REVIEW OF RADCLIFFE'S A SICILIAN ROMANCE

1791


A Sicilian Romance. By the Authoress of the Castles of Athlin and Dumlayne [sic]. 2 Vols. 12mo. 6s. Hookham. 1791.

This very interesting novel engages the attention, in defiance of numerous improbabilities and 'hair-breadth scapes' too often repeated. Perhaps, on a second reading, these might be still more disgusting; but it is an experiment that we can scarcely venture to try but with modern novels of the first class. We found the tale, we have said, very entertaining, and involved with art, developed with skill, and the event concealed with great dexterity. If our author again engages in this taste, we would advise her not to introduce so many caverns with such peculiar concealments, or so many spring-locks which open only on one side.


[SOURCE: Critical Review, S. 2, 1 (March 1791), p. 350]


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