A spellbinding Gothic novel, "The Monk" is Matthew Lewis' most famous work. First published in 1796 and set in a sinister Capuchin monastery in Madrid, this violent tale of ambition, murder, and incest focuses on a monk's struggle to maintain his monastic vows in the face of temptation and sexual obsession. ..".rich, powerful, and fervid." -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
About the Author
Lewis was a diplomat and member of Parliament. He died of yellow fever on a return trip from his Jamaican estates in 1818.