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

With an essay by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.



'He now saw himself stained with the most loathed and monstrous sins, the object of universal execration ... doomed to perish in tortures the most severe'



Shocking, erotic and violent, The Monk is the story of Ambrosio, torn between his spiritual vows and the temptations of physical pleasure. His internal battle leads to sexual obsession, rape and murder, yet this book also contains knowing parody of its own excesses as well as social comedy. Written by Matthew Lewis when he was only nineteen, it was a ground-breaking novel in the Gothic Horror genre and spawned hundreds of imitators, drawn in by its mixture of bloodshed, sex and scandal.



The Penguin English Library - 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.
%%%With an essay by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
'He now saw himself stained with the most loathed and monstrous sins, the object of universal execration ... doomed to perish in tortures the most severe'
Shocking, erotic and violent, The Monk is the story of Ambrosio, torn between his spiritual vows and the temptations of physical pleasure. His internal battle leads to sexual obsession, rape and murder, yet this book also contains knowing parody of its own excesses as well as social comedy. Written by Matthew Lewis when he was only nineteen, it was a ground-breaking novel in the Gothic Horror genre and spawned hundreds of imitators, drawn in by its mixture of bloodshed, sex and scandal.
The Penguin English Library - 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.

Formats & editions

  • The Monk
    Matthew Lewis

    EBook

    9780141974491

    August 22, 2012

    Penguin eBooks

    448 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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    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    • The Nile
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  • EBook

    9781409086345

    September 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    560 pages

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  • The Monk
    Matthew Lewis

    EBook

    9780141908038

    March 3, 2010

    Penguin eBooks

    456 pages

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