Gothic and the History of Reading, 1764–1830

Authored by: Katie Halsey

The Gothic World

Print publication date:  October  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415637442
eBook ISBN: 9780203490013
Adobe ISBN: 9781135053062


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In 1815, William Gifford, the editor of the Quarterly Review, wrote to John Murray, Jane Austen's publisher and the founder of the Quarterly, of his first encounter with Austen's Pride and Prejudice (1813):

I have for the first time looked into Pride and Prejudice; and it is really a very pretty thing. No dark passages; no secret chambers; no wind-howlings in long galleries; no drops of blood upon a rusty dagger — things that should now be left to ladies' maids and sentimental washerwomen.

(Smiles 1891: 1.282)

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