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A Medium of Intercommunication
NOV 23 1921
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Woman as she should be' and 'Intrigues
of a Morning.' 12mo. Lane, 1793. Noted CONTENTS.-No. 186.
in The British Critic, iii. (1794), p. 199. NOTES :- Jane Austen's Gothic Titles, 361-Saracen or of The Castle of Otranto,' and the reader is led
This novel is opened with all the romantic spirit Saxon ?, 362-Glass-painters of York, 363— Passing Stress, 366—Dr. Johnson and Shelley-The Chesa peake and to expect a tale of other times, fraught with enthe Shannon---W. Moncrieff, 368-A Modest Epitaph of chantments and spells impending from every page.
the Eighteenth Century-A Beethoven Piano, 369. As the plot thickens, they vanish into air-into QUERIES :-“ Flurdeglaiur”-Tom Mostyn, 369- The thin air, and the whole turn out to be a company Maccabees: The Spartans and the Jews--Surnames of well-educated and well-bred people of fashion,
Christian Names-Pinchbeck--Article contrasting Oxford and Cambridge-Earl of Essex in Holland, 1585 refined and exalted for any rank, and others, de
some of them fraught with sentiments rather too David Wykeham Martin-Verbalized Surnames-Notting Barn Farm--Mrs. Hunn, Mother of George Canning, 370— formed by a depravity that for the honour of English Writers : Dates of Birth and Death wanted— human nature we hope has no parallel in life. Ruspini--Abercrombie Abercromby-Abbot— The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft —"Between the Devii Evidently Mrs. Parsons, like Clara Reeve and the deep sea"-St. Christopher and the Christ Child before her, was trying to put a veneer of
Dr. Whittenbury-Heraldic : the Helmet-Agneta Gothic material on the eighteenth-century Johnston-Isabella Routledge--" Lady Madge Plunket," 371--Cromwell's Methods of Diplomacy-Reference wanted novel of manners. Allibone says she pub(Tennyson) -- .luthor wanted, 372.
lished eight novels from 1790 to 1796. The REPLIES :-Thomas Stukeley, 372-Astley's and Sanger's catalogue of Harvard College Library gives
Circuses, 373-R. Henry
Salting Tanks, 374- her name as Eliza (Phelp) Parsons. She has “ Artemus Ward "_" Butter goes mad twice a year another title on our list (see 3, below). Vida's 'Game of Chess '- Making Bricks without Straw - Album Amicorum of Wandering Scholars, 375– St.
2. * Clermont : A Tale.' By Regina Colme's Charm Jews' Disabilities- Surnames with Maria Roche. 4 vols. 12mo. Lane, 1798. Double Letters-Brothers of the Same Christian Name- Noted in The Critical Review, xxiv. (1798), The Prints and Library of Joseph Nollekens, Charles Wither Rev. E. Davies, Poet, 376 — George Wateson, p. 356 ; Cambridge History of English Rector Millbrook --- Hatchments — Burial-places of Literature,' xi. 510. There was an AmeriEminent Scientists-Mulberries School Magazines-Reprints of Old Newspapers—Tudor Trevor, Earl of Here
can reprint, Philadelphia, 1802. Mrs. Roche ford-Naming of Public Rooms in Inns-Virement, 377- is no doubt the best known writer on our list. Dante's Beard-"What between" “What from "“Skelder" and "Skeldergate,” 378.
3. "The Mysterious Warning.' A GerENGLISH ARMY SLANG: -Comments and Corrections, man tale, in 4 vols. By Mrs. Parsons. 378.
12mo. Lane, 1796. Noticed in The British NOTES ON BOOKS: Modern English Biography'- Critic, viii. (1796), p. 548, and The Critical
Review, xvi. (1796), p. 474.
4. "The Necromancer; or The Tale of the Black Forest. Founded on facts.' Trans
lated from the German of Lawrence FlamNotes.
menberg by Peter Teuthold. 12mo. 2 vols. JANE AUSTEN'S GOTHIC TITLES.
Lane, 1794. Noticed in The Monthly ReThe list of horrid” books which Isabella Review, xx. (1795), pp. 52, 594.
view, xvi. (1795), p. 465, and The Analytical
Jane Austen Thorpe reads to Catherine Morland in gives the title inaccurately as “ Necromancer ‘Northanger Abbey,' ch. vi., has already of the Black Forest,' and do not find that it been discussed by correspondents of ‘N. & Q.,' has been hitherto identified. Of course and all but one of the seven titles have been Miss Scott's pantomime, ‘The Necromancer more or less completely identified. Mr.
(1809), discussed in connexion with these Saintsbury cautiously remarks :
Gothic titles by correspondents of ‘N. & Q.' It is said that the apparently burlesque titles (11 S. vii. 238, 315, 396), can have nothing to (" Horrid Mysteries,' &c.) of the rubbish in which do with ‘Northanger Abbey,' which was Isabella revelled, are certainly genuine in part and written in 1797 and 1798, and revised for the probably in whole (* The Peace of the Augustans,' press in 1803 (William Austen-Leigh and London, 1916, p. 168).
Richard Arthur Austen-Leigh, 'Jane Aus As a matter of fact information about all ten : Her Life and Letters, London, 1913, seven books on Isabella's list is easily p. 96). accessible in the literary reviews of the 1790's, 5. "The Midnight Bell’ has been well disand is embodied in the following series of cussed by W. B. H. (11 S. vii. 14), who shows notes :
that the title is included in the works both of 1. “Castle of Wolfenbach.' A German George Walker (c. 1814) and of Francis story, in 2 vols. By Mrs. Parsons, author of Lathom (1798 and 1800).' But there is little Errors of Education,' 'Miss Meredith,' difficulty in supposing that we have here to