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The Castle of Otranto

A Gothic Story

Horace Walpole, W. S. Lewis (Editor), E. J. Clery


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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. Crammed
with invention, entertainment, terror, and pathos, the novel was an immediate success and Walpole's own favorite among his numerous works. The novel is reprinted here from a text of 1798, the last that Walpole himself prepared for the press.

Oxford University Press, USA, 9780192834409, 176pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 1998