The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 4
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Strawberry Hill helped considerably la bringing about
renewed knowledge and appreciation of the period, Despite
the many well-preserved real medieval relies in Sngland,
Walpole and the majority of bis contemporaries had formed
for themselves from that almost legendary building, the
haunted castle, the notion which he attempted to delineate
in his new romanticism*?
This is not to be taken aa implying that walpole*a Gothic
building activities were the sole generator® of his desire to
experiment with the Gothic spirit in literature* Edmund
Burke had, in 1756, published hie study ©f ideas of the sublime
and beautiful, thereby formulating the theory which the whole
school of terror followed in practice. In 1762, two years
before the appearanoe of The Castle of Otranto, Bishop Hurd
had published Letters on Chivalry and Romance* Hurd appears
as an enthusiastic advocate of the Gothic Kra, "propounding
the question whether Gothic romance might not contain something
peculiarly suited to the view® of a genius and to the ends
of poetry, and whether the philosophically inclined people of
his own day had not gone too far in making of it a perpetual
source of ridicule and contempt
The influence of such views and of Hurd's book in drawing
attention to Gothicism cannot be overestimated. Among these
in whom a desire was born to attempt practical results in this
'ibid., p. 3« ®Ibid., p. 6.
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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/m1/7/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .