The Greatest Goths in Literary History : from Mary Shelley to Maurice Sendak by Emily Temple
This article has been published on the Literary Hub website. It begins:
Today marks 220 years since the birth of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, whom you know as the author of Frankenstein and perhaps the greatest goth—literary or otherwise—that ever drew (hollow, ragged, romantic) breath. So, to celebrate her birthday (though honestly, she’d probably prefer a celebration for her death day), I was inspired to take a look at some other notorious goths from literary history, or at least those writers who have proved themselves goth-like. Since you asked, no, killing yourself doesn’t make you goth. Nor does writing gothic literature, unless you do it in a candle-lit cave or something. Goth is a style, a mood, an obsession with death, a wardrobe full of black clothing—well, it’s like art or pornography: you know it when you see it. See a few authors that I’d put in the category below—and add your own gothic favorites in the comments.