Valperga: or, the Life and Adventures of Castruccio, Prince of Lucca / Edition 1

Valperga: or, the Life and Adventures of Castruccio, Prince of Lucca / Edition 1

by Mary Shelley
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195108817

ISBN-13: 9780195108811

Pub. Date: 01/28/1998

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Not reprinted since its first edition, Mary Shelley's second novel is sure to be a major discovery of the Mary Shelley bicentenary of 1997. The novel's lack of success as a follow-up to Frankenstein was the result of its subject matter and unconventional approach to the genre of historical fiction, attributes that can only delight the twentieth-century reader.

Overview

Not reprinted since its first edition, Mary Shelley's second novel is sure to be a major discovery of the Mary Shelley bicentenary of 1997. The novel's lack of success as a follow-up to Frankenstein was the result of its subject matter and unconventional approach to the genre of historical fiction, attributes that can only delight the twentieth-century reader. Shelley's mastery of the intricate details of thirteenth-century Tuscan politics is unique among women of her time, and her resolute filtering of the bloody heroics of the age through the sensibilities of two women who are destroyed by them reveals the feminist perspective missing so conspicuously from her first novel. The latest addition to the acclaimed Women Writers in English series, this glittering novel from Romanticism's premier woman storyteller belongs on the shelves of all serious readers of English fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195108811
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Series:
Women Writers in English 1350-1850 Series
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword viii(2)
Chronology x(2)
Introduction xii(12)
Selected Bibliography xxiv(1)
Note on the Text xxiv
VALPERGA, VOLUME I
3(156)
VALPERGA, VOLUME II
159(146)
VALPERGA, VOLUME III
305(138)
Appendix: Pierpont Morgan Manuscript Sheets of Valperga 443

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