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The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story (Oxford World's Classics)

 
 
 
 
The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story (Oxford World's Classics)
Author: Horace Walpole
ISBN 13: 9780199537211
ISBN 10: 199537216
Edition: 1
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2009-01-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
List Price: $8.95
 
 

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.