Thomas Love Peacock: Gryll Grange

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  • James Mulvihill (University of Alberta)

Thirty years separate Thomas Love Peacock's last novel, Gryll Grange (1861), from his other novels. A number of factors help to explain this three-decade silence – among them Peacock's duties at the East India House where he had succeeded James Mill in 1836 as director of the Examiner's Office. His mother had died in 1833 – afterwards, according to a friend, “he wrote with little interest” – and Peacock was left alone to care for an invalid wife and three children, two of whom he survived. Yet the typical Peacockian format of Gryll Grange remains intact: an idyllic country-house setting, a genial host, many opinionated guests, and a romantic live interest. If somewhat dated in this respect, the novel was …

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Mulvihill, James. "Gryll Grange". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 March 2007
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