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Hieroglyphic Tales

by Horace Walpole

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Walpole , the fourth Earl of Orford, is appropriately the fourth author to be included in Mercury's "Neglected Classics" series, which began in 1991 with Lewis Carroll's The Complete Sylvie and Bruno (Classic Returns, LJ 10/1/92) and most recently includes Henry Handel Richardson's The Getting of Wisdom (Classic Returns, LJ 5/1/93). Remembered as the author of the first Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto , Walpole penned these seven tales for limited publication in 1786. The popularity of the fantasy genre today may spur interest in these strange stories. Large public and academic fiction collections will want to consider.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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From Horace Walpole's own 1785 introduction: "The Hieroglyphic Tales were undoubtedly written a little before the creation of the world, and have ever since been preserved, by oral tradition, in the mountains of Crampcraggiri, an uninhabited island, not yet discovered. Of these few facts we could have the most authentic attestations of several clergymen, who remember to have heard them repeated by old men long before they, the said clergymen, were born. We do not trouble the reader with these attestations, as we are sure everybody will believe them as much as if they had seen them. . . ."



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