> My mother gave me "The Monk" (by Matthew Lewis, IIRC) to read
> when she deemed me old enough. Now, that's a gothic novel! One
> of the first in the genre, I believe. Possibly even 18th c.
1796-- so just barely 18th century.
I've owned my paperback copy since 1977, but I wasn't able to get through it then. Its howwows were rather too turgid for me. And I reckon I'm not that fond of howwows, anyway.
What an amazing thing to receive from your mother, though! It reminds me of my friend Erick, who was introduced to Flwoers in the Attic by his mother....
While we're talking earlyish novels:
I like Evelina. I think Pamela's both compelling and extremely funny. And I found Clarissa Harlow so compelling I had to stop-- and I haven't yet started again. I barely met Lovelace. It was Clarissa's confinement by her family that got to me.
*waving to Elisa in Sweden, with whom she's on another list or two*
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