Valperga

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Broadview Press, Aug 21, 1998 - Fiction - 492 pages
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Originally published in 1823, Valperga is probably Mary Shelley’s most neglected novel. Set in 14th-century Italy, it represents a merging of historical romance and the literature of sentiment. Incorporating intriguing feminist elements, this absorbing novel shows Shelley as a complex and intellectually astute thinker.

 

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Valperga, or, The life and adventures of Castruccio, Prince of Lucca

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Shelley followed up Frankenstein with this 1823 novel that tells the story of a 14th-century Italian prince and the women in his life. This scholarly edition offers the full text plus useful extras such as maps, textual notes, a chronology, and an introduction. A lot for the price. Read full review

Valperga, or, The life and adventures of Castruccio, Prince of Lucca

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Mary Shelley here takes a jaunt into the historical romance with this 1823 novel. In addition to the text, this edition contains a scholarly introduction, a chronology of Shelley's life, notes on the ... Read full review

Contents

lntroduction
7
A Chronology
43
A Note on the Text and Acknowledgements
50
Notes
443
from Godwins Of History and Romance
469
from Machiavellis Life of Castruccio
475
from Sismondis History of the Italian Republics of
482
Select Bibliography
489
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Tillottama Rajan is one of Canada’s most distinguished Romanticists. She is the Director of the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism, in the Department of English, University of Western Ontario.

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