Charles Maturin

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  • Christina Morin (Trinity College Dublin )

Remembered today for his Gothic masterpiece, Melmoth the Wanderer (1820), Charles Robert Maturin (1780-1824) played a pivotal role in the development of Romantic national fiction in Ireland in the early-nineteenth century. A Church of Ireland clergyman, Maturin was profoundly shaped by the conflict of loyalties inherent to his Irish Anglican identity. Born shortly before Ireland’s brief parliamentary independence beginning in 1782 – a period known as Grattan’s parliament, named for the leading patriot spokesman, Henry Grattan – Maturin was firmly attached to the idea of an independent Ireland. Despite his Protestant mindset and firm support of Anglican ascendancy in Ireland, his fictional works continuously register his …

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Morin, Christina. "Charles Maturin". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 May 2007
[, accessed 27 September 2016.]

Articles on Maturin's works

  1. Melmoth the Wanderer
  2. The Albigenses
  3. The Fatal Revenge
  4. The Milesian Chief
  5. The Wild Irish Boy
  6. Women, or Pour et Contre

Related Groups

  1. Gothic, Grotesque & Supernatural Fiction