Francis Lathom (1777-1832) was a dramatist and novelist who is best known today for his Gothic novels. These are works that have no literary pretences at all and were intended purely as entertainment. Still, they are valuable for the light they shed on the Zeitgeist, for the reading tastes of the time in which they appeared. The Midnight Bell has all the well-known features of the Gothic - its gloom, portents, tendency toward morbidity, and the theme of power of one person over another.
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Book Description Skoob Books Publishing, London, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. First Thus. A fantastic, darkly gothic story of greed and jealousy, of individuals becoming the victims of their own uncontrollable passions, bringing disaster on themselves and others. One of Jane Austen's favourite books mentioned in Jane Austen' s Northanger Abbey (1818). Francis Lathom (1777-1832) was a successful novelist and playwright. Lathom moved to Bogdavic, Aberdeenshire, with a man rumoured to be his lover; travelled in Europe and America; and died in Aberdeenshire in 1832. After the public brilliance of his early life, his later years were secluded and secretive. Introduction by Lucien Jenkins. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 043409