The Monk

The Monk

by Matthew G. Lewis
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Overview

The Monk by Matthew G. Lewis

When Matthew Lewis’s The Monk was published in 1796, readers were shocked by this gripping and horrific novel. Lewis’s story, which drove the House of Commons—of which he was a member—to deem him licentious and perverse, follows the abbot Ambrosio as he is tempted into a world of incest, murder, and torture by a young girl who has concealed herself in his monastery disguised as a boy. As Ambrosio spirals into hell, the reader encounters an array of haunting characters: the innocent virgin, the Bleeding Nun, the Wandering Jew, an evil prioress, and Lucifer himself.

This Modern Library Paperback Classic, set from the unexpurgated first edition of 1796, brings to a new generation of readers a timeless classic of gothic fiction that has influenced writers from Byron and Emily Brontë to Poe and Hawthorne.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420930900
Publisher: Neeland Media
Publication date: 01/01/2008
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Matthew Gregory Lewis (1775 - 1818) was an English novelist and dramatist, often referred to as "Monk" Lewis, because of the success of his 1796 Gothic novel, The Monk. Intended for a diplomatic career like his father, Lewis spent most of his school vacations abroad to prepare for his future career as well as to study modern languages. His travels sent him to London, Chatham, Scotland and the continent at least twice, including Paris in 1791 and Weimar, Germany from 1792 to 1793. During these travels abroad, Lewis enjoyed spending time in society, a personality trait which he maintained throughout his life. It was at this time that he began translating pre-existing works and writing his own plays.

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The Monk 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Hotness More than 1 year ago
This is, by far, the best book I've ever read. I read it about 7 years ago in college and loved it. I just re-read it and absolutely loved it again! Everyone that I've recommended it to has loved it as well. It is a book to read and keep forever.
ArieneGwenhwyvar More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books. It's a Gothic Romance written by Lewis, who at the time was an 18 yr old member of Parliament. He wrote the book in about 10 weeks. If you like books by Ann Radcliffe and/or Christopher Marlowe's Dr Faustus. You NEED to read this!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel predates everything I have read. I am a sucker for ancient text, or anything written in the 17th century. Lewis' language topples over shakespeare and leaves anne rice in the gutter. I recommend this book for anyone interested in dark subjects, whitchcraft, evil religion, devil incarnate, and all the fervid details that make you quiver.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After adjusting to the writing style, this twisted tale takes off and doesn't seem to slow down even after you've finished reading. A few twists and turns, a level of depravity that can shock even the jaded readers of today, it is a tragedy that such creativity and warped imagination is in such short supply these days. No doubt, The Monk is a prized title in nearly every horror fan's library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a very good book and one of the best ive ever read. It is diffenently a must for anyone who likes horror. I admire Matthew G. Lewis for coming up with the entire tale at such a young age.
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[Night] <p> Spent 90 dollars at Hot topic today :3
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I was surprised by how this book took a turn from what I was expecting. The more I read, the more I appreciated the story. I had to push myself at times to finish it because it was difficult with the spellings but it was worth it.
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coffeephilosopher More than 1 year ago
A deliciously salacious and fast paced bit of gothic literature. Not the genre defining stuff of Walpole and Radcliffe, but a bit of late eighteenth century trashy reading. Well worth the time.
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nickman398 More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best book I have ever read. The novel has a very gothic theme and is super creepy at times. I highly recommend this book if you can enjoy a haunting tale.
Magdalena25 More than 1 year ago
It's not a book for the faint of heart. It hits all the elements of a good hardcore Goth: dungeons, torture chambers, demons, incest, murder, The Wondering Jew, evil priests and nuns, you name it. The book is wrapped in mystery until the very end where all is revealed. You must divorce yourself from reality to read this. It's that fantastical, it deals with archetypes rather than real people which adds to its appeal.

I can't believe that the writer was 19 at the time he penned this and finished it in 10 weeks.
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