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THE ITALIAN, OR THE CONFESSIONAL OF THE BLACK PENITENTS: A ROMANCE .
Printed for T. Cadell Jun. and W. Davies (Successors to Mr. Cadell) in the Strand, London 1797 - 12mo, three volumes: [i-iii] iv-xii [1] 2-336; [1-2] [1] 2-360; [1-2] [1] 2-444, full contemporary sheep with red leather title labels on spines. First edition. "In contrast with the slow turning of the screw of suspense in THE MYSTERIES OF UDOLPHO (1794), Radcliffe's final Gothic novel consciously competes with the horrific Gothic of Lewis and the villain-centered action of THE MONK (1796) . In her movement from terror to horror fiction in THE ITALIAN, Radcliffe sounded a new octave on the Gothic scale. While many readers preferred the quieter terrors of UDOLPHO, THE ITALIAN may well rank as her masterpiece." - Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 1-317. "Often cited as the most artful exponent of the early Gothic romance . Radcliffe's works appeared between 1789 and 1797, replete with all manner of Gothic elements -- monks, inquisition, disguises, intrigues, escapes, gloomy castles, fierce banditti -- and landscapes and style to match. Walpole had launched the Gothic romance, but Radcliffe established its vogue . Radcliffe's best romance. Its dramatic plot and distinctive character studies, especially the portrayal of the villainous monk Schedoni, make this novel unique." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 345-46. ". Radcliffe's finest work. The story is more skillfully constructed; it has a greater unity of plan, the pictures are more individual and distinct, the figures more terrible, the situations more thrilling and vivid." - Bleiler (ed), Supernatural Fiction Writers: Fantasy and Horror, p. 147. "A strong story, with a heavy atmosphere, lurking menace and horror. and the usual felicitous landscape descriptions. This is generally considered to be Mrs. Radcliffe's finest work." - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1371. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 1-84. Summers, A Gothic Bibliography, p. 370. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature II, pp. 787-90. Bleiler (1978), p. 163. Block, The English Novel 1740-1850, p. 193. Rothschild 1703. Spine ends and corner tips worn, bindings rubbed, several joints cracked but hinges holding tight, internally quite clean. A nice set. (#153249) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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