The Tale of Terror

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A pioneering work on Gothic literature by Edith Birkhead, a lecturer in English Literature at the University of Bristol. The Tale of Terror was published in 1921 and expressed the author’s fascination with supernatural fiction beginning with the publication of Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto in 1764 to Charles Maturin's 'Melmoth the Wanderer' in 1820 on to the close of the eighteenth century. The book examines the works of such authors as Mrs. Radcliffe, Matthew Gregory Lewis, Charles Robert Maturin, William Thomas Beckford, Mary Shelley, and others. One of the chapters is devoted to the Tale of Terror in America, and to the works of Hawthorn and Edgar Alan Poe.
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