Four Gothic Novels: The Castle of Otranto; Vathek; The Monk; Frankenstein

Paperback | July 1, 1994

byHorace Walpole, William Beckford, Matthew Lewis

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Macabre and melodramtic, set in haunted castles or fantastic landscapes, Gothic tales became fashionable in the late eighteenth century with the publication of Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto (1764). Crammed with catastrophe, terror, and ghostly interventions, the novel was animmediate success, and influenced numerous followers. These include William Beckford's Vathek (1786), which alternates grotesque comedy with scenes of exotic magnificence in the story of the ruthless Caliph Vathek's journey to damation. The Monk (1796), by Matthew Lewis, is a violent tale ofambition, murder, and incest, set in the sinister monastery of the Capuchins in Madrid. Frankenstein (1818, 1831) is Mary Shelley's disturbing and perennially popular tale of young student who learns the secret of giving life to a creature made from human relics, with horrific consequences. This collection illustrates the range and the attraction of the Gothic novel. Extreme and sensational, each of the four printed here is also a powerful psychological story of isolation and monomania.

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Macabre and melodramtic, set in haunted castles or fantastic landscapes, Gothic tales became fashionable in the late eighteenth century with the publication of Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto (1764). Crammed with catastrophe, terror, and ghostly interventions, the novel was animmediate success, and influenced numerous followers...

Horatio Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford, was a politician, writer, architectural innovator and namesake of his cousin Horatio Nelson. William Thomas Beckford (1760-1844) was an English novelist, art critic, travel writer and politician. Matthew Gregory Lewis was an English novelist and dramatist. Mary Shelley was an English novelist, mar...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:624 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 1.3 inPublished:July 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Gothic lit necessity This collection is fantastic. If you're even remotely fond of Gothic literature, it's a staple for your bookshelf! Frankenstein, the Castle of Otranto, the Monk, and Vathek compile this volume's intense and highly entertaining pages. My personal favourite is Matthew Lewis' the Monk, which is a ridiculous, delicious romp through Gothic Lit that will have you laughing, gasping, and shouting "NO WAY" all the way to the end. So, so worth it as reading material for any time. Also I good idea to add to a reading list for advanced high school students or university courses!
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