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The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
When it comes to Gothic fiction, Walpole (later in his life the Earl of Orford) is The Man—his clumsy and over-the-top (at least to most modern readers) melodramatic thriller The Castle of Otranto, published on Christmas Eve in 1764 (the year in which James Watt perfected the steam engine, thus laying the groundwork for the Industrial Revolution), more-or-less began the Gothic as we know it. From The Literary Gothic,
The Limited Editions Club 1st Thus Hardcover edition, Date published 2000, Illustrated by Contemporary Illustrations, 142 pages
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Introduction by Wilmarth S. Lewis; illustrated with eighteenth-century watercolors and sepia wash drawings printed by Meriden Gravure Company; designed by Ruari McLean; printed at the Westerham Press; set in monotype Van Dyck; Abbey Mills cream-tone antique laid paper; bound by Tapley-Rutter Company in quarter dark-blue levant leather, stamped in gold, sides of Tumba Ingres yellow paper printed with an allover pattern in green and blue; 142 pages, 7 3/4 x 11 inches. No. 490 from the LEC, limited to 2000 copies.<br><br>Note: Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis was born in Alameda, California, on November 14, 1895. He graduated from Yale College in 1918. While at Yale, Lewis was editor of the Lit, and contributed to the Courant and the Record. He served in the army during World War I and in the OSS during World War II. He was a member of many societies and a contributor to multiple magazines, including Atlantic Monthly. He was also an expert and collector of the writings of Horace Walpole, the 18th century English writer. He was introduced to Walpole's writings by John Masefield, while the two were sailing to Europe to fight in World War I. On January 25, 1928, he married Annie Burr Auchincloss, who died in 1959 and with whom, he had no children. Lewis died in Connecticut, on October 7, 1979. Search for other copies
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