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The first official Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto was written by Horace Walpole and published in 1764. 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.

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  • Rescue Romance: Isabella falls in love with Theodore after he helps her escape Otranto, while Theodore falls in love with Matilda when she rescues him from imprisonment.
  • Servile Snarkers: Bianca, Diego, and Jacques


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