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A-level English - The Gothic Novel: Horace Walpole

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Horace Walpole (1717 - 1797)

Walpole, painted by Allan Ramsay

Horatio Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford (24 September 1717 – 2 March 1797), was an English art historian, man of letters and politician. He is  famous for his magnificent Strawberry Hill castle in Twickenham south-west London and for his Gothic novel,The Castle of Otranto...

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The Castle of Otranto

The Plot : Manfred the prince of Otranto, is in a difficult situation he has only one unhealthy male heir, Conrad  who must  marry as soon as possible to ensure the continuation of the family line. On the wedding day Conrad cannot be found; a servant sent to search for him comes back foaming at the mouth, speechless with horror....Click above image to read the book in chapters.

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