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The sound of serendipity

Where was I? Oh, yes: serendipity.

The Wordwatch Towers inbox has recently been overwhelmed by the sheer volume of an email asking me to explain the origins of this lovely word (which means making a happy and unexpected accidental discovery). 202 more words


Romance of London: The Duke of Newcastle's Eccentricities

John Timbs (1801-1875), who also wrote as Horace Welby, was an English author and aficionado of antiquities. Born in Clerkenwell, London, he was apprenticed at 16 to a druggist and printer, where he soon showed great literary promise. 907 more words

Susana Ellis

The Real Castle of Otranto

In 1764 Horace Walpole published The Castle of Otranto, A Story. Translated by William Marshal, Gent. From the Original Italian of Onuphrio Muralto, Canon of the Church of St. 441 more words


Book review #1: The Monk by M. G. Lewis (1796)

While not exactly forgotten, the trio of 18th-century writers who founded the Gothic genre – Horace Walpole, Ann Radcliffe, M. G. Lewis – have since been replaced in the public consciousness with their largely 19th-century successors, many of whom they inspired: writers like Sir Walter Scott, the Bronte sisters, even Jane Austen with… 1,391 more words

The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole

“But alas! my lord, what is blood? what is nobility? We are all reptiles, miserable sinful creatures.” -Horace Walpole

Literary Fiction

Regency Personalities Series-Society of Dilettanti

Regency Personalities Series

In my attempts to provide us with the details of the Regency, today I continue with one of the many period notables. … 346 more words


Spring 2016 at Strawberry Hill House Garden

This is my first post of 2016 and a great deal has happened since the last one. I took over from Jen as gardener-in-charge at Strawberry Hill House in January this year and have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the garden since then.  330 more words