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Horace Walpole

(1717-1798)

English Author
The author of 7,000 letters...

Horace Walpole, was the third son of Sir Robert Walpole, England's longest ruling Prime Minister.

Inevitably, Horace attended Eton and Cambridge, and took a seat in the Parliament in 1741.

This passionate democrat was firmly opposed to the slave trade, and an ardent defender of America.

In 1747 he acquired an estate in Twickenham which he would call Strawberry Hill.

He dedicated his entire life to convert it into a fantastic neo gothic castle, which inspired the scenery of his most famous novel, The Castle Of Otranto, published in 1765.

Besides his books, Horace Walpole is the author of a huge amount of correspondence ( 7,000 letters).

His letters, an historical treasure, are relating various matters of his time, such as the discovery of Uranus, a balloon crossing of the Channel, prison reforms, improvements in surgery, Franklin's experiments...


His major works:

A Catalogue of the Royal and Noble Authors of England ( 1758 ).

Anecdotes of Painting in England ( 1762 - 71 ).

The Castle of Otranto ( 1765 )

Historic Doubts on Richard III ( 1768 )

The Mysterious Mother ( 1768 )

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Walpole is best known for writing the first gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto in 1765

Horace Walpole

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Horace Walpole

Horace Walpole

Horace Walpole

Horace Walpole

Horace Walpole

Horace Walpole

Horace Walpole