Thomas Love Peacock: Crotchet Castle

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  • James Mulvihill (University of Alberta)

Crotchet Castle (1831) is Thomas Love Peacock's penultimate novel. Separated from the earlier “novels of talk” by a dozen years or so, this work represents something of a shift for Peacock, depicting as it does a world in which (to quote Marilyn Butler) “liberalism has become orthodoxy” (Butler 183). If Peacock wore his reform sympathies on his sleeve in Melincourt, this tendency is not so evident in Crotchet Castle. The Westminster Review thus sadly observed in its review of the novel that “men are most inclined to satirize that of which they know the most”, a pointed reference to Peacock's circle of utilitarian acquaintances at India House where he now worked. The reviewer urged the …

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Mulvihill, James. "Crotchet Castle". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 May 2007
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