The Monk by Matthew Lewis & Hugh Thomas
(Modern Library Classics)

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When Matthew Lewis’s The Monk was published in 1796, readers were shocked by this gripping and horrific novel. Lewis’s story, which drove the House of Commons—of which he was a member—to deem him licentious and perverse, follows the abbot Ambrosio as he is tempted into a world of incest, murder, and torture by a young girl who has concealed herself in his monastery disguised as a boy. As Ambrosio spirals into hell, the reader encounters an array of haunting characters: the innocent virgin, the Bleeding Nun, the Wandering Jew, an evil prioress, and Lucifer himself.

This Modern Library Paperback Classic, set from the unexpurgated first edition of 1796, brings to a new generation of readers a timeless classic of gothic fiction that has influenced writers from Byron and Emily Brontë to Poe and Hawthorne.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About Matthew Lewis & Hugh Thomas

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Hugh Thomas (Lord Thomas of Swynnerton) is widely known for his work on the history of Spain, including his epic masterpiece The Spanish Civil War, available as a Modern Library Paperback.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published December 1, 2007 by Grove Press. 452 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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