Elear Sleath was a British author wellkwn for her 1798 vel The Orphan of the Rhine. The vel, subtitled A Romance, was published in four volumes. It was listed as one of the seven horrid vels by Jane Austen in her vel Northanger Abbey. It was part of a brief but popular vogue of German tales, a fashion criticised in the Critical Review in 1807. Although most gothic vels took a resolutely anti Roman Catholic stance, the author of this vel was herself a Catholic. Her works include: Who's the Murderer?; or, Mysterious Fortunes (1802), Nocturnal Minstrel; or, The Spirit of the Wood (2 volumes) (1810) and Glewen; or, The Fairy Palace (1815).