Suffused with eroticism and focusing on the corrupting influence of power, The Monk pioneered a shocking new form of Gothic novel. This edition is here presented with notes and extra material.
A masterpiece of the Gothic genre, The Monk tells the story of the Capuchin friar Ambrosio and his fall from grace through desire, greed and lust. Published anonymously and favourably reviewed at first, the the novel was later so widely and raucously denounced for its perceived licentiousness, blasphemy and corrupting influence that Lewis had to remove controversial passages from future editions. Unsurprisingly, amidst this furore, the book was immensely popular with the reading public.
Suffused with eroticism and focusing on the corrupting influence of power, The Monk pioneered a shocking new form of Gothic novel, where elements such as mob violence, incest and brutal murders replaced the gentler horrors of earlier practitioners of the genre such as Horace Walpole and Ann Radcliffe. This edition is here presented with notes and extra material.
Matthew Gregory Lewis (1775-1818) is best known for his Gothic novel The Monk, which caused a sensation and led to its author to being known as "Monk" Lewis for the remainder of his life.
The Monk was so highly popular that it seemed to create an epoch in our literature. -- Sir Walter Scott
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