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Melmoth the Wanderer

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In a satanic bargain, Melmoth exchanges his soul for immortality. This book tells the story of his tortured wanderings through the centuries.
Melmoth the Wanderer
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Created by an Irish clergyman, Melmoth is one of the most fiendish characters in literature. In a satanic bargain, Melmoth exchanges his soul for immortality. The story of his tortured wanderings through the centuries is pieced together through those who have been implored by Melmoth to take over his pact with the devil. Influenced by the Gothic romances of the late 18th century, Maturin's diabolic tale raised the genre to a new and macabre pitch. Its many admirers include Poe, Balzac, Oscar Wilde and Baudelaire.
Charles Robert Maturin (1782-1824) was born in Dublin and educated at Trinity College. He took orders and worked as a curate in Loughrea and Dublin. Maturin enjoyed literary success with his Gothic novels and a tragedy 'Bertram' (1816). His later plays and fiction, including MELMOTH THE WANDERER, were neglected and he died in poverty. Victor Sage is Reader in Literature in the School of English and American Studies at the University of East Anglia.
Author
Charles Maturin
Short Title
MELMOTH THE WANDERER
Pages
704
Publisher
Penguin Books
Series
Penguin Classics
Language
English
ISBN-10
014044761X
ISBN-13
9780140447613
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
DEWEY
FIC
Year
2001
Publication Date
2001-02-28
Imprint
Penguin Classics
Place of Publication
London
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
further reading, notes
Edition
1st
Edited by
Victor Sage
Birth
1942
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