Four Gothic Novels

Registered by wingSerendipityNwing of Wuppertal, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on 5/19/2024
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Journal Entry 1 by wingSerendipityNwing from Wuppertal, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Sunday, May 19, 2024
"Macabre and melodramtic, set in haunted castles or fantastic landscapes, Gothic tales became fashionable in the late eighteenth century with the publication of Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto (1764). Crammed with catastrophe, terror, and ghostly interventions, the novel was an immediate success, and influenced numerous followers. These include William Beckford's Vathek (1786), which alternates grotesque comedy with scenes of exotic magnificence in the story of the ruthless Caliph Vathek's journey to damation. The Monk (1796), by Matthew Lewis, is a violent tale of ambition, murder, and incest, set in the sinister monastery of the Capuchins in Madrid. Frankenstein (1818, 1831) is Mary Shelley's disturbing and perennially popular tale of young student who learns the secret of giving life to a creature made from human relics, with horrific consequences.

This collection illustrates the range and the attraction of the Gothic novel. Extreme and sensational, each of the four printed here is also a powerful psychological story of isolation and monomania."
I read all four novels included in this book back at university. The only one I've reread since is "Frankenstein" and I have another copy of that. So I've decided to pass this collection along to another bookcrosser who has "The Monk" on her wishlist.

Journal Entry 2 by wingSerendipityNwing at Hagen, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Sunday, May 19, 2024

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RABCK for Wichtelkoenigin. I'll give it to her at the Meetup in Hagen-Hohenlimburg.

Journal Entry 3 by Wichtelkoenigin at Hagen, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Sunday, May 26, 2024
Thanks a lot. I'm looking forward to reading The Monk, and maybe a re-read of Vathek would be nice as well.

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