The Castle Of Wolfenbach

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Matilda Weimar flees her lecherous and incestuous uncle and seeks refuge in the ancient Castle of Wolfenbach. Among the castle's abandoned chambers, Matilda will discover the horrifying mystery of the missing Countess of Wolfenbach. But when her uncle tracks her down, can she escape his despicable intentions?

One of the seven "horrid novels" named in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, The Castle of Wolfenbach is perhaps the most important of the ...

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Matilda Weimar flees her lecherous and incestuous uncle and seeks refuge in the ancient Castle of Wolfenbach. Among the castle's abandoned chambers, Matilda will discover the horrifying mystery of the missing Countess of Wolfenbach. But when her uncle tracks her down, can she escape his despicable intentions?

One of the seven "horrid novels" named in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, The Castle of Wolfenbach is perhaps the most important of the early Gothic novels, predating both The Mysteries of Udolpho and The Monk.

This edition reprints the complete text of the 1793 edition and includes a new introduction and notes by Diane Long Hoeveler, one of the foremost modern scholars of Gothic literature and feminism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977784165
  • Publisher: Valancourt Books
  • Publication date: 8/23/2006
  • Series: Gothic Classics Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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  • Posted May 22, 2010

    Jane Austen said you should read it

    In Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen gave a list of "horrible" books, Gothic romances well worth reading. One of these was The Castle of Wolfenbach. This book has everything - mysterious, spooky castles, evil villains, and a damsel in distress after distress.

    While Gothic fiction may often seem overdone and overwrought to modern readers, there is something wonderful in the beautifully over-the-top dangers the heroine faces, one after the other.

    However, Wolfenbach, unlike a great deal of Gothic fiction (where ghostly paintings regularly come to life and statues of gigantic saints throw their wagon sized helmets onto evil-doers to crush them), Wolfenbach is willing to give rational explanations for at least some of the spooky happenings. Human enemies are much more to be feared than supernatural ones and dashing heroes should not expect ghosts and statues to come to their aid.

    For modern readers, the melodrama may be more amusing than thrilling, but two centuries hasn't dimmed the sparkle of this book. It can be enjoyed on its own, but Jane Austen fans may be glad to know where some of the origin of some of the wackier ideas of the heroine in Northanger Abbey.

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  • Posted February 19, 2010

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    Great gothic romance

    The author does a great job of intertwining the lives of Matilda Weimar and Countess Wolfenbach. Though the ladies are separated by a difference of many years, they are greatly oppressed by similar tyrants and find great comfort in each other. You must read the story to find out what becomes of them. It is an excellent story. If I had to find anything to complain about it would only be that I wish the story had been longer.

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