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Rookwood

Rookwood by William Harrison Ainsworth
By: (1805-1882)

A rich and complex Gothic-Romance centring on the murky deeds of an ancient family. It is a wonderfully atmospheric piece that combines narrative, poetry, song, and descriptive writing to great effect. The character of Dick Turpin that we know today – the dashing highwaymen and unmatched horseman – can be said to stem directly from this novel, as the most famous part of the book (often published on its own in the past), Turpin’s Ride To York, is devoted to him. Although seemingly little known to a modern audience, Ainsworth’s ‘Rookwood’ gave the world the image of the highwayman with which we are all so familiar.

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"The immortal Ainsworth." Thackeray.

NOVELS

BY

WILLIAM HARRISON AINSWORTH

ROOKWOOD

"Gives a vivid picture of the times and places with which he dealt." The New York Herald.

THE RITTENHOUSE PRESS PHILADELPHIA

[Illustration: DICK TURPIN CLEARS HORNSEY TOLL GATE]

PRINTED IN U.S.A. BY ARRANGEMENT WITH GEORGE BARRIE'S SONS

Transcriber's Note:

Minor typographical errors have been corrected without note. Archaic and dialect spellings have been retained. Greek text has been transliterated and is shown between {braces}. The oe ligature has been transcribed as [oe].

A table of contents, though not present in the original publication, has been provided below:

MEMOIR

TO MY MOTHER

PREFACE

BOOK I. THE WEDDING RING I. The Vault II. The Skeleton Hand III. The Park IV. The Hall V... Continue reading book >>


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