Charlotte Dacre, 1772-1825


Biographical note

English author of Gothic novels. She began her writing career by contributing poems to the Morning Post under the pseudonym "Rosa Matilda." As a romance novelist, Dacre cast heroines in a way quite different from the norm of the early 19th century that called for ladies of decorum and good taste. Her style was more like that of the male authors of her era, creating aggressive and often physically violent female characters who demonstrate powerful sexual desires and ambition. Of her four major novels, Zofloya is the best known today, and sold well on its release in 1806;


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