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    DescriptionMatthew Lewis' 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".


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    Title
    The Monk
    Subtitle
    A Romance
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Matthew Lewis, Introduction by Christopher MacLachlan, Notes by Christopher MacLachlan
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 287 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780140436037
    ISBN 10: 0140436030
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC E4L: CLA
    B&T Book Type: FI
    BIC subject category V2: FC
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 78
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    DC21: 823.6
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15720
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 500
    DC22: 823/.7
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    LC classification: PR4887 .M7 1998
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    B&T Approval Code: C25105528
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: FBC
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Publisher
    Penguin Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    PENGUIN CLASSICS
    Publication date
    01 June 1999
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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. Christopher MacLachlan is a Lecturer at the University of St Andrews. He has published books and articles on Pope, Hume and Burns.