Matthew Gregory Lewis

(1775—1818) novelist and playwright

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Ann Radcliffe

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*Gothic novelist. She was daughter of a London tradesman, William Ward; she married in 1786 William Radcliffe, manager of the English Chronicle. In the next twelve...

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Charlotte Dacre

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(1782?–1841?) British novelist and poet

The Confessions of the Nun of St Omer (1805) FictionHours of Solitude (1805) PoetryZofloya; or, The Moor (1806) FictionThe...

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drama and dramatists before Dickens

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century).

Dickens's reading and theatre-going, from an early age, exposed him to many of the dramas and dramatic genres of previous ages. On the early 19th-century stage Shakespeare was still a ...


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In Germanic mythology, a bearded giant or goblin believed to lure little children to the land of death. The term comes from German ‘alder-king’, a mistranslation of Danish ellerkonge ‘king...

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Overview page. Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

The general term for invented stories, now usually applied to novels, short stories, novellas, romances, fables, and other narrative works in prose, even though most plays and narrative...

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Friedrich Schiller

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German dramatist and lyric poet, and one of the principal figures of the Sturm und Drang period and of German Romanticism in general. He was deeply influenced by...

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Gothic drama

Overview page. Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945).

Is a twentieth-century generic category for a number of plays which engage similar conventions and themes to those of the Gothic novel, and the Gothic effect in landscape gardening,...

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Gothic novel

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A story of terror and suspense, usually set in a gloomy old castle or monastery (hence ‘Gothic’, a term applied to medieval architecture and thus associated in the 18th century with...

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Jesusa Rodríguez

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(1955– )

Mexican director, actor, and producer. Rodríguez gained international attention with her iconoclastic production of Donna Giovanna (1983), a liberal adaptation of Mozart's...

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John Leyden

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Scottish antiquary, physician, poet, and orientalist, assisted Sir W. Scott in Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border and contributed to M. G. Lewis's Tales of Wonder...

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