Lathom, Francis

14 July 1774 - 1832

Francis Lathom was born in Rotterdam, Holland, in 1774; his family returned to England 3 years later (thus leading to the erroneous assignation of a birthdate in 1777; thanks to Franz Potter of Zittaw Press for correct birth information).

Biographical Note by Dr. Dick Collins: "A precocious writer, Lathom's first play was performed in Norwich in 1795. A follower of the 'explained school' of Ann Radcliffe, this short story (1809) bears many resemblances to Radcliffe's first novel, The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne; Lathom's most famous work, The Midnight Bell (1798) is similar in outline to Eliza Parson's The Mysterious Warning. . . . Lathom moved to Bogdavic, Aberdeenshire, with a man rumoured to be his lover; travelled in Europe and America; and died in Aberdeenshire in 1832. After the public brilliance of his early life, his later years were secluded and secretive. The Midnight Bell is one of the eight Gothic novels mentioned in Northanger Abbey, the so-called "Northanger novels", and for many years was thought to be no more than Austen's invention."

Sites:
Brief biographical note
[Corvey Novels Project, U Nebraska]
Brief note
Supernaturalist bibliography with book cover images. [Guide to Supernatural Fiction, Tartarus Press]


Etexts:
Astonishment!!! A Romance of a Century Ago [1802]
-- synopsis [Corvey Novels Project, U Nebraska]
-- contemporary reviews [Corvey Novels Project, U Nebraska]

The Castle of Ollada [1795; 1831]
- excerpt (Chapter 1) [Valancourt Books]
-- synopsis [Corvey Novels Project, U Nebraska]
-- contemporary reviews[Corvey Novels Project, U Nebraska]

Italian Mysteries (1820)
- excerpt (Volume II, Chapter 3) [Valancourt Books]

The Midnight Bell
- excerpt (Ch. 18) [Skoob Publishing]
-- synopsis [Corvey Novels Project, U Nebraska]
-- contemporary reviews [Corvey Novels Project, U Nebraska]
 



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