Ann Radcliffe





Ann Radcliffe


Born
in Holborn, England, The United Kingdom
July 09, 1764

Died
February 07, 1823

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Ann 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 (
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A Sicilian Romance

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The Romance of the Forest

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“I ought not to doubt the steadiness of your affection. Yet such is the inconsistency of real love, that it is always awake to suspicion, however unreasonable; always requiring new assurances from the object of its interest, and thus it is, that i always feel revived, as by a new convinction, when your words tell me I am dear to you; and wanting these, I relapse into doubt and often into despondency.”
Ann Radcliffe

“A well-informed mind is the best security against the contagion of folly and vice. The vacant mind is ever on the watch for relief, and ready to plunge into error, to escape from the languor of idleness. Store it with ideas, teach it the pleasure of thinking; and the temptations of the world without, will be counteracted by the gratifications derived from the world within.”
Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho

“Such is the inconsistency of real love, that it is always awake to suspicion, however unreasonable; always requiring new assurances from the object of its interest.”
Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho

Polls

July 2015 Old School Classics Poll

Which book would you like to read for our July Old School Classics group read?

1868, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, 449 pages
 
  23 votes, 47.9%

1899, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, 195 pages
 
  10 votes, 20.8%

 
  4 votes, 8.3%

1833, Eugénie Grandet by Honoré de Balzac, 200 pages
 
  4 votes, 8.3%

1678, The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan, 324 pages
 
  3 votes, 6.3%

 
  1 vote, 2.1%

1797, The Italian by Ann Radcliffe, 423 pages
 
  1 vote, 2.1%

1839, The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal, 532 pages
 
  1 vote, 2.1%

1849, Shirley by Charlotte Brontë, 624 pages
 
  1 vote, 2.1%

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