The Castle of Otranto and The Mysterious Mother
Broadview Press, 2 січ. 2003 р. - 357 стор.
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 Broadview edition brings together both of Walpole's formative works of gothic literature from the late 18th century. Both are fairly quick reads. For the modern reader, Walpole's stories may seem ... Читати огляд повністю
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If you are a fan of the gothic novel you must read this. Written by Horace Walpole this is the first and original gothic novel in English. Walpole was obsessed with all things Gothic and even built ... Читати огляд повністю
List of Illustrations
A Brief Chronology
Publication History of The Castle of Otranto and The Mysterious Mother
Using the Edition
The Castle of Otranto A Gothic Story
Preface to the First Edition
2 The Mysterious Mother in Walpoles Letters
3 The Little Gothic Villa at Strawberry Hill
Responses and Reactions
2 Notices of The Mysterious Mother
Ann Yearsleys To the Honourable H W
4 Comments on The Castle of Otranto and The Mysterious Mother by Early Readers
Aesthetic and Intellectual Backgrounds
2 From James Herveys Meditations Among the Tombs
Preface to the Second Edition
Sonnet to the Right Honourable Lady Mary Coke
The Mysterious Mother A Tragedy
Preface to the 1781 Edition
Advertisement from the Publishers
Walpoles Correspondence and Strawberry Hill