See also:romance-writer and dramatist, often referred to as "
See also:Monk "
See also:Lewis, was
See also:born in
See also:London on the 9th of
See also:July 1775 . He was educated for a
See also:diplomatic career at
See also:Westminster school and at Christ
See also:Oxford, spending most of his vacations abroad in the study of
See also:languages; and in 1794 he proceeded to the
See also:Hague as attache to the
See also:embassy . His stay there lasted only a few months, but was marked by the composition, in ten
See also:weeks, of his romance Ambrosio, or the Monk, which was published in the summer of the following
See also:year . It immediately achieved celebrity; but some passages it contained were of such a nature that about a year after its appearance an
See also:injunction to restrain its sale was moved for and a
See also:rule nisi obtained . Lewis published a second edition from which he had expunged, as he thought, all the objectionable passages, but the
See also:work still remains of such a character as almost to justify the severe language in which
See also:Byron in English Bards and Scotch Reviewers addresses " Wonder-working Lewis, Monk or
See also:Bard, Who fain would'st make
See also:Parnassus a churchyard; Even Satan's self with thee might dread to dwell, And in thy
See also:skull discern a deeper
See also:hell." Whatever its demerits, ethical or aesthetic, may have been, The Monk did not interfere with the reception of Lewis into the best English society; he was favourably noticed at
See also:court, and almost as soon as he came of age he obtained a seat in the
See also:House of
See also:Commons as member for Hindon, Wilts . After some years, however, during which he never addressed the House, he finally withdrew from a
See also:parliamentary career . His tastes
See also:lay wholly in the direction of literature, and The
See also:Castle Spectre (1796, a musical drama of no
See also:literary merit, but which enjoyed a long popularity on the stage), The
See also:Minister (a
See also:translation from Schiller's Kabale u . Liebe), Rolla (1797, a translation from Kotzebue), with numerous other operatic and tragic pieces, appeared in rapid succession . The
See also:Bravo of Venice, a romance translated from the German, was published in 1804; next to The Monk it is the best known work of Lewis . By the
See also:death of his
See also:father he succeeded to a large
See also:fortune, and in 1815 embarked for the West Indies to visit his estates; in the course of this tour, which lasted four months, the Journal of a West
See also:Indian Proprietor, published posthumously in 1833, was written . A second visit to
See also:Jamaica was undertaken in 1817, in
See also:order that he might become further acquainted with, and able to ameliorate, the
See also:condition of the slave population; the fatigues to which he exposed himself in the tropical
See also:climate brought on a fever which terminated fatally on the homeward voyage on the 14th of May 1818 . The
See also:Life and
See also:Correspondence of M .
G . Lewis, in two volumes, was published in 1839 .
JOHN FREDERICK LEWIS (180 1876)
MERIWETHER LEWIS (1774-1809)
There are no comments yet for this article.
Do not copy, download, transfer, or otherwise replicate the site content in whole or in part.
Links to articles and home page are encouraged.