British Fiction, 18001829

CURTIES, T. J. Horsley. Monk of Udolpho, The (1807)

Contemporary Reviews

Flowers of Literature (1806): 507.

This romance is well calculated to please those who delight in horrors. The Monk as usual is a most diabolical character, and meets with his deserts. The terrors of banditti and the inquisition are each of them introduced, and will not fail to harrow up the feelings of susceptible females.

Notes: Format: 4 vols 12mo; publisher: Hughes. This title is also mentioned in an introductory section on ‘Novelists’ in Flowers of Literature for 1806: ‘Mr. Curtis’s Monk of Udolpoh [sic] is deserving of association with most of that gentleman’s other performances. The interesting Hersilla exhibits one of the finest patterns of filial piety we have ever seen pourtrayed in a novel: neither is the character of the Monk himself over-drawn, as is, in general, the case in productions of this kind. The hero of the piece claims our particular attention, as possessing much merit. Lorenzo is a most virtuous character, worthy of imitation: and we will hope, notwithstanding the cry against the times, that there are, in real life, many such to be met with’ (p. lxxviii).

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