The E-BNR aims to build a comprehensive & unique cross-artform guide to
the British neo-Romantic tradition,
from 1880 to the present day.
While the British Romantics of 1789-1824 have spawned a vast industry of
publishers, conferences & tourism, the later neo-Romantic traditions
remain largely neglected. The E-BNR is aimed at bringing this hidden
tradition to light.
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WHAT IS NEO-ROMANTICISM ?
Neo-Romantic artists have drawn their inspiration
from artists of the age of Romanticism or earlier.
Characteristic themes in their work include a
mystical approach to the British landscape...
ENTRY: Walpole, Hugh
Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole (b. March 13, 1884 - d. June 1, 1941),
was an English novelist.
He was born in Auckland in New Zealand and schooled in England at the King's School,
Canterbury and then went up to Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
He worked as a teacher before turning to writing full time. His first novel was
The Wooden Horse (1909), with Fortitude (1913) his first great success. He
worked for the Red Cross in Russia during World War I, experiences which
fed his The Dark Forest (1916) and The Secret City (1919). The latter
won the inaugural James Tait Black Memorial Prize.
Walpole lived at Brackenburn Lodge on the slopes of Catbells in the
Lake District from 1924 to his death. Much of Walpole's work was popular historical
'family saga' fiction, and brought him great financial rewards. He was a prolific worker who
embraced a variety of genres.
His most interesting work in relation to neo-romanticism are his Jeremy And Hamlet, the first
of the 'Jeremy' trilogy, a novel delves deep into the psychology of boyhood and its interaction with nature
and the English landscape; and his gothic horror novels Portrait of a Man with Red Hair (1925)
and The Killer & The Slain (1942).
He was knighted in 1937. He died while doing volunteer war work in 1941.
Walpole was a key member of the exclusive homosexual coterie in 1930s London,
which included Noel Coward, Ivor Novello, W.H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood,
and Evelyn Waugh.
Sir Rupert Hart-Davis. Hugh Walpole (1952)