Monk Lewis(1775-1818), Writer
Matthew Gregory ('Monk') Lewis
Sitter in 3 portraits
Matthew Gregory Lewis was popularly nicknamed 'Monk Lewis' after his work, The Monk (1796), one of the most celebrated British gothic novels. Denounced as blasphemous pornography, it was an immediate bestseller. Capitalising on his success and notoriety, he wrote popular gothic melodramas such as Castle Spectre (1797) and Timour the Tartar (1811), which greatly influenced Sir Walter Scott. In 1812, Lewis inherited a Jamaican sugar plantation. His posthumously published Journal of a West India Proprietor (1834), recounted his attempts to improve the working and living conditions of his slaves. Lewis died of fever on the return voyage from Jamaica.
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