The Italian

The Italian


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The Italian by Ann Radcliffe

From the first moment Vincentio di Vivaldi, a young nobleman, sets eyes on the veiled figure of Ellena, he is captivated by her enigmatic beauty and grace. But his haughty and manipulative mother is against the match and enlists the help of her confessor to come between them. Schedoni, previously a leading figure of the Inquisition, is a demonic, scheming monk with no qualms about the task, whether it entails abduction, torture—or even murder. The Italian secured Ann Radcliffe's position as the leading writer of Gothic romance of the age, for its atmosphere of supernatural and nightmarish horrors, combined with her evocation of sublime landscapes and chilling narrative.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140437546
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/2001
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 680,958
Product dimensions: 5.16(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.94(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ann Radcliffe was born in 1764, the daughter of a London tradesman. In 1786 she married William Radcliffe, later the manager of The English Chronicle. She set her first novel, The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne (1789), in Scotland, and it received little critical or public attention. Using more exotic locations in Europe, notably the 'sublime' landscapes of the Alps and Pyrenees, she wrote four more novels within ten years: A Sicilian Romance (1790), The Romance of the Forest (1791), The Mysteries of Udolfo (1794) and The Italian (1797), as well as a volume of descriptions of her travels in Holland, Germany and the Lake District.

The success of The Romance of the Forest established Radcliffe as the leading exponent of the historical Gothic Romance. Her later novels met with even greater attention, and produced many imitators (and, famously, Jane Austen's burlesque of The Romance of the Forest in Northanger Abbey), and influenced the work of Sir Walter Scott and Mary Wollstonecraft.

The Italian was the last book she published in her lifetime; a novel, Gaston de Blondeville, and St. Albans Abbey: A Metrical Tale were published posthumously. Despite the sensational nature of her romances and their enormous success, Radcliffe and her husband lived quietly—she made only one foreign journey and barely glimpsed the Alps that she wrote about so vividly. She died in 1823 from respiratory problems probably caused by pneumonia.

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WTVCrimeDawg More than 1 year ago
Ann Radcliffe is queen of the gothic romance novel. The Italian is well written, with many plot twists, good character development, and great landscape descriptions and settings. However, it contains very long passages of exposition that slowed the plot and made me set the book down several times. It's a very difficult book to read in one or two sittings. It is, overall, a good read, if you're interested in gothic fiction, although I prefer other gothic classics like Dracula and Frankenstein.
NAS_MN More than 1 year ago
This version was worth the money! The free Google version had so many errors it was unreadable. This e-version only had a few areas where the oldfashioned S's still translated as F's. The story was interesting and had a lot of action. As with Gothic mysteries there were many sinister characters with selfish motives and dastardly plans. Every house the characters stumbled upon was dilapitated and had a sad history. The plot had me captivated right up until the end, although the climax left me unsatisfied. I felt that Radcliffe could have created a more exciting ending.
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Ashley Cavazos-Franck More than 1 year ago
Very good ebook. No more typos than you would find in the original, which is refreshing. Ann Radcliffe has a wonderful sense of humour in this book, as well as keeping to her reputation of describing the beautiful landscapes of Italy. Highly recommend this book....this version
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