Gothic Writers: A Critical and Bibliographical Guide by Douglass H. Thomson, Jack G. Voller, Frederick S. Frank

By Douglass H. Thomson, Jack G. Voller, Frederick S. Frank

With its roots in Romanticism, antiquarianism, and the primacy of the mind's eye, the Gothic style originated within the 18th century, flourished within the nineteenth, and keeps to thrive this day. This reference is designed to house the serious and bibliographical wishes of a huge spectrum of clients, from students looking severe assistance to normal readers short of an advent to the Gothic, its ample feedback, and the current kingdom of Gothic stories. the quantity comprises alphabetically prepared entries on greater than 50 Gothic writers from Horace Walpole to Stephen King. Entries for Russian, jap, French, and German writers supply a global scope to the ebook, whereas the focal point on English and American literature exhibits the dynamic nature of Gothicism today.

Each of the entries is dedicated to a specific writer or workforce of authors whose works show Gothic parts, starting with a major bibliography of works through the author, together with glossy variants. This part is by way of a severe essay, which examines the author's use of Gothic issues, the author's position within the Gothic culture, and the severe reception of the author's works. The entries shut with chosen, annotated bibliographies of scholarly experiences. the quantity concludes with a timeline and a bibliography of an important wide scholarly works at the Gothic.

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New York: Scribner’s, 1985: 187–193. A biographical overview and helpful discussion of the supernatural elements in many of Ainsworth’s novels. Worth, George J. William Harrison Ainsworth. Twayne’s English Authors Series 138. New York: Twayne, 1972. An effective general introduction to Ainsworth’s work, but the plot synopses are too brief to be of much value. Describes Ainsworth’s debt to the Gothic tradition and is admirably objective in assessing his position in the canon. UEDA AKINARI (1734–1809) Frederick S.

Bleiler. New York: Scribner’s, 1985: 777–781. ” The countess is accidentally buried alive and is rescued. Leider, Emily Wortis. California’s Daughter: Gertrude Atherton and Her Times. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1991. ” McClure, Charlotte S. ” American Literary Realism, 1870–1910 9 (1976): 95–101. A brief bibliographical essay. ———. ” American Literary Realism, 1870–1910 9 (1976): 103–162. Still a valuable checklist, although the omission of “A Christmas Witch” and a few other minor errors somewhat compromise its value.

Several of the nocturnal climaxes in Akinari’s tales have close psychological and stylistic parallels with the night scenes in Poe’s homicidal and suicidal fantasies. “White Peak,” the opening story in Tales of Moonlight and Rain, is a tale of demonic encounter, dark prophecy, and an awakening to the power of evil. Out of a kind of Faustian curiosity and desire for contact with the demonic world, the poet-narrator conjures up the phantom of the emperor Sutoku (reigned 1123– 1141) by chanting a cabalistic verse.

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