The Mysteries of Udolpho


A Romance
Interspersed With Some Pieces of Poetry

By Ann Radcliffe

Fate sits on these dark battlements, and frowns,
And, as the portals open to receive me,
Her voice, in sullen echoes through the courts,
Tells of a nameless deed.

I was taking with a friend and fellow JASNA member and we were discussing how Northanger Abbey is kind of under appreciated. We agreed that it is probably due to not many people having read The Mysteries of Udolpho by Anne Radcliffe and not understanding the “inside jokes.” I have to admit I have not read this book. I’ve read a detail plot summary so I understood the references and satirical aspects of NA. I think it’s time I finally read this Gothic classic.

2 thoughts on “The Mysteries of Udolpho

  1. I feel like reading M of U completely changed – for the better – Northanger Abbey for me.  Let us know how your reading goes – I didn't find it an easy read, personally, and had to do a little skimming.


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