27. Haywood points out that The Castle of Otranto was presented as the translation of an Italian manuscript dating from 1529 and "discovered in the library of an ancient catholic family in the north of England." He quotes Chatterton's undelivered jibe, 58-59. Nick Groom adds an ultimate twist to the story: he claims that the dead Chatterton was himself the victim of a forger who hoped to turn his tragically early death to profit: he claims that the lines by Chatterton quoted above were actually the work of his biographer, John Dix. Groom, p. 157.

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