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WALPOLE'S LEGACY: A STUDY OF MODERN, POPULAR GOTHIC NOVELS by BEVERLY SIX CASE, B.A, A THESIS IN ENGLISH Submitted to the Graduate Faculty of Texas Tech University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of MASTER OF ARTS Approved December, 1976 P ' ACKNOWLEDGMENTS There have been many who have aided and encouraged me in my quest for gothic definition. I would like to thank Dr. J. Wilkes Berry for his encouragement, careful reading, and conscientious criticism. In particular I would like to thank Dr. Jack D. Wages who, in two years of work with me, has been unceasingly supportive and constructively critical throughout. His unfailing patience has made this thesis possible. n 1^ CONTENTS ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ii I. INTRODUCTION 1 II. HISTORY AND DEFINITION OF GOTHIC 8 Walpole's Legacy 8 Gothic Devices 20 III. THE BRITONS 27 Victoria Holt 27 Dorothy Eden 44 IV. THE AMERICANS 54 Jane Aiken Hodge 54 Phyllis Whitney 69 V. CONCLUSION 83 ENDNOTES 87 LIST OF SOURCES 94 APPENDICES 98...