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ISBN-10: 0198704445
ISBN-13: 9780198704447
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publish Date: 12/01/2014
Dimensions: 7.60" L, 5.00" W, 0.50" H

The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story

Editor: Nick Groom

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Overview

‘Look, my lord! See heaven itself declares against your impious intentions!’

The Castle of Otranto (1764) is the first supernatural English novel and one of the most influential works of Gothic fiction. 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 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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Details

ISBN-10: 0198704445
ISBN-13: 9780198704447
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publish Date: 12/01/2014
Dimensions: 7.60" L, 5.00" W, 0.50" H
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