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Record Number: 5588


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'If you like it try the "Castle of Otranto" by Horace Walpole. That is the best stilted romance style I know. "Well may the blood" says an expiring viscount to a peasant youth who has fallen in love with a countess and been recognised by a friar as his son, the friar thereupon proving himself a duke, and the detection of his son arising from a markt on the son's neck, which was being bared for execution, - "well may the blood which has so lately traced itself to its source boil over in the veins". (The boy had shown signs of annoyance.) I never saw anything like that before.The killing and stabbing and the wonderment produced as to why all the characters stay about the old castle, (most of them have no business there), when at least three quarters are searching for the blood of the other three quarters for monetary reasonsor for none! There are three discoveries, I think of long lost children and no end of supernaturalism; all produces a gorgeous effect.'

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

Between 1 Jan 1883 and 31 Dec 1883

Country:

n/a

Time

n/a

Place:

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Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

Sir Walter Raleigh

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

5 Sep 1861

Socio-Economic Group:

Gentry

Occupation:

n/a

Religion:

n/a

Country of Origin:

n/a

Country of Experience:

n/a

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Horace Walpole

Title:

Castle of Otranto

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

5588

Source:

Print

Author:

Sir Walter Raleigh

Editor:

n/a

Title:

The Letters of Sir Walter Raleigh 1879-1922

Place of Publication:

London

Date of Publication:

1926

Vol:

n/a

Page:

15-16

Additional Comments:

n/a

Citation:

Sir Walter Raleigh, The Letters of Sir Walter Raleigh 1879-1922 (London, 1926), p. 15-16, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=5588, accessed: 19 September 2019


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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