5 thoughts on “Hugh Walpole’s Fortitude

  1. Hi Kate. Rang across this because I was looking for a reason either to discard or to keep my copy of Fortitude. Even though you’re reticent about just how much Gothic thunderation there is here, the ball has tipped to retention. Is there anything actually supernatural about Mr Zanti?

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    1. There’s more Gothic emotional trauma than physical and supernatural manifestations. Mr Zanti has a powerful aura of mysteriousness, but I think this is subsmumed by the anarchists’ plot, rather than the supernatural per se. I’d say Fortitude was worth keeping for its depiction of Edwardian literary coteries than for fantasy elements.

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  2. Found ‘Fortitude’ in a charity shop and was invited into Hugh Walpole’s world by this book’s incredibly powerful lines “Tisn’t life that matters! ‘Tis the courage you bring to it” and “Don’t play for safety. It’s the most dangerous thing in the world.”

    Finding the book ‘Fortitude’ led me to collect every single book by Walpole’s hand, including his rare autobiographies The Apple Trees and The Crystal Box and the many short stories he wrote for literary magazines.

    An incredibly clever and sadly forgotten writer who always created a page turner and could always bemuse you as to whether his writing was autobiographical or not…

    Thank you for this post and bringing attention to Walpole’s work.

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