Melmoth the Wanderer Author:Charles Robert Maturin First published in 1820 by John Pillans for Archibald Constable and Co, and Hurst, Robinson, and Co., Cheapside, London. Forward of this edition is by William F. Axton. — Book Description courtesy of www.Amazon.com: — Part Faust, part Mephistopheles, Melmoth has made a satanic bargain for immortality. Now he wanders the earth, an outsider with an ... more »eerie, tortured existence, searching for someone who will take on his contract and release him to die a natural death.
With its erudition and wit, and its parody of arcane learned manuscripts, this Gothic masterpiece follows in the tradition of both the classics of its genre and the works of Cervantes, Swift, and Sterne. Some of its many admirers were Sir Walter Scott, Honor? de Balzac, Edgar Allan Poe, and Maturin's great nephew, Oscar Wilde. This edition includes a critical introduction.
About the Author
Charles Robert Maturin (1782-1824), an ordained clergyman in the Church of Ireland, wrote several Irish romances, in addition to his Gothic novels.« less