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Paperback 416 Pages / Published: 29/10/1998
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Matthew Lewis's Gothic masterpiece, depicting a holy man slowly becoming entangled in a web of sin, The Monk is edited with an introduction by Christopher MacLachlan in Penguin Classics.

Savaged by critics for its blasphemy and obscenity, particularly since the author was a Member of Parliament, The Monk soon attracted thousands of readers keen to see if this Gothic novel lived up to its lurid reputation. With acute psychological insight, Lewis shows the diabolical decline of Ambrosio, a worthy superior of the Capuchins of Madrid who is tempted by Matilda, a young girl who has entered his monastery disguised as a boy. Descending into a hell of his own creation, Ambrosio is driven to magic and murder in an attempt to conceal his crimes from the Inquisition. The Monk was greatly admired by the Marquis de Sade, who saw it as a response to the upheavals of the French Revolution, yet it also reveals something more universal: the way violent and erotic impulses lurking within us all can break through every barrier of social restraint.

Matthew Gregory Lewis (1775-1818) was educated at Oxford after which he held a position in the British Embassy at The Hague. It was there in 1794, that he wrote the racy novel The Monk, under the influence of the early German romantics. Its controversial publication in 1796, due to Lewis' new status as MP, earned him fame and the book a great deal of popularity.

If you enjoyed The Monk, you might like Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto, also available in Penguin Classics.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780140436037
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 287 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm

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“Forbidden desire...”

This book is a well paced narrative into doomed love.
Doomed for good intentions and bad people or otherwise...
There is more psychology to this than you may otherwise believe; the spectres of what is right and lawful... More

Paperback edition
26th August 2013
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“The Monk”

Paperback edition
16th January 2011
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“plain and simple”

this book is a little hard to separate its poetry and prose and you have to remember what it is you are reading as you find you are still reading poetry and it isn't it's prose.
Don't let that put you... More

Paperback edition
7th March 2011
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