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Four Gothic Novels (Paperback, 1994)

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Four Gothic Novels: The Castle of Otranto; Vathek; The Monk; Frankenstein

Macabre and melodramatic, 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 damnation.

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 a 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 attraction of the gothic novel. Extreme and sensational, each of the four printed here is also a powerful psychological story of isolation and monomania.

 

 Paperback | 624 pages

 129 x 197 x 33mm | 448g

 

 Oxford University Press

 Oxford, United Kingdom

 English

 0192823310

 9780192823311

 

Condition: Good

A book that has been read but is in good condition. Very minimal damage to the cover, including minimal scuff marks along the edges, but no holes or tears. All pages are undamaged, with very minimal (barely noticeable) creasing but no tearing. No pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. No missing pages.