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The Mysteries Of Udolpho Vol. 1

By: Ann Radcliffe
Published By: Double9 Books
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Ann Radcliffe's Gothic book "The Mysteries of Udolpho" takes place in France around 1584. The protagonist of the tale is Emily St. Aubert, a young lady who lives with her parents on the remote estate known as La Vallee. Monsieur St. Aubert, Emily's father, lives a tranquil existence surrounded by nature, and Emily carries on his passion for reading and poetry. When Monsieur St. Aubert becomes unwell, the story takes a dark turn, and weird events start to happen. In their fishing cabin, Emily hears someone playing her lute, sees a strange poem, and learns her bracelet has been taken. While the surface-level Quesnel family stays there, Madame St. Aubert succumbs to sickness. Support is given to the bereaved father and daughter by friends and relations. Monsieur St. Aubert and Emily set off on a tour around the Mediterranean coast in an attempt to improve Monsieur St. Aubert's health. They come upon Valancourt, a young guy from a respectable family, who momentarily joins them on their journey. Monsieur St. Aubert's health starts to decline as they travel, so they take sanctuary at Beaujeau, where Valancourt's presence deepens their connection. They eventually split ways and go separately to Arles. Emily is distraught when Monsieur St. Aubert tragically dies.

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Ann Radcliffe

English novelist Ann Radcliffe (née Ward; 9 July 1764 – 7 February 1823) is credited with creating Gothic fiction. She was the only child of haberdasher William Ward and Ann Oates and was born in London. Young Radcliffe started writing, and she became well-known for her atmospheric, suspenseful books that mixed aspects of romance and horror. She wed writer and editor William Radcliffe in 1787. She achieved enormous popularity with her two well-known works, "The Mysteries of Udolpho" (1794) and "The Italian" (1797). Strong characters, frightening locations, and evocative descriptions were all hallmarks of Radcliffe's books. She received accolades for using psychological suspense rather than supernatural components to create a feeling of horror. While Radcliffe was alive, she was quite well-liked, but certain literary groups also had criticism for her. Her writings were criticized for being too romantic and sensational. Even yet, Radcliffe's books impacted the Gothic subgenre and provided authors like Jane Austen and Edgar Allan Poe with inspiration. Early in the 19th century, Radcliffe's writing career came to an end, and she had a tranquil life until her death in 1823. Even today, people acknowledge and appreciate her influence on literature and her role in the development of Gothic fiction.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Double 9 Books
  • Publishing Year: 2023
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 160 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 9358593156
  • ISBN-13: 9789358593150
  • Item Weight: 192g
  • Dimension : 216 x 140 x 9.18 mm
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Reading age : 10+
  • Importer: Double 9 Books
  • Packer: Double 9 Books
  • Book Type : Fiction / Romance / Fantasy,Fiction / Gothic,Fiction / Action & Adventure