Eliza: Or the Unhappy Nun

Eliza: Or the Unhappy Nun: Exemplifying the Unlimited Tyranny Exercised by the Abbots and Abbesses Over the Ill-fated Victims of Their Malice […]

Maximilian and Selina

Author: Unknown; Publication: 1804

A tale of romance, resentment, and revenge, this chapbook tells the story of a noble family living in France as one brother’s evil corrupts the lives of those around him.

The Affecting History of Caroline

Author: Unknown; Publication: 1805

A story of love and tragedy, this chapbook features plagiarized excerpts from Charlotte Smith’s 1789 novel “Ethelinde.”

Tales of the Passions: Jealousy

Author: George Moore; Publication: 1811

In this English novel, an envious husband wreaks havoc until finally learning to trust his family and control his passions.

The Mystic Tower

Author: Unknown; Publication: 1800

This shilling-shocker, set during the Holy Wars, tells a tale of romance, murder, terror, and mystery.

The Affecting History of Louisa

Author: Unknown; Publication: 1804

Inspired by a George Henry Glasse translation, this chapbook connects the life of Louisa, a deranged wanderer of Bourton, England, to her greatest loss—the social denial of her identity as the German Emperor’s daughter.

Fatal Vows

Author: Unknown; Publication: 1810

Backdropped against the outskirts of Italy, a complicated web of family, loyalty, and betrayal spirals a noble family into conspiracy and murder.

The Castle of Montabino

Author: Sarah Wilkinson; Publication: 1810

A tale of murder, treachery and greed set in the heart of Italy, this chapbook narrates two sisters’ daring escape from the clutches of their cruel uncle.

Falkner

Author: Mary Shelley; Publication: 1837

In this three-volume novel, set in multiple countries across Europe, Mary Shelley grapples with one man’s guilt and his attempt to resolve it by adopting a young orphan girl.

The Spectre Mother

Author: John Mitchell; Publication: 1800

This chapbook begins with a mysterious murder within Rovido castle and explores revenge, true love, and crime as the ghost of the slain woman visits several characters in the story.