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Mistress of Mellyn: In love with the man or the house?

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Mistress of Mellyn by Virginia Holt is often hailed as responsible for kicking off a boom of modern gothics in the mid-20th century. In this crossover with Reformed Rakes, we ask: is this a gothic first and a romance second? Is our plucky main character in love with the man of the house, or just the house? How does Mistress explore transgression of boundaries, gender, eight-year-olds, and heroines “ahead of their time”?

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Discussed: The Mistress of Mellyn (1960) by Virginia Holt

Guest: Reformed Rakes

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