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Linda Hilton

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The Summer Tree
Guy Gavriel Kay
Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
Nancy MacLean
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The Secular Scripture: A Study of the Structure of Romance
Northrop Frye
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Women's Gothic and Romantic Fiction: A Reference Guide (American Popular Culture)
Kay Mussell
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The Looking-Glass Portrait
Linda Hilton
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Linda Hilton
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Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith
Jon Krakauer
The House of the Spirits
Isabel Allende

Reading progress update: I've read 44%.

The Tale Of Terror: A Study Of The Gothic Fiction - Edith Birkhead

Godwin's peculiar interest was in criminal psychology, and he concentrates on the dramatic conflict between the murderer and the detective. An unusual turn is given to the story by the fact that the criminal is the pursuer instead of the pursued. Godwin intended later in life to write a romance based on the story of Eugene Aram, the philosophical murderer; and his careful notes on the scheme are said to have been utilised by his friend, Bulwer Lytton, in his novel of that name.[80] Caleb Williams helped to popularise the criminal in fiction, and Paul Clifford, the story of the chivalrous highwayman, is one of its literary descendants.


Birkhead, Edith. The Tale of Terror A Study of the Gothic Romance (p. 63). Kindle Edition.


"Godwin" here is William Godwin, who married Mary Wollstonecraft.  Their daughter, Mary Godwin, married Percy Bysshe Shelley.


Bulwer Lytton's novel Paul Clifford is famous -- or infamous -- for its opening line:


It was a dark and stormy night. . . . .