Horace Walpole

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Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford

England 1717 – 1797

Comments; early Gothic Horror writer; Whig politician; Strawberry Hill, his home in Twickenham, inspired the Beatles song; coined the word serendipity;


Teachers: Thomas Gray; Sir Robert Walpole, father and Prime Minister; Samuel Pepys; Edmund Burke; Marie Antoinette; George Vertue; Democritus ;Heraclitus; William Shakespeare;

Students: Monk Lewis AKA Matthew Gregory Lewis; Ann Radcliffe; Edgar Allan Poe; Lord Dunsany; H. P. Lovecraft; Arthur Machen; Algernon Blackwood; Robert W. Chambers (author: The King in Yellow); Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward AKA Sax Rohmer, creator of Fu Manchu ; Stephen King, Horror writer; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes; Jules Verne; H. G. Wells;Dennis Wheatley; Ambrose Bierce; Nathaniel Hawthorne, gothic and horror writer; The Beatles; James Watt; Josephine Tey ; Valerie Anand; V.C. Andrews aka Cleo Virginia Andrews ; George du Maurier, author of Trilby, 1894, 1834 – 1896; Gaston Leroux, author of Phantom of the Opera, 1910;


Friends; Horace Mann; met The Old Pretender King James Francis Edward Stuart and his two sons, Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Price Charley) and Henry Stuart; Admiral John Byng; William Mason; King Louis XVI ;

Enemies: Thomas Paine;

organizations; British Parliament; inspired The Walpole Society, 1911 ; Castle Rising, 1754 - 1757;

Author: The Castle of Otranto, (1764); Some Anecdotes of Painting in England (1762); Historic Doubts on the Life and Reign of Richard III (1768); On Modern Gardening (1780); A Description of the Villa of Mr. Horace Walpole (1784); Hieroglyphic Tales (1785); Epistle from Florence to Thomas Ashton, Esq., Tutor to the Earl of Plymouth; many many letters, collected;


Quotes: "This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel";

Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horace_Walpole; read him here - http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/696 ; and listen to The Castle of Otranto here - http://librivox.org/author/4690; http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/01/16/lifetime-s-flowers-in-the-attic-review-the-incest-is-there-the-strange-magic-is-not.html ; http://www.huffingtonpost.com/trebor-healey/early-gay-literature-redi_b_5373869.html?utm_hp_ref=books&ir=Books on inspiring a Gay Press;