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Eighteenth Century and Gothic

The Old English Baron
by Clara Reeve
The Castle of Otranto
by Horace Walpole

Edited by Laura L. Runge

ISBN 0-9679121-2-1

Price $14.00

About the Book
Clara Reeve's early gothic novel, The Old English Baron (1778), is paired with Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto (1764), the work that inspired it. Hers is the story of Edmund, the peasant-hero, who discovers his rightful heritage through mysterious portents, and whose loyalty and integrity are put to the test in bringing the villain to justice. With an emphasis on probability and domestic virtue, The Old English Baron plays an important role in the transformation of the gothic genre. While The Castle of Otranto initiates a tradition of horror, with violent deaths, tyrannical power and tragic doom, The Old English Baron redirects the gothic towards homosocial bonding, paternal goodness and, ultimately, sentimental domesticity. The College Publishing edition includes a substantial introductory essay on historical and literary contexts, with additional "links" or short essays situated throughout the text, exploring subjects such as chivalry, younger sons, women and law, anti-Catholicism, gothic architecture, and the supernatural. The appendix includes eighteenth- and nineteenth-century reviews of both novels.
About the Editor
Laura L. Runge (Ph.D. Emory University) is Associate Professor of English at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She is the author of Gender and Language in British Literary Criticism, 1660-1790 (Cambridge University Press, 1997) and articles and reviews on eighteenth-century literature and women's writing. Her research now focuses on an interdisciplinary study of gallantry and its cultural contexts in late eighteenth-century England. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Runge received the USF Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1996.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
For Further Exploration
Note on the Texts
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The Old English Baron

Dedicatory Letter
Text of the 1778 Edition
The Castle of Otranto
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Dedicatory Verses
Text of the 1798 Edition
Reviews of The Old English Baron
Reviews of The Castle of Otranto
Anna Barbauld's Introductions