The Castle Of Otranto

The Castle Of Otranto

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First published pseudonymously in 1764, The Castle of Otranto purported to be a translation of an Italian story of the time of the crusades. In it Walpole attempted, as he declared in the Preface to the second edition, `to blend the two kinds of romance: the ancient and the modern'. He givesus a series of catastrophes, ghostly interventions, revelations of identity, and exciting contests. Crammed with invention, entertainment, terror, and pathos, the novel was an immediate success and Walpole's own favourite among his numerous works. His friend, the poet Thomas Gray, wrote that he andhis family, having read Otranto, were now `afraid to go to bed o'nights'. The novel is here reprinted from a text of 1798, the last that Walpole himself prepared for the press.
ISBN: 9780199537211
Branch Call Number: WAL

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May 12, 2015

I wasn’t expecting much from this story, I thought it would be a bit flimsy in plot and substance but it’s not exactly a book to ignore when you’re reading through the Gothic classics.
I found myself quite enjoying the story though. Why the women in these novels are always so willing to forgive is beyond me and why they don’t ever expect something bad to happen is incomprehensible but it was over the top fun and a cute romance.

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