The Monk

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Broadview Press, Nov 26, 2003 - Fiction - 481 pages

The Monk is the most sensational of Gothic novels. The main plot concerns Ambrosio, an abbot of irreproachable holiness, who is seduced by a woman (or perhaps a demon) disguised as a novice, and who goes on to sell his soul to the Devil. An extravagant blend of sex, death, politics, Satanism, and poetry, the work greatly appealed to the Marquis de Sade.

The Broadview edition includes a critical introduction and appendices of historical materials that address the novel’s literary sources (in English, German, and Greek literature), historical contexts (the French Revolution, slavery and abolition debates, sexuality), critical reception, and influence.

 

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I tried, DEAR GOD, I tried, but I couldn't get through it. The only reason I started this book is because it was mentioned in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey as being one of the most popular gothic ... Read full review

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Don't bother reading this book. It is silly and lurid -- there are many great books out there, so don't waste your time on this garbage! Read full review

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Introduction
9
A Brief Chronology
27
A Note on the Text
30
The Monk
33
Vol 2
133
Vol 3
247
Literary Sources
365
Georgian Homophobia
392
Critical Recerption
394
2 European Magazine February 1797
395
3 Samuel Taylor Coleridge Critical Review February 1797
398
4 An Apology for the Monk Monthly Mirror April 1797
402
5 Matthew Gregory Lewis letter to his father 23 February
408
6 Matthew Gregory Lewis Preface to Adelmorn the Outlaw 1801
410
7 Le Décade philosophique 9 May 1797
411

2 Samuel Richardson Clarissa 174748
367
b Clarissas Dream
369
4 Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart The Eternal Jew
379
5 Matthew Gregory Lewis Imitation of Anacreon
382
Historical Contexts
384
b Matthew Gregory Lewis France and England in 1793
385
c Thomas Paine The Age of Reason 179495
387
2 Colonialism and Slavery
388
b Matthew Gregory Lewis Journal of a West India Proprietor 181518
389
8 Spectateur du nord AprilJune 1798
412
9 Marquis de Sade Reflections on the Novel 1800
415
Cultural Responses
418
2 The Bleeding Nun 1801
422
3 Almagro Claude or Monastic Murder 1810
425
Variants
457
Works Cited and Recommended Reading
475
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About the author (2003)

The late D.L. Macdonald was a Professor of English at the University of Calgary. He was the author of Poor Polidori: A Critical Biography of the Author of “The Vampyre” (University of Toronto Press, 1991) and Monk Lewis: A Critical Biography (University of Toronto Press, 2000).

Kathleen Scherf is Dean of the Faculty of Communication and Culture at the University of Calgary. She is the editor of Collected Poems of Malcolm Lowry (University of British Columbia Press, 1992).

Together they are the editors of the Broadview editions of Mary Wollstonecraft’s The Vindications (1997) and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1999).

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