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Published: 09 October 2014

192 Pages


ISBN: 9780198704447

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The Castle of Otranto

A Gothic Story

Third Edition

Horace Walpole
Edited by Nick Groom

Oxford World's Classics

  • A new edition of one of the earliest and most influential Gothic novels, the best introduction to the work that inaugurated a literary genre.
  • Nick Groom's wide-ranging introduction explores the novel's Gothic context in the cultural movement that affected political and religious thinking before Walpole developed it as a literary style, helping to explain the novel's impact on contemporaries, its importance, and Walpole's pioneering innovations.
  • Up-to-date bibliography and notes, drawing on the latest scholarship.
  • Useful chronology of Walpole and the Gothic context.
  • Appendix includes extracts from contemporary non-fiction by Walpole and Richard Hurd demonstrating the domestication of medieval Gothic for eighteenth-century readers that fed into The Castle of Otranto.

New to this Edition:

  • New introduction by Nick Groom.
  • Up-to-date bibliography.
  • Fuller chronology of Walpole and seventeenth/eighteenth century Gothic.
  • New notes.
  • An appendix with extracts from contemporary non-fiction relating to the domestication of medieval Gothic for eighteenth-century readers.
  • Reset text.

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