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‘Graphic, almost pornographic tale of darkness and evil’ Guardian

Ambrosio, the worthy superior of the Capuchins of Madrid, falls to the temptations of Matilda, a fiend-inspired wanton who, disguised as a boy, has entered his monastery as a novice. Ambrosio then falls in love with one of his penitents and finally kills her in order to escape detection. However, he is discovered, tortured by the Inquisition and sentenced to death. Although extravagant in its mixture of the supernatural, the terrible, and the indecent, the book contains scenes of great effect. The novel is a prime example of 18th century Gothic, written partly in response to Walpole and Radcliffe and enjoyed a considerable contemporary vogue.

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  • The Monk
    Matthew Lewis

    EBook

    9780141908038

    March 3, 2010

    Penguin eBooks

    456 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780099519034

    November 2, 2009

    Vintage Classics

    560 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Paperback

    9780140436037

    December 1, 1998

    Penguin Classics

    416 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • The Monk
    Matthew Lewis

    EBook

    9780141974491

    August 22, 2012

    Penguin eBooks

    448 pages

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  • EBook

    9781409086345

    September 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    560 pages

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