The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story

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In a faraway medieval realm, Manfred, an arrogant and evil prince, rules with an iron fist. Banishing his wife to the castle dungeon, he confines -- and plans to wed -- the lovely Isabella, fiancee of his recently deceased son. The prince's plans are foiled, however, when a well-meaning peasant helps the young woman escape through the castle's underground passages. Grisly, supernatural events further aid in fulfilling a prophecy that spells doom for the prince and justice for Isabella's rescuer and rightful heir ...
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In a faraway medieval realm, Manfred, an arrogant and evil prince, rules with an iron fist. Banishing his wife to the castle dungeon, he confines -- and plans to wed -- the lovely Isabella, fiancee of his recently deceased son. The prince's plans are foiled, however, when a well-meaning peasant helps the young woman escape through the castle's underground passages. Grisly, supernatural events further aid in fulfilling a prophecy that spells doom for the prince and justice for Isabella's rescuer and rightful heir to the throne. One of the first and greatest of Gothic novels, this thrilling tale ranks among the most influential books in literary history. Serving as the model for plots, characterizations, settings, and tone for hundreds of successors, The Castle of Otranto abounds with colorful scenes, adventure, suspense, and inexplicable phenomena.

Edited with an introductrion by W.S. Lewis and Explanatory notes and notes on the text by Joseph W. Reed, Jr.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192816061
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/30/1982
  • Series: World's Classics Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 4.56 (w) x 7.31 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Horace Walpole, the 4th Earl of Orford (24 September 1717 - 2 March 1797) was an English art historian, writer, antiquarian and Whig politician.

Nick Groom has published widely for both academic and popular readerships, with particular interest in questions of authenticity and the emergence of national and regional identity. His books include The Gothic (2012) for the Very Short Introductions series, The Union Jack: the Story of the British Flag (Atlantic, 2006), and The Seasons: an Elegy for the Passing of the Year (Atlantic, 2013).

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Horace Walpole and The Castle of Otranto vii
The Castle of Otranto
Sir Walter Scott's Introduction 3
Preface to the First Edition 17
Preface to the Second Edition 21
The Castle of Otranto 27
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2007

    the castle of otranto

    the castle of otranto is a good book the story plot was amazing because the prince is a man name manfred who has a son name conrad and a daughter named matilda. manfred was marrying conrad of to a girl from another castle named isabella but conrad mysteriously get crushed by a helmet from there church and dies manfred flustated that his wife now hippolita want give him any mre children to be heir of his castle he tries to force isabella his sons now widow to marry him but she doesnt want to so she escapes to the church with the help of the peasant who mysteriously shows up after conrad gets crush.

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  • Posted March 25, 2010

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    Excellent Gothic

    Horace Walpole is said to be the father of Gothic. I can certainly see how The Castle of Oranto could inspire a many a Gothic Novelists. My only gripe of this book would be of its brevity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2006

    One of the Forfathers of Gothic Lit

    The story of course is a bit silly, but if you love Gothic Literature, it's fun to explore it's origins.

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