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books Famous Traditional Gothic Books  

Ellie Best
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List Rules 1764 - 1920 only

A list of some of the most famous books that kick-started the Gothic genre. Traditional Gothic saw the birth of famous tropes such as disguise, damsels in distress, and dingy dungeons. But which traditional gothic books earned their fame? This is a ranked list of some of the most entertaining and sensationalist fiction from 1764-1920, paying homage to the authors that made the gothic famous. 

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Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

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The Fall of the House of Usher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books

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Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson

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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
Dracula Bram Stoker

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A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens

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The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books

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Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
Wuthering Heights Emily Brontë

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The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books

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Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë

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Melmoth the Wanderer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
2probb added Melmoth the Wanderer Charles Maturin

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The Turn of the Screw is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
The Turn of the Screw Henry James

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The Monk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
2probb added The Monk Matthew Gregory Lewis

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Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
Great Expectations Charles Dickens

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The Woman in White is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
The Woman in White Wilkie Collins

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Collected Ghost Stories is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books

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In a Glass Darkly is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
In a Glass Darkly Sheridan Le Fanu

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The Castle of Otranto is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
The Castle of Otranto Horace Walpole

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Carmilla is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
Carmilla Sheridan Le Fanu

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The withered arm and other sto... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books

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The Italian is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books

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Northanger Abbey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen

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East Lynne is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
East Lynne Ellen Wood