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Ann Radcliffe
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    (July 9, 1764-February 7, 1823)
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    Birth name was Ann Ward
    Wrote the novels ‘The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne’ (1789), ‘A Sicilian Romance’ (1790), ‘The Romance of the Forest’ (1791), ‘The Mysteries of Udolpho’ (1794) and ‘The Italian’ (1797)
    Considered one of the pioneers of Gothic literature
    At the height of her literary success, she stopped writing and withdrew from society.
    Christina Rossetti attempted to write her biography, but gave it up due to a lack of information.
    One critic wrote, ‘In all her books, the characters are two dimensional, the plots far-fetched and improbable.’
    She was rumored to have been driven mad by her own literary creations.
    She began writing to occupy her time when her husband, a journalist and editor, was late from work.
    By providing rational explanations for seemingly supernatural events in her novels, she was said to have legitimized the Gothic genre.
    She influenced Jane Austen, Walter Scott and Lord Byron.
    H.P. Lovecraft wrote that she had ‘a genuine sense of the unearthly in scene and incident which closely approached genius.’

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