Maturin, Charles Robert (mătˈyŏrĭn) [key], 1782–1824, Irish author. A minister by vocation, he wrote novels in the manner of the Gothic horror tale of Ann Ward Radcliffe. They include The Fatal Revenge (1807), The Milesian Chief (1812), and his masterpiece Melmoth the Wanderer (1820). He wrote several tragedies, but only Bertram (1816) was a success.
See study by D. Kramer (1973).
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