- Edited with an introduction by W.S. Lewis and Notes by Joseph W. Reed, Jr.
- The earliest and most influential of the Gothic novels, The Castle of Otranto was first published in 1764.
- In it Walpole attempted, as he declared in the Preface of the second edition, 'to blend two kinds of romance; the ancient and the modern'.
- He gives us a series of catastrophes, ghostly interventions, revelations of identity and exciting contests.
- The novel is here reprinted from a text of 1798, the last that Walpole himself prepared for the press.
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