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On Modern Gardening by Horace Walpole
Book DescriptionBy a mile, this is the most brilliant and most influential essay ever written on English garden history. For two centuries it mapped the whole landscape of the subject. However, the author was partial in the highest degree. Horace Walpole believed in progress, in modernization, and the superiority of everything English to almost everything that had gone before. He had a special dislike of Baroque gardens, as exemplified by Versailles, which for him symbolized absolutism, tyranny, and the oppression of nature.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781873429839
(150mm x 115mm x 5mm)
Imprint: Pallas Athene Arts
Publisher: Pallas Athene Publishers
Publish Date: 14-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Horace Walpole
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One of the most influential Gothic novels, The Castle of Otranto established the literary effects associated with the genre: an ancient castle, secret passages, supernatural visitations, an innocent girl threatened with violence, sudden revelations, terror, and excitement. This new edition explores the reasons for the novel's impact.
Castle of Otranto/nightmare Abbey/Vathek, Paperback (August 2009)
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Author Biography - Horace Walpole
Horace Walpole was partial in the highest degree. As the son of England's first Whig prime minister (Sir Robert Walpole) it would be surprising if he were otherwise. The essay's title gives the first clue: Horace Walpole believed in progress, in modernization and the superiority of everything English to almost everything that had gone before. He had a special dislike of Baroque gardens, as exemplified by Versailles, which for him symbolized absolutism, tyranny and the oppression of nature. He celebrated such quintessential English innovations as the ha-ha, and the triumph of the English style under Kent and Capability Brown Tom Turner, Professor of Garden History, University of Greenwich
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