Four Hundred Years of Excess, Horror, Evil, and Ruin

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Illustrated with eight pages of color plates and scores of black-and-white illustrations, a ground-breaking investigation of the Gothic style in art and literature ranges from the seventeenth century to the contemporary rock band, The Cure.

Publisher: New York : North Point Press, 1999
Edition: 1st North Point Press ed
ISBN: 9780865475441
Branch Call Number: 700.4164 DAV
Characteristics: 38 p. : ill


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Jan 07, 2020

Frustrating for how brilliant the author can be, in flashes, especially when offering critical biographies of literary-Gothic personalities. he gets a little long-winded when offering a (what can be argued is overdue) history of a kind of Gothic-kitsch style of architecture and landscaping that started to take hold in the 18th century. however, the parts about Beckford, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Salvator Rosa and some other luminaries, are not to be missed. an uneven effort, to be sure, but, at least, half is essential for insight into the Gothic revivals that will perennially surface during our gloomy, hopeless times, when our successful interventions, into public space and time, more and more depend on well-crafted, and maintained, artifices.

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