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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195108825

ISBN-13: 9780195108828

Pub. Date: 01/28/1998

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Valperga, published in 1823 and reprinted here for the first time, was Mary Shelley's second novel, the successor to Frankenstein. Set in fourteenth-century Tuscany, the novel shares certain structural features with the popular fictions of Sir Walter Scott, most notably the novel Ivanhoe with its contrasting heroines, but Mary Shelley's work pointedly challenges Scott…  See more details below

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Valperga, published in 1823 and reprinted here for the first time, was Mary Shelley's second novel, the successor to Frankenstein. Set in fourteenth-century Tuscany, the novel shares certain structural features with the popular fictions of Sir Walter Scott, most notably the novel Ivanhoe with its contrasting heroines, but Mary Shelley's work pointedly challenges Scott's model, inverting his masculinist and conservative outlook, foregrounding the lives of its principal women, Euthanasia dei Adimari and Beatrice of Ferrara, and attaching to the figure of Castruccio Castracani, Prince of Lucca, a retrograde authoritarianism and sterile lust for power. Valperga, steeped in Mary Shelley's command of local Italian history and culture, offers the vivid pleasures of accomplished historical fiction, while at the same time representing in the clash between Castruccio and Euthanasia a struggle between autocracy and liberal democracy that speaks directly to the contemporary political tensions of post-Napoleonic Europe. Timed for Mary Shelley's bicentennial and superbly introduced by Stuart Curran, this exciting new edition makes available a bold yet little-known work by one of the finest minds in English letters.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195108828
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Series:
Women Writers in English 1350-1850 Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Appendix A: from Godwin’s “Of History and Romance”

Appendix B: from Machiavelli’s Life of Castruccio

Appendix C: Extract from Draft Manuscript

Appendix D: from Sismondi’s History of the Italian Republics of the Middle Ages, II: 110-12 (translation Rajan)

Appendix E: Reviews of Valperga

  1. From The Ladies’ Monthly Museum 17 (April, 1823)
  2. From Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine 13 (1823)
  3. From The Examiner 788 (March 2, 1823)
  4. From The Literary Gazette, and Journal of the Belles Lettres 319 (March 1, 1823)
  5. From Monthly Review 101 (May, 1823)

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