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Book Title: I misteri di Udolpho|
The author of the book: Ann Radcliffe
ISBN 13: 9788817038515
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 510 KB
Edition: Biblioteca Univ. Rizzoli
Date of issue: February 1st 2010
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Considerato l'archetipo del romanzo gotico, I misteri di Udolpho fu pubblicato nel 1794, anno dell'ascesa e della caduta di Robespierre. Sull'apparente struttura del racconto di formazione femminile, Ann Radcliffe modella un percorso attraverso gli spazi sublimi del terrore, nei quali l'eroina si smarrisce in una vertigine noir che la conduce oltre i limiti della ragione e della natura. Nella Francia del 1584 la giovane e sensibile Emily St. Aubert, rimasta orfana di entrambi i genitori, viene rinchiusa dalla zia Madame Cheron e dal suo compagno, il perverso zio Montoni, nel tenebroso castello di Udolpho, sugli Appennini. Solo dopo una convulsa serie di avvenimenti agghiaccianti Emily riesce a riacquistare la libertà e a ricongiungersi con il suo innamorato, Valancourt. L'introduzione al romanzo di Viola Papetti, oltre a definire il genere gotico, racconta come la "debole mano" di Ann Radcliffe sia riuscita a trasfigurare il castello di Udolpho in una perfetta e animata macchina del terrore.
Read information about the authorAnn Radcliffe was an English author, a pioneer of the gothic novel.
Radcliffe was born Ann Ward in Holborn. At the age of 22, she married journalist William Radcliffe, owner and editor of the English Chronicle, in Bath in 1788. The couple was childless and, to amuse herself, she began to write fiction, which her husband encouraged.
She published The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne in 1789. It set the tone for the majority of her work, which tended to involve innocent, but heroic young women who find themselves in gloomy, mysterious castles ruled by even more mysterious barons with dark pasts.
Her works were extremely popular among the upper class and the growing middle class, especially among young women. Her works included A Sicilian Romance (1790), The Romance of the Forest (1791), The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794), and The Italian (1796). She published a travelogue, A Journey Through Holland and the Western Frontier of Germany in 1795.
The success of The Romance of the Forest established Radcliffe as the leading exponent of the historical Gothic romance. Her later novels met with even greater attention, and produced many imitators, and famously, Jane Austen's burlesque of The Mysteries of Udolpho in Northanger Abbey, as well as influencing the works of Sir Walter Scott.
Stylistically, Radcliffe was noted for her vivid descriptions of exotic and sinister locales, though in reality the author had rarely or never visited the actual locations. Shy by nature, she did not encourage her fame and abandoned literature as a pursuit.
She died on February 7, 1823 from respiratory problems probably caused by pneumonia. She was buried in Saint George's Church, Hanover Square in London.
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