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The Monk (Modern Library Classics)by Matthew Lewis
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When Matthew Lewiss The Monk was published in 1796, readers were shocked by this gripping and horrific novel. Lewiss story, which drove the House of Commons—of which he was a member—to deem him licentious and perverse, follows the abbot Ambrosio as he is tempted into a world of incest, murder, and torture by a young girl who has concealed herself in his monastery disguised as a boy. As Ambrosio spirals into hell, the reader encounters an array of haunting characters: the innocent virgin, the Bleeding Nun, the Wandering Jew, an evil prioress, and Lucifer himself.
This Modern Library Paperback Classic, set from the unexpurgated first edition of 1796, brings to a new generation of readers a timeless classic of gothic fiction that has influenced writers from Byron and Emily Brontë to Poe and Hawthorne.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -362).
In what is widely considered to be the finest example of Gothic fiction in the English language, Matthew "Monk" Lewis weaves together an extravagant tale, which drove the House of Commons — of which he was a member — to deem him licentious and perverse. Our edition is set from the 1796 first edition and includes newly commissioned endnotes.
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Hugh Thomas (Lord Thomas of Swynnerton) is widely known for his work on the history of Spain, including his epic masterpiece The Spanish Civil War, available as a Modern Library Paperback.
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