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Goodreads review: The Castle of Otranto

The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So it’s coming up to the holidays so I thought to myself what better time to check out the first English supernatural novel, progenitor of the Gothic genre and on-point guide to decorating your home with revenge-themed supernatural armour? 500 more words


Walpole’s Diminutions (Public lecture, 12th December)

Despite being an important figure in his own time, Horace Walpole suffered put-downs from later writers and thinkers. Why? Find out at this free public lecture with Fiona Robertson, part of our… 213 more words

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Monstrum: The Castle of Otranto, Gothic Fiction and the Origins of Genre (Public lecture, 5th December)

When he subtitled his novel The Castle of Otranto as a ‘Gothic story’, Horace Walpole could have little realised that he would give life to the genre that remains popular to this day. 346 more words

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Walpole, Vampires, and the Undead (Public lecture, 28th November)

Venture into the world vampire novels with Nick Groom (University of Exeter) and explore The Castle of Otranto, a pioneering gothic novel written 150 years before… 203 more words

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Walpole, Burney, and the Tragedy of Incest (Public lecture, 21st November)

Even in today’s world of internet clickbait, stories about incestuous relationships seem extreme. Yet incest was a recurrent theme of eighteenth-century drama. Gillian Skinner will examine the way two writers approached the theme in the next… 227 more words

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Quote of the Day

The world is a comedy to those that think; a tragedy to those that feel.

—Horace Walpole


Greenth (Public lecture, 14st November)

What does the word ‘greenth’ mean? The next lecture in our Walpole and His Legacies series will show how a word coined by Walpole unlocks wider ideas about attitudes towards nature both in the eighteenth century and our own time. 233 more words

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