Melmoth the Wanderer

Melmoth the Wanderer

by Charles Robert Maturin


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Part Faust, part Mephistopheles, Melmoth has made a satanic bargain for immortality. Now he wanders the earth, an outsider with an eerie, tortured existence, searching for someone who will take on his contract and release him to die a natural death.

With its erudition and wit, and its parody of arcane learned manuscripts, this Gothic masterpiece-first published in 1820-follows in the tradition of both the classics of its genre and the works of Cervantes, Swift, and Sterne. Some of its many admirers were Sir Walter Scott, Honoré de Balzac, Edgar Allan Poe, and Maturin's great nephew, Oscar Wilde. This edition includes a critical introduction, explanatory notes, and suggestions for further reading.

Author Bio: Charles Robert Maturin (1782-1824), an ordained clergyman in the Church of Ireland, wrote several Irish romances, in addition to his Gothic novels.

Victor Sage is Reader in Literature at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, and has written fiction as well as critical work on the Gothic tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783337442415
Publisher: Bod Third Party Titles
Publication date: 05/12/2019
Pages: 364
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Charles Robert Maturin (1782-1824) was born in Dublin and educated at Trinity College. He took orders and worked as a curate in Loughrea and Dublin. Maturin enjoyed literary success with his Gothic novels and a tragedy 'Bertram' (1816). His later plays and fiction, including Melmoth the Wanderer, were neglected and he died in poverty.

Victor Sage is Reader in Literature in the School of English and American Studies at the University of East Anglia.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Note on the Text xx
Select Bibliography xxi
A Chronology of Charles Robert Maturin xxiii
Volume 1
Stanton's Tale
Tale of the Spaniard
Volume II
Volume III
Tale of the Indians
Volume IV
Tale of Guzman's Family
The Lovers' Tale
The Wanderer's Dream
Explanatory Notes 543

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