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The Draw of the Gothic

 

To understand the literary Gothic—to even begin to account for its curious appeal, and its quality of simultaneous seduction and repulsion—it is necessary to undertake a little time travel. We must go back beyond the builders putting the capstone on Pugin’s Palace of Westminster, and on past the last lick of paint on the iced cake of Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill House; back again another six hundred years past the rap of the stonemason’s hammer on the cathedral at Reims, in order to finally alight on a promontory above the city of Rome in A.D. 410. The city is on fire. There are bodies in the streets and barbarians at the gates. Pope Innocent I, hedging his bets, has consented to a little pagan worship … Read the rest