The Labyrinth of Narrative: The Last Great Gothic Novel

Melmoth the Wanderer: A Tale.

Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Company, and Hurst, Robinson, and Co. Cheapside, London, 1820.

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First edition. 2 vols. 8vo. The Labyrinth of Narrative: The Last Great Gothic Novel. Mid-nineteenth century half calf and marbled boards. Bound without half titles. Some rubbing, and some external repair. Very good. Loeber M316; Bleiler (1983) 1134; Tymn 1-244; Sadleir 1667; Wolff 4650; Jones and Newman 9; Reginald (1979) 09826; Wessells 3. See also The Correspondence of Sir Walter Scott and Charles Robert Maturin (1937).

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“Balzac praised Melmoth … and Baudelaire thought that ‘ce pâle et ennuyé Melmoth’ (this pale and bored Melmoth) was one of the great literary creations. Oscar Wilde was a great-nephew of Maturin and plainly knew the work. The portrait in the Melmoth house seems a clear ancestor to Wilde’s novel The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)” (Wessells)

Wilde’s friend Robert Ross wrote the biographical note to the three-volume edition published by Richard Bentley & Sons (1892).