The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
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I think for those of you who want to see one of the birthplaces of genre fiction it is well worth a read.
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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.
 

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Horace Walpole (1717-1797), Fourth Earl of Oxford, was the son of the Whig prime minister Robert Walpole. In 1774 he moved to Strawberry Hill in Twickenham, which he transformed into his little Gothic castle.
 
Published January 28, 2010 by Penguin. 148 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, History, Action & Adventure. Non-fiction
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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Sophie Missing on Mar 13 2010

By turns lurid, sensational and amusing, it remains an imaginative tour de force.

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Starburst Magazine

Good
on Dec 14 2011

I think for those of you who want to see one of the birthplaces of genre fiction it is well worth a read.

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Above average
on Sep 28 2011

The novel is filled with mystery, damsels in distress, supernatural happenings, and murder, which for its time, I’m sure, shocked the socks of its readers.

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The Mancunion

Good
on Dec 02 2010

Everything you would expect to find in an early piece of Gothic writing is there.

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