Castle of Otranto

ISBN-10: 0140437673
ISBN-13: 9780140437676
Edition: 2001
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Description: On the day of his wedding Conrad, heir to the house of Otranto, is killed in mysterious circumstances. Fearing the end of his dynasty, his father, Manfred, determines to marry Conrad's betrothed Isabella, until a series of supernatural events stands  More...

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Book details

List price: $10.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/29/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

On the day of his wedding Conrad, heir to the house of Otranto, is killed in mysterious circumstances. Fearing the end of his dynasty, his father, Manfred, determines to marry Conrad's betrothed Isabella, until a series of supernatural events stands in his way. A giant helmet falls from the moon, a portrait sighs, a statue bleeds and spirits warn of impending tragedy, as the curse on Manfred's house inexorably works itself out. First published pseudonymously in 1764 as a scholarly translation from an ancient Italian text, The Castle of Otranto arguably has never been out of print. With its compelling blend of psychological realism and supernatural terror, it has influenced a literary tradition stretching from Ann Radcliffe and Bram Stoker to Daphne du Maurier and Stephen King.

Horace Walpole was born in London on September 24, 1717 and educated at Eton College and Kings College, Cambridge. Upon his return from college, Walpole was elected to Parliament and served until 1768. He was the youngest son of British Prime Minister, Robert Walpole. He was known as The Earl of Orford. Walpole opened a private press that published his own works and that of his friends. He is well known for his Gothic romance novel, The Castle of Otranto. Horace Walpole died in London on March 2, 1797, after which his title became extinct since he never married or had children.

Introduction: Horace Walpole and The Castle of Otranto
The Castle of Otranto
Sir Walter Scott's Introduction
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
The Castle of Otranto

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