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The monk - M. G. Lewis

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Title
The monk - a romance
Author
M. G. Lewis
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Alma Classics
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20191024

"A masterpiece of the Gothic genre, The Monk tells the story of the Capuchin friar Ambrosio and his fall from grace through desire, greed and lust. Favourably reviewed at first, the novel was later so widely and raucously denounced for its perceived licentiousness, blasphemy and corrupting influence that Lewis had to remove controversial passages from future editions. Unsurprisingly, amidst this furore, the book was immensely popular with the reading public.Suffused with eroticism, and focusing on the corrupting influence of power, The Monk pioneered a shocking new form of Gothic novel, where elements such as mob violence, incest and brutal murder replaced the gentler horrors of earlier practitioners of the genre."

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Matthew Gregory Lewis (1775-1818) is best known for his Gothic novel The Monk, which caused a sensation and led to its author being known as "Monk" Lewis for the remainder of his life.

The Monk was so highly popular that it seemed to create an epoch in our literature.
Sir Walter Scott

Type
BOOK
Edition
Reprint
Keyword Index
Monks - Spain - Madrid - Fiction.|Madrid (Spain) - Fiction.|Gothic fiction (Literary genre)
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
448

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