The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Novel [NOOK Book]

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On the day of his wedding, Conrad, heir to the house of Otranto, is killed in mysterious circumstances. Fearing the end of his dynasty, his father, Manfred, determines to marry Conrad's betrothed, Isabella, until a series of supernatural events stands in his way. . . .

Set in the time of the crusades, The Castle of Otranto (1764) established the Gothic as a literary form in England. With its compelling blend of psychological realism and supernatural terror, guilty secrets and ...

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Overview

On the day of his wedding, Conrad, heir to the house of Otranto, is killed in mysterious circumstances. Fearing the end of his dynasty, his father, Manfred, determines to marry Conrad's betrothed, Isabella, until a series of supernatural events stands in his way. . . .

Set in the time of the crusades, The Castle of Otranto (1764) established the Gothic as a literary form in England. With its compelling blend of psychological realism and supernatural terror, guilty secrets and unlawful desires, it has influenced a literary tradition stretching from Ann Radcliffe and Bram Stoker to Daphne Du Maurier and Stephen King.

This Penguin Classics edition includes a full selection of early responses to the novel, as well as a critical introduction, chronology of Walpole's life and works, suggestions for further reading, and full explanatory notes.

"[Walpole] is the father of the first romance and surely worthy of a higher place than any living writer." (Lord Byron)

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: 9781775410706
  • Publisher: The Floating Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,254,864
  • File size: 167 KB

Meet the Author

Horace Walpole (1717-1797), Fourth Earl of Oxford, was the son of the Whig prime minister Robert Walpole. In 1774 he moved to Strawberry Hill in Twickenham, which he transformed into his "little Gothic castle."

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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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    First true gothic romance....

    This novel is hilarious. Not intentionally, of course. No, it's meant to be quite dramatic and thrilling, as any good gothic romance should be, but with all the convoluted relationships, intermingled plotlines, and conveniently placed falling helmets, the end result is rather silly. Dramatic and thrilling, certainly, but also undeniably silly. I still can't quite believe it was required reading when I was a high school freshman, but it made for a unique English class experience. The Castle of Otranto is not for everyone, but if you have an interest in the history of gothic novels or just want a zany, unusual read, you might consider picking this up.

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