Castle of Otranto and the Man of Feeling

Horace Walpole / Henry MacKenzie / Laura Mandell  
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October 2006
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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. 


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  • The Introduction explains in broad terms and with concrete formal features how these two novels fit into the history of the development of the novel and anticipate the Romantic era, thus situating students firmly in literary history. 
  • Texts by writers such as Edmund Burke and Samuel Johnson show both the importance and the fear of sublime horror during the 1760s, and illuminate how Walpole and Mackenzie work through and augment anxieties about the dangerous imagination.
  • Short and highly explicated philosophical texts delineate debates about how feeling affects morality.
  • Reviews of each novel show the amazing congruence in the adverse critical responses to Gothic and sentimental fiction, acknowledging their immediate and enormous impact on the cultural scene.
  • “Marriage, Obedience, Sentiment” section allows students to discern the way that changes in family structure and new social categories fed into the sensibility movement and the Gothic, as well as indicating how gender issues shaped genre and theme. 
  • “The Gothic Revival and Chivalry” illustrates the Gothic revival in architecture and the antiquarian movement in history to show a reevaluation of Europe’s “dark ages” as technologically deprived but morally superior, inspiring the awe and reverence for the past that is central to both these texts.
  • Two contextual sections on “The Sublime, the Supernatural, the Real” and “Cultures of Feeling,” along with parts of the Introduction, give students access to two major points of view, the aesthetics of the sublime and the moral cult of sensibility competing against the ethos of scientific realism that informs the rise of the realistic novel. 

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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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Horace Walpole • Henry Mackenzie The Castle of Otranto and The Man of Feeling A Longman Cultural Edition

Editor: Laura Mandell Series Editor: Susan J. Wolfson

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Laura Mandell is Associate Professor of English and Digital Humanities at Miami University of Ohio. She has published articles about women writers and Romantic poetry in journals such as ELH, MLQ, Studies in Romanticism, European Romantic Review, and, most recently, Victorian Studies and New Literary History. In addition to the present volume, Mandell is general editor of the Poetess Archive Database, a full-text and bibliographic resource, and co-editor of the Romantic Chronology. Her first book, Misogynous Economies, analyzes the relationship between misogyny, literariness, and the canon in eighteenth-century literature.