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Three Gothic Novels (1968) [Anthology]
by William Beckford Mary Shelley Horace Walpole Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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The Gothic novel, which flourished from about 1765 until 1825, revels in the horrible and the supernatural, in suspense and exotic settings.

This volume, with its erudite introduction by Mario Praz, presents three of the most celebrated Gothic novels: The Castle of Otranto, published pseudonymously in 1765, is one of the first of the genre and the most truly Gothic of the three. Vathek (1786), an oriental tale by an eccentric millionaire, exotically combines Gothic romanticism with the vivacity of The Arabian Nights and is a narrative tour de force. The story of Frankenstein (1818) and the monster he created is as spine-chilling today as it ever was; as in all Gothic novels, horror is the keynote.


  • Introductory Essay by Mario Praz
  • Suggested Further Reading
  • A Note on the Texts
  • The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
  • Vathek by William Beckford
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Notes by Peter Fairclough

Original title: Three Gothic Novels
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

The following works are contained within this one:
     Castle of Otranto, the (1764) [Novel]
      Author: Horace Walpole
     Vathek (1786) [Novel]
      Author: William Beckford
     Frankenstein (1818) [Novel]
      Author: Mary Shelley

Edition #1: Three Gothic Novels

Three Gothic Novels (1968)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: Peter Fairclough
Introduction by: Mario Praz
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Three Gothic Novels (1970)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Harmondsworth, Middlesex
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 9780140430363
Dimensions: x x in
Pages: 464

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Three Gothic Novels (1968)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Dimensions: 4.8 x 7.7 x 1 in
Pages: 505

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