Hieroglyphic tales by Horace Gross, Kenneth W. Walpole

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Funny, absurd, satirical, and disturbing—these stories are Horace Walpole's most original, yet least known writings These short tales can claim to be the first surrealist writings in English—and remain some of the strangest fiction in all literature. They were originally published in 1785 in an edition of six copies, all of which Walpole kept for himself. An extra story is included, which was preserved only in manuscript. Truly bizarre, Walpole's stories defy the fictional conventions of his day, beginning with an often-imitated mock preface explaining that the stories were "undoubtedly written a little before the creation of the world, and have ever since been preserved, by oral tradition, in the mountains of Crampcraggiri, an uninhabited island, not yet discovered."

About Horace Gross, Kenneth W. Walpole

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Horace Walpole was born in London on September 24, 1717 and educated at Eton College and Kings College, Cambridge. Upon his return from college, Walpole was elected to Parliament and served until 1768. He was the youngest son of British Prime Minister, Robert Walpole. He was known as The Earl of Orford. Walpole opened a private press that published his own works and that of his friends. He is well known for his Gothic romance novel, The Castle of Otranto. Horace Walpole died in London on March 2, 1797, after which his title became extinct since he never married or had children.
Published May 16, 2012 by WILLIAM ANDREWS CLARK. 34 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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