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Thread: June '14 / Dark Romanticism Reading Poll

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    June '14 / Dark Romanticism Reading Poll

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    Please nominate a Dark Romantic novel you would like to read by June 11.

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    This was a tough genre to come up with a nomination for because it is so narrow, but it also overlaps a lot with Gothic literature and it is hard to distinguish the line between the two.

    But hopefully this qualifies (being that is a work of poetry and not prose) but I believe it fits the genre and I have been wanting to read it.

    Don Juan by Lord Byron

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    And I would like to nominate The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliff
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    Am I gonna read Udolpho alone?
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    I will try and see if I can, but it is a pretty long book and I have some other stuff I have to finish up before I can start anything else.

    Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scheherazade View Post
    Am I gonna read Udolpho alone?
    I think I'll join you. It's been on my 'to read' list for ages, ever since I read Northanger Abbey.
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    Actually I read 'The Mysteries of Udolpho' last month. It was hard to begin and the descriptions were rather too long. But once I started I couldn't stop, and I skipped entire passages and the poetry to get the story. So I think I'll do a more thorough re-read now.
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    I've just started and it seems quite interesting. Chevalier, I think I'll also be skipping long descriptive passages and poetry.
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    The second reading was worth it.
    Well, Mona, I don't think you lost anything skipping the descriptions and the poetry. What is so good about Udolpho is the plot. I suppose there are some convenient coincidences, but on the whole it's a good story.
    I'm planning to read 'The Italian' as soon as I get the time. Caroline Helstone says about it in 'Shirley' that 'it opens with such promise of a strange story to be told' (or something to the effect). Mrs. Radcliffe was a wonderful storyteller.
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