Melmoth the Wanderer (Paperback)

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The 19th-century horror novel that inspired Sarah Perry's Melmoth

A Penguin Classic

Created by an Irish clergyman, Melmoth is one of the most fiendish characters in literature. In a satanic bargain, Melmoth exchanges his soul for immortality. The story of his tortured wanderings through the centuries is pieced together through those who have been implored by Melmoth to take over his pact with the devil. Influenced by the Gothic romances of the late 18th century, Maturin's diabolic tale raised the genre to a new and macabre pitch. Its many admirers include Poe, Balzac, Oscar Wilde and Baudelaire.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

About the Author

Charles Robert Maturin (1782-1824) was born in Dublin and educated at Trinity College. He took orders and worked as a curate in Loughrea and Dublin. Maturin enjoyed literary success with his Gothic novels and a tragedy 'Bertram' (1816). His later plays and fiction, including Melmoth the Wanderer, were neglected and he died in poverty.

Victor Sage is Reader in Literature in the School of English and American Studies at the University of East Anglia.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780140447613
ISBN-10: 014044761X
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: February 1st, 2001
Pages: 704
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics