The Italian (Oxford World’s Classics)

The Italian Oxford World s Classics strong 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 publ

  • Title: The Italian (Oxford World’s Classics)
  • Author: Ann Radcliffe
  • ISBN: 0199537402
  • Page: 162
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  • strong 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 a shadowy 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 ABOUT THE SERIES For over 100 years Oxford World s Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxford s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up to date bibliographies for further study, and much .

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    • The book came on time and in a perfect condition. One of the BEST climaxes I have ever read. Very high tension, great suspense and right at the highest point of the distress of the reader (and of the female protagonist, of course), the climax comes - one single word - and it changes the entire tone of the work completely, bringing tears tears to our eyes. A book in which until the end you never suspect that the identities of the fictitious characters might not be real. Some of our greatest e [...]


    • Read this book for one of my college English classes and really enjoyed it. I was very skeptical at first because I havnt read very many classics. When first reading the book I didn't like it. The language was very hard to read and understand. However, after getting through the first fifty pages I got used to the writing style and actually started to really enjoy the story. There was so much mystery and supernatural elements and suspense throughout the book that kept my interest. The story was f [...]


    • Ann Radcliffe – The Italian*** -- Written ca. 1800 by the woman credited to be the originator of the Gothic novel. Mentioned very favourably by Jane Austin in Northanger Abbey. Love story where heroine is below social status of hero whose parents, especially the evil mother, plot to keep them apart. The villain is a monk who is the mother’s confessor and together they plot first to make the heroine a nun then to murder her. The story is quite gripping but it’s interspersed with so much [...]


    • The life of young nobleman Vicentio de Vivaldi isn't the same the moment he catches a glimpse of a woman in a black veil. Ellena is beautiful, graceful and, in spite of her status as an impoverished orphan under her aunt's care, she has class and poise. But that is not enough for Vivaldi's parents. The son of a marquis cannot possibly take such a girl for his wife. When putting Ellena's reputation in question isn't enough, the marchioness takes some drastic measures to ensure a permanent sep [...]


    • Because I was spending 3 months teaching in Italy, I decided to read a number of books set there. Before choosing The Italian, I read about it, and about its author, Ann Radcliffe. I learned she was a contemporary of Jane Austen, is considered the founder of the gothic genre, and that Austen purportedly wrote Northanger Abbey as a parody of Radcliffe's gothic novels. That was enough to make me want to read The Italian. The writing is florid and overblown, and it took me about the first third to [...]


    • Ann Radcliffe invented Gothic that inspired Mary Shelley and Frankenstein. The Italian is dark and mysterious. The monk is freaky. The inquisition is terrifying. GREAT LITERATURE!!!


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