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Serendipity - A Fairy Tale

It started with an Angel. An Angel named Mary Ellen. The three Princes were gathered in the palace of the King. The Princess could not join them, not well enough to make the long journey. 902 more words


The Castle of Otranto

“Where is my son?” A volley of voices replied, “Oh, my lord! the prince! The prince, the helmet! the helmet!”

This unsettling incident sets the tone for the rest of Horace Walpole’s complicated tale, full of intrigue and subterfuge. 275 more words

Adult Fiction

The Trump Campaign: A Tragical Farce or Farcical Tragedy?

“Life is a comedy to those who think and a tragedy for those who feel.” – Horace Walpole

When taken to extremes, melodramas and farces turn topsy-turvy and elicit the opposite effect of their original intent – overdone melodramas provoke laughter instead of tears; overdone farces can provoke palatable discomfort and sometimes fear. 710 more words


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