The Castle of Otranto is regarded as the first Gothic novel. The son of Manfred, Prince of Otranto, is mysteriously killed on his wedding day by a huge helmet. The event leads to a fast-paced story of jealous passion, intrigue, murder, and supernatural phenomena unfolding in an atmosphere of thunderclaps, moonlight, and dark castle walls mirroring the inner turmoil of the characters themselves. Horace Walpole's tale, an immediate success when it first appeared in 1764, is a classic of its genre.
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"A Gothic pantomime"
There are some wonderful moments of 'humanity' in here -like the princesses debate over who gets the man. Shows how little human nature has changed over the centuries.
The language is archaic - I doubt I could read it but audio makes it accessible.
The book that launched a thousand goths
Very interesting from the historical view point - but now it is more pantomime than gothic. Would make a good stage play or film.
May be 'rewrite' into modern language and setting cf romeo & julliet and west side story would do well. The essense of the story is strong.
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