The Italian (1797) by Ann Radcliffe

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At last, the first lady of the Gothic makes a long-overdue debut on the blog. The last of her novels to be published in Ann Radcliffe’s lifetime, The Italian: or the Confessional of the Black Penitents was written in response to Matthew Lewis’s The Monk (1796). Whereas Lewis’s novel employed a panoply of demons, ghosts and gore that bordered on camp, Radcliffe’s more subtle account of the machinations of the evil Father Schedoni puts into practice her preference for terror (the sublime stimulation of the nervousness or anxiety that foreshadows horrific events) over horror (the abject revulsion that inevitably greets the horrific reality of catastrophes and abominations directly observed). Presented in the form of an assassin’s confession, the resultant psychological drama is amongst the best the genre (and Radcliffe) has to offer.

The Italian [Kindle]

The Italian [Epub]

The Italian [PDF]

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4 thoughts on “The Italian (1797) by Ann Radcliffe

  1. Alex Fellman

    I love your work. I’d enjoy seeing more late victorian, early edwardian collections, too. I have a few suggestions for authors if you’re interested; many of them are in the public domain in England (I believe, at least) and all of them are due for an electronic release.

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    1. stylesofdying Post author

      Hi Alex

      Thanks for your kind words – I’m always open to suggestions. You can use the contact form (follow the ‘contact’ link at the top of the page).

      Best wishes
      Dewi

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