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Published: 01 May 2017

480 Pages

7.7 x 5.1 inches

ISBN: 9780198704430

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The Italian

Third Edition

Ann Radcliffe
Edited by Nick Groom

Oxford World's Classics

  • A new edition of one of the finest Gothic novels, and Radcliffe's most powerful example of 'terror' writing.
  • In the monk Schedoni, Radcliffe creates one of her most sinister characters, and her fast-paced narrative ushers the reader into a shadowy world of mystery and mayhem and the horrors of the Spanish Inquisition.
  • Nick Groom's fascinating introduction shows how Radcliffe blends contemporary debates on the status of women with issues of national identity in the wake of the French Revolution. It explores in detail the literary and historical contexts of the novel.
  • Includes Radcliffe's important essay 'On the Supernatural in Poetry'.
  • Up-to-date bibliography, fully contextualized chronology, extensive explanatory notes using contemporary sources and providing information on cultural sources, Shakespearean allusion, travel writing, theology, and contemporary reception.