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Ann Radcliffe was born in 1764, the daughter of a London tradesman. In 1786 she married William Radcliffe, later the manager of The English Chronicle. She set her first novel, The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne (1789), in Scotland, and it received little critical or public attention. Using more exotic locations in Europe, notably the sublime landscapes of the Alps and Pyrenees, she wrote four more novels within ten years: A Sicilian Romance (1790), The Romance of the Forest (1791), The Mysteries of Udolfo (1794) and The Italian (1797), as well as a volume of descriptions of her travels in Holland, Germany and the Lake District.

The success of The Romance of the Forest established Radcliffe as the leading exponent of the historical Gothic Romance. Her later novels met with even greater attention, and produced many imitators (and, famously, Jane Austens burlesque of The Romance of the Forest in Northanger Abbey), and influenced the work of Sir Walter Scott and Mary Wollstonecraft.

The Italian was the last book she published in her lifetime; a novel, Gaston de Blondeville, and St. Albans Abbey: A Metrical Tale were published posthumously. Despite the sensational nature of her romances and their enormous success, Radcliffe and her husband lived quietly—she made only one foreign journey and barely glimpsed the Alps that she wrote about so vividly. She died in 1823 from respiratory problems probably caused by pneumonia.

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The Italian (Oxford Worlds Classics) by Ann Radcliffe 0198704437 9780198704430 The Italian (Oxford Worlds Classics)
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The Italian (Penguin Classics) by Ann Radcliffe 0140437541 9780140437546 The Italian (Penguin Classics)
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The Mysteries of Udolpho: Volume I by Ann Radcliffe 153777297X 9781537772974 The Mysteries of Udolpho: Volume I
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The Mysteries of Udolpho: Volumes I - IV by Ann Radcliffe 1537771647 9781537771649 The Mysteries of Udolpho: Volumes I - IV
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The Italian (Oxford Worlds Classics) by Ann Radcliffe 0199537402 9780199537402 The Italian (Oxford Worlds Classics)
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A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe 1503129764 9781503129764 A Sicilian Romance
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A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe 1598181882 9781598181883 A Sicilian Romance
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St. Albans Abbey: With Some Poetical Pieces by Ann Radcliffe 1517537185 9781517537180 St. Albans Abbey: With Some Poetical Pieces
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The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe 1420966855 9781420966855 The Mysteries of Udolpho
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Gaston De Blondeville by Ann Radcliffe 151753710X 9781517537104 Gaston De Blondeville
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The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe 0760763151 9780760763155 The Mysteries of Udolpho
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A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe 1618956701 9781618956705 A Sicilian Romance
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The Romance Of The Forest by Ann Radcliffe 1169320120 9781169320123 The Romance Of The Forest
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A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe 1449547591 9781449547592 A Sicilian Romance
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The Castles Of Athlin And Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe 1419156187 9781419156182 The Castles Of Athlin And Dunbayne
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A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe 0554317397 9780554317397 A Sicilian Romance
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The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe 1548216429 9781548216429 The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne
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A Sicilian Romance (The Worlds Classics) by Ann Radcliffe 0192822128 9780192822123 A Sicilian Romance (The Worlds Classics)
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The Italian by Ann Radcliffe 1515424642 9781515424642 The Italian
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A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe 1978344708 9781978344709 A Sicilian Romance
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The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe 1618956965 9781618956965 The Romance of the Forest
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Ann Radcliffe, Collection novels by Ann Radcliffe 1500456551 9781500456559 Ann Radcliffe, Collection novels
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