The Gothic, By Nick Groom
Boyd Tonkin is Literary Editor at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Social Policy Editor of the New Statesman and has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes. He has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime's achievement in literature.
Saturday 24 November 2012
One of Oxford's "Very Short Introductions", Groom's far-seeing survey of Gothic forms and cults packs an abbey-sized portion of ideas into a tomb-sized space.
Unlike most literary Gothicists, Groom looks hard at medieval roots as well as covering the Romantic-era boom in spooky, sexy and uncanny styles, from books to buildings.
He's strong on the renovated Gothic of Twilight-era cinema and music. And he respects the rebel heart of this undead mode, with a tribute to Sophie Lancaster - murdered for dressing as a Goth.
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