This list features the best gothic novelists including, the Bronte sisters, Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, Oscar Wilde, Edgar Allan Poe, and Robert Louis Stevenson.
Who is famous for gothic literature?
Ann Radcliffe is considered one of the founders of Gothic fiction, able to infuse scenes with terror and an undeniable allure. The Mysteries of Udolpho, set in a European castle, is one of her most famous works. Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey is a parodic sendup of The Mysteries of Udolpho.
When was gothic fiction most popular?
From 1760 to the early nineteenth century, the Gothic novel and drama enjoyed such success that Gothic can be considered, as Backscheider does, the Western world’s first popular culture phenomenon (166).
The first work to call itself “Gothic” was Horace Walpole‘s The Castle of Otranto (1764). The first edition presented the story as a translation of a sixteenth century manuscript, and was widely popular. Walpole revealed himself as the true author in the second edition, which added the subtitle “A Gothic Story.”
Who was the most famous Gothic romantic writer?
Ann Radcliffe – She is often considered the pioneer of the Gothic novel.
Who are some of the most famous fictional Gothic characters?
- 1 Lydia Deetz (Beetlejuice)
- 2 Nancy Downs (The Craft)
- 3 Wednesday Addams (The Addams Family)
- 4 Eric Draven (The Crow)
- 5 Lisbeth Salander (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)
- 6 Adam (Only Lovers Left Alive)
- 7 Gypsy and Clive (Gypsy 83)
- 8 Gary King (The World’s End)
Who was the first Gothic romancer?
Horace Walpole is often considered the father of the Gothic Romance with his 1764 publication of The Castle of Otranto.
Why is Gothic literature popular?
Because they convey deeper meanings, like Frankenstein. They allow people to explore a different type of world through their imagination and the writers imagination showing hidden desires or curiosity. Gothic horror combines both horror and romance so gives a very different twist to the usual romance story.
Features of Gothic Literature