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First Gothic Novel
This edition of The Castle of Ontranto was a required text for my Gothic Fictions course. The text is interesting from a literary analysis perspective. It's the first gothic novel, so it's worthy of study in that context, especially considering the fascination in modern popular culture with gothic books and movies. This edition is very well written and a great study guide if you're interested in the origins of the gothic genre. It's also interesting to see the experimental style, since this was one of the first novels. As a result, the dialogue is difficult to follow at times, because Walpole doesn't use quotation marks and doesn't separate each speaker with a new paragraph. I had to take a second look at some passages to make sure I knew which character was speaking. As far as the critiques and analysis, I'm not going to bore you, so read the "extras" in the book or some literary criticisms, if you're so inclined. This edition also includes The Mysterious Mother, but we didn't have to read that for class. Perhaps I'll take that on after the semester, when my workload isn't so heavy. However, this is a must-have if you're interested in studying the origins of the gothic genre. I would also recommend reading Edmund Burke's A Philosophical Inquiry.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 22, 2002
Originally announced for publication in October 2002 by the Broadview Press, the publication date was moved up to January 2003. The edition should then be available at B&N as well as other booksellers. Fred FrankWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.