In the s, while across the Channel a political revolution raged, Britain was struck by a reading revolution, a taste for terror fiction that seemed to know no bounds Ann Radcliffe and Monk Lewis were only the most celebrated of a host of writers purveying a new brand of Gothic literature How is it that the age of Enlightenment gave rise to the genre of the literary ghost story This is a landmark in the study of Gothic writing nowhere else is the historical location of Gothic richly or vividly illustrated

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