Born on 9th of July 1764
Died on 7th of February 1823
Ann Radcliffe turned to writing because her periodical editor husband often returned home late, and she needed to fill the time. She became a highly influential author of Gothic romances, admired by Scott, Byron, Poe and Shelley among others, her tales of the seemingly supernatural pitted against the reasonable and rational, with atmospheric settings and a love of the picturesque. Little is known of her personal life other than that she and her husband travelled widely, the lack of available detail forcing Christina Rossetti to shelve the idea of a biography. The Mysteries of Udolpho is probably her most celebrated (and aped, and parodied) work.
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