The Monk | Critical Essay by "A Friend to Genius"

This literature criticism consists of approximately 50 pages of analysis & critique of The Monk.
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Critical Essay by "A Friend to Genius"

SOURCE: "An Apology for The Monk" in Monthly Mirror, Vol. 3, April, 1797, pp. 210-15.

In the following essay, the anonymous critic maintains that The Monk expounds lessons of virtue, rather than of vice, as many reviewers have contended.

It is with no inconsiderable pain that I have remarked the numerous attacks which have been made by the host of critics on the ingenious author of The Monk , for the supposed vicious tendency of that excellent romance. The author is universally allowed to be endowed with nature's best gift, genius, and in the work before us is generally acknowledged to discover throughout an imagination, rich, powerful, and fervid. This able writer is, however, attacked on a point which, I am sure, must make him feel little satisfaction in the applause which his genius commands. It is...

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