Ann Radcliffe

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AR is well known as the mistress par excellence of eighteenth-century Gothic fiction, the continuing tradition of which she strongly marked with the characteristics of her individual style. She also produced poetry, travel writing, and criticism. She apparently wrote for her own enjoyment, not because she needed the money, and after five novels in seven years she stopped publishing. She held aloof from the company of other literary people, and kept her private life from the public eye.
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Milestones

9 July 1764
Ann Ward (later AR ) was born in Holborn, an only child.
Radcliffe, Ann. “Introduction and Explanatory Notes”. A Sicilian Romance, edited by Alison Milbank, Oxford University Press, 1993, p. Various Pages.
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Radcliffe, Ann. Gaston de Blondeville. Henry Colburn, 1826.
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8 May 1794
AR published through Robinson her best-known gothic novel, The Mysteries of Udolpho, which netted her £500.
Norton, Rictor. Mistress of Udolpho: The Life of Ann Radcliffe. Leicester University Press, 1999.
93
Critical Review. W. Simpkin and R. Marshall.
2d ser. 11 (1794): 361
December 1796
Publication was announced of the last gothic novel of AR 's lifetime, The Italian, with 1797 on its title-page.
Wordsworth, Jonathan. The Bright Work Grows: Women Writers of the Romantic Age. Woodstock Books, 1997.
79
7 February 1823
AR died in the early hours, after a month of severe asthma attacks; her literary silence had led many to suppose she was dead already.
Norton, Rictor. Mistress of Udolpho: The Life of Ann Radcliffe. Leicester University Press, 1999.
242, 203

Biography

Birth and Family

9 July 1764
Ann Ward (later AR ) was born in Holborn, an only child.
Radcliffe, Ann. “Introduction and Explanatory Notes”. A Sicilian Romance, edited by Alison Milbank, Oxford University Press, 1993, p. Various Pages.
xxxiii
Radcliffe, Ann. Gaston de Blondeville. Henry Colburn, 1826.
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