The Monk: Annotated Classic Edition (Paperback)

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"The Monk" has everything you need for your Gothic horror fix: a lecherous monk, driven to lasciviousness by a cross-dressing acolyte; a nun, desperate to join her lover, escaping from her convent in the guise of a bloodied ghost; a treacherous innkeeper with murderous intent; secrets hidden in labyrinthine catacombs; devil-summoning; consuming flames in this world and the next...the list goes on. This is the non-expurgated version, so be prepared for the rape and murder that has made this infamous book a classic, for better or for worse, since it first shocked readers at the end of the 18th century. If your curiosity is piqued by this twisted tome, give it a go. You're in for a wild ride.

— Luisa

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The Monk: A Romance is a Gothic novel by Matthew Gregory Lewis, published in 1796. A quickly written book from early in Lewis's career (in one letter he claimed to have written it in ten weeks, but other correspondence suggests that he had at least started it, or something similar, a couple of years earlier), it was published before he turned twenty. It is a prime example of the male Gothic that specialises in the aspect of horror. Its convoluted and scandalous plot has made it one of the most important Gothic novels of its time, often imitated and adapted for the stage and the screen.The Monk is remembered for being one of the more lurid and "transgressive" of Gothic novels. It is also the first book to feature a priest as the villain.The story concerns Ambrosio - a pious, well-respected monk in Spain - and his violent downfall.
Product Details
ISBN: 9798731179492
Publisher: Independently Published
Publication Date: March 31st, 2021
Pages: 376
Language: English