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Ann Radcliffe The Mysteries of Udolpho. In parentheses Publications Gothic Series.

Ann Radcliffe The Mysteries of Udolpho. Cambridge, Ontario 2001. This room opened upon a grove which stood on the brow of a gentle declivity, that fell towards the river, and the tall trees gave it a melancholy and pleasing shade; while from the windows the eye caught, beneath the spreading branches, the gay and luxuriant landscape stretching to the west, and overlooked on the left by the bold precipices of the Pyrenees.

ANN RADCLIFFE was born in 1764, the daughter of a London tradesman. The mysteries of udolpho. In 1787 she married William Radcliffe, later the manager of the English Chronicle. She set her first novel, The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne (1789), in Scotland, and it received little critical or public attention. Published by the Penguin Group. Penguin Books Ltd, 27 Wrights Lane, London w8 5TZ, England.

Ann Ward Radcliffe, Darrell Schweitzer

Ann Ward Radcliffe, Darrell Schweitzer. Mysterious sounds, opened doors, frightful legends and a nameless horror in a niche behind a black veil all operate in quick succession to unnerve the heroine and her faithful attendant, Annette; but finally, after the death of her aunt, she escapes with the aid of a fellow-prisoner whom she has discovered

The Mysteries of Udolpho, by Ann Radcliffe, appeared in four volumes on 8 May 1794 from G. G. and J. Robinson of London, which paid her £500 for the manuscript.

The Mysteries of Udolpho, by Ann Radcliffe, appeared in four volumes on 8 May 1794 from G. Her fourth and most popular novel, The Mysteries of Udolpho tells of Emily St. Aubert, who suffers, among other misadventures, the death of her mother and father, supernatural terrors in a gloomy castle and machinations of an Italian brigand.

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With The Mysteries of Udolpho, Ann Radcliffe raised the . .I am absolutely certain that Ann Radcliffe wrote this book as a sort of extended journal for her travels.Ann Radcliffe devouts many passages describing the romantic scenery of France and Italy. Emily is a contemplative person, given herself over to many long sighs, and indulging in pleasurable melancholy about her future. At least half of it is devoted to scenery descriptions. Now this is "I believe that memory is responsible for nearly all these three-volume novels" -Oscar Wilde.

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Such is the state of mind in which Emily St. Aubuert - the orphaned heroine of Ann Radcliffe's 1794 gothic Classic, The Mysteries of Udolpho - finds herself after Count Montoni, her evil guardian, imprisions her in his gloomy medieval fortress in the Appenines. present life appeared like the dream of a distempered imagination, or like one of those frightful fictions, in which the wild genius of the poets sometimes delighted. Rreflections brought only regret, and anticipation terror.

Mysterious sounds, opened doors, frightful legends and a nameless horror in a niche behind a black veil all operate in quick succession to unnerve the heroine and her faithful attendant, Annette; but finally, after the death of her aunt, she escapes with the aid of a fellow-prisoner whom she has discovered. On the way home she stops at a chateau filled with fresh horrors -- the abandoned wing where the departed chatelaine dwelt and the bed of death with the black pall -- but is finally restored to security and happiness with her lover Valancourt, after the clearing-up of a secret which seemed for a time to involve her birth in mystery.

Clearly, this is only familiar material re-worked; but it is so well re-worked that Udolpho will always be a classic. Mrs. Radcliffe's characters are puppets, but they are less markedly so than those of her forerunners. And in atmospheric creation she stands preeminent among those of her time." -- H. P. Lovecraft, "Supernatural Horror In Literature"

The Mysteries of Udolpho, by Ann Radcliffe, was published in four volumes on 8 May 1794 by G. G. and J. Robinson of London. The firm paid her £500 for the manuscript. The contract is housed at the University of Virginia Library.

Mrs. Radcliffe wrote six novels; The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne (1789), A Sicilian Romance (1790), The Romance of the Forest (1792), The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794), The Italian (1797), and Gaston de Blondeville, composed in 1802 but first published posthumously in 1826. Of these Udolpho is by far the most famous, and may be taken as a type of the early Gothic tale at its best.

This book is a literary adventure! A must read for any classic enthusiast. Over the summer I stumbled upon Ann Radcliffe and The Mysteries of Udolpho by reading Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey. Although Northanger Abbey is comical, it pays deference to Udolpho and sparked my curiosity. The main character of Northanger, Catherine spent the majority of the book reading Udolpho. I almost wished that I had read both books simultaneously.

Now as I am about to finish Udolpho (all 632 pages), I'm a bit sad because I will miss it. Radcliffe's language is rich, descriptive and beautiful. She is the artist of an incredibly layered mystery. As an American, I've read a great deal of traditional Gothic Literature, but never any Radcliffe. The descriptive passages transport the reader to another world. Udolpho sparked my imagination, much in the same way it sparked Catherine Moreland's in Northanger Abbey.

If you endeavor to read this book, as it is an investment, prepare to be contemplative. The book has a great deal of thrills and intrigue along with beautiful poetry and quotes from some of the greatest works and translations in the English Canon. I'm hoping someone will make this book into a masterpiece theater mini-series. It would be highly rated.
I read this book because of the influence it had on Jane Austens writing of, "Northanger Abbey." Being an Austenophile, I was prepared for similarities between these books. Wrong. Ann Ward Radcliffe was a completely different classification of writer. This book would make a great movie, I give it that. However, the descriptive passages of scenery viewed by the travelers were repetitive, ridiculously rhapsodizing and tedious. How many ways can you describe rocks and trees? The main character, Emily, cries over just about anything, although some sadness is valid because of her father's death, Otherwise, the pages are sopping wet over good, bad, ugly and picturesque. Find your spine woman! Embroider a hanky, cease and desist from the incessant tears, near tears, tearing up, or just thinking about tears. As for Udolpho, there is no mystery....it's early gothic, nearly gruesome and most of the incidents are "what if" scenario speculations.

The weird part is, after writing all this is.....I missed the characters after I finished reading the book...so I gave it an extra star on that point alone. Something must have connected.
I have been intrigued by this novel for years, but I only knew Udolpho by reputation until I finally read the novel recently. Many studies of Gothic fiction cite Radcliffe's novel as a classic Gothic text, one of the early examples that set the standard for the genre as we now think of it. Scholars of the Female Gothic subgenre in particular point to Udolpho as an early example, mostly due to Emily St. Aubert's perfect turn as the helpless female heroine who became a stock character in early Gothic fiction. Then, of course, I read Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey in a college seminar and imagined Udolpho to be a laugh-worthy, melodramatic, fake horror fest. I can't say there aren't any laughable moments (Emily's poems), or that there isn't melodrama (lots of fainting; the parting scene between Emily and Valancourt at the end of Volume I), or even that there isn't some fake horror (all of the "mysteries" are explained by the novel's close); however, Radcliffe's novel defied my expectations in more ways than it reaffirmed them.

The Oxford World's Classics edition with the introduction by Terry Castle is the only edition I've read, but I recommend it particularly because of the introduction, which I found very interesting and insightful after finishing the novel. One point that Castle makes is that despite the novel's Gothic label, Udolpho is more like "a disconcerting textual hybrid." The multi-generic nature of the novel is one of the features that most surprised me; it takes quite a while for Emily to become imprisoned in Udolpho and what precedes her time there is almost anti-Gothic. Emily has perfect parents and the perfect upbringing, though she begins to suffer relatively early on when her mother dies. After this point, she and her father embark on a long trip across France, described at length by Radcliffe in what Castle terms "a bizarre quasi-travelogue." Here we get super-detailed descriptions of natural scenery and of the innate goodness of the St. Aubert clan. Yes, some of the nature described could be filed under "sublime," and such descriptions are standard in many Gothic texts. They are also standard in many Romantic texts, and while the overlap between those two genres/movements is significant, for some reason the Gothic has been viewed as the dark, popular (ew!) sibling of the (maybe) sunnier (self-satisfied?), high-art-producing Romanticism. While the St. Auberts' innocence and goodness make them prime targets for our evil Italian villains (Montoni, primarily), they do spend a lot of their time happily exploring nature, and even after several tragedies befall her and dampen her spirits (and make her faint a lot), Emily is relatively cheerful at times. In other words, the mood is not always Gothic in the novel; indeed, it's probably Gothic less often than it is something else. And then besides the travel narrative, there are also those poems that Emily composes on a whim, about sea nymphs and weary travelers. Radcliffe also incorporates excerpts from poetry into her prose, along with lines from Shakespeare plays, and she begins each chapter with epigraphs from other works. I think that in many ways, the mixing of genres in the novel ultimately makes it a more interesting and more complex text.

Udolpho is a very long novel (almost 700 pages), but, as an insanely popular best-seller in the late 18th century, Radcliffe's work was apparently quite a page-turner. Even Austen's Henry Tilney admits that after hijacking his younger sister's copy of the novel, he "could not lay down again; I remember finishing it in two days--my hair standing on end the whole time." For modern readers, there's not going to be much in Udolpho that is particularly scary, but Radcliffe does create suspense by introducing mysterious plot elements and not resolving those elements for, literally, hundreds of pages. But because all of those elements are, indeed, resolved, and any potentially supernatural phenomena are explained away, the novel isn't really about scaring the reader at all. Instead, we are invited to witness, as many other reviewers have noted, the coming-of-age of the heroine, as she struggles to overcome her passion and superstition to live a life governed by reason and logic. At the same time, however, I agree with Castle that Radcliffe aims "to reawaken in her readers a sense of the numinous - of invisible forces at work in the world." These forces are not exactly supernatural, though; instead, "Radcliffe represents the human mind itself as a kind of supernatural entity." In this sense, Udolpho is truly a Gothic classic as a result of its interest not in mysterious external forces, but in the way in which the human mind registers such forces, and how it attempts to understand and work through them. The Gothic's preoccupation with human psychology is more often-commented on in response to American Gothic works like Poe's short stories or Female Gothic classics like Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper," but I see this as a primary interest of Radcliffe's in Udolpho, as well.

I have given the novel five stars, which reflects my personal enjoyment of the work and my interest in the themes and issues it raises for a reader. It will probably be most well-loved by those interested in Gothic fiction, literature by women, and those who are enamored by lengthy, patient, meticulously-detailed narratives. As a fan of all of those things, I recommend the novel and its introduction very highly.
As a Jane Austen fan I had looked for the 'Mysteries of Udolpho' for years. I was so pleased to find a version of this very old novel for my Kindle. The writing style is great, taking you right into the action. The description of scenery is wonderful too. The plot devices are a little heavy handed though. Would a man suffering from a serious disease take a pleasure trip through rugged terrain exposing his beloved daughter to every peril? He would if the author wanted to make the heroine a damsel in distress.

I give this novel four stars for it's historical research value and it's writing style. But to be honest, I have yet to finish the book. Things are so thickly broadcasted that I already know the ending. Still if you are a Jane Austen fan you just have to get this, right?
I was definitely engrossed in the story, but there's only so much injustice a person can take without being frustrated that vindication has not come along on a white horse yet. The story had all the proper thrills and intrigues, but they were continually interrupted by Emily fainting. Perhaps I've been spoiled by being accustomed to girls with heroine's hearts rather than protagonists who are fine and delicate. I was not so engrossed that I read it cover to cover, but the ending was sufficiently astonishing with its revelations and there were enough moments of horror to keep me more than interested. The first two reviews are correct, the poetry and etc is mostly left out, but I didn't particularly miss it.