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 castle of otranto by horace walpole - strange written in 1764, this is claimed to be the first of the gothic genre it's shakespearean in style and frequently refers to phrases from shakespeare as part of the plot.
Horace walpole is the author of the first known gothic novel, the castle of otranto, which was published in 1764 walpole incorporated into the novel such romantically gothic elements as the supernatural, cursed lords, monks, princesses, romantic love, and gloomy castles far before gothic literature had become popular. Amongst his many other achievements, horace walpole is best known for his classic gothic novel, the castle of otranto (1764) born in london in 1717, he was the youngest son of prime minister sir robert walpole and catherine walpole attempted to follow in his father's footsteps by going to school at eton college and king's college, cambridge, but ended up leaving cambridge at the end of 1738 without a degree.
The castle of otranto by horace walpole, is regarded as the first novel of the gothic genre indeed its short and simple story is filled with the supernatural, and what must nowadays count as caricatures for characters.
Amongst his many other achievements, horace walpole is best known for his classic gothic novel, the castle of otranto (1764) born in london in 1717, he was the youngest son of prime minister sir robert walpole and catherine. Horace walpole is the author of the first known gothic novel, the castle of otranto, which was published in 1764 walpole incorporated into the novel such romantically gothic elements as the. I can appreciate the impact that horace walpole's the castle of otranto had on storytelling and literature, but it's a novel that certainly hasn't aged well considered the first gothic novel, it weaves together a terrific tale of tragedy with supernatural elements just accepted by everyone as real.
Walpole famously declared: that the world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think it's a sentiment that resonates when reading the castle of otranto : although undeniably melodramatic, it is saved from absurdity by its playful tone. 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. My review list reviews by author reviews by genre reviews by publisher reviews by series the castle of otranto by horace walpole posted september 19, 2013 by michael @ knowledge lost in classic, gothic / 0 comments title: the castle of otranto author: horace walpole.
(or visit your local indie bookstore) conrad, the heir to the house of otranto, died under mysterious circumstances on the day of his wedding his father, manfred, lord of the castle, who feared the end of his dynasty, was determined to marry his son’s betrothed.