The Romance of the Forest
by Ann Radcliffe , Chloe Chard
Editor: Oxford University Press
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The novel of the Forest (1791) inaugurates a huge surge in the popularity of Gothic novels, in a decade that included Ann Radcliffe, later works, The Mysteries of Udolpho and The ItalianSet in Roman Catholic Europe of violent passions and extreme oppression, the novel, the reader follows the fate of his heroine Adeline, who is mysteriously placed under the protection of a family fleeing Paris for debtThey find refuge in a ruin of the abbey, in the southeast of France, where sinister relics of the past – a skeleton, a manuscript, and a rusty dagger – are discovered hidden roomsAdeline finds herself at the mercy of the titular’s abbey, a libidinous Marquis whose attentions finally her strength to contemplate escape to distant regionsRich in allusions to aesthetic theory and travel literature, The novel of the Forest is also concerned with the current philosophical debate and examines the central thought systems of late eighteenth-century intellectual life in Europe.ON SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the worldEach affordable volume reflects Oxford’s commitment to studies, providing the most accurate text, plus a host of other useful functions, including experts in introductions by major authorities, useful notes to clarify the text, updated bibliographies for further study, and many more
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