Literary Mushrooms: The Gothic Bluebook

  • Franz J. Potter


The 1803 portrait of young Percy Bysshe Shelley reading ‘garish’ bluebooks under the rose bushes at Sion House, which he obtained from a rather sordid circulating library, is a familiar, if not a disquieting aspect of literary history. Apart from the vicarious thrills provided by such ‘horrid’ material, these tawdry rewrites of Gothic fiction had the added benefit for the middle classes, of being inexpensive to obtain—sixpence or a shilling—or a mere penny a night from the local circulating library which stocked a multitude of horrid and sensational titles.


Literary History Anonymous Author Interesting Story Perverted Taste Conventional Expectation 
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