Ann Radcliffe  

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"To pass from the work of Mrs. Radcliffe to that of Matthew Gregory Lewis is to leave "the novel of suspense" which depends for part of its effect on the human instinct of curiosity. for "the novel of terror," which works almost entirely on the even stronger and more primitive instinct of fear."--The Tale of Terror (1921) by Edith Birkhead

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Ann Radcliffe (née Ward; 9 July 1764 – 7 February 1823) was an English author and a pioneer of Gothic fiction. Her technique of explaining apparently supernatural elements in her novels has been credited with gaining Gothic fiction respectability in the 1790s.

She is best-known for The Mysteries of Udolpho. Marquis de Sade mentioned her work in his literary essay Reflections on the Novel.


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