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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.
E. J. Clery is Research Fellow in English at Sheffield Hallam University and author of The Rise of Supernatural Fiction 1762-1800 (1995).
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Title:The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:176 pages, 7.72 X 5.08 X 0.31 in
Shipping dimensions:176 pages, 7.72 X 5.08 X 0.31 in
Published:September 14, 2008
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780199537211

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