Quarter bound over marbled boards. Gilt titles and decoration to spine. ; 306 pages;
Getting suspended from college is a bummer. Coming home to find your mom and sister have moved into the House of Usher is worse. But that’s not the only problem facing 17-year-old Richard, the feverish narrator of Rustication. Richard’s father has just died, deeply in debt, amid rumors of unspeakable acts. His tubercular mother has a tenuous claim on an inheritance, but until that judgment comes through — any day now, surely — the family huddles around a fading fire in a decaying mansion on a peninsula on the southern coast of England. At night you can hear the ghost of a dead baby in the chimney. (I imagine the real estate agent gushed, “Quirky charm!”)
QWIKLIT – Gothic Fiction
Main Purpose: To channel many of the fears, vices and undercurrents of the prevailing Enlightenment philosophy of the day by reviving an interest in horror and medieval romance.
species name: Gothic Fiction
genus: euro ghastliarus castleum
also called: Gothic Horror, Gothic Romance, British Gothic, European Gothic
The Gothic novel can be broken up into two strands, the perception of terror, and aftermath of horror; these consist of two different ways of approaching the writing and invoke completely different feelings in the reader.
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Amsterdam edition of this l’Abbe Prevost classic.