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Radcliffe Ann

Radcliffe, Ann (nee Ward), (1764-1823), author of The Mysteries of Udolpho, was born in London, and married at Bath William Radcliffe, afterwards editor of the English Chronicle. Her masterpiece appeared in 1794; it had been preceded by A Sicilian Romance, and was followed by The Italian. These and her other works dealing with ruined abbeys and castles were highly popular in their day, and mark the middle stage of the romantic movement which reached its maturity in Scott.

“God is a skilful physician. He knows what is best. God observes the several tempers of men, and knows what will work most effectually. Some are of a more sweet disposition, and are drawn by mercy: others are more rugged and knotty pieces: these God deals with in a more forcible way. Some things are kept in sugar, some in brine. God doth not deal alike with all, he hath trials for the strong, and cordials for the weak.”
–Thomas Watson, A Divine Cordial