Gothic Readings: The First Wave, 1764-1840

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Rictor Norton
A&C Black, 2005 M04 1 - 369 pages
Gothic Readings: The First Wave, 1764-1840 is an anthology of Gothic literature, set within the context of contemporary criticism and readers' responses. It includes selections from the major practitioners (including Horace Walpole, Ann Radcliffe, Matthew Gregory Lewis, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe) and many of their followers (including Clara Reeve, Charlotte Smith, Joanna Baillie, Charles Brockden Brown, Catherine Cuthbertson and Eliza Parsons), as well as contemporary reviews, private letters and diaries, chapbooks, and contemporary anecdotes about dramatic performances and the design of theatre sets.
 

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Contents

Historical Gothic
1
Sir Bertrand a Fragment John Aikin
7
The Recess Sophia Lee
13
Review of Whites John of Gaunt
22
The Haunted Cavern John Palmer
30
The Novice of Saint Dominick Sydney Owenson
36
The Fate of Velina de Guidova
44
Frontispiece to The Midnight Assassin 1797
71
Flowers of Literature Rev F Prevost and F Blagdon
316
Walpoles Castle of Otranto Sir Walter Scott
323
William Godwins Novels William Hazlitt
329
Monk Lewis and His Coterie David Macbeth Moir
335
Early Nineteenth Century
353
Mary Russell Mitford
359
Charles Bucke
361
Charlotte Brontë
367

James Gillrays caricature of ladies reading The Monk 1818
118
Zofloya Charlotte Dacre
143
Tales of the Dead Sarah Brown Utterson trans
152
The Vampyre John Polidori
161
The Adventure of the German Student Washington Irving
170
The Mysterious Mother Horace Walpole
176
A Ghostly Performance James Boaden
183
Reminiscences of M G Lewis Michael Kelly
196
On the Absurdities of the Modern Stage Academicus
204
On German Drama Samuel Taylor Coleridge
213
Poetry
224
Invocation to Horror Hannah Cowley
230
To the River Dove Ann Radcliffe
236
The Mad Monk Samuel Taylor Coleridge
243
Ballad Percy Bysshe Shelley
250
Annabel Lee Edgar Allan Poe
257
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
263
A Village Circulating Library Charles Dibdin
269
On the Pleasure Derived from Objects of Terror
281
Review of Radcliffes Mysteries of Udolpho
289
Review of Lewiss The Monk Samuel Taylor Coleridge
295
On the Titles of Modern Novels
303
Novels and Romances Rimelli
309
The Castle of Wolfenbach Eliza Parsons 46
iii
Frontispiece to The Midnight Groan 1808 148
vi
Zofloya Charlotte Dacre 143
143
Tales of the Dead Sarah Brown Utterson trans 152
152
The Vampyre John Polidori 161
161
The Adventure of the German Student Washington Irving 170
170
The Mysterious Mother Horace Walpole 176
176
A Ghostly Performance James Boaden 183
183
Reminiscences of M G Lewis Michael Kelly 196
196
On the Absurdities of the Modern Stage Academicus 204
204
On German Drama Samuel Taylor Coleridge 213
213
Poetry 224
224
Invocation to Horror Hannah Cowley 230
230
To the River Dove Ann Radcliffe 236
236
The Mad Monk Samuel Taylor Coleridge 243
243
Frontispiece to Tales of Terror 1801 249
249
Ballad Percy Bysshe Shelley 250
250
Annabel Lee Edgar Allan Poe 257
257
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen 263
263
A Village Circulating Library Charles Dibdin 269
269
Frontispiece to T J Horsley Curtiess Ancient Records 1801 309
309
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