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Castle of Otranto and the Man of Feeling, The, A Longman Cultural Edition, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Horace Walpole, Henry MacKenzie, Laura Mandell

Published by Longman

Published Date: Mar 23, 2010

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From the Longman Cultural Editions series, The Castle of Otranto and The Man of Feeling, edited by Laura Mandell, presents a lively pairing of mid-eighteenth century works that mark a watershed in the history of the novel.


These short novels, published within the same decade–Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto (1764) and Henry Mackenzie’s The Man of Feeling (1771)–helped produce the turn from social realism to sentimentality and strangeness that will characterize works of the Romantic era as well as popular novels, Gothic spectacles (including film), and all literary works interested in modern notions of individualism and human sympathy. 


Handsomely produced and affordably priced, each Cultural Edition consists of the complete text of an important literary work, reliably edited, headed by an inviting introduction, supplemented by helpful annotations, accompanied by a table of significant dates and a guide for further study, then followed by contextual materials that reveal the conversations and controversies of its historical moment.


One Longman Cultural Edition can be packaged at no additional cost with any volume of The Longman Anthology of British Literature by Damrosch et al, or at a discount with any other Longman textbook.


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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations


About Longman Cultural Editions


About This Volume




Table of Dates


The Castle of Otranto (1764)


The Man of Feeling (1771)



The Sublime, the Supernatural, the Real

Edmund Burke, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and the Beautiful

Anna Letitia Aikin [Barbauld], John Aikin, “On the Pleasure Derived from Objects of Terror; with Sir Bertrand, A Fragment”

David Hume, “Of Miracles”

Samuel Johnson, The Rambler No. 4; Preface to Shakespeare

Clara Reeve, The Progress of Romance; Preface to The Old English Baron

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Biographia Literaria

The Gothic Revival and Chivlary

William Chambers, Civil Architecture

John Carter, “An Architect,” Gentleman’s Magazine 1799, 1801

Horace Walpole, Description of . . . Strawberry-Hill

Horace Walpole, George Vertue, Anecdotes of Painting

Alexander Pope, Preface to The Works of Shakespeare

Richard Hurd, Letters on Chivalry and Romance

Walter Scott, An Essay on Chivalry

Marriage, Obedience, Sentiment

William Cobbett, The Parliamentary History of England

Horace Walpole, Memoires of . . . George II

Tobias Smollett, Reign of George II

Thomas Pennant, Of London

Alexander Keith, “Observations on the [Marriage] Act

George Savile, Lord Halifax, Advice to a Daughter

James Fordyce, Sermons for Young Women

Cultures of Feeling

Francis Hutcheson, An Inquiry Concerning the Original of Our Ideas of Virtue or Moral Good

Samuel Richardson, Preface to Pamela

Adam Smith, Theory of Moral Sentiments

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Confessions

Henry Mackenzie, from The Lounger

Alexander Bicknell, Painting Personified

Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy

What the Reviewers Said

Castle of Otranto:

Critical Review, January 1765

Critical Review, June 1765

[John Langhorne], Monthly Review, February 1765

[John Langhorne], Monthly Review, May 1765

Horace Walpole, Letter in Reply to Mme. Du Deffand (March 1767)

Ann Yearsley, “To the Honourable H---E W---E, on Reading The Castle of Otranto” (December 1784)

Anna Letitia Barbauld, “Walpole” (1810)

Walter Scott, “Prefatory Memoir to Walpole” (1823, 1834)

Man of Feeling:

Monthly Review, May 1771

Critical Review, June 1771

London Magazine, August 1771

Town and Country Magazine, August 1771

Scots Magazine, August 1771

Anna Letitia Barbauld, “Mackenzie” (1810)

Walter Scott, “Prefatory Memoir to Mackenzie” (1823)

Further Reading

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