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One of the most interesting phenomena in the history of literature, the Gothic novel—which flourished from about 1765 to 1825—still has much to offer to the modern reader. Supernatural thrills, adventure and suspense, colorful settings, and, in the better examples, literary quality are all present. Unfortunately, true Gothic novels (not simply modern detective stories called "Gothic") are extremely rare books, and have never been as available as they should be.
The first member in this collection, Horace Walpole's TheCastle of Otranto, published as a Christmas book for 1764, was the first and one of the greatest members of the genre. It has also been one of the most influential books in history. It motivated the Gothic revival in the arts, and it probably did more to usher in the early-19th-century Romanticism than any other single work. It also served as the model in plot, characterizations, settings, and tone for  hundreds, perhaps thousands of successors.
Vathek, by the eccentric British millionaire William Beckford, is generally considered to be the high point of the Oriental tale in English literature. Certainly no one has ever written (in any European tongue) a story which better unifies the stirrings of Gothic romanticism with the color, poetry, and vivacity of the original Arabian Nights.
The third novel in this collection, John Polidor's Vampyre, emerged from the same soirées of ghost-story telling in Geneva that produced Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The first full-length vampire story in English, it initiated a very important literary chain that also leads up to the present. Included with Polidori's novel is Lord Byron's little-known Fragment, from which Polidori (who was Byron's physician in Switzerland) plagiarized his plot.
These three novels (and the fragment) are still well worth reading. Generations of readers have found thrills and horrors in Walpole's fine work, while Vathek cannot be excelled in its unusual mixture of the bizarre, cruel irony, and masterful narration. Polidori's thriller still conveys chills, and the Fragment makes us all wish that Byron had completed his novel.

Unabridged republication of all four texts: second edition (with prefaces) of The Castle of Otranto, and Sir Walter Scott's Introduction; Vathek in Samuel Henley's translation, with full notes; first edition of The Vampyre, with the introductory section; Byron's Fragment. Edited and introduced by E. F. Bleiler.

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Includes The Castle of Otranto, the first work of the Gothic genre; Vathek, the high point of the Oriental tale in English literature; TheVampyre, the first full-length vampire story in English; and Lord Byron's little-known Fragment.

Synopsis:

Full texts Castle of Otranto, Walpole; Vathek, Beckford; The Vampyre, Polidori; Fragment of a Novel, Lord Byron.

Synopsis:

Full texts "Castle of Otranto," Walpole; "Vathek," Beckford; "The Vampyre," Polidori; "Fragment of a Novel," Lord Byron.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486212326
Editor:
Bleiler, E. F.
Author:
Walpole
Author:
Walpole, Horace
Author:
Bleiler, E. F.
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Collections
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Vampires
Subject:
Inheritance and succession
Subject:
Gothic & Romance
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Occult
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
no. 168
Publication Date:
19660631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 0.83 pd

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Product details 352 pages Dover Publications - English 9780486212326 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,

Includes The Castle of Otranto, the first work of the Gothic genre; Vathek, the high point of the Oriental tale in English literature; TheVampyre, the first full-length vampire story in English; and Lord Byron's little-known Fragment.

"Synopsis" by ,
Full texts Castle of Otranto, Walpole; Vathek, Beckford; The Vampyre, Polidori; Fragment of a Novel, Lord Byron.

"Synopsis" by ,
Full texts "Castle of Otranto," Walpole; "Vathek," Beckford; "The Vampyre," Polidori; "Fragment of a Novel," Lord Byron.
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