"The Romance of the Forest, The Castle of Otranto"

The Romance of the Forest was the first novel of Ann Radcliffe, published in 1791. It is a Gothic novel which follows the heroine Adeline and was a huge success. The Castle of Otranto, the 1765 novel by Horace Walpole, is regarded as the first Gothic novel and Radcliffe’s work owed much to the themes of romance, terror and the supernatural which were first used to effect in Walpole’s novel.