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Melmoth the Wanderer (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – August 1, 2008
Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
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edited, with Rob Morrison, 'Tales of Terror from Blackwood's Magazine', and 'The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre', and has written an introduction to Charles Maturin's 'Melmoth the Wanderer' (all available in the Oxford World's Classics series).
Top Customer Reviews
The uncle's dying bequest to John is the key to a closet, within which he is told is to be found a journal (which he would be better not to read) and a portrait (which he is advised to burn without so much as a glance). Naturally John looks at the portrait, and when he does he sees the image of the mysterious figure he has met on the grounds. But this painting is supposedly of his distant ancestor, 150 years dead! The journal gives further hints of a spectral and evil creature named Melmoth, but it is in such decay that John can extract nothing but fragments.
Barely has young Melmoth been allowed to think on these new discoveries when a fearsome storm deposits at his doorstep a shipwrecked Spaniard who, it turns out, knows enough of the story of the elder (and evidently immortal) Melmoth to fill the remainder of the novel.
Melmoth the Wanderer is a novel told in nested stories. Within the shipwrecked Spaniard's tale of his own encounter with Melmoth is that of Isidora, a Spanish maiden who was herself shipwrecked as a child and grew up entirely alone and innocent on a tropical island. And within Isidora's tale there are others, including that of an English family torn apart by the English Civil War. Melmoth figures in each of these stories, though not always as a central figure.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a tedious gothic novel that is rightly forgotten by the canon. Meandering plot and uninteresting characters. Read Ann Radcliffe's Udolpho instead.Published on February 8, 2014 by Michael Byrd
I always read introductions, unless it is specified up front that if I don't want to read a plot summary before reading the book, I should read the introduction as an... Read morePublished on May 27, 2010 by J. Beaulieu