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Otranto

(ô`träntō), town (1991 pop. 5,114), in Apulia, extreme S Italy, on the Strait of Otranto, which links the Adriatic and Ionian seas. It is a small fishing port and a seaside resort. Originally a Greek settlement, Otranto became an important port under the Romans. Later ruled by the Byzantines and the Normans, it never recovered from its devastation (1480) by the Turks. Of note are an 11th-century cathedral (restored 17th–18th cent.), with a fine mosaic floor (12th cent.), and the ruins of an imposing Aragonese castle (15th cent.) that provided the setting of Horace Walpole's Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto.

Otranto

 

a strait between the Italian and Balkan peninsulas, connecting the Adriatic and Ionian seas. The western part borders on Italy, and the eastern part on Albania. The strait is 75 km at its narrowest and is up to 850 m deep.

Otranto

a small port in SE Italy, in Apulia on the Strait of Otranto: the most easterly town in Italy; dates back to Greek times and was an important Roman port; its ruined castle was the setting of Horace Walpole's Castle of Otranto. Pop.: 5282 (2001)
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Even if Walpole can hardly be called a closet feminist, the women in The Castle of Otranto gain from the demise of Manfred.
"Proto-Gothicism: The Infernal Iconography of Walpole's Castle of Otranto" Orbis Litterarum 41 (1986): 199-212.
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After a gigantic helmet falls, quite literally, out of the blue, the only son of Manfred, Prince of Otranto, is found crushed to death.
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Although Kafka's The Castle had been published with a translation by Thomas Mann in September 1930, Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto is the more likely candidate for the book mentioned here.
Section three, "Key Works," Punter and Byron advise, should "allow for the tracing of key motifs over the centuries and suggest the connections between these frequently quite disparate texts" (x), beginning with the classics The Castle of Otranto (Walpole, 1764) and The Mysteries of Udolpho (Radcliffe 1794).
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It is in this structure that the book finds its strength, moving, for example, from Walpole's The Castle of Otranto (1765) to H.
His Falkland Islands Squadron consisted of two armoured cruisers dating back to 1902--the Good Hope and Monmouth, armed with 9.2-inch guns on the main decks and 6-inch guns in casements so close to the waterline that they could not be worked in any sort of a sea--and the Otranto, a converted liner known as "the Sardine Tin," which carried a few old 4.7-inchers.