When Matthew Lewis's The Monk was published in 1796, readers were shocked by this gripping and horrific novel. Lewis's story, which drove the House of Commons--of which he was a member--to deem him licentious and perverse, follows the abbot Ambrosio as he is tempted into a world of incest, murder, and torture by a young girl who has concealed herself in his monastery disguised as a boy. As Ambrosio spirals into hell, the reader encounters an array of haunting characters: the innocent virgin, the Bleeding Nun, the Wandering Jew, an evil prioress, and Lucifer himself. This Modern Library Paperback Classic, set from the unexpurgated first edition of 1796, brings to a new generation of readers a timeless classic of gothic fiction that has influenced writers from Byron and Emily Bront#65533; to Poe and Hawthorne.
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|Grouping Author||lewis m g|
|Last Grouping Update||2017-12-19 00:13:12AM|
|Last Indexed||2020-06-05 00:43:00AM|
|author||Lewis, M. G. (Matthew Gregory), 1775-1818.|
|author_display||Lewis, M. G|
|detailed_location_school||Antioch High - Teen Fiction|
|display_description||Presents the story of an abbot, Ambrosio, as he is tempted into a world of incest, murder, and torture by a young girl who has hidden herself in the monastery disguised as a boy.|
|series||The Modern Library classics|
|series_with_volume||The Modern Library classics||
Madrid (Spain) -- Fiction
Monks -- Fiction
|title_full||The monk / Matthew Lewis ; introduction by Hugh Thomas ; notes by Audrey Bilger|