The Infidel Father

[WEST, Jane]

[WEST, Jane] The Infidel Father

A.Strahan, 1802.

First edition. Three volumes, bound in contemporary half calf with marbled boards. Bound without half-titles. A good copy, wanting spine labels with spine ends worn and some cracking to the calf on the spine. Internally fresh.

Jane West is now better known for her source material used in other books, than as a novelist in her own right. A Gossip's Story (1796) written under the name of Prudentia Homespun served as the inspiration for Austen's Sense and Sensibility.
The Infidel Father, a convoluted Gothic novel, describes the ambitious and caddish Lord Glanville and involves seductions, illegal marriages, duplicity, suicide and the ultimate unmasking of the callous Earl, before he drowns his broken conscience in laudanum. It is thought that the hallucinatory scenes are likely to be a literary inspiration for De Quincey's Opium Eater.

Stock ID: 39707

£600.00

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