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Originally published in 1823, Valperga is probably Mary Shelley's most neglected novel. Set in 14th-century Italy, it represents a merging of historical romance and the literature of sentiment. Incorporating intriguing feminist elements, this absorbing novel shows Shelley as a complex and intellectually astute thinker.
"This is a superb edition of Mary Shelley's historical romance Valperga. Professor Rajan provides an extremely illuminating introduction to the novel, one that if finely informed by her extensive knowledge of women's literary history, Italian history, British Romanticism, and critical theory. She sensitively analyses the ways in which Shelly's complex bio-textual relationships to both her husband and her father play out in the novel. She also provides extensive and invaluable annotations, chronologies, appendices of relevant writings by Godwin, Sismondi, Machiavelli, and the earliest reviews of the novel." - Anne K. Mellor, UCLA
Tillottama Rajan is one of Canada's most distinguished Romanticists. She is the Director of the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism, in the Department of English, University of Western Ontario.
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Mary Shelley: A Brief Chronology
Chronology of Historical Events Relevant to Valperga
A Note on the Text and Acknowledgements
Appendix A: from Godwin's "Of History and Romance"
Appendix B: from Machiavelli's Life of Castruccio
Appendix C: Extract from Draft Manuscript
Appendix D: from Sismondi's History of the Italian Republics of the Middle Ages, II: 110-12 (translation Rajan)
Appendix E: Reviews of Valperga
- From The Ladies' Monthly Museum 17 (April, 1823)
- From Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine 13 (1823)
- From The Examiner 788 (March 2, 1823)
- From The Literary Gazette, and Journal of the Belles Lettres 319 (March 1, 1823)
- From Monthly Review 101 (May, 1823)
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1998 • 492pp • Paperback • 9781551111445 / 1551111446