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  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Digireads.com (1 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420945475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420945478
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,880,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Her own survey of the criticism is lucid and wide-ranging.'Times Literary Supplement --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Ann Radcliffe was born Ann Ward. She married William Radcliffe. They had no children, and with her husband's encouragement, she wrote fiction to amuse herself. Her ""Gothic"" novels, which were extremely popular, tend to involve innocent but heroic young women who find themselves in gloomy, mysterious castles at the mercy of complicated men. They influenced Sir Walter Scott and were parodied by Jane Austen. Radcliffe died in 1823 pneumonia. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. G. Harwood on 29 Sep 2013
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I so enjoyed reading this work which just typified Gothic excess at its very best. What we have here is the story of Julia and Emelia and their brother Ferdinand, children of the autocratic Marquis Mazzini who is every bit as diabolic a villain as Radcliffe's more famous Count Montoni. The children are motherless and live in a castle (in the same sublime species of landscape as Udolpho) which has an entire ruined southern hall which is reputed to be haunted. Of course, this is Radcliffe, so we know there aren't any real ghosts and there's going to be a rational explanation (even if it is more unlikely than if there had been actual ghosts). The story mainly concerns Julia, who falls in love with the courtly Hippolitus. However, the evil Marquis has other ideas and tells Julia that she must marry the evil Duke of Luovo. There then follows a series of adventures whereby Julia escapes, ends up in a convent, is given the choice between marrying the Duke or taking the veil, escapes again, gets captured by banditti, caught up in a shipwreck, escapes again, gets caught up in another shipwreck and all kinds of adventures before the inevitable happy ending. In the meantime, the ghostly groans in the castle are explained and everyone (except those who had it coming i.e. the Marquis and his evil adulterous wife) get what they deserved. This is a brilliant example of Gothic fiction with fainting heroines, sword fights, shipwrecks (x 2) and lots of sublime rocky rugged scenery. I loved it so much although I've got to say I was exhausted by the end of it all. Poor old Julia really does go through the wringer to get where she needs to be. It's not too long - certainly not as long as the more famous Mysteries of Udolpho and is a brilliant introduction to the excesses of the gothic genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By skimmity on 16 Jun 2014
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I have read Anne Radfcliffe before, and I am absolutely crazy about Gothic Literature, which i believe is the forerunner to Detective Fiction. A Sicilian Romance like most Gothic Literature centres upon bizarre events, and strange happenings - making the text a bit of a shock fest - designed to titillate the reader. If you haven't read any Gothic Literature, then this is a good starting point.
Anne Radfcliffe is a very great writer - making the text very enjoyable.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Aug 2010
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This was Ann Radcliffe's second novel and like her first it was published anonymously. Although gothic to some extent, her first novel was more historical fiction, but here we see Mrs Radcliffe starting to write what she became famous for. Once again, this tale didn't cause a big splash as it were when first published, but it did carry on being quite popular even many years later.

Set near the end of the sixteenth century, our story revolves around a family who inhabit a castle in Northern Sicily. With bigamy, adultery, false imprisonment, an attempted forced marriage and secrets and other shenanigans, as well as a few coincidences, this isn't the best gothic tale ever written, but it is fun. At only 200 pages long this is a relatively quick read that should keep you absorbed for a few hours.
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By Lisa Ward on 17 July 2013
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This book was really heavy going and i was not able to complete it
i tired getting into it twice but to no avail
sorry it was just not my cup of tea
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By cathk on 19 Mar 2013
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Really enjoyed this classic gothic novel Damsels in distress, dark brooding lords, underground tunnels & castles ruins all you would expect of novel of this genre
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By Mp on 9 Mar 2013
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This is a quick read - if you like gothic, melodramatic, romantic literature, you will like this. Although the characters could be a bit more dimensional, overall it is not a bad read and the ending was satisfying.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By book geek on 17 July 2009
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Having read Mysteries of Udolpho, I decided to give this one a go. Although it is not as good as Udolpho and is very predictable, it is an entertaining, quick read and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
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Bought for study with the sublime, loved the beautiful descriptions of the natural landscapes and setting the characters trans-versed. Story line and characters were predictable and simple but this is to be expected with the Gothic genre.
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