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The Works of Horatio Walpole, Earl of Orford
by by Horace Walpole
Binding: Hardcover, Facsimile edition edition, 5 pages
Publisher: Pickering & Chatto Publishers

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Walpole's novel The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story (1764), has long been hailed as one of the finest and earliest examples of the gothic novel. Its centrality to the genre is reflected by the number of paperback editions now available. The Castle of Otranto was the most popular of Walpole's works during his lifetime and has been published in well over a hundred editions since his death. Despite its brevity it changed the course of English fiction and inspired the Gothic novelists of the 1790s. However, during his lifetime, Walpole suppressed the majority of his works, limiting publication to small editions published by his own press. Only with his death and the publication of his Works in 1798 was the range of Walpole's oeuvre revealed to a wider public. In this facsimile edition of his Works, Walpole is revealed as a historian, dramatist, poet, essayist and literary critic, as well as showing his more widely known persona as novelist, correspondent and writer of political memoirs. Long out of print, the Works contains his iconoclastic theories on art, architecture and gardening, his polemical views on history and his own father, and his descriptions of his own gothic folly at Strawberry Hill and the remarkable collections it contained. Edited by Walpole's close friend, Mary Berry, the Complete Works includes a selection of Walpole's correspondence. While far from the comprehensive Yale edition of his correspondence, this collection is significant in being the result of Walpole's own selection and arrangement and that of his chosen editor. This facsimile edition reproduces the copy held in the Lewis Walpole Library, which remained at Strawberry Hill until the sale of contents in 1842. This copy is unique in that it contains over 500 pages from the very rare 1770 Strawberry Hill edition of Fugitive Pieces in Verse and Prose (which was never completed and left unpublished). Walpole's Works is still the standard authoritative edition of his writings and this facsimile will fill a conspicuous absence in many libraries.

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