- The Mysterious Warning, a German Tale
The Mysterious Warning, a German Tale Author(s) Eliza Parsons Country United Kingdom Language English Genre(s) Gothic fiction Publication date 1796 Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback) Pages c.200 pp ISBN NA
The Mysterious Warning, a German Tale is a novel by the English gothic novelist Eliza Parsons. It was first published in 1796 and is one of the seven "horrid novels" lampooned in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey.
Dear creature! How much I am obliged to you; and when you have finished Udolpho, we will read the Italian together; and I have made out a list of ten or twelve more of the same kind for you.
Have you, indeed! How glad I am! What are they all?
I will read you their names directly; here they are, in my pocketbook. Castle of Wolfenbach, Clermont, Mysterious Warnings, Necromancer of the Black Forest, Midnight Bell, Orphan of the Rhine, and Horrid Mysteries. Those will last us some time.
Yes, pretty well; but are they all horrid, are you sure they are all horrid?
—Northanger Abbey, ch. 6
Subtitled "a German Tale" it was first published in London by the sensationalist Minerva Press and contains many familiar gothic tropes, including dark family secrets, incest and seduction and ghostly apparitions.
- 1824, London: S. Fisher
- 1835, London: Joseph Smith
- 1968, London: Folio Press
- 2007, Valancourt Books ISBN 978-1934555347
- ^ Voller, Jack G. (21 June 2006). "The Northanger Novels". the Literary Gothic. http://www.litgothic.com/Topics/northanger.html. Retrieved 2007-12-12.
- ^ "Northanger Canon". University of Virginia. 13 November 1998. http://www.lib.virginia.edu/small/exhibits/gothic/north.html. Retrieved 2007-12-12.
- British novels
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- Novels by Eliza Parsons
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