The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 3
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Introduced the Gothic romanoe and of hating made It fashionable*
Walpole may be regarded "as a typical upper*elass dilettante
who, living in comfortable circumstances and lacking a definite
aim In life, is tempted to devote hi® time to congenial minor
occupations. Feeling himself attracted by the past, by the
Gothic Era, he commenced to study the period with all the
spasmodic enthusiasm of the amateur#"5
The memory of Wslpolt m a collector of antiquitiea ha®
been preserved chiefly through his whim of transforming
Strawberry Hill, hi® ©state on the Thames, near Windsor, into
a KixiQ of Gothic castle* The elements and basic outlines of
Gothic architecture had not at that time been fully investigated,
and the necessity for a thorough reconstruction on the basis
of style remaining unpereelfed, the methods adopted were staple
enough# In the measure permitted by the previous structure
of Strawberry Hill end the disposition of its room, a round
tower was added here, a chapel thrown out there, stained glass
placed in the windows, old armour and weapons distributed in
suitable spots, a mantelpiece made out of an altar, and © on,
the result being fondly Imagined to constitute a Gothic castle*
Twenty years were occupied in these reconstructions and
collection of material, during which time Strawberry Hill
acquired fame and became m resort for hosts of the curious.
The proprietor and creator of the establishment was apparently
well satisfied with the result, for he published an illustrated
account of the placed
^Sino fiailo, The Haunted Oastle, p. 12. ^ibld,, p. 2.
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Cannon, Willie Jim. The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown, thesis, 1950; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc130235/m1/6/: accessed April 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .