The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 1
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THS GOTHIC HOTEL IV ENGLAND
Man baa enjoyed the tale of terror as far back as any
record goes. Fear and aw® of natural phenomena have inspired
tales wMoh tried to explain these mysteries, Man had no way
to aecount for floods, thunder, lightning, hail, earthquake,
the origin of mankind itself. Makers of myths in early day®
of civilization, story tellers of days gone by, jesters or
minstrels in the courts, old beldames, wandering minstrels,
singing or telling their tales of demons, goblins, ghosts,
witches, fairies, and princesses, intrigued their listeners
with the strange and terrible plots which comprised their songs
or stories, "Human nature desires not only to be amused and
entertained, but moved to pity and fear wi
English literature gives only
• • a brief tantalizing glimpse of the vast
treasury of folk tales and ballads that existed
before literature became an art and lived on
side by side with it, vitalizing and enriching
jij0 ^here and there we catch
gleams like the fragment in King Lean
Child Roland to the dark tower came# ——*
His word was still Fie, Foe, and Fuau
I smell the blood of a British Man,*«
"hldlth BArkhead, The male of Terror, p. 3.
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Cannon, Willie Jim. The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown, thesis, 1950; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc130235/m1/4/: accessed January 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .