Happy Friday #61 : Inktober Author Tid Bits1:10:00 AM
Happy Friday everyone! Another Inktober post for this week. I thought I would save up the last half of Inktober and share it with you all in one go. However, my curiosity had me deep diving into each of the authors every night. It was so interesting to learn some of the back stories of one of my favorite genera, so I thought I would share a few tid bits to peak your interest.
Ambrose Bierce : Born June 24, 1842, death unknown, but last seen in 1914 during the Mexican Revolution. He was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, and satirist. He is known mostly known for his satirical compilation called, 'The Devil's Dictionary'. He has also written many supernatural stories based on his military experiences in the American Civil War such as, "One More Unfortunate".
Nathaniel Hawthorne : 1804 -1864, wrote in what is considered a sub-genre of Gothic fiction, the American Gothic Fiction. What makes it American is the elements of puritanism, guilt, rational vs. irrational, the strangeness within the familiar, as well as the typical elements of the supernatural in a rationalized manner. He is most well known for his novel, "Scarlet Letter".
Horace Walpole : September 24, 1717 - March 2, 1797, was the 4th Earl of Orford. He was a politician, art historian, antiquarian, as well as writer of the Gothic novel. He was also known to have revived the Gothic style of architecture when he built the Strawberry Hill House with elaborate decorations and towers. Most well known for his novel, "The Castle of Otranto".
Sheridan Le Fanu : August 28, 1814 - February 1873, was born in Dublin Ireland. He originally studied law, but abandoned it to become a journalist. Although he wrote in many different generas, he is credited with leading the gothic horror genre in the Victorian era. His vampire novella "Carmilla", is considered to be one of his most notable tale.
John Polidori : Septermber 7 1795 - August 24, 1821, was an English physician and writer accredited with the modern vampire genre. For a time his most famous short story, "The Vampyre", was incorrectly accredited to Lord Byron, a fact that was corrected by both Lord Byron and John Polidori.
He was Lord Byron's personal physician for a time and was brought to Lake Geneva, a haven for adventurous bohemians of the time. It is said during a storm in Geneva, the literary party that consisted of Polidori, Lord Byron, the poet Shelly, and Mary Shelly devised a game where each would tell a ghost story to entertain and terrify each other. The Vampyre and Frankenstein was produced during this time.
I am throughly enjoying my gothic writer series and so fascinated by the backstories. Although I have shared just tiny little bits with you, I hope I tweaked your interest in at least one if not more of the authors, for an even deeper dive into the world of the gothic genera :)
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