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Mistress of Udolpho
Mistress of Udolpho
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Mistress of Udolpho

The Life of Ann Radcliffe
Rictor Norton
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Mistress of Udolpho

The Life of Ann Radcliffe
Rictor Norton
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This is the biography of the Gothic novelist, Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823), author of "The Mysteries of Udolpho", the world's first
"best seller". The text clarifies Radcliffe's emergence from a Dissenting Unitarian, rather than a conventional Anglican, background. This places Radcliffe within the circle of other women writers nurtured in radical Dissenting backgrounds (such as Wollstonecraft, Hays, Inchbauld and Barbauld). Radcliffe's childhood and family background are documented and the rumours of her madness and reclusiveness investigated leading to an evaluation of the resons for her probable mental breakdown. The text constitutes a "cultural history" of a writing woman, demonstrating her place within radical culture, literary tradition and aesthetic discourse, and examining her role in the rise of the professional woman writer. Her novels are analyzed mainly in the context of her biography and sources.

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Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing
Year
1999
ISBN
9781847142696
Topic
Literature
Subtopic
Literary Criticism
Edition
1

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