October 1: Horace Walpole

October 1: The godfather of Gothic Literature -- Horace Walpole! | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
October 1: The godfather of Gothic Literature — Horace Walpole! | Daily Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones

Hello Cobblers!

Today marks the first day of our Gothic Literature Month here at Literary Cobblestones. Who better to feature than the godfather of Gothic Lit. himself — Horace Walpole, author of “The Castle of Otranto.”

For a brief biography of Walpole, I suggest History Today: “Horace Walpole, ‘Gothick’ Man of Letters.”

If you have a bit more time, check out Longreads’ detailed biography of Walpole: “The Gothic Life and Time of Horace Walpole.” I strongly suggest this piece.

Walpole’s home, Strawberry Hill, is where he crafted “The Castle of Otranto”. Walpole bought the original home and transformed it into a faux-castle with gothic features galore, and I was surprised to find out that it’s quite famous in its own right. It is still ran by the Strawberry Hill Trust: “Strawberry Hill.

That’s it for today, but come back tomorrow to see which gothic author is next.

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