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Happy birthday, Ann Radcliffe!

Happy birthday to the mother of the Gothic, Ann Radcliffe (9 July, 1764 – 7 February, 1823).

Mysteries of Udolpho by Anne Radcliffe


“A well-informed mind is the best security against the contagion of folly and vice. The vacant mind is ever on the watch for relief, and ready to plunge into error, to escape from the languor of idleness. Store it with ideas, teach it the pleasure of thinking; and the temptations of the world without, will be counteracted by the gratifications derived from the world within.”
― Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794)

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wellinghall
Jul. 9th, 2016 01:06 pm (UTC)
I am sorry to say that she is one of the many authors whose work I have not yet read.
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 9th, 2016 03:29 pm (UTC)
She and Horace Walpole open my Gothic course each time I teach it.
wellinghall
Aug. 9th, 2016 05:06 pm (UTC)
I shall move her up my list.
Ace Hamilton
Jul. 21st, 2016 04:49 pm (UTC)
I picked up a nice copy of The Italian in Raleigh this year - for 50 cents!
eldritchhobbit
Aug. 9th, 2016 03:29 pm (UTC)
That's a great deal!
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