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Gothic Fiction: Authors

Horace Walpole

Horace Walpole's book, The Castle of Otranto is considered to be the first work of gothic fiction.  Horatio Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford, better known as Horace, was the son of the first Prime Minsister, Robert Walpole.  Horace was a member of the Whig party and he was in Parliament when he wrote his book.  Walpole was fascinated with Medieval history and artifacts and he even built a gothic style castle known as Strawberry Hill.

Classic Authors

Horace Walpole   24 September 1717 – 2 March 1797

Nathanial Hawthorne   July 4, 1804 – May 19, 1864

Edgar Allen Poe   January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849

Mary Shelley   30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851

Henry James   15 April 1843 – 28 February 1916

Charlotte Bronte    21 April 1816 – 31 March 1855)

Emily Bronte   30 July 1818 – 19 December 1848

Oscar Wilde   16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900

Robert Louis Stevenson   13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894

Charlotte Perkins Gilman   July 3, 1860 – August 17, 1935

Shirley Jackson   December 14, 1916 – August 8, 1965

Bram Stoker   8 November 1847 – 20 April 1912

Edith Wharton   January 24, 1862 – August 11, 1937

H.P. Lovecraft   August 20, 1890 – March 15, 1937

Daphne du Maurier   13 May 1907 – 19 April 1989

Robert Bloch   April 5, 1917 – September 23, 1994

Recent Authors

Stephen King   born September 21, 1947

Anne Rice   October 4, 1941 - 

William Faulkner   September 25, 1897 – July 6, 1962

Joyce Carol Oates   born June 16, 1938

Poppy Z. Brite   May 25, 1967

Caitlin R. Kiernan   born 26 May 1964

Patrick McGrath   born 26 May 1964

Diane Setterfield   born 22 August 1964

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