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`with each volume having an introduction by an acknowledged expert, and exhaustive notes, the World's Classics are surely the most desirable series and, all-round, the best value for money' Oxford Times
This Broadview edition pairs the first Gothic novel with the first Gothic drama, both by Horace Walpole. Published on Christmas Eve, 1764, on Walpole's private press at Strawberry Hill, his Gothicized country house, The Castle of Otranto became an instant and immediate classic of the Gothic genre as well as the prototype for Gothic fiction for the next two hundred years. Walpole's brooding and intense drama, The Mysterious Mother, focuses on the protagonist's angst over an act of incest with his mother, and includes the appearance of Father Benedict, Gothic literature's first evil monk. Appendices in this edition include selections from Walpole’s letters, contemporary responses, and writings illustrating the aesthetic and intellectual climate of the period. Also included is Sir Walter Scott’s introduction to the 1811 edition of The Castle of Otranto. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
I bought this classic to understand the roots of gothic litterature and how the present model was influenced by The Castle of Otranto. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Brigitte
Considered the very first book of Gothic Literature, Horace Walpole's 'The Castle of Otranto' stands on its own merits. Read morePublished on March 13 2004 by A. T. A. Oliveira
This may be the beginning of the gothic novel but it certainly isn't the best of them. About halfway through, the story simply becomes monotonous. Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2004
Everything that can be said is almost certainly expressed in the comprehensive introduction to this fine edition. Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2003 by paul mason
Walpole's book is one of the first in this genre. It is the story of a prince who is anxious to keep his throne no matter what the cost. Read morePublished on April 7 2003
Not only is Horace Walpole's "The Castle of Otranto" important as the epochal first novel of the Gothic genre, but is also as one of the first novels ever. Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2002 by Kat
short, sweet and basically to the point. the characters are funny,(Manfred's henchmen) Manfred is instinct ridden until he gets what he wants, murdering if he must, but in the end... Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2002 by dom
Finally someone has provided us with a readable, absorbing, and correct edition of this novel. I've always found this a difficult work, but the introduction and notes are... Read morePublished on March 26 2002