The Mysteries of Udolpho - 2008 Reading Group
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We'll be reading Ann Radcliffe's classic Gothic romace, The Mysteries of Udolpho, starting the first week of October. You are welcome to join the book discussion at any time.
We'll be discussing the plot and our progress in the novel, the background and influence of the novel, as well as whatever topic people find interesting.
Ann Radcliffe was the most successful of the early Gothic authors, and The Mysteries of Udolpho is one of her best known, most influential works. (It even plays an important role in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey.)
Plot introduction from Wikipedia:
The Mysteries of Udolpho is a quintessential Gothic romance, replete with incidents of physical and psychological terror; remote, crumbling castles; seemingly supernatural events; a brooding, scheming villain; and a persecuted heroine. To this mix Radcliffe adds extensive descriptions of exotic landscapes in the Pyrenees and Apennines. Set in 1584 in southern France and northern Italy, the novel focuses on the plight of Emily St. Aubert, a young French woman who is orphaned after the death of her father. Emily suffers imprisonment in the castle Udolpho at the hands of Signor Montoni, an Italian brigand who has married her aunt and guardian Madame Cheron. Emily's romance with Valancourt, the younger brother of Count Duvarney, is frustrated by Montoni and others. Emily also endeavors to discover an explanation for the mysterious relationship between her father and the Marchioness de Villeroi, a mystery which appears to have connections to the castle Udolpho...
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Created: Oct 2, 2008
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