Four Gothic Novels

By Horace Walpole; William Beckford et al. | Go to book overview
A CHRONOLOGY OF WILLIAM BECKFORD
1760 (29 September) Born, probably in London
1770 (21 June) Death of his father
1777 (autumn) Sent under his tutor, John Lettice, to Geneva. Writes The Long Story and Hylas
1778 (November) Brought home by Mrs. Beckford
1779 (summer) Meets William Courtenay (aged II) at Powderham Castle, near Exeter
1780-3 Works spasmodically on translation of the Wortley Montagu Arabian MSS.
1780 (early) Biographical Memoirs of Extraordinary Painters published (written 1777); (19 June) leaves on Grand Tour with Lettice, visiting Holland, Germany, Italy, and France
1781 (14 April) Returns to England; (September) Coming-of-age festivities at Fonthill; (Christmas) House party at Fonthill
1782 (January-May) In London; writes Vathek; (15 May) leaves for Germany and Italy with Lettice, partly due to scandal over his relations with Louisa B., his cousin's wife; (9 November) returns to England
1783 (15 April) Under family pressure, suppresses Dreams, Waking Thoughts, and Incidents, 500 copies of which had been printed in March ( printed as vol. i of Italy (1834)); (5 May) marries Lady Margaret Gordon, daughter of the Earl of Aboyne. Leaves for Switzerland and Paris
1784 (c. 18 March) Returns to England; (April) enters Parliament as M. P. for Wells; (September) stays at Powderham; scandal over accusation of misconduct with William Courtenay followed by press campaign against him
1785 (February-April) Corresponding with Henley over translation of Vathek; (9 April) birth of daughter, Maria Margaret Elizabeth; (23 July) under family pressure leaves for Switzerland
1786 (9 February) Forbids Henley to publish Vathek before the Episodes; (14 May) birth of daughter, Susan Euphemia; (26 May) death of his wife; (7 June) English translation of Vathek published by Henley in London; (?December) French text of Vathek published at Lausanne
1787 (January) Returns from Paris to Fonthill; (3 March) abandons plan of going to Jamaica; (15 March) sails for Portugal, living in Lisbon and Cintra; (late June) Paris edition of Vathek published; (12 December) moves to Madrid
1788 (12 June) Leaves for Paris; (autumn) in Switzerland
1789 (October) Returns to Fonthill, planning building improvements
1790 (October) In Paris
1791 Popular Tales of the Germans, translated from J. C. A. Musaeus, published; (June) returns to Fonthill; (November) leaves for Paris
1792 (July) Leaves for Savoy; (November) returns to Paris
1793 (I February) France declares war on England; (May) returns to Fonthill; receives plans for a new building from Wyatt; (November) leaves for Lisbon
1794 (June) Tour of monasteries of Alcobaça and Batalha

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Four Gothic Novels *
  • The Castle of Otranto *
  • Contents *
  • The Castle of Otranto *
  • A Chronology of Horace Walpole *
  • The Castle of Otranto, - A Story. *
  • Preface to the First Edition *
  • Preface to the Second Edition *
  • Sonnet - To the Right Honourable Lady Mary Coke *
  • The Castle of Otranto - A Gothic Story *
  • Chapter I *
  • Chapter II 31
  • Chapter III 44
  • Chapter IV 57
  • Chapter V 69
  • Vathek *
  • A Chronology of William Beckford *
  • Vathek *
  • The Monk *
  • A Chronology of Matthew Lewis *
  • The Monk - A Romance *
  • Preface *
  • Table of the Poetry *
  • Advertisement *
  • Volume I *
  • Chapter I *
  • Chapter II 186
  • Chapter III 220
  • Volume II *
  • Chapter I *
  • Chapter II 283
  • Chapter III 304
  • Chapter IV 325
  • Volume III *
  • Chapter I *
  • Chapter II 357
  • Chapter III *
  • Chapter IV 403
  • Chapter V 430
  • Frankenstein *
  • A Chronology of Mary Shelley *
  • Frankenstein - Or the Modern Prometheus *
  • Introduction - [1831] *
  • Preface - [1818] *
  • Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus *
  • Letter I *
  • Letter II 463
  • Letter III 466
  • Letter IV *
  • Chapter I 472
  • Chapter II 475
  • Chapter III 480
  • Chapter IV 485
  • Chapter V 490
  • Chapter VI 494
  • Chapter VII *
  • Chapter VIII *
  • Chapter IX *
  • Chapter X 517
  • Chapter XI 521
  • Chapter XII 527
  • Chapter XIII 531
  • Chapter XIV 535
  • Chapter XV *
  • Chapter XVI *
  • Chapter XVII 551
  • Chapter XVIII 554
  • Chapter XIX 560
  • Chapter XX 565
  • Chapter XXI 571
  • Chapter XXII 578
  • Chapter XXIII 585
  • Chapter XXIV 590
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