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The Tale Of Terror: A Study Of The Gothic Fiction

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  28 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published May 29th 2008 by BiblioLife (first published January 1st 1963)
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Quirkyreader
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a brilliant guide book for the study of Gothic novels.

If your library doesn't have it, it is on Project Guttenberg as a ebook.

This book spans from Spenser to the Brontes. As well as a quick blurb about Conrad and H. G. Wells.

The volume was printed in 1921, so writers like Lovecraft aren't mentioned.

The tittle of this book may mention "Gothic Romance" it is more of a primer for the beginnings of Weird Fiction.

Pick this book up. It is well worth the time.
Timothy Ferguson
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: librivox
If you are an avid horror reader, and want to mine the early authors in the genre, I highly recommend this book. It was a thesis, so it’s not as lengthy as a modern reference book. Read aloud it is only seven hours long. Much of its content was taken (with attribution) by H.P. Lovecraft for his influential essay Supernatural Horror in Literature, so if you have already rummaged through that for recommendations, you may find this covers similar territory. That being noted, Birkhead has a differen ...more
Ana
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Reading this books was an experience I would like to compare to slow, calculated mental torture.

There is plenty of information - this is undeniable, but.

While the author touches on a few interesting topics - the evolution of the "Gothic" concept, the fascination with the Italian setting, the mechanisms of fear and horror and the self-destruction of the Gothic genre by the authors' tendency to overachieve - this study is no more than a clumsy introduction and, lacking insight and depth, not an in
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Kristy Bryson
Parts of Birkhead's classic literary analysis of Gothic and Romanctic fiction novels (late 1700-mid 1800) read smoothly for a modern reader, but many sections are slow going, even for a former English lit major and total book nerd like me. She was obviously a fan of Poe and Hawthorne, but their contributions to the genres came very late in the game and in the last chapter of the book. I would very much be interested in reading a "next chapter" to her book, to see an academic treatment of the pat ...more
GracieKat
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great introduction to the Gothic romance. However, if you are looking to read any of the books mentioned she does give the endings away on some of them. But she writes to a prospective audience as being familiar with most of the major works listed and so probably wasn't over-worried about giving away the endings on some.
I like the summaries. They are fairly brief and to the point. The author also writes in a clear style which makes it easy to read.
One thing I did find puzzling, however, was
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Sarada
Jul 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gothic
Read as a public domain etext on my nook. A thorough survey of gothic and horror literature through the early 1900s, without much of the 20th century intruding. Great information about some obscure and forgotten works. The section on Mary Shelley was surprisingly over-critical considering that few critical words were said about most of the other authors but that's just an observation. I had wanted to read this book for years so I was amazed to realize it was available as a free download because ...more
Cynthia
Dec 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, 2008
Published in 1921, this remains an excellent overview of Gothic fiction.

addenda: It is available FREE at Project Gutenberg here as well as other sites like manybooks.net

Please avoid bullshit presses that scoop up texts that have been prepared and put online by for free by Gutenberg's volunteers and charge consumers money for their "edition."
Aaron Meyer
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really good overview of the Gothic Romance, and Tales of Terror from the beginning until 1800s. If you want a good rundown of many of the main authors and books that are in this genre you can't go wrong with this book.
Jolie
Great for scholars, or as resource material for anyone looking to dive into the strange and surreal world of Gothic horror origins.
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