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Horace or Horatio Walpole was born in London during 1717 He became the fourth Earl of Oxford and an English writer Horaces mother died in 1737 when he was twenty years old This was a grave disappointment to him since he was deeply attached to her Only six months later his father remarried to Maria Skerret Maria Skerret was his fathers mistress Horace studied at Eton College and the University of Cambridge After completing his education his friend an English poet Thomas Gray and him traveled in France and Italy At Reggio Italy he and Gray had argued and quarreled They eventually parted each other The exact reasons for this parting are unknown yet it may possible be because of Walpoles sociable and less studious notions of entertainment During 1741 Horace spent most of his time in his fathers new home at Houghton He believed that the country life was dull therefore was led to improve it by gathering a collection of paintings That same year 1741 Horace Walpole joined Parliament However his political career was not extensive He only received limited government posts even though he was MP for Callington Castle Rising and Lynn during 1741-1767 He managed to attain these posts because of his father who at the time was prime minister Sir Robert Walpole Horace remained in the parliament until his retirement in seventeen-sixty-eight Horaces father died in 1745 For the duration of him and his friend Thomas Gray had began to reconcile In 1748 he purchased a villa in Twickenham suburb near London Strawberry Hill At this time Walpoles estatevilla Strawberry Hill is used as a showplace because of it library collections of art and curios In 1748 he had three poems published in Dodsleys Collection Later in 1757 he acquired a printing press in his villa He began to produce books The books influenced the development of English printing and bookmaking The following year he printed a
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