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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.