- First published pseudonymously in 1764, The Castle of Otranto purported to be a translation of an Italian story of the time of the crusades.
- In it Walpole attempted, 'to blend the two kinds of romance: the ancient and the modern'.
- He gives us a series of catastrophes, ghostly interventions, revelations of identity, and exciting contests.
- Crammed with invention, entertainment, terror and pathos, the novel was an immediate success and Walpole's own favourite among his numerous works.
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