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.