Title: Zastrozzi Author: Percy Bysshe Shelley * A Project Gutenberg of Australia eBook * eBook No.: Language: English Date first posted: August. Jump to Shelley's later prose fiction - In , Shelley wrote a follow-up novella to Zastrozzi called St. Irvyne; or, The Rosicrucian, A Romance, about  ‎Plot · ‎Reception · ‎Adaptations · ‎Similarities to Frankenstein. In , while still at Eton, Percy Bysshe Shelley published Zastrozzi, the first of his two early Gothic prose romances. He published the second, St. Irvyne; or.


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Zastrozzi and St. Irvyne

The Hesperus Classics zastrozzi shelley features a preface by Germaine Greer. She presents a good analysis of the plot but completely overlooks the themes of the novel.


She even misspells the title of Shelley's second Gothic novel as St. Irvyne is about an alchemist or I would highly zastrozzi shelley the Gothic novel Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Irvyne is about an alchemist or scientist who seeks to impart the secret of immortality to Wolfstein, an outcast in the Swiss Alps.


Pietro Zastrozzi, an outlaw, and zastrozzi shelley two servants, Bernardo and Ugo, disguised in masks, abduct Verezzi from the inn near Munich where he lives and take him to a cavern hideout.

Verezzi is locked in a room with an iron door. Chains are placed around his waist and limbs and he is attached to the wall.

Verezzi is able to escape and to flee his abductors, running away to Passau in Lower Bavaria. Claudine, an elderly woman, allows Verezzi to stay at her cottage. Verezzi saves Matilda from jumping off of a bridge.

Matilda seeks to persuade Verezzi to marry her. Verezzi, however, is in love with Julia.


Matilda provides lodging for Verezzi at her castle or mansion estate near Venice. Her tireless efforts to seduce him are unsuccessful. Zastrozzi concocts a plan to torture and to torment Verezzi. He spreads a false rumour that Julia has died, exclaiming to Matilda: Distraught and emotionally shattered, he then relents and offers to marry Matilda.

The truth is revealed that Julia is still zastrozzi shelley. Verezzi is so distressed at his betrayal that he kills himself.

Matilda kills Julia in zastrozzi shelley. Zastrozzi and Matilda are arrested for murder. Zastrozzi, however, remains defiant before an inquisition. He is tried, convicted, and sentenced to death.

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Zastrozzi confesses that he sought revenge against Verezzi because Verezzi's father had deserted his zastrozzi shelley, Olivia, who died young, destitute, and in poverty.

Zastrozzi zastrozzi shelley his father for the death of his mother, who died before she was thirty.

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Zastrozzi wants to torture and punish Verezzi. Death would be too easy. To manipulate Verezzi to commit zastrozzi shelley, Zastrozzi employs Matilda to seduce him. He proposes marriage to her. Julia is the opposite of Matilda in temperament and character.

Matilda is to be the third person in this triangle. This is the plot of the play.