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  • The Castle of Otranto | Horace Walpole

    The Castle of Otranto

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Horace Walpole
    • Narrated By Tony Jay
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    On the day of his wedding, Conrad, heir to the house of Otranto, is killed under mysterious circumstances. His calculating father, Manfred, fears that his dynasty will now come to an end and determines to marry his son's bride himself, despite the fact he is already married. But a series of terrifying supernatural omens soon threaten this unlawful union, as the curse placed on Manfred's ancestor, who usurped the lawful Prince of Otranto, begins to unfold.

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  • The Castle of Otranto | Horace Walpole

    The Castle of Otranto

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Horace Walpole
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
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    Visions have always been... my pasture. I almost think there is no wisdom comparable to that of exchanging the realities of life for dreams. Old castles, old pictures, old histories take one back into centuries that cannot disappoint. I waked one morning from a dream of which all I could recover was that I had thought myself in a ancient castle and that on the uppermost banister of a great staircase I saw a gigantic hand in armour. In the evening I sat down to write, without knowing in the least what I intended to say or relate.

  • The Castle of Otranto | Horace Walpole

    The Castle of Otranto

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Horace Walpole
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
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    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.

  • The Castle of Otranto | Horace Walpole

    The Castle of Otranto

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Horace Walpole
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
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    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 turmoils 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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