Tale of Terror: A Study of the Gothic Romance
A seminal essay on the development of horror as a genre, highly influential on later writers.
First Page:THE TALE OF TERROR
A Study of the Gothic Romance
EDITH BIRKHEAD M.A.
Assistant Lecturer in English Literature in the University of Bristol Formerly Noble Fellow in the University of Liverpool
London Constable & Company Ltd.
The aim of this book is to give some account of the growth of supernatural fiction in English literature, beginning with the vogue of the Gothic Romance and Tale of Terror towards the close of the eighteenth century. The origin and development of the Gothic Romance are set forth in detail from the appearance of Walpole's Castle of Otranto in 1764 to the publication of Maturin's Melmoth the Wanderer in 1820; and the survey of this phase of the novel is continued, in the later chapters, to modern times. One of these is devoted to the Tale of Terror in America, where in the hands of Hawthorne and Poe its treatment became a fine art. In the chapters dealing with the more recent forms of the tale of terror and wonder, the scope of the subject becomes so wide that it is impossible to attempt an exhaustive survey... Continue reading book >>
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