The Castle of Otranto

A Gothic Story / Horace Walpole ; Edited by W.S. Lewis With A New Introduction and Notes by E.J. Clery
Walpole, Horace (Book - 2008)
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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 gives us 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 and his 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.
Authors: Walpole, Horace, 1717-1797
Title: The castle of Otranto
a gothic story / Horace Walpole ; edited by W.S. Lewis with a new introduction and notes by E.J. Clery
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
Edition: New ed
Characteristics: xxxviii, 125 p. ;,20 cm
Additional Contributors: Lewis, W. S. (Wilmarth Sheldon), 1895-1979
ISBN: 0199537216
Branch Call Number: FICTION WALPOLE 2008
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [116]-125)
Subject Headings: Italy Fiction Inheritance and succession Fiction
Genre/Form: Horror fiction
Gothic fiction
Topical Term: Inheritance and succession
LCCN: 2008482018
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