Regina Maria Roche, the Minerva Press, and the bibliographic spread of Irish gothic fiction
Schroeder, ‘Regina Maria Roche, popular novelist’, 462.
‘Maria Regina Roche [ sic ]’, The New England weekly review , 35 (10 November 1828), n.p., Nineteenth-century U.S. newspapers . www.gale.com/c/19th-century-us-newspapers , accessed 5 March 2015. This comment was made specifically of The children of the abbey , but, as discussed later in this chapter, Roche's oeuvre as
[I]f Madam Helen were alive at this day, and were to elope, as formerly she did, with Ensign Paris, her flight might, perhaps, furnish a paragraph for a Newspaper, but would not even rouse her Captain Menelaus to challenge her paramour to a single combat, or so much as inspire any of our ballad-mongers to bewail her mishap to the tune of The Lady's Downfall . (‘Conjugal fidelity’, p. 180)
With the values of the heroic age having given way to the politeness of genteel society in the 1780s, Griffith