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To Melancholy

To Melancholy

by Charlotte Smith

Analysis: Trivia

Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge

As a kid, Charlotte Smith didn't sneak out of the house to go to the mall or to the movies or even on dates. Nope—she was the kind of kid who would sneak out to the local library and read all the "trash" they had there. Of course, back in the day, "trash" meant novels. After all, they didn't have trashy TV then. (Source.)

Charlotte Smith was a revolution sympathizer. In the late eighteenth century, revolutions were happening all over the place—in the USA, France. Basically, if you were having a revolution, Charlotte Smith totally had your back. In fact, at a famous dinner, Thomas Paine stood up and drank a toast to Charlotte Smith. (Source.)

Charlotte Smith helped to invent Gothic literature. So if you enjoyed Frankenstein, The Castle of Otranto, The Mysteries of Udolpho, or Northanger Abbey, you should give Charlotte Smith's novels a look—that's where it all started! (Source.)

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