Charles Robert Maturin

Charles Robert Maturin

Charles Robert Maturin, also known as C.R. Maturin, was a Irish clergyman and writer. He struggled throughout his life to make a living from his writing, especially once his work got him barred from advancement in the church, and he earned praise and as well as censure from the biggest literary names of his day. His most famous work was "Melmoth the Wanderer."

  • Nationality: Irish
  • Birth Date: 25 Sept 1782
  • Death Date: 30 Oct 1824
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Melmoth the Wanderer (1820)
The central character, John Melmoth, is a scholar who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for 150 extra years of life and spends that time searching for someone who will take over the pact for him; the novel actually takes place in the present, but this backstory is revealed through several nested stories-within-a-story that work backwards through time (usually through the Gothic trope of old books).