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Il castello di Otranto è oggi unanimamente considerato il capostipite del romanzo gotico, la prima opera fantastica della letteratura inglese moderna: da Clara Reeve alla Radcliffe, da William Beckford a Charles Robert Maturin fino al Poe di The Fall of the House of Usher, tutti, in varia misura, si troveranno a dover fare i conti con Walpole e le sue misteriose, inquietanti fantasie visionarie, gremite di giganti spettrali, elmi magici, quadri parlanti, sotterranei labirintici che hanno inaugurato un vero e proprio genere letterario.
- ISBN: 8822755812
- Casa Editrice: Newton Compton
- Pagine: 160
- Data di uscita: 26-08-2021
This granddaddy of all Gothics is still worth a read. It has its flaws, but Walpole's style is crisp and economical, and the book itself is mercifully brief. Manfred possesses all the important features of the classic gothic hero that Mrs. Radcliffe and others would later use to great advantage, and Leggi tutto
The Castle of Otranto was the Blair Witch Project of 1764. Both were game-changers which popularized a new genre. Blair Witch launched the “found footage” horror trope and Otranto inaugurated the “Gothic.” Interestingly enough, Otranto also employs a “found footage” gimmick with its first edition, pr Leggi tutto
Prince Manfred of Otranto in medieval Italy is looking forward to the wedding of his only son Conrad, because the family name must continue...In those violent times, petty men try for glory against others of the same class , (the era of the Crusades also) Italian politics dictates noblemen have sons Leggi tutto
By today’s standard’s The Castle of Otranto is a ridiculous piece of melodrama. However, when it was originally published it was absolute dynamite. It had the power to shock and dazzle its earliest of readers. They were innocent and unused to horror; thus, it was utterly compelling for them. Such a t Leggi tutto
This classic was sooo baaad. You know in these fancy introductions when these big shot professors are frothing about how brilliant this thing is that you are now about to read, well, in the introduction to this book the guy tells you right there he’s sorry but this is a baaaad book The dream origin o Leggi tutto
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