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Ann Radcliffe (1764–1823)

Forfatter af The Mysteries of Udolpho

50+ Værker 5,858 Medlemmer 115 Anmeldelser 21 Favorited

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Ann Radcliffe was born Ann Ward in England on July 9, 1764. She was the only child of William Ward and Anne Oates Ward. In 1788 she married William Radcliffe. They had no children. Ann published The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne in 1789. Other works include A Sicilian Romance, The Romance of the vis mere Forest, The Mysteries of Udolpho, and The Italian. She found much success with The Romance of the Forest and it established her as a Gothic novelist. Her later novels influenced other authors including Jane Austen, Sir Walter Scott, and Mary Wollstonecraft. She died on February 7, 1823 from respiratory problems. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
Image credit: Anne Ward Radcliffe. Wikimedia Commons.

Værker af Ann Radcliffe

The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) 2,952 eksemplarer, 63 anmeldelser
The Italian (1796) 1,240 eksemplarer, 14 anmeldelser
The Romance of the Forest (1791) 648 eksemplarer, 13 anmeldelser
A Sicilian Romance (1790) 513 eksemplarer, 12 anmeldelser
The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne (1789) 137 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
Graphic Classics: Gothic Classics (2007) — Source Author — 64 eksemplarer, 7 anmeldelser
Gaston de Blondeville (1826) — Forfatter — 49 eksemplarer
Mysteries of Udolpho, condensed (1962) 6 eksemplarer
O italiano - 2ºVol (1797) 2 eksemplarer
[Works] 1 eksemplar
Poems (Dodo Press) (2008) 1 eksemplar
EDWY: A Poem, in Three Parts (2017) 1 eksemplar
The Mysteries of Udolpho ..; 2 (2021) 1 eksemplar
The Mysteries of Udolpho ..; 1 (2021) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Poems Bewitched and Haunted (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets) (2005) — Bidragyder — 195 eksemplarer
Eighteenth Century Women Poets: An Oxford Anthology (1989) — Bidragyder — 121 eksemplarer
Northanger Abbey/Castle of Otranto/Mysteries of Udolpho (1963) — Bidragyder — 57 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
Ladies of the Gothics: Tales of Romance and Terror by the Gentle Sex (1975) — Bidragyder — 40 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
A Skeleton At the Helm (2008) — Bidragyder — 30 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Fairy Poems (2023) — Bidragyder — 16 eksemplarer
Witches' Brew: Horror and Supernatural Stories by Women (1984) — Bidragyder — 10 eksemplarer
The Queen’s Story Book — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer
The King's Story Book — Bidragyder — 1 eksemplar

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Kanonisk navn
Radcliffe, Ann
Juridisk navn
Radcliffe, Ann Ward
Andre navne
Mrs. Radcliffe
St. George's Church, Hanover Square, London, England, UK
Land (til kort)
England, UK
Holborn, London, England, UK
England, UK
London, England, UK
Ward, William (father)
Radcliffe, William (husband)
Lee, Sophia (friend)
Kort biografi
Mrs. Radcliffe was the most popular writer of her day! She was born Ann Ward and in 1787 married journalist William Radcliffe. She created six spooky novels with a blend of the supernatural, morals, romantic descriptions of landscape, and drama that British readers just could not get enough of. Although she was not the first to write Gothic fiction, she's considered a pioneer of the genre and a major influence on many other writers. (See for example, Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey.)



Mrs. Radcliffe i Gothic Literature (februar 2022)
The Mysteries of Udolpho i Gothic Literature (september 2018)
The Italian by Ann Radcliffe - lyzard tutoring SqueakyChu i 75 Books Challenge for 2014 (maj 2016)
1001 Group Read May, 2012: The Mysteries of Udolpho i 1001 Books to read before you die (september 2012)


Almost like reading a video game.
gtross | 11 andre anmeldelser | May 29, 2024 |
Ann Radcliffe é a mestre do Gótico, e o Castelo de Udolfo é a ópera maior de sua vida que ressalta tal fato!

A obra é, por excelência, pura maestria, versando-se sobre os temas mais sublimes do romance gótico com a majestade própria de sua autora. É colossal e, ainda que intimidante, carrega o fascínio da originalidade; às suas passagens exuberantes, pitorescas e permeadas por suspense, deve-se tudo que conhece-se na atualidade acerca de tais temas.

É genioso e fundamental para a boa alma na compreensão do que é o goticismo literário.… (mere)
morgmortem | 62 andre anmeldelser | Feb 28, 2024 |
The Mysteries of Udolpho is probably now the best-known of Ann Radcliffe's novels, and holds an important place as one of the earliest works in what came to be known as the Gothic genre. If, like me, you're interested in the history and development of Gothic literature, I would say this is a must-read. However, I probably wouldn't recommend it to the average reader. I think a lot of the criticism directed at this book is based on something of a cultural disconnect - the literary style of the late 1700s, as well as reader expectations around storytelling and prose, were quite different from what we're accustomed to now. For the modern reader, The Mysteries of Udolpho probably comes across as tediously long, there are grammatical choices that seem odd (so many commas!) and the characters lack the psychological nuance that we usually expect. That said, I think the story itself is compelling. It takes a long time to get going, but the middle part of the book in particular is very tense and atmospheric. I also thought the gender dynamics at play were fascinating - a lot of readers nowadays likely find Emily annoying and weak, but I think that ignores the facts of the time when this book was written and set (it's supposed to take place vaguely in the 1500s). Emily truly has no power in the situations in which she finds herself, and in my opinion that adds to the terror. At one point I found myself thinking "why doesn't she just run away?" and then I remembered that not only are they in the middle of the wilderness, but Emily as a minor noblewoman has no survival skills. She can't hunt food, she can barely light a fire, she's been kept in a state of learned helplessness that renders her particularly vulnerable. That said, she's also consistently shown to be logical and practical, even more so than the male protagonists (Valancourt in particular is an emotional mess most of the time), and resilient in the face of suffering. She does faint a lot, yes, albeit usually in situations where she's just seen a corpse or has witnessed a man being shot or is being kidnapped - situations of high stress in which I think fainting is maybe a forgivable, if dated, response. Furthermore Ann Radcliffe seems very aware of the sexist dynamics at play - Montoni in particular both compliments and berates Emily on the basis of her gender at various points, threatens her with sexual harm, and has a history of violence towards women.
Ultimately, I enjoyed this book (save for the last hundred pages or so, which were unnecessary and largely boring), despite its many imperfections and dated style of writing. I'd recommend it for readers passionate about Gothic literature - it's essential for an understanding of the history of the genre. But if you know you don't like classic literature, lots of description, or the tropes that have come to define Gothic literature (many originated with this book and Radcliffe's other novels), then I'd suggest giving this one a pass.
… (mere)
jaspersbookshelf | 62 andre anmeldelser | Feb 1, 2024 |



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