The Italian

The Italian

Ann Radcliffe / Sep 19, 2019

The Italian With an Introduction by Kathryn White He saw her wounded and bleeding to death saw her ashy countenance and her wasting eyes turned piteously on himself as if imploring him to save her from the fat

  • Title: The Italian
  • Author: Ann Radcliffe
  • ISBN: 9781840226683
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Paperback
  • With an Introduction by Kathryn White He saw her wounded, and bleeding to death saw her ashy countenance, and her wasting eyes turned piteously on himself, as if imploring him to save her from the fate that was dragging her to the grave Ann Radcliffe, author of The Romance of the Forest and The Mysteries of Udolpho, is the high priestess of the gothic novel In TWith an Introduction by Kathryn White He saw her wounded, and bleeding to death saw her ashy countenance, and her wasting eyes turned piteously on himself, as if imploring him to save her from the fate that was dragging her to the grave Ann Radcliffe, author of The Romance of the Forest and The Mysteries of Udolpho, is the high priestess of the gothic novel In The Italian, first published in 1797, she creates a chilling, atmospheric concoction of thwarted lovers, ruined abbeys, imprisonment and dark passages, with an undercurrent of seething sexuality and presents us with a cunning villain in the sinister monk Schedoni A contemporary review commented on, Radcliffe s uncommon talent for exhibiting, with picturesque touches of genius, the vague and horrid shapes which imagination bodies forth Radcliffe s work was hugely influential and H.P Lovecraft, early twentieth century master of the uncanny, was impressed by the, eerie touch of setting and action contributing artistically to the impression of illimitable frightfulness which she wished to convey The novel remains a fascinating, engrossing and unnerving masterpiece of gothic fiction.

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      • Ann Radcliffe

        Ann Radcliffe was an English author, a pioneer of the gothic novel.Radcliffe was born Ann Ward in Holborn At the age of 22, she married journalist William Radcliffe, owner and editor of the English Chronicle, in Bath in 1788 The couple was childless and, to amuse herself, she began to write fiction, which her husband encouraged.She published The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne in 1789 It set the tone for the majority of her work, which tended to involve innocent, but heroic young women who find themselves in gloomy, mysterious castles ruled by even mysterious barons with dark pasts.Her works were extremely popular among the upper class and the growing middle class, especially among young women Her works included A Sicilian Romance 1790 , The Romance of the Forest 1791 , The Mysteries of Udolpho 1794 , and The Italian 1796 She published a travelogue, A Journey Through Holland and the Western Frontier of Germany in 1795.The success of The Romance of the Forest established Radcliffe as the leading exponent of the historical Gothic romance Her later novels met with even greater attention, and produced many imitators, and famously, Jane Austen s burlesque of The Mysteries of Udolpho in Northanger Abbey, as well as influencing the works of Sir Walter Scott.Stylistically, Radcliffe was noted for her vivid descriptions of exotic and sinister locales, though in reality the author had rarely or never visited the actual locations Shy by nature, she did not encourage her fame and abandoned literature as a pursuit.She died on February 7, 1823 from respiratory problems probably caused by pneumonia She was buried in Saint George s Church, Hanover Square in London.


    1. Conventional wisdom declares that Radcliffe was both dismayed and inspired by Lewis's The Monk into making The Italian her finest book. I disagree. The Italian is certainly her best constructed and most tightly plotted novel and the concentrated Italianate atmosphere is extremely effective, particularly in the descriptions of landscapes. I think, though, that Mrs. Radcliffe's horror at Lewis's excesses of taste and immorality caused her to be too cautious toward her own genius, and that in The I [...]

    2. Repulsed and inspired by Matthew Gregory Lewis’s graphic gothic novel, The Monk, Anne Radcliffe’s The Italian is a complexly plotted Romance (the term was derogatory then, although what they meant by a Romance then is not what we would derogatorily dismiss as a Romance now) about two chaste and naïve teens who fall madly in love with each other at first glance but then have their parade rained on by the boy’s mean-spirited mother and her minion, Schedoni, the conniving and ghoulish monk w [...]

    3. I had read The Mysteries of Udolpho earlier in the year and was interested enough in Radcliffe to want to read more of her work. My copy of The Italian had an introduction which I wish I had been able to read before starting on Udolpho, as it explains a lot about the Radcliffe style. Here is a short excerpt: The basic pleasure in Mrs. Radcliffe's romances comes from a suspension of disbelief that leads to an enjoyment of the works of her fiction in and for itself. Cheerfully anachronistic in the [...]

    4. Επιτέλους τελος. Αυτο το βιβλιο το είχα αρχίσει πάνω απο δέκα χρονια πριν , αλλα το είχα εγκαταληψει . Πίστευα πως δεν θα το τελείωνα ποτε τον ποτών . Κι ομως . Τα ξαναπιασα και το τελείωσα αυτη τη φορα . Η Ρατκλφ-οπως και αρκετοί συγγραφείς του 18ου αιώνα -εχει ενα σοβαρό θεμα πε [...]

    5. 4.8"Volvía la mirada hacía el pasado y esperaba el futuro con una especie de desalentada desesperación" Ann Radcliffe ostenta el título de ser la“Madre de la Literatura Gótica” , y no de forma inmerecida. Todo comienza cuando la joven Radcliffe, un año después de contraer matrimonio, escribe su primera novela a por pura pasión, sin darse cuenta de la magnitud de lo que estaba creando. Al principio las ventas fueron escasas, pero poco a poco surgieron admiradores de su prosa (sobre to [...]

    6. Αυτό εδώ από ότι μαθαίνω είναι το δεύτερο πιο γνωστό έργο της Ann Radcliffe αμέσως μετά τοThe Mysteries of Udolpho. Εξαιρετικό το βρήκα και αυτό και ιδιαίτερα συναρπαστικό αν και σίγουρα δεν φτάνει στο επίπεδο ενθουσιασμού που με έφτασε το The Mysteries of Udolpho. Στο γνωστό στυλ της συγγραφέως είναι [...]

    7. This is the first time I've read a book that had me force myself through the first half, to then discover something of the most wonderful literature I can remember.Therefore, it's very hard to grade The Italian. It's a slow, difficult read as much as a wonderful, subtle, psychological piece of work. The naive Vivaldi falls in love at first sight with the lovely, but poor Ellena. His mother, the Marchesa, does everything in her power to stop them seeing each other. She contacts her confessor, the [...]

    8. There’s a recurring joke in The Italian where one character tries to convey a story to another character, making it much longer than it needs to be. The story often contains some very important information, such as someone’s death. The second character will frequently interrupt them, saying ‘just get on with it!’ but the first one will tell them to calm down and continue to tell their story at a meandering pace. Not only is joke very annoying – and even more-so once it happens for the [...]

    9. Θα μπορούσα να γκρινιάζω ασταμάτητα για την πλοκή κι αυτούς τους συγκλονιστικούς έρωτες που ξεκινάνε επειδή σήκωσε ο αέρας το πέπλο και είδε ο νεαρός το μισό υπέροχο πρόσωπό της, 300 σελίδες μετά μπορεί να πεθάνει γι' αυτή κι ας μην της έχει πιάσει καν το χέρι, αλλά λογοτεχνία [...]

    10. Oh, man. What's happening to me? I really enjoyed this book. It's essentially the story of two young people who conceive a deep and abiding love for each other on the strength of a very brief acquaintance, largely consisting of longing for each other from afar after a brief initial meeting and subsequently spending a few boating trips together, chaperoned by suitably respectable relatives. The boy is from a noble and proud family; the girl, apparently, is from far more humble stock. His parents, [...]

    11. I was first introduced to Ann Radcliffe by Jane Austen, herself which some of her stories were mentioned in her Jane's novels. I have read almost all of her novels and the first time I read "The Italian" was about 5 years ago and loved it. While I was reading Charlotte Bronte's Shirley last year, Caroline made a comment about Radcliffe's "The Italian" and having a different opinion of the ending, I had to re read to see if I was wrong in my surmise. Quote from Shirley -' "But Rose," pursued Caro [...]

    12. En lo desconocido siempre estará la sorpresa. Famosa por los “Los misterios de Udolfo”, demuestra que las novelas gruesas son más fáciles del boca a boca.Tras 420 páginas, la soledad nos ahogará. Chico con bienes, conoce a chica conviviendo con su tía moribunda. Ella claro esta no tiene ni un duro y su alcurnia es del subsuelo. Ellos se quieren y casarse también. Mamá con posibilidades tiene un sofocón, al igual que papa Duque. No es posible que su hijo se case con un desecho materi [...]

    13. Siamo alla fine dell’Ottocento in Italia meridionale. Un gruppo di inglesi impegnati nel Grand Tour si trova a visitare la Chiesa di Santa Maria del Pianto, a Napoli: un misterioso e oscuro personaggio intravisto nei pressi di un confessionale è il pretesto per avviare il racconto straordinario che ruota attorno a una terribile confessione fatta da un peccatore a un frate in quella chiesa, molti anni prima. Napoli, 1758. Il giovane e baldanzoso marchesino Vincenzo di Vivaldi, appartenente a u [...]

    14. 2.5/5He thought that to be a guard over prisoners was nearly as miserable as being a prisoner himself. "I see no difference between them," said he, "except that the prisoner watches on one side of the door, and the centinel on the other."I have every reason in the world to hate this book. The writing is convoluted in aping Shakespeare while playing at novelhood, the plot is dramatic to a fault, and the edition itself contributed a fair deal to the decay of my eyesight with its compacted mess (th [...]

    15. Ann Radcliffe's novel is one of the landmarks of the early gothic novel, and a basic sketch of the plot shows us why: aristocrat Vivaldi falls in love with the lovely Ellena, a girl without title or money, and his family conspires to go to any lengths to keep them apart, eventually involving the sinister and amoral monk Schedoni in their plans. Vivaldi and Ellena are sympathetic enough, but Schedoni steals the show, as all great villains do--murder, blackmail, false accusations, family abandonme [...]

    16. The Italian is the first of Ann Radcliffe’s novels that I’ve read. I can certainly see why Jane Austen just couldn’t help herself and had to parody this style of book in Northanger Abbey. The absurdly complicated and melodramatic plot that relies on so many ridiculous coincidences was too easy a target to be ignored. The other great fault of the book is that the characterisations are just too black and white. The book does have considerable strengths though. Radcliffe is exceptionally good [...]

    17. Loved it! Beautifully written. Beautifully scary situations (with just enough tension release to let you breathe now and again), ugly villians, good plot surprises, and "A Happy Day, A Happy Day!" at the endbut I won't tell you who ends up happy. :) Grab a dictionary (lots of vocabulary words from the SATs) some hot chocolate and enjoy! I want to read more Radcliffe novels.

    18. لم أستطع تجاوز الجزء الأول الذي يمثل ثلث الرواية بالرغم من ان البداية كانت مسلية وممتعة. قصة حب وكاهن غامض ووفاة مشكوك في سببها. إلا أن الملل يبدأ في التسلل مع التقدم في الرواية وتفقد اهتمامك بها والمقارنة بين المتوقع منها والوقت اللازم لانهاءها تجبرك على التوقف.

    19. Sags a little here and there - and steals the Marquis de Montalt's oh-so-convenient exit from The Romance of the Forest for an ending - but is still miles more enjoyable than Udolpho, and with infinitely less padding (not a poem in sight!).The dreamy, dreary little sequence with Ellena by the sea displays some of the most effectively eerie writing of Radcliffe's whole career; it really does feel like a long, slow-percolating nightmare.

    20. This book was a slog and a half. By no means was it bad, but it was a little predictable and not all that entertaining in my mind. And it just took so long to make any headway! I wanted to like it - Ann Radcliffe, favourite author of Katherine Moreland - but I just struggled so much. Ah well

    21. I’ll admit that my main motivation for reading this piece was to see how it compared to Lewis’ controversial Monk, which was my previous read. As my first foray into Radcliffe, I soon noted the gentler approach to the topic via its descriptive prose. Unfortunately, it also became increasingly frustrating, due to its slow, drawn-out pace and (at times repetitive) details that essentially made me want to HURRY AND FINISH the thing already. Come to think of it; there are several instances in th [...]

    22. I felt like I was reading "My Immortal," where all of the characters speak in adverbs--flirtily, flintily, shockingly, provokingly. I read this book the way English scholars a hundred years from now will read Twilight--wild mild appreciation and boredom. Stay tuned for the Italian Inquisition, which nobody was expecting. At all. Least of all me.

    23. I've been reading a lot of Ann Radcliffe lately for a course on Gothic Literature I have been doing and this is the best one of hers I've read to date. (**I should just say, I've read A Sicilian Romance, The Mysteries of Udolpho, The Castles of Athlin and Dunblane, but not read the posthumous one or The Romance of the Forest as yet). So perhaps I should have called this review "Best to date" or something like that. However, I can't see how it's going to get any better than this one. Whereas A Si [...]

    24. This is a wonderful book to fall asleep to.It's not as long as The Mysteries of Udolpho (a book by the same author which I've read) but it drags on, and a lot of the author's attempts at building suspense backfire by being gratuitously drawn-out.Vivaldi is a young heir to a politically affluent family who falls in love with a working class girl before he's even seen her face and sets about trying to woo her without comming across like a complete creep (and fails). His family finds out about his [...]

    25. Ann Radcliffe's third best-selling Gothic novel is considered perhaps to be one of her finest.Unlike her earlier novels, The Italian (1797) is set much closer to when Radcliffe is writing, in the late eighteenth century, specifically in Naples in southern Italy and Rome. What many readers do perhaps not realize is that Radcliffe never actually travelled in Italy herself. Her observant and atmospheric descriptions of convents perched on crags in the Alps are all imaginative, and inspired particul [...]

    26. After having read "The Mysteries of Udolfo," I was very excited to read "The Italian," which Dr. R. had mentioned is an even better book. I don't know if it's really "better" but it is very different. The gothic elements in "The Italian" are far less of the "ghost and goblin" kind (think the curtain in "Udolfo," or the mystery corpse), and more of the evil that human nature is possible of. The plot is relatively easy to keep track of, and the characters are more deeply developed than in "Udolfo, [...]

    27. Ok, let me explain this 5 star rating. This is not a good book in the sense that I usually mean when I say "good book." It is not profound, its characters are static, and its plot is contrived. However, it is everything I wanted it to be. It's like Ann Radcliffe, while peering deep into my soul from a few centuries ago, was like, "you know what would be good, cheesy, and entirely satisfying fun? A story of forbidden love that involves mistaken identity, a valiant sword fight or two, an evil monk [...]

    28. I can't say I liked it, but in general it was ok. There are some moments when you enjoy the twists of the plot, but there are too many parts I really had to struggle through. The protagonists' sentimental sufferings sometimes look unnatural, and the characters interrupting each other for stupid reasons and then quarelling about it really blow your mind.

    29. It all seems a bit like a politer version of Matthew Lewis' 'The Monk.' For the first time in my reading of Radcliffe I did feel 'the terror', especially in the scene when Schedoni creeps up on her when she's asleep.!! (spoilers!)All in all, it was a good read. I liked it a lot.

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