Original text of the first edition, unabridged and carefully revised, and supplemented by numerous contemporary illustrations from early editions."Adeline, a young orphan, by mysterious ways comes into the care of Pierre de la Mottes, an impoverished nobleman who is fleeing the long arm of the law with his family. In a secluded, dilapidated abbey in the middle of a dark forest, the refugees find temporary accommodation. But the calm does not last long: The Marquis de Montalt, the owner of the abbey, appears on the scene with his entourage. While Adeline soon suspects that a terrible crime was once committed within the walls of the abbey, her supposed benefactor is becoming involved in the perfidious plans of the cruel Marquis ..."
Acerca de Ann Radcliffe
Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823) was the leading exponent of Gothic fiction. During her lifetime she published five novels including A Sicilian Romance (1790), The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) and The Italian (1797), as well as a collection of European travel writings. Her novels were immensely popular and much imitated.