The Monk by Matthew Lewis
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"The Monk" is Matthew G. Lewis's 1796 novel which is the tale of a monk who is tempted by carnal desire and led down a ruinous path of ungodliness. Ambrosio, a pious, well-respected monk in Spain, is lustfully tempted by his pupil, Matilda, a woman who has disguised herself as a monk. Having satisfied himself with her, he is overcome with carnal desire for the innocent Antonia. With the help of Matilda, who is actually Satan in disguise, Ambrosio seduces Antonia, a seduction that would ultimately lead to his downfall. Recognized as one of the first novels of the gothic genre, "The Monk" is a classic tale of the tragic ruin that may befall one tempted by desire.

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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 July 1, 2004 by 230 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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That’s why some novelists are terrible screen writers and why some screen writers can’t write a book.

Apr 16 2011 | Read Full Review of The Monk (Penguin Classics)


But Ambrosio is having troubling dreams about a woman in red -- dreams that turn out, unfortunately for all concerned, to be prophetic.

Jan 11 2012 | Read Full Review of The Monk (Penguin Classics)

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