The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 16
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always having an explanation,. belated or otherwise. Bespit©
the romantic appeal and fascination of these artificial plots
and characters speaking In flowery terms, the intensity of
the Gothic age would inevitably subside#
fh-ere is considerable difference of opinion
regarding the duration of Gothic literature In
England, Some commentators ®@eing in Mrs, Hadcliff®*8
work the finest flowering of the school of terror,
hate traced the falling away of the general Interest
in Gothic fiction from the day she laid down her pen
in 1797 and have termed later novelists in the tradi-
tion like Lewis end Maturin * belated advocates* of an
outmoded genre# In other eyes, however, the vogue for
sentimental terror continued unabated through the
second decade of the nineteenth century or until The
U813), Wayerly (1614) or Worthier Abbey
'(181®] turned the tide of popular favor elsewhere ♦ W-
^Robert D, Mayo, "How Long was Gothic Fiction in Vogue?"
Modem laMttiae Notes. LVIII (January, 1943), 60.
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