‘The Mysteries of Udolpho’ was written by the English author and pioneer of the Gothic Novel Ann Radcliffe (9 July 1764 – 7 February 1823); Cited as the archetypal Gothic Novel, ‘the Mysteries of Udolpho’ tells the story of the fortunes of Emily St. Aubert who suffers, among other misadventures, the death of her father, supernatural terrors in a gloomy castle, and the machinations of an Italian brigand. Radcliffe’s technique of matching supernatural and psychological terror, alongside vivid descriptions of travelling within gothic landscapes, propelled the Gothic novel into respectability in the 1790s.
Ann Radcliffe. The Mysteries of Udolpho. 1794
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