Suffused with eroticism, and focusing on the corrupting influence of power, The Monk pioneered a shocking new form of Gothic novel, where elements such as mob violence, incest and brutal murder replaced the gentler horrors of earlier practitioners of the genre."
SCARCELY had the Abbey-Bell tolled for five minutes, and already was the Church of the Capuchins thronged with Auditors. Do not encourage the idea that the Crowd was assembled either from motives of p...
Matthew G. Lewis, born in 1775, was nineteen when he wrote The Monk. The book gained the young author such renown that he was permanently dubbed "Monk" Lewis. A leading pre-Romantic figure, he lived in England but spent his last years in Jamaica and, for a brief period, in Italy, where he traded ghost stories with Shelley and Byron at Villa Diodati. In 1818, on a return voyage from Jamaica, he died of yellow fever and was buried at sea.
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