The Castle of Otranto

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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: 9781846375606
  • Publisher: Paperbackshop.Co.UK Ltd - Echo Library
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Pages: 68
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Horatio Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford (1717-1797) was an English art historian, man of letters, antiquarian and Whig politician. He is now largely remembered for Strawberry Hill, the home he built in Twickenham, south-west London where he revived the Gothic style some decades before his Victorian successors, and for his Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto. Along with the book, his literary reputation rests on his Letters, which are of significant social and political interest. He was the son of the first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, a cousin to Admiral Lord Nelson's grandmother and was equally known as Horace Walpole. As he was childless, his barony descended to his cousin of the same surname, who was created the new Earl of Orford.
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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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