Melmoth the Wanderer

Recommended by Sarah Perry, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #61 in Gothic

Written by an eccentric Anglican curate in Dublin, Melmoth Wanderer brought the terrors of the Gothic novel to a new pitch of claustrophobic intensity. Its tormented villain, a Faustian transgressor desperately seeking a victim to release him from his fatal bargain with the devil, regarded by Balzac as one of the great outcasts of modern literature.

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Sarah Perry It does everything that a Gothic novel should do. It is darkly funny, it has a grim gallows humour, it is utterly terrifying. (Source)

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