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The Italian, Or, The Confessional of the Black Penitents : A Romance

Radcliffe, Ann Ward (Book - 2008)
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The Italian, Or, The Confessional of the Black Penitents : A Romance
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`His figure was striking, but not so from grace ... and as he stalked along, wrapt in the black garments of his order, there was something terrible in its air; something almost super-human.' First published in 1797, The Italian is one of the finest examples of Gothic romance. The fast-paced, narrative centres on Ann Radcliffe's most brilliant creation, the sinister monk Schedoni, whose past is shrouded in mystery. From the novel's opening chapters the reader is ushered into ashadowy world in which crime and religion are mingled. In the church of Santa Maria del Pianto in Naples, Ellena Rosalba and Vincentio di Vivaldi first meet; but their love is ill-omened. Leagued against them are the proud and ambitious Marchese di Vivaldi and her confessor Father Schedoni. When Ellena vanishes on the death of her guardian, Vivaldi sets out in pursuit of her across the mountainous regions of southern Italy before himself falling prey to the Holy Inquisition. This revised and expanded edition explores the novel in the context of British attitudes to Italy and Roman Catholicism in the late eighteenth century with close attention to the novel's style and form.
Authors: Radcliffe, Ann Ward, 1764-1823
Title: The Italian, or, The confessional of the Black Penitents : a romance
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2008
Edition: New ed
Characteristics: xxxviii, 423 p. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Ann Radcliffe ; edited by Frederick Garber ; with an introduction and notes by E.J. Clery
Notes: Reissue. Originally published: 1968
Additional Contributors: Clery, E. J.
Garber, Frederick
ISBN: 0199537402
9780199537402
Branch Call Number: FICTION RADCLIFFE 2008
Bibliography: Includes bibliography (p. [xxxiii]-xxxvi)
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