The Forgotten Gothic: Short Stories from the British Literary Annuals, 1823-1831
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This collection of gothic short stories takes us further than perhaps eighteenth or nineteenth-century scholars are comfortable with – to extend our discussions about the Gothic in such a way that the tradition does not die at 1820, as is purported by Robert Mayo. We will, however, move past the deaths of Shelley, Keats and Byron – the spokespersons for the second wave of traditional Romanticism. Queen Victoria won’t ascend to the throne for another six years, and Tennyson has not yet become the powerhouse poet who will eventually rise to Poet Laureate of England. Scholars touted 1820-1830 as a “dead zone” – without any literary guiding light. However, many studies have shown that the magazines were filled with literary fodder, more specifically, the Gothic short story.