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Mysteries of Udolpho

Ann Radcliffe

Considered a change agent in early Gothic romance; oft-referenced in later literary works or paid homage to by such authors as Jane Austen (influential novel ready by her heroine, Catherine Morland, in Northanger Abbey); Edgar Allen Poe (borrowed plot elements for the short story The Oval Portrait); and Sir Walter Scott. - In The Mysteries of Udolpho, one of the most famous and popular gothic novels of the eighteenth century, Ann Radcliffe took a new tack from her predecessors and portrayed her heroine's inner life, creating an atmosphere thick with fear, and providing a gripping plot that continues to thrill readers today. - The Mysteries of Udolpho, set in Europe in the year 1584, is the story of orphan Emily St. Aubert, who finds herself separated from the man she loves and confined within the medieval castle of her aunt's new husband, Montoni, after being forced to travel through France and Italy. Inside the castle, she must cope with an unwanted suitor, Montoni's threats, and the wild imaginings and terrors that threaten to overwhelm her. - The mysterious happenings in the story always have a natural and probable explanation because Radcliffe was a very rational person and did not believe in the supernatural. Radcliffe's strengths in writing were in describing scenery as well as suspense and terror. Many critics have called the work "dreamlike" and "suggestive of the cinematic technique of slow-motion." (Summary by Wikipedia/Michelle Crandall)

Considered a change agent in early Gothic romance; oft-referenced in later literary works or paid homage to by such authors as Jane Austen (influential novel ready by her heroine, Catherine Morland, in Northanger Abbey); Edgar Allen Poe (borrowed plot elements for the short story The Oval Portrait); and Sir Walter Scott. - In The Mysteries of Udolpho, one of the most famous and popular gothic novels of the eighteenth century, Ann Radcliffe took a new tack from her predecessors and portrayed her heroine's inner life, creating an atmosphere thick with fear, and providing a gripping plot that continues to thrill readers today. - The Mysteries of Udolpho, set in Europe in the year 1584, is the story of orphan Emily St. Aubert, who finds herself separated from the man she loves and confined within the medieval castle of her aunt's new husband, Montoni, after being forced to travel through France and Italy. Inside the castle, she must cope with an unwanted suitor, Montoni's threats, and the wild imaginings and terrors that threaten to overwhelm her. - The mysterious happenings in the story always have a natural and probable explanation because Radcliffe was a very rational person and did not believe in the supernatural. Radcliffe's strengths in writing were in describing scenery as well as suspense and terror. Many critics have called the work "dreamlike" and "suggestive of the cinematic technique of slow-motion." (Summary by Wikipedia/Michelle Crandall)
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Considered a change agent in early Gothic romance; oft-referenced in later literary works or paid homage to by such authors as Jane Austen (influential novel ready by her heroine, Catherine Morland, in Northanger Abbey); Edgar Allen Poe (borrowed plot elements for the short story The Oval Portrait); and Sir Walter Scott. - In The Mysteries of Udolpho, one of the most famous and popular gothic novels of the eighteenth century, Ann Radcliffe took a new tack from her predecessors and portrayed her heroine's inner life, creating an atmosphere thick with fear, and providing a gripping plot that continues to thrill readers today. - The Mysteries of Udolpho, set in Europe in the year 1584, is the story of orphan Emily St. Aubert, who finds herself separated from the man she loves and confined within the medieval castle of her aunt's new husband, Montoni, after being forced to travel through France and Italy. Inside the castle, she must cope with an unwanted suitor, Montoni's threats, and the wild imaginings and terrors that threaten to overwhelm her. - The mysterious happenings in the story always have a natural and probable explanation because Radcliffe was a very rational person and did not believe in the supernatural. Radcliffe's strengths in writing were in describing scenery as well as suspense and terror. Many critics have called the work "dreamlike" and "suggestive of the cinematic technique of slow-motion." (Summary by Wikipedia/Michelle Crandall)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

32h 2m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

24:44


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

23:52


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

20:03


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

23:24


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

34:54


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

19:52


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

42:59


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

20:58


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

23:27


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

25:26


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

12:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

48:21


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

11:24


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

24:35


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

27:39


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

24:18


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

31:50


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

27:05


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

29:29


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

35:03


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

23:50


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

23:27


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

29:20


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

31:38


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

35:15


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

32:02


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

28:31


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

28:56


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

34:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

28:21


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

12:42


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

18:37


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

24:07


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

19:18


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

22:07


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

17:53


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

27:29


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

32:38


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

16:21


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

19:12


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

24:10


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

12:02


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

38:15


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

18:24


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

20:26


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

24:13


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

27:20


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

22:26


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

44:20


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

16:51


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

30:03


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

23:59


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

31:59


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

34:41


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

18:37


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

23:54


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

17:03


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

21:21


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:34


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

24:06


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

22:51


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

18:00


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

34:39


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

31:48


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:41


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

21:40


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

33:26


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

14:03


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

17:59


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

19:40


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

18:39


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

28:17


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

22:39


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

12:15


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

38:19


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

34:48


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

16:29


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:18