The Romance of the Forest

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Oxford University Press, 1999 - Fiction - 397 pages
The Romance of the Forest (1791) heralded an enormous surge in the popularity of Gothic novels, in a decade that included Ann Radcliffe's later works, The Mysteries of Udolpho and The Italian.Set in Roman Catholic Europe of violent passions and extreme oppression, the novel follows the fate of its heroine Adeline, who is mysteriously placed under the protection of a family fleeing Paris for debt. They take refuge in a ruined abbey in south-eastern France, where sinister relics of thepast - a skeleton, a manuscript, and a rusty dagger - are discovered in concealed rooms. Adeline finds herself at the mercy of the abbey's proprietor, a libidinous Marquis whose attentions finally force her to contemplate escape to distant regions.Rich in allusions to aesthetic theory and to travel literature, The Romance of the Forest is also concerned with current philosophical debate and examines systems of thought central to the intellectual life of late eighteenth-century Europe.
 

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'It is the first proof of a superior mind to liberate itself from prejudices of country, or of education.' (222) I read this because it was suggested to me that in the works of Ann Radcliffe and Maria ... Read full review

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I can't say I was enthralled by this story, the heroine's constant fainting in the face of adversity annoyed me no end. It was ok but I far prefer other gothic authors. Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgements
8
Note on the Text
xxv
THE ROMANCE OF THE FOREST 1
26
Explanatory Notes
364
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Chloe Chard is at University of Sheffield.

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