Fortitude: Being a True and Faithful Account of the Education of an Adventurer
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Fortitude: Being a True and Faithful Account of the Education of an Adventurer

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1913. Walpole wrote horror novels that tended more towards the psychological rather than supernatural, with a brooding underlying mysticism. He achieved financial and literary success with Fortitude. The novel is a romance; a fairytale about a young man who very naively believes in almost everything; one of the author's school stories based on his experiences as a teacher,...more
Hardcover, 484 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1913)
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Mark

What more tempting place can there be than a library's used bookstore? In this case, the venue was the Berkeley Public Library's store, and the find was a Hugh Walpole novel. I knew almost nothing about Walpole other than his name being notable, and nothing at all about this book, but what a great page-turner it was, even allowing for its excesses of romanticism and sometimes exaggerated characters.

The protagonist is Peter Westcott, whom we meet as a boy in his native Cornwall, living with a bru...more
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Otto Scott: Hugh Walpole, as you know, was a very popular novelist in Great Britain and I think his time past with the 30s. I am not sure. Fortitude was one of his first books and it was really his masterwork. It was semi autobiographical. Somerset Maugham stole a part of the plot and made himself famous with it when he wrote A View in Bondage and he hated Walpole ever afterwards because Walpole was a man from whom he stole.

Now I read Fortitude when I was about 19 and I was alone in the world an...more
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I picked this book up in a charity shop, and it was the book that first took me into the wonderful world of Hugh Walpole's writing.

From the moment I read the first words 'Tis not life that matters, but the courage you bring to it' I knew that this author was going to be a true literary friend. It led me to buy every book Hugh Walpole ever wrote.

If you like a strong character led novel, then following the adventures of Peter Wescott in 'Fortitude' could be a classic read for you.
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Sir Hugh Seymour Walpole was an English novelist. A prolific writer, he published thirty-six novels, five volumes of short stories, two plays and three volumes of memoirs. His skill at scene-setting, his vivid plots, his high profile as a lecturer and his driving ambition brought him a large readership in the United Kingdom and North America. A best-selling author in the 1920s and 1930s, his works...more
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