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Gothic Death 1740-1914A Literary History$
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Andrew Smith

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719088414

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719088414.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Gothic Death 1740-1914

Andrew Smith

Manchester University Press

As I rapidly made the mesmeric passes, amid ejaculations of ‘dead! dead!’ absolutely bursting from the tongue and not from the lips of the sufferer, his whole frame at once–within the space of a single minute, or even less, shrunk–crumbled–absolutely rotted away beneath my hands. Upon the bed, before that whole company, there lay a nearly liquid mass of loathsome–of detestable putridity....

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