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Thomas Love Peacock (1785–1866)

Author of Nightmare Abbey

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Thomas Love Peacock was born on October 18, 1785. He was largely self-educated and worked most of his life for the East India Company. During this time, he mastered Greek, Latin, Italian, French, and Welsh. He became chief examiner in 1836 and retired on a pension in 1856. He wrote seven novels show more during his lifetime including Headlong Hall, Melincourt, Nightmare Abbey, Crotchet Castle, and Gryll Grange. He died on January 23, 1866 at the age of 81 from injuries sustained in a fire in which he had attempted to save his library. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Thomas Love Peacock

Nightmare Abbey (1818) 434 copies
Gryll Grange (1906) 83 copies
Crochet Castle (1831) 77 copies
Headlong Hall (1815) 72 copies
Maid Marian (1822) 34 copies
The Misfortunes of Elphin (1829) 17 copies
Melincourt (2007) 15 copies
Three Novels (1940) 12 copies
Defence of Poetry and the Four Ages of Poetry (1965) — Author — 10 copies
Calidore (2004) 3 copies
Seamen Three 2 copies
Newark Abbey 1 copy
Trio sublime (2004) 1 copy

Associated Works

Critical Theory Since Plato (1971) — Contributor, some editions — 400 copies
Great English Short Stories (1930) — Contributor — 20 copies
Oxford and Oxfordshire in Verse (1982) — Contributor — 11 copies
The Queen’s Story Book — Contributor — 2 copies
English Romantic Poetry (1996) — Contributor — 2 copies

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a satire of romantic, melancholic literature with silly names
 
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Kristelh | 14 other reviews | Oct 22, 2023 |
I enjoyed The Castle of Otranto and found it easy to read. Vathek was beautifully descriptive and rich in detail. Nightmare Abbey I didn't like so much. I thought it was more of a silly romance and had very little of the gothic genra really, though I can see how this could translate to a stage farce quite well.
 
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LouieAndTheLizard | 3 other reviews | Sep 18, 2023 |
I quite enjoyed this Georgian satire though I didn't think it was as funny as Peacock's more famous novel "Nightmare Abbey". However, Peacock's style will not be for everyone & I can easily imagine that some readers would find this deadly dull. Personally I find it would be worth reading his books just for the fun of the characters' names - Mr. Mac Quedy (get it - Q.E.D. - ha ha), Mr. Touchandgo (the absconding banker), the Earl of Foolincourt, Mr. Wilful Wontsee, etc. etc.

Read in my hardcover omnibus "The Pleasures of Peacock"… (more)
 
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leslie.98 | 2 other reviews | Jun 27, 2023 |
Read in my hardcover omnibus "The Pleasures of Peacock" (104 pgs)

Peacock's version of Robin Hood contains some amusingly snarky comments along with the familiar story.
 
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