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Gothic Readings : The First Wave, 1764-1840 - Rictor Norton

Gothic Readings

The First Wave, 1764-1840

By: Rictor Norton (Editor)

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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 - indcluding Horace Walpole, William Beckford, Ann Radcliffe, Matthew Gregory Lewis, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Godwin, Mary Shelley, Charles Robert Maturin and Edgar Allan Poe - and many of their followers, as well as contemporary reviews, private letters and diaries, chapbooks, and anecdotes about dramatic performaces and the design of theatre sets. The volume provides representative samples of the major genres: historical Gothic, the Radcliffe school of terror, the Lewis school of horror, tragic melodrama, comic parody, supernatural poetry and ballads, book reviews and literary criticism and anti-Gothic polemic. Also covered are the major Gothic issues such as the aesthetics of the sublime, religionn and the supernatural and the influence of ancient Romance, 'hobgoblin machinery' (including vampires, spectres, orphans, the Inquisition, banditti, nuns, storms and ruined castles), and social and political themes. A general introduction reviews the major approaches to Gothic literature, and short introductions place individual selections in context. All the texts are based on first editions. The collection is suitable as a textbook for courses on the Gothic novel or on Romantic literature and will appeal to all Gothic enthusiasts. Rictor Norton is the author of Mistress of Udolpho: The Life of Ann Radcliffe.

List of Platesp. vi
Introductionp. vii
Historical Gothicp. 1
1764 The Castle of Otrantop. 2
1773 Sir Bertrand, a Fragmentp. 7
1778 The Old English Baronp. 10
1785 The Recessp. 13
1786 Vathekp. 17
1790 Review of White'sp. 22
1795 Mysteries Elucidatedp. 27
1796 The Haunted Cavernp. 30
1796 Hubert de Sevracp. 32
1806 The Novice of Saint Dominickp. 36
The Radcliffe School of Terrorp. 40
1790 The Fate of Velina de Guidovap. 44
1793 The Castle of Wolfenbachp. 46
1794 The Mysteries of Udolphop. 51
1793-7 Grasville Abbeyp. 55
1796 Camillap. 61
1796 The Children of the Abbeyp. 64
1797 The Italianp. 69
1798 The Orphan of the Rhinep. 76
1798 Wielandp. 82
1803 Romance of the Pyreneesp. 88
1806 Secrets of the Castlep. 92
1809 Manfronep. 95
1834 Rookwoodp. 99
1839 'The Fall of the House of Usher'p. 102
The 'German' School of Horrorp. 106
1794 The Necromancerp. 107
1794 The Adventures of Caleb Williamsp. 110
1796 The Monkp. 117
1797 Horrid Mysteriesp. 122
1798 The Midnight Bellp. 129
1802 Koenigsmark the Robberp. 136
1806 Zofloyap. 143
1808 The Midnight Groanp. 147
1812 Tales of the Deadp. 152
1818 Frankensteinp. 157
1819 The Vampyrep. 161
1820 Melmoth the Wandererp. 166
1824 'The Adventure of the German Student'p. 170
Dramap. 175
1768 The Mysterious Motherp. 176
1783 Memoirs of Mrs. Siddonsp. 180
1794 'A Ghostly Performance'p. 183
1797 Review of Boaden's The Italian Monkp. 186
1797 The Castle Spectrep. 188
1797 'Reminiscences of M. G. Lewis'p. 196
1798 De Monfort: A Tragedyp. 197
1800 'On the Absurdities of the Modern Stage'p. 204
1800 'A Performance of Julia and Agnes'p. 205
1816 Bertramp. 205
1816 'On "German" Drama'p. 213
1820 The Vampirep. 216
Poetryp. 224
1771 The Minstrelp. 225
1784 'Written on the Sea Shore'p. 228
1793 The Emigrantsp. 228
1787 'Invocation to Horror'p. 230
1790 'Superstition. An Ode'p. 233
1791 'To the Visions of Fancy'p. 234
1791 'Night'p. 234
1798 'To the River Dove'p. 236
1793 'Ode to Superstition'p. 238
1796 'Alonzo the Brave and Fair Imogine'p. 240
1800 'The Mad Monk'p. 243
1801 Tales of Terrorp. 245
1801 Review of Lewis's Tales of Wonderp. 248
1807 'Ballad'p. 250
1810 'The Vampyre'p. 253
1849 'Annabel Lee'p. 257
Parodyp. 259
1797 Azemiap. 261
1798 Northanger Abbeyp. 263
1799 'The Scribbler'p. 268
1804 'A Village Circulating Library'p. 269
1810 'To Make a Novel'p. 270
1810 The Age; A Poemp. 271
1813 The Heroinep. 274
Theory and Criticismp. 279
1773 'On the Pleasure Derived from Objects of Terror'p. 281
1783 'Illustrations on Sublimity'p. 283
1794 The Banished Manp. 285
1794 Review of Radcliffe's Mysteries of Udolphop. 289
1796 The Mysterious Warningp. 290
1797 The Pursuits of Literaturep. 292
1797 Review of Lewis's The Monkp. 295
1797 'The Terrorist System of Novel-Writing'p. 299
1797 'On the Titles of Modern Novels'p. 303
1798 'Vindication of The Monk'p. 305
1801 Ancient Recordsp. 308
1802 'Novels and Romances' 'Rimelli'p. 309
1802 'On the Supernatural in Poetry'p. 311
1803 Flowers of Literaturep. 316
1810 Review of Maturin's Fatal Revengep. 318
1811 Walpole's Castle of Otrantop. 323
1818 'The Preternatural in Works of Fiction'p. 327
1819 'William Godwin's Novels'p. 329
1821 Review of Maturin's Melmoth the Wandererp. 332
1851 'Monk Lewis and His Coterie'p. 335
Readers' Responsesp. 339
Late Eighteenth Century
Early Nineteenth Century
Indexp. 370
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ISBN: 9780718502171
ISBN-10: 0718502175
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 388
Published: 1st June 2000
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1