Five old novels

I am always interested in browsing through a catalog of a certain publisher, if they happen to have an interesting collection, to find some interesting new books. In this case I was checking the Oxford University Press for some interesting titles. I picked up another historical work by Alexandre Dumas, La Reine Margot (1845), describing events in France in the late sixteenth century. Then I noticed they had a remarkable selection of Gothic novels. I am not a particular fan of the genre, although I have read a few, just because they can be quite peculiar and at times I like to have a different take on what I usually read. As I was looking for the best price I came to an omnibus edition of four Gothic novels (of that same title in case you want to check it out yourself) for which I would have paid two or three times as much for each book separately, so the choice was easy. The included novels are The Castle Of Otranto (1764) by Horace Walpole, Vathek (1786) by William Beckford, The Monk (1796) by Matthew Lewis, and Frankenstein (1818) by Mary Shelley. The last one is the most famous but the description of the other three titles attracted me most.

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