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The Castle of Otranto - Horace Walpole
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". Crammed with... show more
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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780199537211 (0199537216)
ASIN: 199537216
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages no: 125
Edition language: English
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The better to see you, my dear
The better to see you, my dear rated it
5.0 I honestly tried
I don't know whether I read a satire written as a self-challenge to pack as much over-the-top drama in as few pages as possible, or an over-the-top dramatic tragedy on rocket fuel. I feel a bit like when I watched Venezuelan TV novelas, only those tend to stretch, and barely come to the ankles of ...
Muccamukk
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3.0 The Castle of Otranto (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading): A Gothic Story
Struggling with what to rate this. It wasn't what you would call good, and it certainly wasn't scary, but it was unintentionally (and sometimes intentionally) hilarious.Basically the author is a bored rich dude who wrote this for lolz, and it kind of shows, because it's everything and the kitchen si...
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0.0 Halloween Book Bingo 2016: Ninth Update – Catch-Up Post and BINGOS No. 6-9
So, after having spent the past weekend and the better part of last night and today tying up half a dozen half-finished bingo reads that, naturally, hadn't shown any progress whatsoever while I was exiled on planet work overload, for the time being I'm back on track. And thus I am happy to finally ...
Emad Attely [The Book Nerd]
Emad Attely [The Book Nerd] rated it
2.0 The Castle of Otranto

The Castle of Oh-my-God-what-a-boring-book!!Well, is this really supposed to scare me?! This is supposedly the first Gothic novel. Maybe it scared the shit out of the 18th century readers, but now I guess modern readers will probably think it's a comedy!! Because, you know, I laughed! A lot!! But, ...
Julian Meynell's Books
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2.0 Walpole's The Castle of Otranto
This is the book that began Gothic literature. Its interesting to see where it all began, but I can't say that it is exactly a good read. There is little by the way of characterization. There is both too much that is spooky in it and not enough. It feels a bit haphazard. Its very rooted in folk...
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