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  • Author:
    Ann Radcliffe
  • ISBN:
    1845880730
  • ISBN13:
    978-1845880736
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  • Publisher:
    Nonsuch Publishing; First Edition edition (June 1, 2005)
  • Pages:
    380 pages
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    Humanities
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Compared to The Mysteries of Udolpho, The Romance of the Forest has fewer explained ghosts but the few it has are employ well and to great effect. One aspect of the story I found very interesting was how Radcliffe handled Adeline's romantic interests.

Compared to The Mysteries of Udolpho, The Romance of the Forest has fewer explained ghosts but the few it has are employ well and to great effect.

The Romance of the Forest is a Gothic novel by Ann Radcliffe that was first published in 1791. It combines an air of mystery and suspense with an examination of the tension between hedonism and morality. Furthermore, "this novel also established her reputation as the first among her era's writers of romance.

Ann Radcliffe's The Romance of the Forest, first published in 1791, is the epitome of the Gothic novel: a beautiful, orphaned heiress, a dashing hero, a dissolute, aristocratic villain and a ruined abbey deep in a great forest are combined by the author in a tale of suspense where danger lurks behind every secret trap-door

The author of Romance of the Forest, Anne Radcliffe, takes shortcuts that no writing workshop would tolerate. This book was published in 1791.

The author of Romance of the Forest, Anne Radcliffe, takes shortcuts that no writing workshop would tolerate. Main characters are often not described in any sort of detail. Author Ann Radcliffe was married, never traveled far from London, and she is regarded as one of those writers that began the "romantic gothic novel. She profoundly influenced Jane Austin. The writing is so rich and exquisite, you'll need to go slow and savor each sentence.

Ann Radcliffe has been called the "Great Enchantress" of her age and this is one of her finest novels. Supernatural eerie thrills, midnight explorations of draughty corridors and mysterious partly burned notes all play their parts. Supernatural eerie thrills, midnight explorations of draughty corridors and mysterious partly burned notes all play their parts

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Ann Radcliffe’s Romance of the Forest, first published in 1791, is the epitome of the Gothic novel: a beautiful, orphaned heiress, a dashing hero, a dissolute, aristocratic villain, and a ruined abbey deep in a great forest are combined by the author in a tale of suspense where danger.

Ann Radcliffe’s Romance of the Forest, first published in 1791, is the epitome of the Gothic novel: a beautiful, orphaned heiress, a dashing hero, a dissolute, aristocratic villain, and a ruined abbey deep in a great forest are combined by the author in a tale of suspense where danger lurks behind every secret trap-door

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Ann Radcliffe was born Ann Ward on 9th July 1764 in Holborn, central London to parents William and An. She achieved a wide fame with her third novel, The Romance of the Forest (1791), a tale of 17th-century France

Ann Radcliffe was born Ann Ward on 9th July 1764 in Holborn, central London to parents William and Ann. For writer who illuminated her times very little is known of her life. Her father was a haberdasher and the family eventually moved to Bath and lived in well to do gentility. She achieved a wide fame with her third novel, The Romance of the Forest (1791), a tale of 17th-century France. Her next novel, The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794), turned her into the most popular novelist in England. Such was the interest in her that the famed Christina Georgina Rossetti wished to write a biography of her but abandoned the project as there was scant information to use.

Ann Radcliffe’s Romance of the Forest, first published in 1791, is the epitome of the Gothic novel: a beautiful, orphaned heiress, a dashing hero, a dissolute, aristocratic villain and a ruined abbey deep in a great forest are combined by the author in a tale of suspense where danger.

Ann Radcliffe’s Romance of the Forest, first published in 1791, is the epitome of the Gothic novel: a beautiful, orphaned heiress, a dashing hero, a dissolute, aristocratic villain and a ruined abbey deep in a great forest are combined by the author in a tale of suspense where danger lurks behind every secret trap-door

Ann Radcliffe’s Romance of the Forest, first published in 1791, is the epitome of the Gothic novel: a beautiful, orphaned heiress, a dashing hero, a dissolute, aristocratic villain, and a ruined abbey deep in a great forest are combined by the author in a tale of suspense where danger lurks behind every secret trap-door. Reprinted four times between 1791 and 1795 and satirised as representative of the Gothic genre by Jane Austen in Northanger Abbey, Radcliffe’s tense masterpiece, in which the heroine is afraid even to look in the mirror for fear of what she might see behind her, established her reputation as a writer.

Kelenn
Compared to The Mysteries of Udolpho, The Romance of the Forest has fewer explained ghosts but the few it has are employ well and to great effect. One aspect of the story I found very interesting was how Radcliffe handled Adeline's romantic interests. Some have described Adeline has cold because she resists from trusting others, and particularly the men who love her, but I found her resistance perfectly reasonable consider how she was deprived of a loving family and betrayed the few friends she thought she had. I found it to be a much more true depiction of love than one typically expects from a romance. Also, Radcliffe's description of madame La Motte's growing jealously and suspicions was expertly handled and with much fidelity to human emotion.
Dellevar
The first chapters of this gothic romance deal with the misfortunes of a Mr. La Motte and his wife. He has to run away from the city to avoid being imprisoned for debts. In their journey they meet the lovely and quintessential gothic heroine, Adeline, in very strange circumstances, that will be explained in the next chapters.
From the beginning there are beatiful landscape descriptions, and an all pervading feeling of sadness, despair, and melancholy. The characters are uncertain about their safety, and their future, so they are unhappy.
Mrs. La Motte and Adeline, feel the pangs of loneliness. Maybe this is a book about loneliness, and the way people feel about it. Like most horror and fantasy books, it is a book about loneliness.
Mrs. Radcliffe creates an atmosphere of uncertainty, nobody really knows what is going to happen, and they always wait for the worst. The greatest terror is the terror of uncertainty, when everything people consider stable and firm, start to collapse. When things fall apart.
I particullary liked when Adeline, while talking to Mr. La Motte, said that people can extract comfort from most situations. Even in a desperate moment, it is possible to find pleasure and forgetfulness, appreciating a quiet and peaceful place or relaxing in a lovely scenary, instead of always concentrating on your problems, or misfortunes.
People, do not have to suffer the cloud of sorrow to tinge every object they look upon, - said Adeline-. Was not she right? Adeline always found comfort, in the contemplation of nature. Mrs. Radcliffe insists that people may find relief to their sorrows, contemplating a sublime place, or inmersing in nature.
Mr. LaMotte and his family settled in an abandoned abbey, surrrounded by a thick wood, and a deserted countryside. A beautiful, and - at the same time - dreary place.
Typical of this genre, the abbey has many recesses, secret chambers, cells, and apparently, a ghost. It seems that somebody dissapeared in the derelict abbey, a long time ago, in strange circumstances, and his spectre haunts the place. These facts succeed in creating a gloomy, melancholy and dreary atmosphere. A manuscript is found in one of the many recesses, that may explain what really happened in the abbey, and who were responsible for the misdeeds.
There are some good sonnets interspersed in the text, like one dedicated to fancy, that may help people to forget their misfortunes, or some other dedicated to the night, and to a lilly.
More disgraces await poor Adeline, she had to find out that people are not always what they seem to be. That certain persons she considered friends are not real friends. But in spite of her dissapointments, she still keeps faith in the goodness of humanity. She does not want to become a bitter person, who does not trust anybody, just because some people deceived her. With time, Adeline will learn that people may repent, and never are completely bad.
The moods and feelings of Adeline, - fear, dispair, terror, etc.- sometimes correspond to alteration in weather.
When she is afraid, there are violents storms, gusts, etc. It is as if her feelings were related with nature, and her gloomy moods are reflected outside. It is a way to enhance the feeling the writer wanted her readers to experience.
It is a book for people fond of gothic fiction. In spite of the naive plot, and somewhat idealized characters.
Lesesshe
I have always loved this book, but needed a replacement for my old edition. The type is very hard to read in this edition. It hurts my eyes if I read longer an a few minutes. Very small font.
Cozius
This is great literature which I love reading. To me the story is secondary with primary enjoyment from reading descriptions of scenery and digging into the personalities of characters. Violence and sexual content are present when necessary but are only alluded to as necessary events in the plot. There is nothing offensive. Ratcliffe is a magnificent writer.
watchman
All of the characters are terribly annoying and the word "melancholy" is used about every other sentence.
Bolanim
I adore old British literature- the words are rich and enveloping. I can read Jane Erye or any Bronte/Austen novels over and over again. But Radcliffe was new to me and suggested by an English Lit Professor. Though this genre is somewhat predictable, the process is filled with colorful description of both the countryside as well as the emotion. I love that you can get them on your kindle at a reasonable cost and have an instant read wherever you are.
White gold
Fantastic literature, great read for students!!
ii love ann radcliffe's works