Ann Radcliffe

English author and pioneer of the Gothic novel (1764-1823)

Ann Radcliffe (9 July, 1764 – 7 February, 1823) was an English author who wrote gothic novels.

Ann Radcliffe


  • Fate sits on these dark battlements and frowns,
    And as the portal opens to receive me,
    A voice in hollow murmurs through the courts
    Tells of a nameless deed.
    • Motto to the novel, The Mysteries of Udolpho, presumed to be Radcliffe's own composition, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • But hark! what shriek of death comes in the gale,
    And in the distant ray what glimmering sail
    Bends to the storm?—Now sinks the note of fear!
    Ah? wretched mariners!—no more shall day
    Unclose his cheering eye to light ye on your way!
    • The Mysteries of Udolpho, Shipwreck; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 704.

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