Udolpho 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Pryde47 More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite novel ever! I stumbled across it beacuse Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey" was heavily influenced by this classic book, and name-dropped it several time. This book was instrumental in shaping the modern detective novel, and is drenched in gothic atmosphere. There's mystery, suspense, romance, drama and it's even a travelogue of sorts. It's an ambitious read, but thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Written in 1794, Udolpho has served as the prototype for most detective novels and horror stories for the past 200 years. Unfortunately, this book did not live up to my expectations, but was still enjoyable. While yes, there were may parts that were genuinely suspenseful and exciting, and Radcliffe did create a masterfully woven mystery that incorporated events and clues from throughout the book. But as a piece of literature, it just seems to lack focus. It was almost like she wanted it to be as exciting as possible, and went out of the way to manufacture extraordinary events that felt simply thrown into the story (mountainous bandit pirates?). At the beginning of the story, Radcliffe's detailed description of landscapes can be extremely excessive, but do taper off towards the end of the book. The most contrived part of the book was the poetry. Now I do adore poetry, but it just did not have a place in this novel. The narration would simply halt to say "here are some lines written by Emily (the heroine)", and then go back to where the story left off. Also, the characters tended to be quite stoic, and never evolved out of the good/evil archetypes. But this novel was not meant to be a detailed analysis of human nature, but a gothic horror story, and it did manage itself quite beautifully to that end. And for a 18th century housewife who never wrote a book until she was thirty, this hefty novel was indeed quite an accomplishment. So one the whole I deem this an indulgent bit of mystery and excitement, but not something that leaves a lasting impression.
ekw More than 1 year ago
There are four volumes of the imprint.
kcast610 More than 1 year ago
I decided to read The Mysteries of Udolpho after reading Jane Austin's Northanger Abbey, which is also an excellent book. This (Udolpho) is by far the best book I have ever read. There are so many twists and turns in the story. Emily is such a dear sweet girl who finds herself in horrible circumstances. Your heart aches for her. Will she ever fulfill her father's desires for her future?
bjdoureaux 7 months ago
Written in 1794, this gothic romance is thought by some to be the origins of the detective novel. It tells the story of Emily St. Aubert, who finds herself under the care of her uncle. Questions and mysteries arise from secrets of her father's past. I didn't finish this one. I was about 120 pages in when I decided to stop, because nothing had happened yet to keep me going. The majority of those first 100 pages chronicles the travels of Emily and her father, describing the vistas in detail. The appearance of Emily's love interest, Valancourt, made this slightly bearable, but the story moves along so slowly that the thought of going on for another 500+ pages made me cringe. This one just wasn't for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another bad scan where the S 's scan as F ' s. Try another.
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yukiji More than 1 year ago
The first time I ever heard of this book was when I read Jane Austens Northanger Abey. This book plays a role in the other and so I was curious. I found this book very enjoyable and am looking forward to reading more of Radcliffe's novels.
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alisamyatt More than 1 year ago
I was curious about The Mysteries of Udolpho after reading Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey - and it did not fail! It was a fantastic read. The characters are so interesting. They are sad and happy, gallant and mischievious. I couldn't stop reading it. The story keeps you guessing and boy was I wrong when I discovered the truth! It is the perfect mixture of a romance story, mystery, thriller, etc. Wait until you read about the black veil, what are the noises she hears, and who is the mysterious nun??? Now I will admit I am not big on poetry and skipped most of that, but it not take away from the story, so don't let the poetry stop you from reading it, if you are like me. This was a great story and I can't wait to read the rest of Mrs. Radcliffe's horid novels!