Told in a multi-narrator style that would make William Faulkner proud, Kelcey Parker’s novella, Liliane’s Balcony, is set at Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece Fallingwater, and is the finest piece of fiction I’ve read this year that stars a famous building. Since I’m such a big fan of both the novella and Wright, I asked Parker — whose incorporation of Fallingwater intrigued me even before I even cracked open the book — to list some of her favorite examples of architecture in literature. Click through to read her selections.
Castle of Otranto, Horace Walpole
One could say that all gothic novels are about architecture, about how our minds are like castles and houses in ruins, about our fears of getting trapped in castles and minds. This book is often called the first gothic novel, and was inspired by a real castle in Otranto and by Walpole’s own architectural marvel of a home, Strawberry Hill – a Gothic Revival house with Walpole’s crazy collection of curiosities, from King William’s spurs worn in battle to a lock of Edward IV’s hair (“cut from his corpse”).