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Published: 01 March 2016

432 Pages

7.7 x 5.1 inches

ISBN: 9780198704454

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The Monk

New Edition

Matthew Lewis
Edited by Nick Groom

Oxford World's Classics

  • 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.