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Monk Lewis : A Critical Biography - D. L. Macdonald

Monk Lewis

A Critical Biography

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Matthew Gregory Lewis (1775-1818), the English novelist, playwright, poet, and composer, is best known for his Gothic novel "The Monk" (1796). His literary endeavours included translations and adaptions of works by Goethe, Kleist, and Schiller. Lewis is said to have inspired and influenced such diverse writers as Artaud, Coleridge, Dickens, Flaubert, and Scott.

D.L. Macdonald presents a modern critical biography of Lewis, who until now has been neglected as a cultural figure. This is the first study to consider all of Lewis's works and their connections to his personal life. In particular, Macdonald considers the significance of Lewis's position as a liberal slave-owner in the age of abolition and as a (probable) homosexual in an age of virulent homophobia. He begins by focusing on Lewis's personal life and his constant preoccupations stemming from the failure of his parents' marriage, from his relationships with his mother and his father, and from his sexuality. Macdonald then proceeds to a discussion of Lewis's public life as part of the literary and political history of the period.

The biography is based on extensive archival research in England, Scotland, Jamaica, and North America, drawing on recently discovered manuscript and printed material as well as contemporary views.

Prefacep. vii
Chronologyp. xiii
Personal Themes
The Hard Fist of Hymenp. 3
The Fruits of a Single Errorp. 14
The West Indianp. 33
The Magnetp. 59
Political Variations
Horribly Bit by the Rage of Writing: 1775-1795p. 95
An Inundation of Ghosts: 1796-1812p. 129
Converse with the Departed: 1812-1817p. 186
The Isle of Devils: 1815-1818p. 198
Notesp. 211
Bibliographyp. 235
Indexp. 297
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ISBN: 9780802047496
ISBN-10: 0802047491
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 1st October 2000
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.7  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.64