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Culture 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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12 1
Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
Mary Shelley

2
17 3
The Fall of the House of Usher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books

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16 3
Dracula is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
Bram Stoker

4
13 3
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
Robert Louis Stevenson

5
12 3
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books

6
12 5
The Picture of Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books

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10 5
A Christmas Carol is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
Charles Dickens

8
9 5
The Woman in White is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
Wilkie Collins

9
7 3
Carmilla is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
Sheridan Le Fanu

10
7 4
Collected Ghost Stories is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books

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7 4
In a Glass Darkly is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
Sheridan Le Fanu

12
9 7
Wuthering Heights is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
Emily Brontë

13
5 4
Jane Eyre is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
Charlotte Brontë

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3 2
Melmoth the Wanderer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
2probb added Charles Maturin

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5 5
Great Expectations is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
Charles Dickens

16
5 5
The Turn of the Screw is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
Henry James

17
3 3
The Monk is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
2probb added Matthew Gregory Lewis

18
2 4
The Castle of Otranto is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
Horace Walpole

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2 4
The withered arm and other sto... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books

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1 4
The Italian is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books

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0 3
Northanger Abbey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
Jane Austen

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1 5
East Lynne is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Traditional Gothic Books
Ellen Wood