See also:English novelist, only daughter of
See also:William and
See also:Ward, was
See also:born in
See also:London on the 9th of
See also:July 1764 . She was the author of three famous novels: The
See also:Romance of the
See also:Forest (1791), The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) and The
See also:Italian (1797) . When she was twenty-three years old she married William
See also:Radcliffe, an
See also:Oxford graduate and student of
See also:law . He gave up his profession for literature, and afterwards became proprietor and editor of the English
See also:Chronicle . After The Italian she gave up writing for publication, and was reported to have been driven mad by the horrors of her own creations, but the nearest approach to eccentricity on Mrs Radcliffe's
See also:part was dislike of public
See also:notice . Of scenery Mrs Radcliffe was an enthusiastic admirer, and she made
See also:tours with her
See also:husband every other summer through the English counties . She died on the 7th of
See also:February 1823 . In the
See also:history of the English novel, Mrs Radcliffe holds an interesting place . She is too often confounded with her imitators, who vulgarized her favourite " properties " of rambling and ruinous old castles, dark, desperate and cadaverous villains, secret passages, vaults, trapdoors, evidences of deeds of monstrous
See also:sights and sounds of mysterious horror . She deserves at least the
See also:credit of originating a school of which she was the most distinguished exponent; and none of her numerous imitators approach her in ingenuity of plot, fertility of incident or skill in devising apparently supernatural occurrences capable of explanation by human agency and natural coincidence . She had a genuine
See also:gift for scenic effect, and her vivid
See also:imagination provided every tragic situation in her stories with its appropriate setting .
See also:Sir Walter
See also:Scott wrote an appreciative
See also:essay for the edition of 1824, and
See also:Miss Christina Rossetti was one of her admirers .
She exercised a
See also:great influence on her contemporaries, and " Schedoni " in The Italian is one of the prototypes of the Byronic hero .
JOHN RADCLIFFE (1650-1714)
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