September Books 21) The Castle of Otranto, by Horace Walpole

Oxford World’s Classics edition, with grrr endnotes. mid-eighteenth century Gothic novel which is widely seen as one of the fore-runners of the genre. An aristocratic wedding is interrupted by ghostly apparitions which crush the intended bridegroom and ultimately reveal the true heir. I was interested to find that the morality play of marriage and inheritance rather overshadows the supernatural stuff, but I’m afraid I wasn’t really grabbed by it as a whole.

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