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Charlotte Dacre (1782—1841) was an English author of Gothic novels.

Most references to her today are under the name Charlotte Dacre, but she first wrote under the pseudonym Rosa Matilda, and later adopted a second pseudonym to tease and confuse her critics. Charlotte Dacre was born Charlotte King, and later became Mrs Byrne upon her marriage to Nicholas Byrne in 1806.

She was the daughter of John King, born Jacob Rey (c.1753—1824), a moneylender and radical writer well known in London society. Her father divorced her mother, Sara, ne Lara, under Jewish law in 1784 before setting up home with the dowager countess of Lanesborough.

After the death of his wife, Charlotte Dacre married Nicholas Byrne, with whom she already had three children. He was an editor and future partner of London's The Morning Post newspaper where the author Mary Robinson was the poetry editor and an influence on a young Charlotte Dacre who began her writing career by contributing poems to the Morning Post under the pseudonym "Rosa Matilda."

As a romance novelist, Dacre cast heroines in a way quite different from the norm of the early 19th century that called for ladies of decorum and good taste. Her style was more like that of the male authors of her era, creating aggressive and often physically violent female characters who demonstrate powerful sexual desires and ambition. Dacre usually constructed this behaviour in a way that can be at least in part justified by the actions of others.

Of her four major novels, Zofloya is the best known today, and sold well on its release in 1806; it was translated into both German and French. In this story, a female character stalks, brutally attacks, and then murders a girl whom she sees as a sexual rival. Yet, despite the brutality, the story has its underlying moral messages in that young women are warned against the dangers of lust.

In the literary world, Charlotte Dacre has remained in virtual obscurity for nearly two centuries. However, her work was admired by some of the literary giants of her day and her novels influenced Percy Shelley who thought highly of her style and creative skills.

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Total Books: 18
The Libertine Volumes 3-4
2014 - The Libertine Volumes 3-4 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781495303388
ISBN-10: 1495303381
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Zofloya Or the Moor a Romance of the Fifteenth Century in Three Volumes
2009 - Zofloya or the Moor a Romance of the Fifteenth Century in Three Volumes (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780217996334
ISBN-10: 0217996337
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Zofloya Or The Moor V2 A Romance Of The Fifteenth Century
2009 - Zofloya or the Moor V2 a Romance of the Fifteenth Century [1806] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781120080813
ISBN-10: 1120080819
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Zofloya Or The Moor V2 A Romance Of The Fifteenth Century
2009 - Zofloya or the Moor V2 a Romance of the Fifteenth Century [1806] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781120056566
ISBN-10: 112005656X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Zofloya or The Moor
2008 - Zofloya or the Moor [Oxford World's Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780199549733
ISBN-10: 0199549737
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance, Politics & Social Sciences
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Hours Of Solitude A Collection Of Original Poems
2004 - Hours of Solitude a Collection of Original Poems (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781419124662
ISBN-10: 1419124668
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Hours Of Solitude A Collection Of Original Poems
2004 - Hours of Solitude a Collection of Original Poems (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781419124679
ISBN-10: 1419124676
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Zofloya Or the Moor
1999 - Zofloya or the Moor [Oxford World's Classics Paperback] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780192839343
ISBN-10: 0192839349
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Zofloya Or the Moor A Romance of the Fifteenth Century
1997 - Zofloya or the Moor a Romance of the Fifteenth Century [Broadview Literary Texts Series] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781551111469
ISBN-10: 1551111462
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Zofloya or the Moor Or the Moor
1997 - Zofloya or the Moor or the Moor [Oxford World's Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780192832399
ISBN-10: 0192832395
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Horror
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The Libertine
1974 - The Libertine [Gothic Novels II] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780405060120
ISBN-10: 0405060122
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Zofloya Or the Moor A Romance of the Fifteenth Century
1974 - Zofloya or the Moor a Romance of the Fifteenth Century [Gothic Novels II] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780405060144
ISBN-10: 0405060149
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Horror
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The Passions [Gothic Novels II] (Hardcover)
Zofloya o el Moro/ Zofloya or the Moor
Zofloya O El Moro/ Zofloya or the Moor [Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9788496423022
ISBN-10: 8496423026
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance
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