The Castle of Otranto

The Castle of Otranto

eBook - 2012
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The Castle of Otranto is a 1764 novel by Horace Walpole. It is generally regarded as the first Gothic romance, initiating a literary genre which would become extremely popular in the later 18th century and 19th century. Walpole, publishing under a pseudonym, claimed the novel was a translation of an Italian romance dating back to the time of the Crusades.
Publisher: [United States] : Start Publishing LLC : Made available through hoopla, 2012
ISBN: 9781625580023
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Sep 30, 2018

It is easy to be too harsh on this novel: as the founder of an entire genre, one which flourishes to this day in literature, cinema, and other media, Otranto has been surpassed by more famous successors. It is hard to view it as its original audience did, since we are privy to the classic conventions of the genre and a little removed from the melodramatic flourishes of the story. However, Otranto is still quite enjoyable. I was able to finish it in three sittings.

May 12, 2015

I wasn’t expecting much from this story, I thought it would be a bit flimsy in plot and substance but it’s not exactly a book to ignore when you’re reading through the Gothic classics.
I found myself quite enjoying the story though. Why the women in these novels are always so willing to forgive is beyond me and why they don’t ever expect something bad to happen is incomprehensible but it was over the top fun and a cute romance.


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