By Gordon Burn
How does it consider to be by no means allowed to die? during this vintage debut novel, Gordon Burn takes Britain's largest promoting vocalist of the Fifties and turns her tale into an equation of megastar and homicide.
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Such diversity may be found among these five authors, whose work spans several periods of lit erary history ranging from the emergence of the Gothic through to the Romantic novel, and from the period of the Enlightenment up to the Victo rian age. 21 GOTHIC IMMORTALS Notes 1. 2. 3. Secret Societies, ed. Norman Mackenzie (London, 1967). See Francis Yates, The Art o f Memory (Harmondsworth, 1978) p. 421 for details relating to Leibniz’s Rosicrucian interests. See Edith Birkhead, The Tale o f Terror: A Study o f the Gothic Romance (London, 1921), p.
44. , p. 43. See A Christian Rosenkreutz Anthology, ed. Paul M. Allen (New York, 1968) pp. 393-6. Charles Johnstone, Chrysal: Or The Adventures o f a Guinea (London, 1761), I, p. 3. , p. 2. , p. 3. Ernest Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann, The Devil's Elixir (London, 1829), I, pp. 745. William Harrison Ainsworth, Auriol: The Elixir o f Life (London, 1881), p. 131. , p. 128. Yates, The Rosicrucian Enlightenment, p. 291. 292. Ainsworth, Elixir o f Life, p. 129. , p. 14. , p. 131. Thomas Moore, The Epicurean (Paris, 1827), p.
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Alma Cogan by Gordon Burn