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The Libertine (Gothic Novels II) files The Libertine (Gothic Novels II), read online The Libertine (Gothic Novels II), free The Libertine (Gothic Novels II), free The Libertine (Gothic Novels II), The Libertine (Gothic Novels II) 705b48936 This Is The Story Of Gabrielle And Angelo, And The Various People Destroyed Through Their Love While Still Quite Young, Gabrielle Becomes Pregnant By Angelo However, He Had Already Abandoned Her Unwilling To Raise Her Child Alone, Gabrielle Abandons Her Daughter, Agnes, With A Friend And Follows Angelo To NaplesThrough Disguises And Intrigues, These Two Will Constantly Return To And Run From One Another, Sowing Tragedy In Their WakeReprinted As A Part Of The Second Set Of The Gothic Novels Series Edited By Devandra P Varma, This Text Was Published In Four Separate Volumes To Reflect The Original Publication Format Each Volume Shares The Same ISBN


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    This novel was originally published in 1807 The author, Charlotte Dacre, was a recognized author of Gothic fiction and Della Cruscan poetry This edition is a reprint of the first edition it is literally a photocopy of those pages rebound and reprinted in the 1970s as a part of the Gothic Novels series by Devendra P Varma Despite its strong ties to the Gothic, there is very little in this book that is actually Gothic The Libertine opens with the story of Montncy, who, having lost almost all his fortune in gambling, retreated with his small daughter, Gabrielle, to Switzerland There, in the remote mountains, he believed he could raise her away from the temptations of society However, society was destined to find them in the form of Angelo Welcomed into their home as a lost traveler, Angelo overstays his welcome and seduces Gabrielle He genuinely adores her, but he decides to return to Naples regardless Only after he leaves does Gabrielle realize that she s pregnant In the first of a long series of tragedies resulting from the seduction, Montncy loses his mind in grief when he realizes that his daughter is pregnant Gabrielle gives birth to Agnes on the very day that her father dies Throughout her pregnancy, she had only written one letter to Angelo, and she d sent it before she realized the truth of her condition He did not respond, since he was distracted by society, and Gabrielle never wrote him again However, after her daughter is born, Gabrielle decides that she must journey to Naples in order to find Angelo and inform him of his duty as a father Having borne a daughter, Gabrielle is all too aware of the fate of a girl raised without the protection of a father or a father s name.In Naples, Gabrielle poses as a male servant, even dying her skin She works for Angelo, and even helps him to in his affair with another woman As she sees both his devotion to Oriana and his disregard for the woman, Gabrielle realizes that Angelo will never respect a woman that gave herself to him without a wedding In despair, Gabrielle finds herself in a position where the only things that matter to her are her daughter s fate and Angelo s happiness.This is a four volume novel, and that summary doesn t even encompass the first two volumes In some ways, this novel does read like a Gothic in its condemnation of sin and its extreme violence However, it is also a novel with close ties to the sensation fiction that would appear in the late nineteenth century Dacre constantly focuses on the emotion of her characters, on their despair and heartache Reading this book inspires an emotional response in much the same way that sensation fiction did in later readers As with that later genre, it details the crimes of present day characters Using Dacre s references to philosophers as a guide, it would seem that this novel was written in a contemporary setting, unlike her traditional Gothics, Zofloya and The Confessions of the Nun of St Omer Also, this book is entirely lacking in any supernatural element explained or otherwise If it were not written by Dacre, I m not sure that it would even be considered a Gothic It might have been considered a late sentimental novel, or even an attempt at realism.The book itself is occasionally difficult to read Dacre is well known for her excesses of language, her neologisms like enhorrored At times, I was thrilled when characters died, if only because it meant an end to their death scenes.As with Zofloya, Dacre does try to create a moral for this work In that other work, she examines the question of nature vs nurture and whether a mother s example could have saved Victoria from her own dark nature In this book, Dacre doesn t present questions Instead, she baldly states that the institution of marriage was created to strengthen society and the bonds between individuals When marriage is disregarded, and sexual relations occur without that holy bond, chaos results The sins of the parents will be punished through their children Here, Angelo and Gabrielle s unhallowed union brings about the deaths of at least three people and results in madness for two others Those totals do not include Gabrielle and Angelo, either Dacre s moral is complicated by her biography It is well established that she had three children prior to her marriage to their father, Nicholas Byrne Dacre s father was a well known radical named Jacob Rey He divorced Dacre s mother and married a countess, changing his name to Jonathon King In addition to the divorce, he was involved in other scandals and was called the Jew King Several recent scholars have focused on Dacre s relationship to her father and his faith, which she seems to have rejected After her marriage, all of her children were baptized into the Church of England With this history of divorce, of rejected Jewishness, and extramarital childbirth, Dacre s moralizing is suspect While she may have condemned extramarital sexual relations in her writing, she was also condemning the life she led.Most of Dacre s work has long been forgotten Zofloya has enjoyed increased critical attention in recent years Now that scholars have rediscovered that work, they need to enlarge their focus and discuss her other works as well.


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