Thomas Love Peacock: Nightmare Abbey

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  • James Mulvihill (University of Alberta)

Peacock’s third novel, Nightmare Abbey, represents a return to the pattern of Headlong Hall (1815). His previous novel, Melincourt (1817), also bears the name of a country house but is less focused on a particular place, its peripatetic action unfolding over a virtual Regency landscape. Moreover, Melincourt is the most politically engaged of Peacock’s novels, its reform-minded hero and heroine clearly speaking for Peacock himself. Peacock’s friend, the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley — on whom Melincourt’s hero, Sylvan Forester, is said to be based — thought so highly of M…

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Mulvihill, James. "Nightmare Abbey". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 June 2006
[, accessed 06 October 2015.]

Related Groups

  1. English Romanticism
  2. Gothic, Grotesque& Supernatural Fiction