Matthew Gregory Lewis

Standard Name: Lewis, Matthew Gregory
Used Form: M. G. Lewis
Used Form: Monk Lewis


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Dedications Eliza Parsons
EP moved publishers again, to P. Norbury of Brentford, for The Valley of St. Gothard, A Novel, dedicated to M. G. Lewis .
The English Novel mistakenly dates the Critical notice of this...
Dedications Charlotte Dacre
CD , publishing as Rosa Matilda, dedicated her first novel, Confessions of the Nun of St. Omer, to Monk Lewis .
Garside, Peter et al., editors. The English Novel 1770-1829. Oxford University Press.
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Dacre, Charlotte. “Introduction”. Zofloya; or, The Moor, edited by Adriana Craciun, Broadview, pp. 11-36.
Education Linda Villari
During the time she spent at her great-aunt's house in Croydon, LV 's novel suggests she was taught at home by a family governess, a close friend of her mother, identified there as Miss...
Family and Intimate relationships Isabella Kelly
Her son William Martin Kelly turned out a disappointment. A recent biographer of Matthew Lewis discounts stories that William's relationship with his patron was sexual. William, however, appears to have suffered, in typical young-gentleman fashion...
Family and Intimate relationships Mary Robinson
MR 's daughter grew up to be a writer, and to publish two books under her own name as well as revising and editing work by MR . Hers are the gothic, epistolary Minerva novel...
Fictionalization Lady Charlotte Bury
Assessments of LCB 's work during her lifetime varied wildly. Sir Walter Scott quoted her in print; Sydney Morgan respected her work; but to most people her social identity eclipsed her literary one. Her early...
Friends, Associates Isabella Kelly
Her friends or perhaps patrons included General Henry Seymour Conway (father of the writer-sculptor Anne Damer ) and his whole family.
Kelly, Isabella. A Collection of Poems and Fables. Richardson.
Matthew Lewis (though given his general view of fiction by women he may...
Friends, Associates Maria Riddell
She had already by this date, on a visit to London, met Boswell , the biographer, and found him a stranger biped than any she knew.
MacNaughton, Angus. Burns’ Mrs Riddell. A Biography. Volturna Press.
By this time, too, her political contacts included...
Friends, Associates Lady Charlotte Bury
Another acquaintance of LCB 's from childhood was Matthew Gregory Lewis , who was a favourite at Inverary Castle during her girlhood, and dedicated his Romantic Tales to her in 1808.
Mudge, Bradford Keyes, editor. Dictionary of Literary Biography 116. Gale Research.
Friends, Associates Lady Charlotte Bury
During her first marriage Lady Charlotte frequently entertained the literary celebrities of her day.
Stephen, Sir Leslie, and Sidney Lee, editors. The Dictionary of National Biography. Smith, Elder.
Todd, Janet, editor. Dictionary of British Women Writers. Routledge.
She was a friend and patron of Sir Walter Scott , and a friend (with her daughters) of the exiled Italian...
Intertextuality and Influence Frances Sheridan
Sidney Bidulph was also influential. It helped shape the depiction of unhappy marriage in Lennox 's Euphemia.
Catto, Susan J. Modest Ambition: The Influence of Henry Fielding, Samuel Richardson, and the Ideal of Female Diffidence on Sarah Fielding, Charlotte Lennox, and Frances Brooke. University of Oxford.
Though FS 's son Richard Brinsley claimed not to have read it, he borrowed from it...
Intertextuality and Influence Mrs E. M. Foster
Judith, the remaining MEMF novel of 1800, is attributed to the author of Rebecca, Miriam, and Fitzmorris &c. There was German translation in 1802.
Garside, Peter et al., editors. The English Novel 1770-1829. Oxford University Press.
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The incredibly complex plot follows...
Intertextuality and Influence Ann Radcliffe
The Italian has been read as an answer to The Monk by Lewis , a vindication of terror (assaults on the nerves, the strain of threatened but imperfectly perceived danger) against horror (sexual obsession and...
Intertextuality and Influence Mary Ann Cavendish Bradshaw
There follows a fighting critical Dissertation Respecting Patrons and Dedications, which covers the issues of male disrespect for female authors, the tyranny of critics, and over-insistence on moral instruction (with Hannah More 's Coelebs...
Intertextuality and Influence Isabella Kelly
The second edition was published with Minerva . In her self-depreciating preface to this four-volume novel, IK coyly mentions an unnamed patron. This was in fact Matthew Gregory Lewis , who read her work and...


9 July 1775: Matthew Gregory Lewis, later famous as the...

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9 July 1775

Matthew Gregory Lewis , later famous as the leading Gothic novelist of horror, was born on the eleventh birthday of Ann Radcliffe , leading Gothic novelist of terror.

12 March 1796: Matthew Gregory Lewis anonymously published...

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12 March 1796

Matthew Gregory Lewis anonymously published The Monk, his gothicnovel of horror.


Lewis, Matthew Gregory. “Matthew Gregory Lewis: A Brief Chronology”. The Monk, edited by David Lorne Macdonald and Kathleen Scherf, Broadview, 2004, pp. 27-9.
Wilkinson, Sarah Scudgell, and Matthew Gregory Lewis. The Castle Spectre. T. and R. Hughes, 1807.