Julia and the Illuminated Baron:
The Critical Edition

By Sally Sayward Wood

Image of the book coverFor more than two centuries Julia and the Illuminated Baron has slumbered, virtually unknown and out of print despite being the first gothic novel written by a woman in the United States. Originally published in 1800, this romantic tale of intrigue tells the story of a young woman of unknown origin and impeccable virtue. In her search for self identity, Julia undergoes a series of dangerous encounters— including imprisonment in a gloomy castle—at the hands of the Baron, a member of the secret society known as the Illuminati. Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, the novel tells a story of love and order triumphing over the forces of hate and chaos. For the very first time, Julia and the Illuminated Baron is available fully edited and annotated in a critical edition designed to showcase the work’s artistic achievements.

Library of Early Maine Literature, 2012
250 pages.
9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
ISBN: 978-0-9853659-0-5
$18.00 Paperback.  $9.99 Kindle.
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