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by Joseph W. Reed,W. S. Lewis,Horace Walpole

eBook The Castle of Otranto (The World's Classics) ePub
Author: Joseph W. Reed,W. S. Lewis,Horace Walpole
Language: English
ISBN: 0192816063
ISBN13: 978-0192816061
Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (September 30, 1982)
Pages: 136
Category: Words Language & Grammar
Subcategory: Reference
Rating: 4.7
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I first read The Castle of Otranto, in college. It is reputedly the original horror story that caused Bram Stoker to create Dracula. Oxford Classics always does a great job. The cover fits well and the annotation provided by W. S. Lewis is helpful. One person found this helpful.

I first read The Castle of Otranto, in college. It scared poor British boys so bad they lost sleep. I don't know about that, but I would bet money on the fact that Horace Walpole knew how a good scarey story would take the impressionable Englishmen.

The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story Horace Walpole,W. Horace Walpole (1717-97), 4th Earl of Orford, was the son of the Whig Prime Minister, Robert Walpole. In 1747 he moved to Strawberry Hill in Twickenham, which he transformed into his "little Gothic castle". He was at the centre of literary and political society and an arbiter of taste. He is remembered for his witty letters to a wide circle of friends. Michael Gamer is Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania.

HORACE WALPOLE was the youngest son of Sir Robert Walpole . Horace Walpole produced The Castle of Otranto in 1765, at the matureage of forty-eight.

HORACE WALPOLE was the youngest son of Sir Robert Walpole, the greatstatesman, who died Earl of Orford. He was born in 1717, the year inwhich his father resigned office, remaining in opposition for almostthree years before his return to a long tenure of power. Horace Walpole idled, and amused himself with the small life of thefashionable world to which he was proud of belonging, though he had aquick eye for its vanities. He had social wit, and liked to put it tosmall uses. But he was not an empty idler, and there were seasons whenhe could become a sharp judge of himself.

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.

Walpole was certainly of the Hervey class

Walpole was certainly of the Hervey class. Lord Hervey's Memoirs and Horace Walpole's Memoires are most remarkably alike, yet Walpole never saw them. we have no evidence whatever that a suspicion of spurious parentage ever crossed the mind of Horace Walpole. His writings, from youth to age, breathe the most affectionate love for his mother, and the most unbounded filial regard for Sir Robert Walpole. In 1764, not using his own press, he anonymously published his Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto, claiming on its title page that it was a translation "from the Original Italian of Onuphirio Muralto".

The Castle of Otranto book. Now, in fairness, it CLASSICS can teach us a great deal about things like history, culture, customs and different literary styles. From this book I learned that classics CAN ALSO REALLY, REALLY SUCK!!! Now before continuing, I would like to be clear that when I say this book sucked, I don’t mean it was well written but kinda dry and boring sucked.

The Castle of Otranto tells the story of Manfred, lord of the castle, and his family . The Castle of Otranto - Horace Walpole. The castle of otranto.

The Castle of Otranto tells the story of Manfred, lord of the castle, and his family, and the ancient prophecy "That the castle and lordship of Otranto should pass from the present family, whenever the real owner should be grown too large to inhabit i. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. Napper: Coming U. act: Science News by J J Campanella Main Fiction: The Line by .

Two-hundred and fifty years ago, Horace Walpole published ‘The Castle of Otranto,’ a strange, campy book . No one, the scholar . Lewis writes, was ever more aware of unborn readers

Two-hundred and fifty years ago, Horace Walpole published ‘The Castle of Otranto,’ a strange, campy book that’s widely considered to be the first Gothic novel. In real life, Walpole’s family was beset by tragedy and his life’s obsession was a Gothic castle called Strawberry Hill. As a child, Horace Walpole frequently heard it said of himself that surely he would die soon. Born in England in 1717, the last of his mother’s six children, he was fragile and prone to illness from birth. Lewis writes, was ever more aware of unborn readers. Posterity was Walpole’s desire; his eye was always fixed on it, and these letters were his way of courting and wooing it.

Horace Walpole, in full Horace Walpole, 4th earl of Orford, original name Horatio Walpole, (born September .

He was perhaps the most assiduous letter writer of his era, and he built Strawberry Hill, a Gothic Revival mansion.

The novel is here reprinted from the text of 1798, the last that Walpole himself prepared for press. First published pseudonymously in 1764, The Castle of Otranto purported to be a translation of an Italian story of the time of the crusades. He gives us 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.

The bizarre accident that claims the life of Manfred's only son on the day of that young man's wedding, makes Manfred search for a connection with the ancient prophecy about the castle and its family.
This reissue of "The Castle of Otranto" is a much needed updating of the book's supporting material for the 21st century. Groom has read the entire correspondence of Horace Walpole (which runs over 4000 letters, many of them long), and makes brilliant use of them in his new introduction to this book. The 29-page introduction places the novel in terms of the historical Goths, the archaism and sublimity that were all the rage in 1760s Britain, and the religious and political circumstances that led Walpole to write the book. Groom sifts recent scholarship with a profound knowledge of Walpole's life, times, and architectural proclivities. A new bibliography, chronology of Walpole (in paired columns labelled "Life" and "Historical and cultural background"), appendix with "Gothic contexts" (excerpts from other books by Walpole and Richard Hurd), and 20 pages of new explanatory notes on the text all make this edition essential. If you care about this novel, you must have this new edition of it.
I first read The Castle of Otranto, in college. It is reputedly the original horror story that caused Bram Stoker to create Dracula. It scared poor British boys so bad they lost sleep. I don't know about that, but I would bet money on the fact that Horace Walpole knew how a good scarey story would take the impressionable Englishmen. Walpole's friend, Thomas Grey wrote to him that his gothic horror story scared the students of Cambridge so much that it made “some of them cry a little, and all in general afraid to go to bed o’ nights.” It was 1765.

So he had this dream... A castle, a staircase, a huge armored glove in a gallery.

Then he sat down and wrote a book that he attributes to fictional character, “William Marshal, gentleman, from the Italian of Onuphro Muralto, canon of the Church of St. Nicholas, at Otranto", which Walpole claims to have found and translated from the original Italian. Dating of the of the story is placed between the first and second Crusade, sometime between 1095 A.D. and 1243 A.D., though the fictional book itself was written in the 1500's. The real book was written in English and printed in 1765.

He had a printing press... Yes, young peanut. Self publishing happened earlier then the twenty first century.

The rest is history. The medieval fantasy / gothic horror franchises had opened their doors for business.

Between the prophecy, the knights and castles, the Crusades, the zealous tyrant, the lost heir, the swooning damsels, the dying hermit, the dead knight returning to reclaim his daughter AND gigantic armor that kills people, well how can you turn that down?

My favorite part was when something terrifying happened, it always happened when the Prince of Otranto was out of the room, but many of his staff and servants saw it. They would run to him, arriving breathlessly to warn him of the danger, then start these long rambling tales. He could switch from one person to the other, trying to figure out what happened and still not understand as they would quiver, lead up to the terror and go off on tangents, etc., until he would explode in anger and finally get off his privileged butt to go see what scared them. Funniest thing. Happens three times.

Murder, mistaken identity, lost heirs, Crusaders, freed slaves, prophecies, big men with swords, saints, chases in burial vaults, secret passages, a runaway Princess, long lost parental units, a feisty priest, and a dying hermit with God on his side, not to mention the gigantic killing armor.

Highly Recommended!
A book of its time and in some ways before its time, foundational in some ways, it is by no means epic fantasy or great literature. Set in an imaginary Italy - admittedly an early "alternate reality" - the story is a morality play of sorts, introducing odd - dreamlike - elements. Recommended not so much for sheer entertainment as for bringing to the reader some deeper understanding of western fantasy, especially as developed over the last two hundred or so years in the English language. It may very well be considered a four or five star work by some, but others not prepared for it will dismiss it with one or two. So for aficionados to the time or of the genre or of both, it will be a worthwhile read. This reader enjoyed it for what it is.
Two and a half, rounded up. I picked this up because I'm trying to forced myself to supplement the trash I ordinarily read with a solid dose of Proper Literature. Putting that lit degree to good use and all that. Anyway, I heard it was gothic, I like all things gothic. Seems like a fun time ahead. The first few pages reveal a sickly heir, an arranged marriage and then... death by squashing with a giant helmet. Juicy fare, right? I settle in for the night. We have more supernatural sightings, star-crossed lovers, an evil lord. The only problem is, Walpole somehow managed to make all of this great stuff so. very. tedious. So tedious. Not just because it was old-- I can get down with some 18th century lit when the occasion calls for it-- but because it was poorly plotted, slowly paced and the characters were just flat. Read it if you have to-- it's great to see the birth of these themes that emerge in other gothic novels-- but don't expect any particular thrills, chills or enjoyment.
I got this book for reference when I was doing research for my book, A Perfect Plan, which is set in the 1780s. Castle of Otranto was written about 250 years ago, in the style of that time. As the first Gothic novel, it's important and worth looking at. It is more readable than I expected it to be -
highly dramatic, and kind of fun to read. For readers now, I think its value is more for historical than literary purposes. It is an important book and I'm very grateful to have been able to get it.
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