The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story

Paperback | September 11, 2014

byHorace Walpole

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'Look, my lord! See heaven itself declares against your impious intentions!' The Castle of Otranto (1764) is the first supernatural English novel and one of the most influential works of Gothic fiction. It inaugurated a literary genre that will be forever associated with the effects that Walpole pioneered. Professing to be a translation of a mysterious Italian tale from thedarkest Middle Ages, the novel tells of Manfred, prince of Otranto, whose fear of an ancient prophecy sets him on a course of destruction. After the grotesque death of his only son, Conrad, on his wedding day, Manfred determines to marry the bride-to-be. The virgin Isabella flees through a castleriddled with secret passages. Chilling coincidences, ghostly visitations, arcane revelations, and violent combat combine in a heady mix that terrified the novel's first readers.In this new edition Nick Groom examines the reasons for its extraordinary impact and the Gothic culture from which it sprang. The Castle of Otranto was a game-changer, and Walpole the writer who paved the way for modern horror exponents. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expertintroductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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'Look, my lord! See heaven itself declares against your impious intentions!' The Castle of Otranto (1764) is the first supernatural English novel and one of the most influential works of Gothic fiction. It inaugurated a literary genre that will be forever associated with the effects that Walpole pioneered. Professing to be a translat...

Nick Groom has published widely for both academic and popular readerships, with particular interest in questions of authenticity and the emergence of national and regional identity. His books include The Gothic (2012) for the Very Short Introductions series, The Union Jack: the Story of the British Flag (Atlantic, 2006), and The Season...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pagesPublished:September 11, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198704445

ISBN - 13:9780198704447

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not what I was expecting After loving and quickly exhausting all the big horror classics, I read that this was popular at its time as well. I was hoping it would be scary and creepy like Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde etc. but it wasn't. There were scenes here and there that I thought meant the book was on its way there, but it never got very exciting at all.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Interesting but boring While the overall story is really interesting, and I was really looking forward to reading it, the story just fell flat. It's too short to be really developed, which makes it a lot worse since you don't get the same feeling that the little synopsis gives you. If you want a quick read, with a couple of twists, this is perfect for you, otherwise, don't bother.
Date published: 2016-11-03