The first Gothics : a critical guide to the English Gothic novel /
Frederick S. Frank.
New York : Garland Pub., 1987.
xxxi, 496 p., 14 leaves of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.
0824085019 (alk. paper)
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New York : Garland Pub., 1987.
0824085019 (alk. paper)
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Includes indexes.
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Bibliography: p. 447-453.
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Appeared in Choice on 1987-11:
Frank lists 500 Gothic novels alphabetically by author in this extension and elaboration of his lengthy chapter in Horror Literature: A Core Collection and Reference Guide (CH, Jan '82). Each entry includes the title, place and date of publication, modern re-editions if extant, type of Gothic novel, a critical synopsis, and a listing of secondary materials about the author or book. Noting the borrowing of plots and settings so common among Gothic novels, Frank categorizes the novels according to types-e.g., pure or high Gothic or Gothified history. Those that are obvious thefts are only briefly discussed and the reader is directed to the original. Tracy's The Gothic Novel, 1790-1830: Plot Summaries and Index to Motifs (CH, Apr. '82) includes 208 nonevaluative plot summaries and would be a valuable complement to Frank's critical evaluation of the novels. Also included in this excellent guide are a selected bibliography of 20th-century criticism, a chronology of Gothic novels, and three separate indexes. Of great value to Gothic scholars, upper division and graduate students.-R.B. Meeker, Chicago State University
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