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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Historical Gothic Novel!
The Castle of Otranto is not ideal for those who enjoy popular fiction as the prose and age of the novel can be a bit of a challenge.

That said it is a must read for lovers of the Gothic novel, as it is the first ever written and published in England. It opened a door in English literature for writers like Ann Radcliffe, Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley and created...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The power of whimsy
This review refers to the Oxford World's Classics edition, edited by WS Lewis, with a 26-page introduction and eight pages of endnotes by EJ Clery. There is a select bibliography and a chronology of the author, Horace Walpole. Importantly, the book includes both the first and second editions' title-pages and prefaces.

The first edition, "The Castle of Otranto:...
Published on 2 Jan. 2008 by Nicholas Casley


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6 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars damsels in distress and galliant knights......, 13 Jan. 2001
The comic merit of this book is substantial, but how anyone can take it as much more than an over-romanticised, melodramatic novel defeats me. Characterisation reaches only as deep as a physical description of a fair maiden or a handsome hubby can - an exploration of the human psyche, this is not. These flimsy characters, set in a gothic castle, where anything can happen (as you will see from the very first instance where a prince is killed by a somewhat strange occurence). All I can say is that Horace Walpole clearly had a very vivid imagination and a penchant for the ridiculous. However, I cannot condemn this book without saying that it is absolutely essential reading for those who have enjoyed Austen's "Northanger Abbey" - a parody of this book.I would also recomend it for a good giggle and a light-hearted read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars well at least it is short, 19 Aug. 2006
If you have to read a gothic novel this is an obvious choice: not only it is the prototype of the genre but it is also -and be grateful- short. It is an interesting book for the literature student but the average reader must be aware that the book is not compiling with our contemporary ideas about probability or cohesiveness of the plot.
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