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The Monk

New Edition

Matthew Lewis
Edited by Nick Groom

January 2016

ISBN: 9780198704454

416 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

In Stock

Oxford World's Classics

Price: £8.99

The Monk (1796) is a masterpiece of Gothic fiction and the first horror novel in English literature. It tells of the pious monk Ambrosio's descent into depravity, his passion leading to rape, blasphemy, black magic, incest, and murder. Its sensational story also reflects the terrors of the French Revolution.

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The Monk (1796) is a masterpiece of Gothic fiction and the first horror novel in English literature. It tells of the pious monk Ambrosio's descent into depravity, his passion leading to rape, blasphemy, black magic, incest, and murder. Its sensational story also reflects the terrors of the French Revolution.

  • A new edition of one of the most sensational Gothic fictions, the first horror novel in English literature, that provides a wealth of detail about the social and political events that fed into Lewis's terrifying story of a pious monk turning bad
  • One of the most influential Gothic novels, The Monk is also a key text on the debate on the French Revolution, and it bears the stamp of other incendiary issues of the day, from gender roles to the depiction of sex and violence to slavery
  • Editor Nick Groom is an expert on the Gothic, and his Introduction examines the literary and historical contexts of the novel, including politics, libertine and erotic literature, the position of women, the emergence of horror fiction and much more
  • Explanatory Notes using contemporary sources provide information on cultural sources, myth and legend, religion and iconography, and contemporary reactions
  • Includes a chronology and up-to-date bibliography

New to this edition

  • New Introduction by Nick Groom, examining in detail the social, political, and cultural contexts that fed into the composition of The Monk and drawing on the latest scholarship.
  • More extensive, up-to-date bibliography.
  • Fuller chronology including biographical, historical, and cultural events.
  • More extensive notes using contemporary sources and providing background information on cultural sources, myth and legend, religion and iconography, and contemporary reactions.

About the Author(s)

Matthew Lewis

Edited by Nick Groom, University of Exeter

Nick Groom publishes widely for both academic and popular readerships and his recent books include The Forger's Shadow (2002), The Union Jack (2006), The Gothic: A Very Short Introduction (2012), and an edition of Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto for Oxford World's Classics (2014). His book The Seasons: An Elegy for the Passing Year (2013) was shortlisted for the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award and nominated for BBC Countryfile Book of the Year.