A Sicilian Romance
Author: Ann Ward Radcliffe
Ann Radcliffe presents a unique amalgamation of suspense, mystery and politics. Set in the later eighteenth century the story unfolds in ruined castles with secret passages and brilliant horror devices. Engrossing and picturesque descriptions paint amazing scenes in the imagination of readers! Brilliantly revealing the humiliating secrets of aristocracy, this is a spell-binding tale!
A Sicilian Romance
Author: Ann Radcliffe
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
A Sicilian Romance is a gothic novel by Ann Radcliffe. It was her second published work, and was first published anonymously in 1790. 'On the northern shore of Sicily are still to be seen the magnificent remains of a castle, which formerly belonged to the noble house of Mazzini. It stands in the centre of a small bay, and upon a gentle acclivity, which, on one side, slopes towards the sea, and on the other rises into an eminence crowned by dark woods. The situation is admirably beautiful and picturesque, and the ruins have an air of ancient grandeur, which, contrasted with the present solitude of the scene, impresses the traveller with awe and curiosity. During my travels abroad I visited this spot. As I walked over the loose fragments of stone, which lay scattered through the immense area of the fabrick, and surveyed the sublimity and grandeur of the ruins, I recurred, by a natural association of ideas, to the times when these walls stood proudly in their original splendour, when the halls were the scenes of hospitality and festive magnificence, and when they resounded with the voices of those whom death had long since swept from the earth.'
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