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Melmoth the Wanderer (1820) [Novel]
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"How hollow and dismal is the sound of the blast! - It chills me though the night is sultry! - and those trees, they cast their shadows over my soul! Oh, is this like a bridal night?"

Written by an eccentric Anglican curate in Dublin, Melmoth the Wanderer (1820) brought the gothic novel to a new pitch of claustrophobic intensity, surpassing the quiet tremors of Ann Radcliffe's romances in its reckless accumulation of cruelties and blasphemies. Its tormented villain, a Faustian transgressor desperately seeking a victim to release him from his fatal bargain with the devil, was regarded by Balzac as one of the great outcasts of modern literature. Intended partly as an attack on Roman Catholicism, Maturin's intriguing novel teeters giddily over abysses of sacrilege and raving paranoia, in moments of delirious panic worthy of Godwin or Poe.

Original title: Melmoth the Wanderer
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

This work is excerpted in the following works :
     Gothic Short Stories (2002) [Anthology]
      Authors: M. R. James , Edgar Allan Poe , Charles Dickens , Ambrose Bierce , Nathaniel Hawthorne , Walter Scott , Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu , Robert Louis Stevenson , Charlotte Perkins Gilman , Elizabeth Gaskell , Mary E. Wilkins Freeman , Richard Middleton , William Harrison Ainsworth , E. F. Benson , Unknown Author , Charles Robert Maturin , Nathan Drake , Anne Laetitia Barbauld , Ralph Adams Cram , John Wilson , S. Carleton

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