[RUSSELL, Lord John, 1st Earl Russell].
Title The Nun Of Arrouca : a tale.
Book Condition First Edition, modern quarter morocco lettered in gilt, brown cloth sides. Sm.8vo, pp half-title +  title + 87, couple of neat booklabels on endpaper, an excellent copy.
Publisher London, John Murray 1822.
Seller ID 9138
Rare early novel by the youthful Lord John Russell, later grandfather to the philosopher Bertrand Russell. A radical liberal, Lord John Russell twice headed the British government as a major reforming Prime Minister. In his youth he had several times visited Portugal, where he met Wellington; and had also travelled to Elba to meet Napoleon. In this late-Gothic romantic novella Edward Pembroke, a young English officer serving in the Peninsular War, is wounded while heroically rescuing the nuns of a Portuguese convent from the inevitable depredations of a French squadron. He is nursed to health by one of the nuns, Catherine. They fall passionately in love : she determines to forsake her orders : divine punishment is, naturally enough, meted out when she rapidly succumbs to consumption. According to Summers : Gothic Bibliography : 'Very shortly after publication, the author determinedly suppressed the book, buying up every copy at whatsoever price and destroying it'. See also Block : English Novel. No copy listed in Cambridge University Library, Bodleian Library, or the National Union Catalogue. Not listed in The Sandler Collection.
RUSSELL NUN CONVENT PORTUGAL ARROUCA GOTHIC NOVEL NOVELLA FICTION PENINSULAR WAR WELLINGTON NAPOLEON BERTRAND LITERATURE