A Quaint and Curious Volume

A Quaint and Curious Volume : Tales and Poems of the Gothic

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Introduced by Sarah Perry, the best-selling author of The Essex Serpent.

Uncanny. Mysterious. Eerie. Gothic.

It draws us in with its air of mystery and repels us with its violence and darkness. But who were the first practitioners of the now-prevalent genre?

This curated book collects the works of such masters as Edgar Allan Poe, Christina Rossetti and Mary Shelley, who with flickering candles, mysterious castles and chilling ravens first frightened and delighted readers.

With a brilliantly insightful introduction by Sarah Perry, the contemporary master of the gothic genre, this book will immerse and entangle you in the roots of the gothic. Just be careful not to get lost.

Includes such classic poems as 'The Raven' by Edgar Allan Poe, 'Porphyria's Lover' by Robert Browning, and 'Goblin Market' by Christina Rosetti.

With extracts from classic gothic novels, such as Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, and The Castle of Otronto by Horace Walpole.

And some spine-tingling short stories such as 'The Yellow Wallpaper' by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 'The Dream Woman' by Wilkie Collins, and the famous 'The Tell-Tale Heart' by Edgar Allen Poe.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 135 x 204 x 26mm | 330g
  • William Collins
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0008351821
  • 9780008351823
  • 425,272

About Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry is the bestselling author of the gothic novels The Essex Serpent and Melmoth. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway University, where she specialised in gothic literature.
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