Rare Gothic Novels of the Romantic Period
72 authors in 118 titles from 325 'physical' books,
including 43 women writers in 65 titles,
furthermore 14 anon. titles,
approx. 98,500 pages,
electronic Bibliographic Records are available
'Physical' books with Gothic Novels of the Romantic Period are extremely rare, in the 19th Century most works of this type were borrowed in circulating libraries, rather than purchased by their readers. And after some time disposed by these circulating libraries just to make on the bookshelves free space for new titles.
The modern revival of interest in the Gothic form encouraged us to publish this set, despite - until recently - the amount of criticism available far outweighs the number of accessible primary texts. Whereas in recent years the most advanced Gothic criticism has stressed the generic characteristics of the mode, rather than individual authors, because reproductions of texts have 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 this genre.
The kind of Gothic included in our set 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 this set is a unique source for research and also to enjoy the genre. This set with Gothic Novels from 325 old 'physical' books, breaks the mold by offering these texts.
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