The Gaskell Society

The Gaskell Society

Celebrating the life and work of Elizabeth Gaskell

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Online Talk: Ann Radcliffe and the Female Gothic

Wednesday 25 October, 2023, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm BST


Ann Radcliffe and the Female Gothic – ‘A genius of no common stamp’

Get ready for a spooky night of literature as we celebrate the bicentenary of Ann Radcliffe, the ‘mighty magician’ of horror and the gothic. Once the highest paid author of the 1790s, Radcliffe’s most famous works include The Romance of the Forest and The Mysteries of Udolpho. Her writing was lauded by Walter Scott and influenced generations of women writers including Mary Wollstonecraft, Jane Austen, the Brontës, Charlotte Perkin Gilmore and Daphne Du Maurier. But beyond the crumbling castles and scary supernatural scenes, what does Radcliffe have to say about women, marriage and maternity? Join Gaskell Society Chair, Dr Diane Duffy, for all the answers and more in this terrifying talk.