Elizabeth Inchbald

A Simple Story
  • A Simple Story

  • In scenes charged with understated erotic tension, A Simple Story - by groundbreaking playwright and novelist Elizabeth Inchbald - intertwines the tales of the flirtatious Miss Milner who falls in love with her guardian, a Roman Catholic priest and aristocrat, and of their daughter Matilda who, banished from her father's sight, craves his love.

    In her use of dramatic methods-expressive gestures, delayed revelations and economical dialogues-to present these two versions of the same power-struggle between an older father-lover figure and a young girl, Inchbald achieves a psychological intensity and subtlety of characterization rarely found in other late eighteenth-century novelists.

Elizabeth Inchbald (1753-1821) was an English novelist, actress, and playwright.

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