The Monk

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 15, 2010 - Fiction - 400 pages
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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 Brontė to Poe and Hawthorne.

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User Review  - Maggie Cats - Goodreads

I tried, DEAR GOD, I tried, but I couldn't get through it. The only reason I started this book is because it was mentioned in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey as being one of the most popular gothic ... Read full review

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User Review  - Marge - Goodreads

Don't bother reading this book. It is silly and lurid -- there are many great books out there, so don't waste your time on this garbage! Read full review

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Hugh Thomas (Lord Thomas of Swynnerton) is widely known for his work on the history of Spain, including his epic masterpiece The Spanish Civil War, available as a Modern Library Paperback.

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