THE CASTLE OF OTRANTO
The Castle of Otranto: The creepy tale that launched gothic fiction
One night Walpole awoke from a dream and imagined he saw a giant armoured fist on the staircase and it was this that inspired the first gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto. Printed on the first private printing press in the country at Strawberry Hill, it was the inspiration for Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and a literary tradition which lasts into our own time.
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What is Gothic?
- Goths were Eastern Germanic people, responsible for the sack of Rome in 410 - the first time it fell in its imperial history
- Term used by Renaissance art historian Giorgio Vasari to insult the "barbarous German style" of medieval architecture
- Consequently "Gothic" emerged as cultural term, to denote a style which was opposed to the classical (or Roman) idiom
- Shorterned form "goth" first used in 1980s to describe genre of post-punk youth culture (above)
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