The Picture of Dorian Gray

Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author s most popular work The tale of Dorian Gray s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it rst appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked

Dracula

You can find an alternative cover edition for this ISBN here and here A rich selection of background and source materials is provided in three areas Contexts includes probable inspirations for Dracula in the earlier works of James Malcolm Rymer and Emily Gerard Also included are a discussion of S

Frankenstein

Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation an

Wuthering Heights

You can find the redesigned cover of this edition HERE This best selling Norton Critical Edition is based on the 1847 first edition of the novel For the Fourth Edition, the editor has collated the 1847 text with several modern editions and has corrected a number of variants, including accidentals.

The Woman in White

In one moment, every drop of blood in my body was brought to a stop There, as if it had that moment sprung out of the earth, stood the figure of a solitary Woman, dressed from head to foot in white The Woman in White famously opens with Walter Hartright s eerie encounter on a moonlit London roa

Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen s first novel published posthumously in 1818 tells the story of Catherine Morland and her dangerously sweet nature, innocence, and sometime self delusion Though Austen s fallible heroine is repeatedly drawn into scrapes while vacationing at Bath and during her subsequent visit to Northa

Uncle Silas

One of the most significant and intriguing Gothic novels of the Victorian period and is enjoyed today as a modern psychological thriller In UNCLE SILAS 1864 Le Fanu brought up to date Mrs Radcliffe s earlier tales of virtue imprisoned and menaced by unscrupulous schemers The narrator, Maud Ruthy

The Mysteries of Udolpho

With The Mysteries of Udolpho, Ann Radcliffe raised the Gothic romance to a new level and inspired a long line of imitators Portraying her heroine s inner life, creating a thick atmosphere of fear, and providing a gripping plot that continues to thrill readers today, The Mysteries of Udolpho is the

Lady Audley's Secret

Bigamy, child abandonment, deception, theft, murder, and insanity all take part of Mary Elizabeth Braddon s novel Her over the top drama was one of the most popular novels of the mid 1800s and provides an interesting portrayal of both class and gender issues as they intersect within the domestic sp

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Note Editions of The Tenant that start with You must go back with me are incomplete Actual opening line of the novel is To J Halford, Esq Dear Halford, when we were together last This is the story of a woman s struggle for independence Helen Graham has returned to Wildfell Hall in

The Monk

Set in the sinister monastery of the Capuchins in Madrid, this is a violent tale of ambition, murder, and incest The struggle between maintaining monastic vows and fulfilling personal ambitions tempts its main character into breaking his vows.

The Castle of Otranto

First published pseudonymously in 1764, The Castle of Otranto purported to be a translation of an Italian story of the time of the crusades In it Walpole attempted, as he declared in the Preface to the Second Edition, to blend the two kinds of romance the ancient and the modern Crammed with inv

Rebecca

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage Orphaned and working as a lady s maid, she can barely believe her luck It is only when they arrive