ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Horace Walpole

(1717-1797)


Horace Walpole, son of the Prime Minister Robert Walpole, studied at Eton College (1727-34) and at King's College Cambridge. He traveled on the Continent with Thomas Gray (1739-41) before taking a seat in Parliament (1741-67). In 1747 Walpole began work at his famous gothic estate, Strawberry Hill, near Twickenham. He pursued aesthetic and antiquarian projects, refused to countenance Chatterton's forgeries, and established a private press that, among other things, printed Gray's poems with illustrations by Richard Bentley. Walpole's gothic romance, The Castle of Otranto, was published in 1764.


TEXT RECORDS:

1795[To William Roscoe, 4 April 1795.]

PUBLICATIONS:

The lessons of the day. 1742.
The beauties. 1746.
Aedes Walpolianae. 1747, 1752. 1767.
A letter to the Whigs. 1747.
A second and third letter to the Whigs. 1748.
Three letters to the Whigs. 1748.
The original speech of Sir William Stanhope. 1748.
The speech of Richard White-Liver. 1748.
A letter from Xo Ho. 1757.
A catalogue of the royal and noble authors of England. 2 vols, 1758.
Fugitive pieces in verse and prose. 1758.
A dialogue between two great ladies. 1760.
Catalogue of pictures and drawings in the Holbein Chamber. 1760.
Catalogues of the pictures of the Duke of Devonshire etc. 1760.
Anecdotes of painting in England. 4 vols, 1762-80.
The opposition of the late Minister vindicated [by Walpole?]. 1763.
A counter-address to the public. 1764.
The mag-pie and her brood. 1764.
The castle of Otranto. 1765.
An account of the giants lately discovered. 1766.
Historic doubts on Richard III. 1768.
The mysterious mother. 1768.
Reply to Dean Milles. 1770.
A description of the villa of Horace Walpole. 1774, 1784.
A letter to the editor of the Miscellanies of Thomas Chatterton. 1779.
Essay on modern gardening. 1785.
Hieroglyphic tales. 1785.
Postscript to the Royal and noble authors. 1786.
Works, ed. Mary Berry. 5 vols, 1798; 9 vols 1798-1825.
Walpoliana. 2 vols, 1799.
Notes to the portraits at Woburn Abbey. 1800.
Letters to George Montague. 1818.
Letters to William Cole. 1818.
Private correspondence. 4 vols, 1820.
Memoires of the last ten years of the reign of George II. 2 vols, 1822.
Letters to the Earl of Hertford. 1825.
Letters to Sir Horace Mann, ed. Lord Dover. 3 vols, 1833.
Letters, ed. J. Wright. 6 vols, 1840.
Memoirs of George III. 4 vols, 1845.
Notes on the poems of Alexander Pope. 1876.
Letters, ed. P. Cunningham. 9 vols, 1857.
Fugitive verses, ed. W. S. Lewis. 1931.
Yale edition of Walpole's correspondence. 48 vols, 1937-83.