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Nightmare Abbey
  • ISBN: 9781913724078
  • Pages: 160
  • Publisher: Renard Press
  • Binding: Paperback

Nightmare Abbey

Thomas Love Peacock

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Nightmare Abbey is a novella by Thomas Love Peacock, first published in 1818, and widely considered to be Peacock’s most enduringly popular work.

The narrative centres on Christopher Glowry, a miserly widower, his son Scythrop and a host of dismal-sounding servants in his family pile, Nightmare Abbey. Recovering from an ill-fated love affair, Scythrop dreams up various schemes to reform and regenerate the human species, but misanthropy lurks around every corner, and everything changes when a mermaid is spotted and a strange woman appears in his chamber.

Although fundamentally a Gothic novel, and rich in allusion – from Pope to Dante, Rossini to Mozart – Nightmare Abbey is, at heart, a satire.

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