Horace Walpole

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Birthday
24, 1717
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Mar 2, 1797 (79)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
24, 1717
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Mar 2, 1797 (79)

About

Eighteenth-century art historian, author, and Whig member of the British Parliament. He is most remembered for building Strawberry Hill, a home in Twickenham, England that revived the Gothic architectural style.

Before Fame

He was educated at Eton College and King's College, Cambridge.

Trivia

His 1764 novel, The Castle of Otranto, is considered the first Gothic novel. It started a literary genre that would become increasingly popular in the late Eighteenth and early Nineteenth centuries.

Family Life

His father, Robert Walpole, was the first Prime Minister of Great Britain.

Associated With

He was friends with Horace Mann, whom he met in Italy.