Robert P. Reno (essay date October 1984)
SOURCE: Reno, Robert P. “James Boaden's Fontainville Forest and Matthew G. Lewis' The Castle Spectre: Challenges of the Supernatural Ghost on the Late Eighteenth-Century Stage.” Eighteenth-Century Life 9, no. 1 (October 1984): 95-106.
[In the following essay, Reno explains the nearly universal critical objections to the appearance of ghosts onstage in Gothic plays performed in the late eighteenth century.]
By the end of the eighteenth century, the Gothic novel had become so popular in England that William Lane, then owner of the Minerva Press, was said to have proposed a standing offer of ten pounds for any Gothic manuscript. Dozens of Gothic novels...
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