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Terror and wonder: the gothic imagination

A new British library exhibition is "a penumbral dungeon of the warped, the perverse and the compulsively page-turning"

By David Anderson  

Tales of Terror by Matthew Lewis, published 1808, on display in Terror and Wonder © Photography © British Library Board

It’s curious that a celebration of “the Gothic imagination” should take place in the modernist-orientalist terracotta fortress of the British Library. After all, just next door looms the St Pancras Hotel, complete with enough pointed arches and foliated window-frames to keep even the most jaded Gothic revivalist happy. And…

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