Three Gothic Novels

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Penguin Books Limited, 1968 - Fiction - 505 pages
4 Reviews
Walpole's The Castle of Otranto, Beckford's Vathek, and Shelley's Frankenstein

The Gothic novel, which flourished from about 1765 until 1825, revels in the horrible and the supernatural, in suspense and exotic settings. This volume, with its erudite introduction by Mario Praz, presents three of the most celebrated Gothic novels: The Castle of Otranto, published pseudonymously in 1765, is one of the first of the genre and the most truly Gothic of the three. Vathek (1786), an oriental tale by an eccentric millionaire, exotically combines Gothic romanticism with the vivacity of The Arabian Nights and is a narrative tour de force. The story of Frankenstein (1818) and the monster he created is as spine-chilling today as it ever was; as in all Gothic novels, horror is the keynote.

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User Review  - brianfstevenson - LibraryThing

I will finish reading all three of the novels covered in here, but until then I will review them as I read them. I read The Castle of Otranto on a short plane flight on 30 April 2009. It was difficult ... Read full review

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User Review  - keristars - LibraryThing

This is a fantastic collection of 3 novels which greatly impacted (or created) the Gothic genre, but which are also important in their own rights. Walpole's novel The Castle of Otranto is arguably the ... Read full review

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About the author (1968)

Mario Praz (1896-1982) was Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Rome. The most celebrated of his many other books is The Romantic Agony.