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Rogue Herries (Herries Chronicles)

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The department had been set up at the outbreak of war to further British propaganda, and used the services of many British authors including Bennett, Wells, William Archer, Anthony Hope, Gilbert Murray, John Masefield and Ian Hay. [61] Hugh Walpole was born in New Zealand in 1884, the son of a Bishop. He came to England when he was five years old. He was educated at King’s School, Canterbury, and Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

He plans to settle in his childhood home, near Borrowdale. His brother, who lives nearby is horrified, because the house is remote, the land is poor, and the property has been decaying for a great many years; but Francis Herries is set on his plan and will brook no argument. There are also local buses that you can use to get to trails or towns/villages that are further out. Lyttelton, George; Rupert Hart-Davis (1984). Lyttelton/Hart-Davis Letters, Volume 6. London: John Murray. ISBN 0719541085.


The story follows the vicissitudes of Francis Herries, a Georgian hellraiser with a talent for controversy, as he takes possession of a Gothic pile in Borrowdale with a collapsed roof and a resident witch. Having driven his wife to an early grave, sold his mistress at a country fair and buried the witch in the garden, Herries conceives a mysterious passion for Mirabell, an enigmatic Gypsy who eventually dies in childbirth, leaving an orphan and the prospect of three sequels to follow. An 18th century family saga about the wild and tormented Francis Herries, who starts a new life in Cumberland.

Edel, Leon, ed. (1984). Letters of Henry James, Volume 4. Cambridge, Massachusetts and London: Harvard University Press. ISBN 067438783X.

A BBC Radio adaptation of Hugh Walpole's historical novel, set in the Lake District during the 18th Century Maugham, W. Somerset (1950). Cakes and Ale. Modern Library Edition. New York: Random House. OCLC 228969568.

The London Novels were Fortitude, The Duchess of Wrexe, The Green Mirror, The Captives, The Young Enchanted, Wintersmoon, Hans Frost and Captain Nicholas.Wodehouse wrote to a friend, "I can't remember if I ever told you about meeting Hugh when I was at Oxford getting my D.Litt. I was staying with the Vice-Chancellor at Magdalen and he blew in and spent the day. It was just after Hilaire Belloc had said that I was the best living English writer. It was just a gag, of course, but it worried Hugh terribly. He said to me, 'Did you see what Belloc said about you?' I said I had. 'I wonder why he said that.' 'I wonder,' I said. Long silence. 'I can't imagine why he said that,' said Hugh. I said I couldn't, either. Another long silence. 'It seems such an extraordinary thing to say!' 'Most extraordinary.' Long silence again. 'Ah, well,' said Hugh, having apparently found the solution, 'the old man's getting very old.'" [116] The critical and commercial success of the film of David Copperfield led to an invitation to return to Hollywood in 1936. [88] When he got there he found that the studio executives had no idea which films they wanted him to work on, and he had eight weeks of highly paid leisure, during which he wrote a short story and worked on a novel. He was eventually asked to write the scenario for Little Lord Fauntleroy, which he enjoyed doing. He spent most of his fees on paintings, forgetting to keep enough money to pay US tax on his earnings. [88] He replenished his American funds with a lecture tour – his last – in late 1936. [89] [n 16]

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