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Literary Gothic in Special Collections

Mysteries of Udolpho, 1828 (BC Gen/RAD)
An introduction to the history of Gothic Fiction, through books and manuscripts in Special Collections at the University of Leeds Library.
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Northanger Abbey 1837 frontispiece (English L-32/AUS)
Introduction to 'Northanger Abbey' by Jane Austen.
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Mysteries of Udolpho, 1828 (BC Gen/RAD). Fontispiece
19th century novels in Special Collections
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Frankenstein : or, The modern Prometheus (BC NCC/SHE)
Introduction to 'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley.
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Frankenstein_1823_title page
Description of the Novello Cowden Clark collection
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Jane Eyre, second edition title page
Introduction to 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte, first published in 1794.
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BC MS 19c Brontë/C2
Bronte Family Manuscripts in Special Collections
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Illustrations from In a Glass Darkly by J Sheridan Le Fanu (c) Edward Ardizzone (1929)
Introduction to 'In a Glass Darkly' by Sheridan le Fanu.
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Illustrations from In a Glass Darkly by J Sheridan Le Fanu (c) Edward Ardizzone (1929)
Introduction to 'In a Glass Darkly' by Sheridan le Fanu.
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Picture of Dorian Gray, Lippincott's Magazine cover
Introduction to 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' by Oscar Wilde.
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Title page,  Oscar Wilde, Duchess of Padua
Introduction to 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' by Oscar Wilde.
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BC MS Stoker/STO Front Cover
Introduction to 'Dracula' by Bram Stoker.
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Robert Leighton Letter to Bram Stoker 1
Bram Stoker Manuscripts and letters in Special Collections
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Twentieth century gothic fiction in Special Collections Literary Archives
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Further reading on Northanger Abbey
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This resource provides an introduction to key texts and writers in the Literary Gothic tradition, using books and manuscripts held in  Special Collections at Leeds University Library.

Academic Specialists in the School of English have written introductions to key texts.These introductions are supplemented by information on related primary sources and research material in Special Collections, and an extensive bibliography.

The 'Literary Gothic in Special Collections' resource was created in partnership with Lucy Arnold, a doctoral student in the School of English.

An expanded version of this resource, introducing a wider range of texts (without links to Special Collections holdings) is also available online.

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