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History and the Gothic in the eighteenth century
Jonathan Dent

questions notions of ‘historical truth’ ( 1990 , 45). Indeed, featuring extreme situations and a graveyard scene including a phantom, Ferdinand Count Fathom is seen as an important precursor to the Gothic. For a brief overview of the early origins of Gothic fiction (including a discussion of Graveyard Poetry, sentimentalism and the sublime), see Punter’s Literature of Terror (1

in Sinister histories