Walpole's "The Mysterious Mother" Staged Reading and Mini-Conference at Yale, May 2-3
Horace Walpole's “The Mysterious Mother”
STAGED READING WITH TALK-BACK SESSION MAY 2, 5:30 PM
MINI-CONFERENCE MAY 3, 10 AM - 4:30 PM
THE YALE CENTER FOR BRITISH ART LECTURE HALL
1080 CHAPEL STREET
NEW HAVEN, CT 06510
As part of the year-long celebrations of the tercentenary of Horace Walpole’s birth and marking the 250th anniversary of the first printing of “The Mysterious Mother” (1768), the Lewis Walpole Library and the Yale Center for British Art will jointly present a staged reading of the play followed by a talk-back session. Completed just a few years after Walpole’s celebrated gothic novel “The Castle of Otranto” (1764), this under-appreciated tale of incest and intrigue was initially circulated only among the author’s friends. Walpole never permitted it to be performed during his lifetime except as a private theatrical event.