The Monk (Oxford World's Classics)

December 5, 2020
The Monk (Oxford World's Classics)

'The Monk was so highly popular that it seemed to create anepoch in our literature', wrote Sir Walter Scott.Set in the sinister monastery of the Capuchins in Madrid,The Monk is a violent tale of ambition, murder, andincest. The great struggle between maintaining monastic vows andfulfilling personal ambitions leads its main character, the monkAmbrosio, to temptation and the breaking of his vows, then tosexual obsession and rape, and finally to murder in order toconceal his guilt.Inspired by German horror romanticism and the work of AnnRadcliffe, Lewis produced his masterpiece at the age of nineteen.It contains many typical Gothic elements - seduction in amonastery, lustful monks, evil Abbesses, bandits and beautifulheroines. But, as the Introduction to this new edition shows, Lewisalso played with convention, ranging from gruesome realism tosocial comedy, and even parodied the genre in which he waswriting.