Almost every page of Melmoth the Wanderer has a biblical reference. They are sometimes differentiated from the rest of the text using italics, but more often they are simply woven into the narrative in a way that suggests they were integral to Maturin’s vocabulary, thought processes, and store of cultural references.
Maturin was particularly drawn to the Old Testament, which he saw as a historical document that ‘puts all other history to the blush for its powerful appeals to the heart, its searching calls on the strongest sympathies of our nature.’
The Holy Bible ... appointed to be read in churches (Dublin, 1714).,
Marsh's Library Exhibits: ‘Ragged, Livid, & On Fire: The Wanderings of Melmoth at 200’ curated by Christina Morin and Jason McElligott,
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