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Groom, Nick 1966-

Works: 62 works in 233 publications in 4 languages and 3,783 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Horror fiction  Gothic fiction  Science fiction  Horror tales  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Epistolary fiction  Biography  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, win, Contributor, Publishing director
Classifications: PR5397, 823.7
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Nick Groom
Introducing Shakespeare by Nick Groom( )

20 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 877 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book demonstrates to what cultural and political ends Shakespeare has been put, and explains the intensity of current critical disputes
The Gothic : a very short introduction by Nick Groom( Book )

10 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Gothic is wildly diverse. It can refer to ecclesiastical architecture, supernatural fiction, cult horror films, and a distinctive style of rock music. It has influenced political theorists and social reformers, as well as Victorian home décor and contemporary fashion. Nick Groom shows how the Gothic has come to encompass so many meanings by telling the story of the Gothic from the ancient tribe who sacked Rome to the alternative subculture of the present day. This unique Very Short Introduction reveals that the Gothic has predominantly been a way of understanding and responding to the past. Time after time, the Gothic has been invoked in order to reveal what lies behind conventional history. It is a way of disclosing secrets, whether in the constitutional politics of seventeenth-century England or the racial politics of the United States. While contexts change, the Gothic perpetually regards the past with fascination, both yearning and horrified. It reminds us that neither societies nor individuals can escape the consequences of their actions. The anatomy of the Gothic is richly complex and perversely contradictory, and so the thirteen chapters here range deliberately widely. This is the first time that the entire story of the Gothic has been written as a continuous history: from the historians of late antiquity to the gardens of Georgian England, from the mediaeval cult of the macabre to German Expressionist cinema, from Elizabethan Revenge Tragedy to American consumer society, from folk ballads to vampires, from the past to the present.About the Series: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable
Thomas Chatterton and romantic culture( Book )

15 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Thomas Chatterton wrote poetry, forged medieval manuscripts, and died in tragic and mysterious circumstanceseither adolescent suicide or accidental drug overdose." "This book restores Chatterton as a seminal figure in English literature. It is a major collection of diverse new essays by writers, biographers, critics, and scholars, showing the mercurial Chatterton in new contexts, perpetually challenging the genres of writing: ultimately mixing history, fiction, and myth in a great post-Enlightenment reinvention of the past."--Jacket
The making of Percy's Reliques by Nick Groom( Book )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Percy's Reliques is the seminal collection of historical and lyrical ballads that defined English literature at the end of the 18th century. This study examines his working methods
The vampire : a new history by Nick Groom( )

5 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Published to mark the bicentenary of John Polidori's publication of The Vampyre, Nick Groom's detailed new account illuminates the complex history of the iconic creature. The vampire first came to public prominence in the early eighteenth century, when Enlightenment science collided with Eastern European folklore and apparently verified outbreaks of vampirism, capturing the attention of medical researchers, political commentators, social theorists, theologians, and philosophers. Groom accordingly traces the vampire from its role as a monster embodying humankind's fears, to that of an unlikely hero for the marginalized and excluded in the twenty-first century. Drawing on literary and artistic representations, as well as medical, forensic, empirical, and sociopolitical perspectives, this rich and eerie history presents the vampire as a strikingly complex being that has been used to express the traumas and contradictions of the human condition
The forger's shadow : how forgery changed the course of literature by Nick Groom( Book )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Forger's Shadow sheds light on the plagiarisms, the counterfeits, and the forgeries of our literary past and demonstrates their significance in our history and our art. In defining the very meaning of forgery itself Nick Groom ranges effortlessly from the economic forgery of the eighteenth century, where the forgery of a banknote could mean death by hanging, to the formation of literary copyright, which was established not so much to protect the nation's authors but rather as a way of censoring them."--Rabat de la jaquette
Coastal works : cultures of the Atlantic edge by Nicholas Allen( )

7 editions published in 2017 in 3 languages and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In all the complex cultural history of the islands of Britain and Ireland the idea of the coast as a significant representative space is critical. For many important artists coastal space has figured as a site from which to braid ideas of empire, nation, region, and archipelago. They have been drawn to the coast as a zone of geographical uncertainty in which the self-definitions of the nation founder; they have been drawn to it as a peripheral space of vestigial wildness, of island retreats and experimental living; as a network of diverse localities richly endowed with distinctive forms of cultural heritage; and as a dynamically interconnected ecosystem, which is at the same time the historic site of significant developments in fieldwork and natural science. This collection situates these cultures of the Atlantic edge in a series of essays that create new contexts for coastal study in literary history and criticism. The contributors frame their research in response to emerging conversations in archipelagic criticism, the blue humanities, and island studies, the essays challenging the reader to reconsider ideas of margin, periphery and exchange. 0These twelve case studies establish the coast as a crucial location in the imaginative history of Britain, Ireland and the north Atlantic edge. Coastal Works will appeal to readers of literature and history with an interest in the sea, the environment, and the archipelago from the 18th century to the present. Accessible, innovative and provocative, Coastal Works establishes the important role that the coast plays in our cultural imaginary and suggests a range of methodologies to represent relationships between land, sea, and cultural work."--Dust jacket
The Union Jack : the story of the British flag by Nick Groom( Book )

16 editions published between 2005 and 2017 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Groom traces the flag's long and fascinating past, from the development of the Royal Standard and 17th century clashes over the composition of the first Union Jack to the modern controversies over the flag as a symbol of empire and its exploitation by extreme political groups
The seasons : an elegy for the passing of the year by Nick Groom( )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For millennia, the passing seasons and their rhythms have marked our progress through the year. But what do they mean to us now that we lead increasingly atomized and urban lives and our weather becomes ever more unpredictable or extreme? Will it matter if we no longer hear, even notice, the first cuckoo call of spring or rejoice in the mellow fruits of harvest festival? How much will we lose if we can no longer find either refuge or reassurance in the greater natural--and meteorological--scheme of things? Nick Groom's splendidly rich and encyclopedic book is an unabashed celebration of the English seasons and the trove of strange folklore and often stranger fact they have accumulated over the centuries. Each season and its particular history are given their full due, and these chapters are interwoven with others on the calendar and how the year and months have come to be measured, on important dates and festivals such as Easter, May Day and, of course, Christmas, on that defining first cuckoo call, on national attitudes to weather, our seasonal relationship with the land and horticulture and much more. The author expresses the hope that his book will not prove an elegy: only time will tell"-- Book jacket
The castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole( Book )

10 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Castle of Otranto (1764) is the first supernatural English novel and one of the most influential works of Gothic fiction. It inaugurated a literary genre that will be forever associated with the effects that Walpole pioneered. Professing to be a translation of a mysterious Italian tale from the darkest Middle Ages, the novel tells of Manfred, prince of Otranto, whose fear of an ancient prophecy sets him on a course of destruction. After the grotesque death of his only son, Conrad, on his wedding day, Manfred determines to marry the bride-to-be. The virgin Isabella flees through a castle riddled with secret passages. Chilling coincidences, ghostly visitations, arcane revelations, and violent combat combine in a heady mix that is both chilling and terrifying. In this new edition Nick Groom's wide-ranging introduction explores the novel's Gothic context in the cultural movement that affected political and religious thinking before Walpole developed it as a literary style, helping to explain the novel's impact on contemporaries, its importance, and Walpole's pioneering innovations in the horror genre."--Publisher's website
Richard Wentworth's thinking aloud by Richard Wentworth( Book )

13 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The monk by M. G Lewis( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The monk, Ambrosio is abandoned by his parents as an infant. Raised in a monastery, he is a religious fast-tracker taught to disdain sin and hold himself up as a model of purity, untempted by secular pleasure. In Madrid, as the novel begins, he is the young abbot, leader of a monastery. A mesmerizing public speaker, Ambrosio becomes proud and vain, as his popular weekly sermons quickly raise him to the status of an idol. Mischief and misfortunes ensue as Ambrosio's real virtues are put to the test
The Italian, or, The confessional of the Black Penitents : a romance by Ann Ward Radcliffe( Book )

7 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Father Schedoni is enlisted by the imperious Marchesa di Vivaldi to prevent her son from marrying the beautiful Ellena. Schedoni has no scruples in kidnapping Ellena and in undertaking whatever villainy will further his own ends. His menacing presence dominates a gripping tale of love and betrayal, abduction and assassination, and incarceration in the dreadful dungeons of the Inquisition. Uncertainty and doubt lie everywhere, in Radcliffe's last and most unnerving novel. Ann Radcliffe defined the "terror" genre of writing and helped to establish the Gothic novel, thrilling readers with her mysterious plots and eerie effects. In The Italian she rejects the rational certainties of the Enlightenment for a more ambiguous and unsettling account of what it is to be an individual - particularly a woman - in a culture haunted by history and dominated by institutional power. This new edition includes Radcliffe's important essay "On the Supernatural in Poetry," in which she distinguishes terror writing from horror. --
The bloody register( Book )

15 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frankenstein, or, The modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley( Book )

4 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The most celebrated horror story ever written. The dreadful tale of Victor Frankenstein, a visionary young student of natural philosophy, who discovers the secret of life. In the grip of his obsession he constructs and animates a creature from dead body parts - with catastrophic results
The Seasons : a celebration of the English year by Nick Groom( Book )

3 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a timely celebration of the passing seasons and their significance, past, present and future. Originally published: 2013
Shakespeare [ein Sachcomic] by Nick Groom( Book )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nick Groom and Piero explore how Shakespeare became so influential, and why he is widely considered the greatest writer ever. Shakespear's absolute pre-eminenceis simply unparalleled. His plays pack theaters and provide Hollywood with blockbuster scripts; his works inspire mountains of scholarship and criticism every year. He has given us many of the very words we speak, and even some of the thoughts we think
The gothic by Nick Groom( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Gothic is wildly diverse. It can refer to ecclesiastical architecture, supernatural fiction, cult horror films, and a distinctive style of rock music. It has influenced political theorists and social reformers, as well as Victorian home d⁹cor and contemporary fashion
Narratives of forgery by Nick Groom( Book )

7 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first folio of Shakespeare, 1623 by William Shakespeare( Book )

2 editions published between 1778 and 1995 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The making of Percy's Reliques
The making of Percy's ReliquesThe forger's shadow : how forgery changed the course of literatureThe Union Jack : the story of the British flagThe bloody registerShakespeare [ein Sachcomic]