Thomas Love Peacock, 1785–1866
Novelist, born at Weymouth, the only child of a London merchant, was in boyhood at various schools, but from the age of 13 self-educated. Nevertheless, he became a really learned scholar. He was for long in the India Office, where he rose to be Chief Examiner, coming between James Mill and John Stuart Mill. He was the author of several somewhat whimsical, but quite unique novels, full of paradox, prejudice, and curious learning, with witty dialogue and occasional poems interspersed. Among them are Headlong Hall , Nightmare Abbey , Maid Marian , Misfortunes of Elphin , Crotchet Castle , and Gryll Grange . He was the intimate friend of Shelley, memoirs of whom he contributed to Fraser’s Magazine.