Horace Walpole
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Born: September 24, 1717

Died: March 2, 1797 (aged 79)

Nationality: English

Occupation: Author, politician

Bio: Horatio Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford was an English art historian, man of letters, antiquarian and Whig politician. He is now largely remembered for Strawberry Hill, the home he built in Twickenham, south-west London where he revived the Gothic style some decades before his Victorian successors, and for his Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto.

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