A Sicilian Romance

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Oxford University Press, 1998 - Fiction - 209 pages
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In A Sicilian Romance (1790) Radcliffe began to forge the unique mixture of the psychology of terror and poetic description that would make her the great exemplar of the Gothic nove, and the idol of the Romantics. This early novel explores the cavernous landscapes and labyrinthine passages of Sicily's castles and covents to reveal the shameful secrets of its all-powerful aristocracy. Julia and Emilia Mazzini live secluded in an ancient mansion near the Straits of Messina. After their father's return to the island a neglected part of the house is haunted by a series of mysterious sights and sounds. The origin of these hauntings is only discovered after a series of breathless pursuits through dreamlike pastoral landscapes. When revelation finally comes, it forces the heroines to challenge the united forces of religious and patriarchal authority.

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User Review  - Theresa - Goodreads

3 stars? 4 stars? This was a free audiobook, an enjoyable listen. Not positive I would have had the patience to finish entirely by book, the plot was so—meanderingly suspenseful. But excellent ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dianne Landry - Goodreads

I have always seen Anne Radcliffe's name referenced in other works as the first in the gothic romance genre so I have, naturally, been curious about her works. I picked this one up as it was her fist ... Read full review

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Also Hon. Wordsworth Fellow, University of Lancaster (1988-1992). Has contributed to volumes of essays on Josephine Butler, and on Gothic writing.

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