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The gothic and the development of mass readershipGothic era is a phenomenon originating in the late 18th centuryDuring this time there were many female writers and readersA publishing company called minerva published many of these gothic style worksThere was a medeival revival relating to a dark distant past, this gave romantic writers a way to describe accounts of terrifying experiencesGothic became the term used to describe the mysterious, supernatural and terrifying, especially the pleasurably terrifyingThe terrifying experiences happened in ancient castles and ruined abbeysThey connected with subterranean dungeons, secret passageways, flickering lamps, screams, moans, ghosts and graveyardsLater eighteenth century english garden and architectural design, then literatureHorace walpole, son of british prime minister, purchased strawberry hill estate which he designed in a “gothick” style-towers, arched doors, many ornaments

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