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Ann Radcliffe

(b. July 9, 1764, London, England – d. Feb. 7, 1823, 5 Stafford Row, Stafford Place, Pimlico, London )

Gender: F

Ann Ward (1764-1823) was the daughter of a haberdasher; her uncle Thomas Bentley was Josiah Wedgwood’s business partner. In 1787 she married William Radcliffe, editor of the English Chronicle; they had no children. She wrote a number of Gothic novels, the most famous being The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794). She made significant income from her novels, selling the copyright of Udolpho for £500 and that of The Italian (1797) for £800. She published A Sicilian Romance in 1790. Jane Austen parodied Udolpho in her novel Northanger Abbey.

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