Rare Gothic Novels of the Romantic Period

72 authors / 118 titles including 43 women writers / 65 titles and 14 anon. titles

total approx. 98,500 pages;

'Physical' books with Gothic Novels of the Romantic Period are extremely rare, because in the 19th Century most works of this type were borrowed in circulating libraries rather than purchased by their original readers. And after some time disposed by those circulating libraries just to make free space for new titles.

The modern revival of interest in the Gothic form encouraged us to publish this collection, despite by now the amount of criticism available far outweighs the number of accessible primary texts. Whereas the most advanced Gothic criticism in recent years has stressed the generic characteristics of the mode, rather than individual authors, reproduction of texts has almost invariably been confined to a relatively small body of ‘known’ titles. Too often the term ‘Gothic’ appears as term pitted against or aligned with some aspect of the Romantic, without attention to specific works or to the evolving nature of the genre.

The kind of Gothic included in our collection covers the full range of the genre, from relatively decorous terror novels in the style of Ann Radcliffe to a darker and more ‘masculine‘ horror fiction, while instances of other sub-types such as historical Gothic are also included.

With the ongoing reappraisal of the relationship between the Gothic and the Romantic our collection with 118 titles is a unique source to do research and enjoy this genre. This collection with Gothic Novels from 325 old 'physical' books breaks the mold by offering these texts. This resource is selected / compiled from the rich collection Edition Corvey, the most concentrated source available world-wide for the Romantic Period.

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