Thomas Love Peacock: Melincourt (1157 words)

  • James Mulvihill (University of Alberta)

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Thomas Love Peacock’s second novel, Melincourt (1817), continues the fictional format initiated by the earlier Headlong Hall but with some differences. Named for its country-house setting – this time an authentic medieval castle – this novel also gathers together a group of eccentric guests with diverse intellectual interests and obsessions. It boasts a similarly rudimentary plot connecting a series of debates and culminating in marriage. At the same time, this plot is developed at greater length than in any of Peacock’s other novels and is considerably more ambulatory – covering, in fact, a considerable amount of ground once the novel’s action gets started. Melincourt is also the most politically e…

Mulvihill, James. "Melincourt". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 March 2006
[, accessed 03 December 2016.]

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  1. English Romanticism