OUT OF THE DARKNESS: G.W.M. REYNOLDS’S PLAY, THE CATACOMBS OF PARIS (1840?)

The useful ‘Post on ‘G.W.M. Reynolds’s The Modern Literature of France (1839) points us to his only known attempt at writing for the stage. The Catacombs of Paris. A Melodrama in Two Acts exists as a manuscript in the theatrical collection of the late Arthur Williams (1844-1915).[i] Comparison with a contemporary letter by Reynolds confirms … More OUT OF THE DARKNESS: G.W.M. REYNOLDS’S PLAY, THE CATACOMBS OF PARIS (1840?)

The Modern Literature of France (1839)

There is a strong influence of France and of French literature on George Reynolds’s literary output. The obvious example is Reynolds’s The Mysteries of London (1844-48), one precedent for which is Eugène Sue’s Les Mystères de Paris (1842-43). There is also his breakthrough work, Pickwick Abroad (1837-38), which sees a counterfeit Mr. Pickwick trying frogs’ … More The Modern Literature of France (1839)

The Pixy, or the Unbaptised child: A Christmas Story

In the spirit of the season, I decided to dedicate this blog post to exploring the Gothic in one of Reynolds’s lesser-known short stories, The Pixy, or the Unbaptised Child: A Christmas Story (1848). Written originally in 1848 and later published in Reynolds’s Miscellany in 1850, the story was published in the style of Charles … More The Pixy, or the Unbaptised child: A Christmas Story