Horace Walpole

Horace Walpole

Horace Walpole

Horace Walpole

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Since Austin Dobson's graceful monograph on Horace Walpole appeared in the year 1893, the successive volumes and supplements of the Paget Toynbee edition of the Letters have placed within the reach of the would-be biographer an enormous mass of new material.

Eliot Warburton, who produced two tomes of ponderous and discursive Memoirs in 1852, was handicapped by the comparative meagreness of the thenavailable Walpole dossier; and even Dobson was compelled to use the inaccurate and incomplete Cunningham edition of the Letters. To Warburton, his subject was interesting rather as a man of fashion and a politician than as a littérateur; and neither in Dobson's study, nor in Seeley's of four years earlier, was there any attempt--or any desire--to concentrate upon Walpole's literary activities. In Horace Walpole's World (1913) Miss Alice Greenwood, as her sub-title indicates, has traced A Sketch of Whig Society under George III.; and in his monumental Vie d'un Dilettante M. Paul Yvon has conceded only one out of six Livres to Walpole auteur. On the other hand, it is as a versifier only that he estimates him in another, and much smaller, book; and Mr. J. H. Edge, K.C. . . .

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