Many Gothic Chapbooks contain stories which have been extracted from other publications, either exactly as originally published, or with a few changes. In some cases, the original authors are credited, but in other cases, their stories have been taken for publication without permission. The Gothic Archive includes these source materials to help scholars understand the movement of Gothic tales between chapbooks, novels, and periodicals. Questions related to this content should be directed to Wendy Fall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The Unfortunate Victim" is a short story appended to our chapbook entitled Cronstadt Castle. The strange thing about this: Cronstadt Castle uses British spellings, but "The Unfortunate Victim" uses American spellings. As it turns out, this is our first evidence of a London chapbook publisher using an American source to fill space. The Unfortunate Victim ran twice in a periodical called "The Dessert to the True American" under a different title, The Tragical Story of Ludovisio Carantani, A Milanese and His Two Daughters. The first time was in its entirety on December 29, 1798, and the second was serially in two editions of the same magazine, January and February of 1799.
Contains: The history of Donna Miranda Solis ; The history of Feliciana ; Jealousy out-witted, an Italian novel ; Basil and Clara, an Italian novel ; Musinot and Mannoa, a French novel ; The enterprising friars, a French novel.