Maturin, Charles Robert

Maturin, Charles Robert

(măt`yo͝orĭn), 1782–1824, Irish author. A minister by vocation, he wrote novels in the manner of the Gothic horror tale of Ann Ward RadcliffeRadcliffe, Ann (Ward),
1764–1823, English novelist, b. London. The daughter of a successful tradesman, she married William Radcliffe, a law student who later became editor of the English Chronicle.
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. They include The Fatal Revenge (1807), The Milesian Chief (1812), and his masterpiece Melmoth the Wanderer (1820). He wrote several tragedies, but only Bertram (1816) was a success.


See study by D. Kramer (1973).

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Maturin, Charles Robert


Born 1782 in Dublin; died there Oct. 30, 1824. British writer.

The son of an Irish postal worker, Maturin graduated from Trinity College in Dublin and became a curate. He published his first Gothic novels (The Fatal Revenge, 1807, and others) under the pen name Dennis Jasper Murphy. Maturin’s Melmoth the Wanderer (1820; Russian translation, 1833) is widely known; it was highly praised by A. S. Pushkin (Pushkin-kritik, 1950, p. 276) and V. G. Belinskii (Poln. sobr. soch., vol. 1, 1953, p. 317). Melmoth the Wanderer stands out among British Gothic novels by virtue of its moral and philosophical generalizations and romantic symbolism. Balzac wrote a sequel to it, Melmoth réconcilié, in which he satirically reinterpreted the romantic conflicts of the original novel.


The Correspondence of Sir Walter Scott and C. R. Maturin. Austin, Texas, 1937.


Istoriia angliiskoi literatury, vol. 2, issue 1. Moscow, 1953. Page 170.
Idman, N. C. R. Maturin: His Life and Works. London-Helsinki, 1923.
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