St. Irvyne; or the Rosicrucian
A turgid Gothic novel published in 1811 by Percy Bysshe
Shelley under the pseudonym ‘‘Gentleman of the University of
Oxford.’’ It derives from the genre of Ann Radcliffe
(1764–1823) and Matthew Gregory Lewis (1775–1881) and
may also have been influenced by William Godwin’s novel St.
Leon; A Tale of the Sixteenth Century (1799). It tells the story of
a man whose desire for the elixer of life leads him to make a
compact with the devil. (See also English occult fiction; Rosicrucians)