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The Italian

Third Edition

Ann Radcliffe
Edited by Nick Groom

March 2017

ISBN: 9780198704430

488 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

In Stock

Oxford World's Classics

Price: £9.99

The Italian (1797) is a gripping tale of love and betrayal, abduction and assassination, and incarceration by the Inquisition. Radcliffe's last and most unnerving novel exemplifies her definition of 'terror' writing, combining Romantic and Gothic elements and influencing countless later writers.

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The Italian (1797) is a gripping tale of love and betrayal, abduction and assassination, and incarceration by the Inquisition. Radcliffe's last and most unnerving novel exemplifies her definition of 'terror' writing, combining Romantic and Gothic elements and influencing countless later writers.

  • 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 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.

New to this edition

  • New introduction by Nick Groom, an expert on all things Gothic.
  • Up-to-date bibliography.
  • Fully contextualized biographical, historical, and cultural chronology.
  • Extensive Explanatory Notes.
  • New Appendix that reprints Radcliffe's important essay 'On the Supernatural in Poetry'.

About the Author(s)

Ann Radcliffe

Edited by Nick Groom, University of Exeter

Nick Groom has published widely for both academic and popular readerships, with particular interest in questions of authenticity and the emergence of national and regional identity. His books include The Gothic (2012) for the Very Short Introductions series, The Union Jack: the Story of the British Flag (Atlantic, 2006), and The Seasons: an Elegy for the Passing of the Year (Atlantic, 2013). For Oxford World's Classics he has edited Walpole's The Castle of Otranto and Matthew Lewis's The Monk.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Note on the Text
    Select Bibliography
    Chronology
    The Italian
    Explanatory Notes

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