The Mysterious Mother: A Tragedy (1791)
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The Mysterious Mother: A Tragedy (1791)

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Paperback, 100 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Kessinger Publishing (first published January 1st 1991)
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The Mysterious Mother is the second of Horace Walpole’s only two fictional works, and that is probably the only reason to read it. The play created quite a fuss when it appeared. Walpole, in the preface, says he is “sensible that the subject is disgusting”, Samuel Taylor Coleridge pompously announced “no one with a spark of true manliness, of which Horace Walpole had none, could have written it”, and Lord Byron (who had his own issues) loved it.

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The 'mysterious mother' is right! As we were reading this out loud in the post-grad room, I will never forget the look on one student's face when she finally figured out the whole incestuous mess!
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Horatio Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford, was an English art historian, man of letters, antiquarian and politician. He is now largely remembered for Strawberry Hill, the home he built in Twickenham, south-west London where he revived the Gothic style some decades before his Victorian successors, and for his Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto. Along with the book, his literary reputation rests on his L...more
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The Castle of Otranto Three Gothic Novels : The Castle of Otranto ~ Vathek ~ Frankenstein Four Gothic Novels: The Castle of Otranto; Vathek; The Monk; Frankenstein Rinehart Editions - The Castle of Otranto, The Mysteries of Udolpho, Northanger Abbey The Castle of Otranto, Vathek & Nightmare Abbey

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