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Castle of Otranto
By Horace Walpole

The Castle of Otranto

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Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole

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First published as a scholarly translation from an ancient Italian text, this tale of a fatal prophecy set in the time of the crusades inspired terror in its early readers. On receiving a copy, the poet Thomas Gray wrote to Walpole admitting that he was "afraid to go to bed o'nights", little suspecting that his friend was the novel's true author. With The Castle of Otranto, Walpole established the Gothic as a literary form in England. The eerie architecture of the castle and its adjacent monastery, the guilty secrets and unlawful desires of its inhabitants, and the supernatural happenings have inspired writers in this tradition from Ann Radcliffe and Bram Stoker, to Daphne Du Maurier and Stephen King.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780140437676
ISBN-10: 0140437673
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 12mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Sep-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole Castle of Otranto, Paperback (October 2014)

One of the most influential Gothic novels, The Castle of Otranto established the literary effects associated with the genre: an ancient castle, secret passages, supernatural visitations, an innocent girl threatened with violence, sudden revelations, terror, and excitement. This new edition explores the reasons for the novel's impact.

Castle of Otranto/nightmare Abbey/Vathek by Horace Walpole Castle of Otranto/nightmare Abbey/Vathek, Paperback (August 2009)

Three classic Gothic novels: Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto, Thomas Love Peacock's Nightmare Abbey and William Beckford's Vathek

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Author Biography - Horace Walpole

Horace Walpole (1717-97), 4th Earl of Orford, was the son of the Whig Prime Minister, Robert Walpole. In 1747 he moved to Strawberry Hill in Twickenham, which he transformed into his "little Gothic castle". He was at the centre of literary and political society and an arbiter of taste. He is remembered for his witty letters to a wide circle of friends. Michael Gamer is Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of 'Romanticism and the Gothic' (CUP, 2000).

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