Three Gothic Novels: The Castle Of Otranto; Vathek; Frankenstein

Paperback | December 30, 1968

byHorace Walpole, William Beckford, Mary Shelley

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Walpole's The Castle of Otranto, Beckford's Vathek, and Shelley's Frankenstein

The Gothic novel, which flourished from about 1765 until 1825, revels in the horrible and the supernatural, in suspense and exotic settings. This volume, with its erudite introduction by Mario Praz, presents three of the most celebrated Gothic novels: The Castle of Otranto, published pseudonymously in 1765, is one of the first of the genre and the most truly Gothic of the three. Vathek (1786), an oriental tale by an eccentric millionaire, exotically combines Gothic romanticism with the vivacity of The Arabian Nights and is a narrative tour de force. The story of Frankenstein (1818) and the monster he created is as spine-chilling today as it ever was; as in all Gothic novels, horror is the keynote.

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 As a genre that flourished between 1765 and 1825, the gothic novel is a colourful blend of adventure, suspense and the supernatural, with much to offer the modern reader. Three Gothic Novels allows readers a glimpse into the thrills and horrors of this craft, in all its masterful, bizarre and cruel irony. Vathek is a rendering of the ...

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Walpole's The Castle of Otranto, Beckford's Vathek, and Shelley's FrankensteinThe Gothic novel, which flourished from about 1765 until 1825, revels in the horrible and the supernatural, in suspense and exotic settings. This volume, with its erudite introduction by Mario Praz, presents three of the most celebrated Gothic novels: The Ca...

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The Gothic novel, which flourished from about 1765 until 1825, revels in the horrible and the supernatural, in suspense and exotic settings. This volume, with its erudite introduction by Mario Praz, presents three of the most celebrated Gothic novels: The Castle of Otranto, published pseudonymously in 1765, is one of the first of the g...

Mario Praz (1896-1982) was Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Rome. The most celebrated of his many other books is The Romantic Agony.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:December 30, 1968Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140430369

ISBN - 13:9780140430363

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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 As a genre that flourished between 1765 and 1825, the gothic novel is a colourful blend of adventure, suspense and the supernatural, with much to offer the modern reader. Three Gothic Novels allows readers a glimpse into the thrills and horrors of this craft, in all its masterful, bizarre and cruel irony. Vathek is a rendering of the Oriental tale by eccentric British Millionaire William Beckford. The Castle of Otranto is responsible for motivating the gothic revival in the arts, while serving as a model for most future successors in this genre. The final work in this collection is also perhaps the best recognized. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a spine-chilling tale of a monster that remains popular nearly two centuries after its initial publication. Bound in a single volume, Three Gothic Novels presents the most celebrated works of this influential genre, allowing readers a rare glimpse at Gothic Romanticism in a powerful narrative tour de force.