Ann Radcliffe was one of the originators of, and certainly the most popular author of the gothic novel, a genre which featured fainting heroines, brooding heroes, haunted castles and spectral phenomena. Her epic novel The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794), has been called “the world's first best-seller,” and she was one of the most popular and highly-paid authors of her time. Although she retired from writing early, her style would influence many writers including Mary Shelley, Sir Walter Scott, Jane Austen, the Brontë sisters and Edgar Allan Poe, who acknowledges her in his The Oval Portrait.
Graphic Classics Volume 14
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