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See heaven itself declares against your impious intentions! 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 the darkest 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 Castle Of Otranto A Gothic Story Oxford Worlds Classics By Walpole Horace 2008 The virgin Isabella flees through a castle riddled with secret passages.
Horace Walpolethe 4th Earl of Orford 24 September - 2 March was an English art historian, writer, antiquarian and Whig politician. 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.
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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 castle riddled with secret passages.
Chilling coincidences, ghostly visitations, arcane revelations, and violent combat combine in a heady mix that is both chilling and terrifying. In this new edition Nick Groom's wide ranging introduction explores the novel's Gothic context in the cultural movement that affected political and religious thinking before Walpole developed it as a literary style, helping to explain the novel's impact on contemporaries, its importance, and Walpole's pioneering innovations in the horror genre.
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This reissue of "The Castle of Otranto" is a much needed updating of the book's supporting material for the 21st century. Groom has read the entire correspondence of Horace Walpole which runs over letters, many of them longand makes brilliant use of them in his new introduction to this book. The page introduction places the novel in terms of the historical Goths, the archaism and sublimity that were all the rage in s Britain, and the religious and political circumstances that led Walpole to write the book.
Groom sifts recent scholarship with a profound knowledge of Walpole's life, times, and architectural proclivities. A new bibliography, chronology of Walpole in paired columns labelled "Life" and "Historical and cultural background"appendix with "Gothic contexts" excerpts from other books by Walpole and Richard Hurdand 20 pages of new explanatory notes on the text all make this edition essential.
If you care about this novel, you must have this new edition of it. Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I first read The Castle of Otranto, in college.
It is reputedly the original horror story that caused Bram Stoker to create Dracula. It scared poor British boys so bad they lost sleep. I don't know about that, but I would bet money on the fact that Horace Walpole knew how a good scarey story would take the impressionable Englishmen. So he had this dream A castle, a staircase, a huge armored glove in a gallery. Nicholas, at Otranto", which Walpole claims to have found and translated from the original Italian. Dating of the of the story is placed between the first and second Crusade, sometime between A.
The real book was written in English and printed in He had a printing press Yes, young peanut. Self publishing happened earlier then the twenty first century. The rest is history.
Between the prophecy, the knights and castles, the Crusades, the zealous tyrant, the lost heir, the swooning damsels, the dying hermit, the dead knight returning to reclaim his daughter AND gigantic armor that kills people, well how can you turn that down?
My favorite part was when something terrifying happened, it always happened when the Prince of Otranto was out of the room, but many of his staff and servants saw it. They would run to him, arriving breathlessly to warn him of the danger, then start these long rambling tales.
He could switch from one person to the other, trying to figure out what happened and still not understand as they would quiver, lead up to the terror and go off on tangents, etc.
Funniest thing. Happens three times. Murder, mistaken identity, lost heirs, Crusaders, freed slaves, prophecies, big men with swords, saints, chases in burial vaults, secret passages, a runaway Princess, long lost parental units, a feisty priest, and a dying hermit with God on his side, not to mention the gigantic killing armor.
Highly Recommended! I got this book for reference when I was doing research for my book, A Perfect Plan, which is set in the s. Castle of Otranto was written about years ago, in the style of that time. As the first Gothic novel, it's important and worth looking at.
It is more readable than I expected it to be - highly dramatic, and kind of fun to read. For readers now, I think its value is more for historical than literary purposes. It is an important book and I'm very grateful to have been able to get it.
A book of its time and in some ways before its time, The Castle Of Otranto A Gothic Story Oxford Worlds Classics By Walpole Horace 2008 in some ways, it is by no means epic fantasy or great literature. Set in an imaginary Italy - admittedly an early "alternate reality" - the story is a morality play of sorts, introducing odd - dreamlike - elements. Recommended not so much for sheer entertainment as for bringing to the reader some deeper understanding of western fantasy, especially as developed over the last two hundred or so years in the English language.
It may very well be considered a four or five star work by some, but others not prepared for it will dismiss it with one or two. So for aficionados to the time or of the genre or of both, it will be a worthwhile read. This reader enjoyed it for what it is. Two and a half, rounded up. I picked this up because I'm trying to forced myself to supplement the trash I ordinarily read with a solid dose of Proper Literature. Putting that lit degree to good use and all that. Anyway, I heard it was gothic, I like all things gothic.
Seems like a fun time ahead. The first few pages reveal a sickly heir, an arranged marriage and then Juicy fare, right? I settle in for the night. We have more supernatural sightings, star-crossed lovers, an evil lord.
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The only problem is, Walpole somehow managed to make all of this great stuff so. So tedious. Not just because it was old-- I can get down with some 18th century lit when the occasion calls for it-- but because it was poorly plotted, slowly paced and the characters were just flat. Read it if you have to-- it's great to see the birth of these themes that emerge in other gothic novels-- but don't expect any particular thrills, chills or enjoyment.
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