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Headlong Hall

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Headlong Hall is the first novel by Thomas Love Peacock, published in 1815 (dated 1816). As in his later novel Crotchet Castle, Peacock assembles a group of eccentrics, each with a single monomaniacal obsession, and derives humor and social satire from their various interactions and conversations. The setting is the country estate of Squire Harry Headlong Ap-Rhaiader, Esq. in Wales.

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Thomas Love Peacock



I. The Mail II. The Squire The Breakfast III. The Arrivals IV. The Grounds V. The Dinner VI. The Evening VII. The Walk VIII. The Tower IX. The Sexton X. The Skull XI. The Anniversary XII. The Lecture XIII. The Ball XIV. The Proposals XV. The Conclusion

All philosophers, who find Some favourite system to their mind, In every point to make it fit, Will force all nature to submit.



"Headlong Hall" and the three novels published along with it in 1837.

All these little publications appeared originally without prefaces. I left them to speak for themselves; and I thought I might very fitly preserve my own impersonality, having never intruded on the personality of others, nor taken any liberties but with public conduct and public opinions. But an old friend assures me, that to publish a book without a preface is like entering a drawing room without making a bow... Continue reading book >>

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