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This gothic story relates the tragic downfall of Ambrosio and his fall into sin. His life becomes a disaster when evil lures him into an incestuous relationship. The reality of the Catholic church in this era is also illustrated. When Lewis first published this novel it had passages that were so objectionable that a court order to stop the sale was enforced. Lewis then published a second edition without these passages. The second edition was still controversial.
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