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The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
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The Castle of Otranto (original 1764; edition 2016)

by Horace Walpole (Author)

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First published pseudonymously in 1764, The Castle of Otranto purported to be a translation of an Italian story of the time of the crusades. In it Walpole attempted, as he declared in the Preface to the second edition, `to blend the two kinds of romance: the ancient and the modern'. He givesus a series of catastrophes, ghostly interventions, revelations of identity, and exciting contests. Crammed with invention, entertainment, terror, and pathos, the novel was an immediate success and Walpole's own favourite among his numerous works. His friend, the poet Thomas Gray, wrote that he andhis family, having read Otranto, were now `afraid to go to bed o'nights'.The novel is here reprinted from a text of 1798, the last that Walpole himself prepared for the press.… (more)
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The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole (1764)

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This is the first of the early, 'classic' Gothic novels that I've read, and it's definitely a different form of the genre than that found a century later. It read a lot to me like the tales of Boccaccio's The Decameron, just with a lot more melodrama. It's not very good, to be honest, but it's entertaining and very interesting in terms of its place in literary history. But wow is it heavy-handed with the morals! ( )
2 vote Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
This was pretty bad. If it had been satire, MAYBE, but really. Not good. ( )
  j_tuffi | May 30, 2020 |
A great beach read. It surely has some contrived plot devices and some cardboard characters, but it is just fun and I had to finish it. I love gothic literature and you can see the roots Walpole created that would be honed over generations of writers. ( )
  drew_asson | Mar 22, 2020 |
This book is really funny. Conrad's immediate death and the hyper fast pacing in the beginning of the book were hilarious to me, but made for a fun read. Likewise, Theodore's rise from seemingly unimportant named character to the true hero of the book was really unique and fun to read. Bless this book for the startup of the gothic novel. ( )
  RovingRovester | Mar 21, 2020 |
This book is considered the first gothic novel. I can't believe gothic literature continued if this was the first offering. ( )
  Melwilk | Mar 19, 2020 |
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Walpole, Horaceprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brilli, AttilioContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Del Buono, OresteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gamer, MichaelEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Groom, NickEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jason, NevilleNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Keeping, CharlesIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mudrick, MarvinIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Praz, MarioForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scott, Sir WalterIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Varma, Devendra P.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zanolli, ChiaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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First published pseudonymously in 1764, The Castle of Otranto purported to be a translation of an Italian story of the time of the crusades. In it Walpole attempted, as he declared in the Preface to the second edition, `to blend the two kinds of romance: the ancient and the modern'. He givesus a series of catastrophes, ghostly interventions, revelations of identity, and exciting contests. Crammed with invention, entertainment, terror, and pathos, the novel was an immediate success and Walpole's own favourite among his numerous works. His friend, the poet Thomas Gray, wrote that he andhis family, having read Otranto, were now `afraid to go to bed o'nights'.The novel is here reprinted from a text of 1798, the last that Walpole himself prepared for the press.

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The first Gothic tale,
Yes, overly-dramatic,
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2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0140437673, 0141191953

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