Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu - (1814 - 1873) - Research Article from Gothic Literature

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Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu - (1814 - 1873)

(Also wrote under the pseudonyms Charles de Cresserons and Reverend Francis Purcell) Irish novelist, short story writer, poet, journalist, and editor.

Le Fanu is a major figure among Victorian-era authors of Gothic and supernatural fiction. Critics praise his short stories and novels for their suggestive and detailed descriptions of physical settings, powerful evocation of foreboding and dread, and convincing use of supernatural elements. In addition to Le Fanu's mastery of these Gothic conventions in his fiction, his works are also admired for their insightful characterizations and skilled use of narrative technique. Scholars have observed that Le Fanu's subtle examinations of the psychological life of his characters distinguish his works from those of earlier Gothic writers.

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Born in Dublin, Le Fanu was the second of three children of a Protestant clergyman. He began writing poetry as a...

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