CHAPTER II - THE BEGINNINGS OF GOTHIC ROMANCE.
Walpole's admiration for Gothic art and his interest in the middle ages; themediaeval revival at the close of the eighteenth century;
The Castle of Otranto
; Walpole's bequest to later romance-writers; Smollett's incidentalanticipation of the methods of Gothic Romance; Clara Reeve's
Old English Baron
and her effort to bring her story "within the utmost verge of probability"; Mrs. Barbauld's Gothic fragment; Blake's
; thecritical theories and Gothic experiments of Dr. Nathan Drake. Pp. 16-37.
CHAPTER III - "THE NOVEL OF SUSPENSE." MRS. RADCLIFFE.
The vogue of Mrs. Radcliffe; her tentative beginning in
The Castles of Athlinand Dunbayne
, and her gradual advance in skill and power;
The Sicilian Romance
and her early experiments in the "explained" supernatural;
The Romance of the Forest
, and her use of suspense; heroines:
The Mysteries of Udolpho
; illustrations of Mrs. Radcliffe's methods;
; villains; her historical accuracy and "unexplained" spectre in
Gaston de Blondeville
; her reading; style; descriptions of scenery; position in the history of the novel. Pp.38-62.
CHAPTER IV - THE NOVEL OF TERROR. LEWIS AND MATURIN.
Lewis's methods contrasted with those of Mrs. Radcliffe; his debt to Germanterror-mongers;
The Bravo of Venice
; minor works andtranslations; Scott's review of Maturin's
; the vogue of the tale of terror between Lewis and Maturin; Miss Sarah Wilkinson; the personality of Charles Robert Maturin; his literary career; the complicated plot of
The Family of Montorio
; Maturin's debt to others; his distinguishing gifts revealedin
; the influence of
Melmoth the Wanderer
on French literature; asurvey of
; Maturin's achievement as a novelist. Pp. 63-93.
CHAPTER V - THE ORIENTAL TALE OF TERROR. BECKFORD.
The Oriental story in France and England in the eighteenth century;Beckford's
; Beckford's life and character; his literary gifts; later Oriental tales. Pp. 94-99.