Ann Radcliffe

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Ann Radcliffe, (July 9, 1764 - February 7, 1823) was an English author, a pioneer of the gothic novel.


  • Fate sits on these dark battlements and frowns,
    And as the portal opens to receive me,
    A voice in hollow murmurs through the courts
    Tells of a nameless deed.
    • Motto to the novel, The Mysteries of Udolpho, presumed to be Radcliffe's own composition, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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