The Castle of Otranto and The Mysterious Mother

Author: Horace Walpole

Publisher: Broadview Press

ISBN: 9781551113043

Category: Fiction

Page: 357

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This Broadview edition pairs the first Gothic novel with the first Gothic drama, both by Horace Walpole. Published on Christmas Eve, 1764, on Walpole’s private press at Strawberry Hill, his Gothicized country house, The Castle of Otranto became an instant and immediate classic of the Gothic genre as well as the prototype for Gothic fiction for the next two hundred years. Walpole’s brooding and intense drama, The Mysterious Mother, focuses on the protagonist’s angst over an act of incest with his mother, and includes the appearance of Father Benedict, Gothic literature’s first evil monk. Appendices in this edition include selections from Walpole’s letters, contemporary responses, and writings illustrating the aesthetic and intellectual climate of the period. Also included is Sir Walter Scott’s introduction to the 1811 edition of The Castle of Otranto.
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The Castle of Otranto

Author: Horace Walpole

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781451537567

Category: Fiction

Page: 82

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In "The Castle of Otranto," Manfred is a usurper who wants to consolidate his reign over Otranto by marrying his weak son off to Isabella, heir to a more legitimate prince. But there is an old prophecy which warns against such moves, and on the day of the wedding a gigantic iron helmet falls over Manfred's son's head. This monstrous mishap is only the beginning of this funnily creepy tale. But the plot, though wild and entertaining, is the least important thing about this 1764's novel. The really attractive, entertaining and literarily important thing is the creation of stereotypes: the foul weather; an ancient, dark castle full of closed halls, secret passages, corridors and doors; frightening apparitions; wicked tyrants desperate for fertile women; virtuous and pure ladies; heroic lads; dark and cold forests where ghosts appear, etc. Horace Walpole, who seems to have been an interesting man, must have had enormous fun writing this tone-setting book, which has had plenty of children in literature. Though imperfect in literary terms, "The Castle of Otranto" is well worth reading if for no other reason than to discover where many of the commonplaces in Gothic literature come from. The characters in "The Castle of Otranto" are more like "types" than living human beings. That said, the book is a breezy example of an early novel, before the Victorians got hold of the form and made the books longer and more "respectable." Author Horace Walpole was the son of the prominent 18th century politician Robert Walpole, who is satirized in John Gay's "The Beggar's Opera" and in a number of works written by Jonathan Swift and Alexander Pope. Perhaps fortunately, Robert Walpole passed away before Horace wrote this book!
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The Cambridge Companion to Gothic Fiction

Author: Jerrold E. Hogle

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521794664

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 327

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Provides a survey of literary gothicism from its origins in Renaissance revenge tragedy, through eighteenth century novels and plays, to nineteenth and twentieth century film and fiction.
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50 Classic Gothic Works Vol. 1 (Golden Deer Classics)

Dracula, Frankenstein, The Black Cat, The Picture Of Dorian Gray...

Author: Oscar Wilde,Edgar Allan Poe,Charles Dickens,Golden Deer Classics,Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu,Horace Walpole,William Beckford,H.P. Lovecraft,Ann Radcliffe,William Godwin,Charles Brockden Brown,Jane Austen,Mary Shelley,Charles Robert Maturin,Washington Irving,James Hogg,Nathaniel Hawthorne,Victor Hugo,Charlotte Brontë,James Malcom Rymer,Robert Louis Stevenson,Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Publisher: Oregan Publishing

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 150

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The Castle of Otranto - Horace Walpole The History of Caliph Vathek - William Beckford The Mysteries of Udolpho - Ann Radcliffe Caleb Williams - William Godwin Wieland: or, The Transformation - Charles Brockden Brown Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen Frankenstein - Mary Shelley Melmoth the Wanderer (Lock and Key Version) - Charles Robert Maturin The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner - James Hogg St. John's Eve - Nikolai Gogol The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Victor Hugo The Queen of Spades - Alexander Pushkin Berenice - Edgar Allan Poe Young Goodman Brown - Nathaniel Hawthorne The Nose - Nikolai Gogol The Minister's Black Veil - Nathaniel Hawthorne Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens Ligeia - E. A. Poe The Fall of the House of Usher - E. A. Poe The Masque of the Red Death - E. A. Poe The Oval Portrait - E. A. Poe The Pit and the Pendulum - E. A. Poe The Black Cat - E. A. Poe The Tell-Tale Heart - E. A. Poe Rappaccini's Daughter - Nathaniel Hawthorne The Double - Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë Varney the Vampire - James Malcom Rymer Villette - Charlotte Brontë The House of the Seven Gables - Nathaniel Hawthorne Bleak House - Charles Dickens Great Expectations - Charles Dickens Uncle Silas - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu The Mystery of Edwin Drood - Charles Dickens The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson The Damned (Là-bas) - Joris-Karl Huysmans The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman Trilby - George du Maurier Dracula - Bram Stoker The Beetle - Richard Marsh The Turn of the Screw - Henry James The Real Thing - Henry James The House on the Borderland - William Hope Hodgson The Phantom of the Opera - Gaston Leroux The Lair of the White Worm - Bram Stoker The Outsider - Howard Phillips Lovecraft
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The Semantic Charging of Space in "The Castle of Otranto" (Gothic Novel)

Author: Christina Gieseler

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 364060489X

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Page: 32

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Essay from the year 2007 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3, University of Wuppertal (Anglistik/Amerikanistik), course: The British Novel in the Late 18th and Early 19th Century, language: English, comment: 12-seitige Analyse von "The Castle of Otranto" als Gothic Novel, in Form eines Essays + Bibliographie., abstract: ...] An awful silence reigned throughout those subterraneous regions, except now and then some blasts of wind that shook the doors Isabella] had passed, and which grating on the rusty hinges were re-echoed through that long labyrinth of darkness. Every murmur struck her with new terror ...] (Walpole 61). This passage of Walpole's The Castle of Otranto is only one example that shows how the construction of the setting in this novel strongly contributes to the atmosphere of the tale. Also in other passages it becomes obvious that the description of space and landscape conveys a specific meaning within the story, and even prefigures the development throughout the plot. Nunning and Nunning mention: Raume fungieren] nicht nur als Schauplatze ...], sondern erfullen] eine Erzahlfunktion' ...], raumliche Oppositionen werden] zum Modell fur semantische Oppositionen'" (cf. 132). Thus, several places and the landscape depicted in the setting may function as semantic carriers (cf. ibid. 133). In this essay it will be examined in how far space is semantically charged in Walpole's work, and how this influences the plot, the atmosphere within the story, and the reader's perception of it. In addition, it will be shown that the semantic charging of the settings in The Castle of Otranto is also influenced by its being a Gothic novel. Therefore, a definition of the latter term will be given as well..."
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Classic Tales

Comprising in One Volume the Most Esteemed Works of Imagination

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 5

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The Castle of Otranto

A Gothic Story

Author: Horace Walpole

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191009628

Category: Fiction

Page: 176

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'Look, my lord! See heaven itself declares against your impious intentions!' 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, the novel tells of Manfred, prince of Otranto, whose fear of an ancient prophecy sets him on a course of destruction. After the grotesque death of his only son, Conrad, on his wedding day, Manfred determines to marry the bride-to-be. The virgin Isabella flees through a castle riddled with secret passages. Chilling coincidences, ghostly visitations, arcane revelations, and violent combat combine in a heady mix that terrified the novel's first readers. In this new edition Nick Groom examines the reasons for its extraordinary impact and the Gothic culture from which it sprang. The Castle of Otranto was a game-changer, and Walpole the writer who paved the way for modern horror exponents. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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A New Companion to The Gothic

Author: David Punter

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1405198060

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 549

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The thoroughly expanded and updated New Companion to the Gothic, provides a series of stimulating insights into Gothic writing, its history and genealogy. The addition of 12 new essays and a section on Global Gothic reflects the direction Gothic criticism has taken over the last decade. Many of the original essays have been revised to reflect current debates Offers comprehensive coverage of criticism of the Gothic and of the various theoretical approaches it has inspired and spawned Features important and original essays by leading scholars in the field The editor is widely recognized as the founder of modern criticism of the Gothic
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The German Gothic Novel in Anglo-German Perspective

Author: Patrick Bridgwater

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9401209928

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 607

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The first full-length study of the main German contributors to the Gothic canon, to each of whom a chapter is devoted, The German Gothic Novel in Anglo-German Perspective is an original historical and comparative study that goes well beyond the necessary review of the evidence to include much new material, many new insights and pieces of analysis, and some fundamental changes of perspective. The book aims to put the record straight in bibliographical and literary historical terms, and to act as a reference guide to facilitate future research, so that anyone working on the German Gothic novel or on Anglo-German interactions in the field of Gothic, will find there references to all the relevant secondary literature. The German Gothic Novel in Anglo-German Perspective is addressed to Germanists, but also to teachers and students of English, American and comparative literature, for there is at present hardly a ‘hotter’ subject than Gothic. The book’s emphasis on the Gothic work of canonical writers should prompt even conservative German Departments to reconsider their attitude to Gothic. Being addressed to scholars and students of German, German quotations are given in German, but English translations are added for the convenience of English and American scholars and students of Gothic, who represent another important section of the books’ target audience.
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Classic Tales of Horror

Author: Editors of Canterbury Classics

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1626865043

Category: Fiction

Page: 896

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Spine-tingling tales that will keep you on the edge of your seat! This chilling collection of scary stories will keep you awake for hours! Psychological horrors, disturbing dramas, and gruesome ghosts compose this compendium of confessions made in the dead of night. From vampires and a monkey paw to an unstoppable heart and haunting apparitions, anecdotes of supernatural terror will have you turning pages long past the witching hour. Allow famous authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, Henry James, Washington Irving, and more to prey upon your emotions and peace of mind at slumber parties and camping trips, or anytime you want to end the night with a delightful fright!
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