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The Gothic Wanderer: From Transgression to Redemption; Gothic Literature from 1794 - Present Paperback

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  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Modern History Press (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615991387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615991389
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,456,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tyler R. Tichelaar, 7th generation Marquette resident, spent thousands of hours researching and writing The Marquette Trilogy: "Iron Pioneers," "The Queen City," and "Superior Heritage." He followed that popular series with three more Marquette-based novels: "Narrow Lives" (winner of the Reader Views Literary Awards for best Historical Fiction), "The Only Thing That Lasts," and "Spirit of the North: a paranormal romance." His popular Marquette novels led to requests to write a history of Marquette, Michigan which he did with "My Marquette: Explore the Queen City of the North, Its History, People, and Places." The popularity of that book in turn led to the short book "Creating a Local History Book" about how he did his research and compiled "My Marquette."

Branching out into scholarly works, Tyler has published "King Arthur's Children: A Study in Fiction and Tradition" and "The Gothic Wanderer: From Transgression to Redemption, Gothic Literature 1794-Present."

Tyler is currently working on a series of historical fantasy novels, the Children of Arthur series, which combines his research on the Arthurian legend, Gothic elements, and many other popular legends into a family saga that extends over fifteen centuries. The first volume of the series, "King Arthur's Legacy," is expected to be published in late 2013.

Tyler has a Ph.D. in Literature from Western Michigan University, and Bachelor and Master's Degrees from Northern Michigan University. He has lectured on writing and literature at Clemson University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of London. Tyler is the regular guest host of Authors Access Internet Radio and the President of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association. He is the owner of his own publishing company, Marquette Fiction, and Superior Book Promotions, a professional book review, editing, and proofreading service. Tyler lives in Marquette, Michigan where the roar of Lake Superior, mountains of snow, and sandstone architecture inspire his writing.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on March 11, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Tyler Tichelaar opens a window on Gothic fiction so that we may view the deeper meanings and themes of stories we have lived with for centuries that reflect and reveal our fears, hopes, and struggles, while striving to forge a relationship with the divine. He takes us through a metamorphosis of the soul as we as wanderers seek redemption and recognize God's plan in ourselves.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Don Michael on October 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
THE GOTHIC WANDERER by Tyler Tichelaar

"The Gothic Wanderer" by Tyler Tichelaar will make a valuable addition to the library of everyone with an interest in Gothic Literature. Whether you are a seasoned traveler or a newcomer reading "Frankenstein" for the first time, this well-researched book will bring helpful insights into the history and development of nineteenth century Gothic literature.

The subtitle is "From Transgression to Redemption," which is an important aspect that Tyler takes most seriously and discusses with great enthusiasm and delicacy. For this reason, he includes chapters on the "The Wandering Jew," "Paradise Lost" and "A Tale of Two Cities." He is also keen to introduce, in a friendly and exciting way, writers such as Byron, Thomas Carlyle, and Edward Bulwer-Lytton to those not yet familiar with them.

Some may be surprised to find Dickens included as a Gothic writer--but which writer has ever managed to create and redeem so many transgressional characters?

The book includes an extensive index and a bibliography. "The Gothic Wanderer" is more likely to become a lifelong companion and reference book than one that is swallowed whole.

Tyler has written several other books including his own somewhat Gothic novel "Spirit of the North: a paranormal romance."

Don Michael
(author of "The Prodigal Housekeeper")
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Walt Morton on February 12, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I got a copy of The Gothic Wanderer on Kindle in early December and started making my way through it. Almost immediately, I was struck by the depth of information about Gothic fiction. It's clear that Tichelaar knows his field, and one of the best things about the book is it presents a solid survey of all things Gothic before it delves into the author's central thesis on a certain character-type called "the Gothic Wanderer." For any reader or writer searching for a one-stop tour of European literary history that segues into modern horror & pulp, this book would be an excellent choice. It's also useful to writers as a reference on certain romance/horror trends in the development of the novel. Tichelaar is very readable, despite an academic rigor behind the work, and he makes it easy for readers to see how they could use his arguments and examples to understand modern works (Harry Potter) as a manifestation of the Gothic wanderer archetype. I think it's always helpful for writers to consider characters as archetypes. Joseph Campbell 's The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949) is the seminal book on the hero archetype and the spark behind George Lucas's conception of Luke Skywalker. What Tichelaar offers is an understanding of a different, darker hero -- The Gothic Wanderer. This book is a must for any intellectual or academic horror fan, writer, or student. I will be keeping my copy as a valuable reference in this field.
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