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The first official Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto was written by Horace Walpole and published in 1764.
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It concerns the story of the prince Manfred and his desire to avoid a curse placed upon his ancestors, which places him at risk of losing his castle and title. Caught in the middle of the prince's bid to secure his position are Theodore, a young man wrongly imprisoned under false accusations by the prince, and Isabella, an innocent maiden who Manfred wants to marry after his son met a terrible fate.


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