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The Romance of the Forest (1791) is one of the principal models of historical Gothic romance written by Ann Radcliffe. It is the merger of mystery and suspense based on the assessment of conflict between self-indulgence and ethics. It portrays the story of a girl who is escaping the wrath of her father after declining to commit herself to a nunnery. Living in a desolated home, she has yet to face many evils.
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"Excellent notes and solid introduction. A good example of the gothic mode, of use in an introduction to fiction or survey of the novel class."--Leslie G. Bailey, St. Martin's CollegeAbout the Author:
Ann Radcliffe was born Ann Ward. She married William Radcliffe. They had no children, and with her husband's encouragement, she wrote fiction to amuse herself. Her ""Gothic"" novels, which were extremely popular, tend to involve innocent but heroic young women who find themselves in gloomy, mysterious castles at the mercy of complicated men. They influenced Sir Walter Scott and were parodied by Jane Austen. Radcliffe died in 1823 pneumonia.
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