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.