By T. Wein
British Identities, Heroic Nationalisms, and the Gothic Novel, 1764-1824 considers 3 interlocking advancements of this era: the emergence of the Gothic novel at a time whilst nationwide upheavals required the development of a brand new nationalist identification, the Gothic novel's redefinition of heroes and heroism in that nationalist debate, and adjustments inside category and gender in addition to viewers and writer kin. The scope of this examine extends past the confines of the unconventional right to incorporate chapbooks and illustrated reactions.
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Murray, too, values the exhortation of superior examples; these best harness man’s innate propensity to imitation (18). As if in conﬁrmation of his own theory, Murray calls to his aid the writings of Kames, Johnson, and Blair, thus giving his ideas a pedigree and history Bearing Repetition 35 and making them a species of the very imitation he advocates. Like Kames, Murray urges that we select the grounds of our imitation very carefully, rejecting cold perfection for warm courage and active virtue.
To the Critical Review, Reeve’s story has a negative virtue; it amuses without danger because it does not too long distract from more serious work. The reviewer of The Abbey of Saint Bearing Repetition 27 Asaph complained of the author’s ‘compliance with the present rage for the terrible’ by his inclusion of a ‘horrid cavern,’ a ‘ﬁery spectre,’ and a ‘moving and shrieking skeleton’; nevertheless the reviewer held the novel a ‘pleasing performance’ with ‘good moral reﬂections … interspersed’ (Monthly Review, 15 (1795): 229).
Haven, Calcutta, 1849’ is followed by a Boston Library sticker, then the notice that the book was given to the Roxbury Athenaeum 11 October 1886. The ﬁfth London edition announces Lady Le Fleming, Rydal Hall, as its owner. And the ﬁrst edition owned by the University of Virginia carries the suggestive name Eliza Shelley, the two dots after the ‘a’ implying that the name is an abbreviation for Elizabeth and that the owner thus is Percy’s sister. The ﬁrst edition of Matthew Lewis’s The Monk is graced by the armorial bookplate of W.