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The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories

The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories

Author: Michael Cox

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: STANFORD:36105028886005

Category: Ghost stories

Page: 504

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This selection of forty-two stories written between 1829 and 1968 is the first to present the full range and vitality of the English tradition of literary ghost fiction. Fully satisfying what Virginia Woolf called 'the strange human craving for the pleasure of being afraid', it demonstratesthe traditions historical development as well as its major themes, and characteristics. The fictional ghost story is dominated by English authors, from J. S. Le Fanu and M. R. James to Walter de la Mare and Robert Aickman, and by American authors, such as Edith Wharton, writing in the English tradition. As the editors stress in their informative introduction, a good ghost story,though it may raise many profound questions about life and death, entertains as much as it unsettles us. Featuring such authors as Algernon Blackwood, H. Russell Wakefield, Henry James, and Elizabeth Bowen, this anthology combines a serious literary purpose with the plain intention of arousingpleasing fear at the doings of the dead.

Collected Ghost Stories

Collected Ghost Stories

Author: M. R. James

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199674893

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

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Considered by many to be the most terrifying writer in English, James's stories draw on the terrors of the everyday. Documents and objects unleash terrible forces, often in closed rooms and night-time settings where imagination runs riot.

English Ghost Stories

English Ghost Stories

Author: Collective

Publisher: LGF/Le Livre de Poche

ISBN: 2253055999

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 128

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Un petit garçon n'ose pas regarder une certaine image dans un vieux livre... Une jeune malade attend un visiteur qu'elle croit connaître... Un couple dans la nuit perd soudain le contrôle de son véhicule... Autant de situations qui seraient banales si les fantômes n'existaient pas ! D'ailleurs, Kingsley Amis nous rassure : " I don't believe in ghosts, but i am afraid of them... "

A History of the Modern British Ghost Story

A History of the Modern British Ghost Story

Author: S. Hay

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230316836

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 253

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Ghost stories are always in conversation with novelistic modes with which they are contemporary. This book examines examples from Sir Walter Scott, Charles Dickens, Henry James and Rudyard Kipling, amongst others, to the end of the twentieth century, looking at how they address empire, class, property, history and trauma.

Ghost Stories by British and American Women

Ghost Stories by British and American Women

Author: Lynette Carpenter

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317943525

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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Originally published in 1998 and covering a tradition ignored by most critics, this bibliography assembles and documents a large body of supernatural fiction written by women in English from the end of the 18th century to the present. These stories, the work of women whose literary reputations, personal histories, and bodies of work vary widely, challenge the narrow way in which supernatural literature has traditionally been regarded: they indicate a much richer and more complex set of literary responses to the supernatural than has been hitherto acknowledged. The writers included range from Ann Radcliffe and the Gothic novelists to Louisa May Alcott, Charlotte Gilman, and Edith Wharton to such modern writers as Elizabeth Bowen, Jean Rhys, Muriel Spark, and A.S. Byatt. The volume will be of interest to literary and cultural historians and of particular importance to women's studies scholars.

Ghost Stories of Henry James

Ghost Stories of Henry James

Author: Henry James

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 1840224223

Category: Ghost stories

Page: 448

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Melville's short stories are masterpieces. The best are to be appreciated on more than one level and those presented here are rich with symbolism and spiritual depth. Set in 1797, Billy Budd, Foretopman exploits the tension of this period during the war between England and France to create a tale of satanic treachery, tragedy and great pathos that explores human relationships and the inherently ambiguous nature of man-made justice. Tales such as Bartleby, Benito Cereno, The Lightning Rod Man, The Tartarus of Maids or I and My Chimney, show the timeless poetic power of Melville's writing as he consciously uses the disguise of allegory in various ways and to various ends.

The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories

The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories

Author: Michael Newton

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141943817

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

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This terrifying selection of ghost stories brings together the very best classic works from the masters of the supernatural Phantom coaches, evil familiars, shadowy houses, spectral children and mysterious doppelgangers haunt these tales. They range from the famous, such as M. R. James's tale of an ancient curse, 'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come To You, My Lad' and W. W. Jacobs's story of gruesome wish-fulfilment, 'The Monkey's Paw', to lesser-known masterpieces: Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Thrawn Janet', telling of a parish priest tormented for life by his encounter with the undead; Charles Dickens's unsettling account of a railway signal-man and an ominous portent; and Edward Bulwer Lytton's 'The Haunted and the Haunters', where a cursed house harbours a diabolical secret. Michael Newton's introduction discusses why ghost stories scare us and why they flourished from the mid-nineteenth to early-twentieth century, examining their changing conventions throughout history. This edition also includes further reading, notes, a glossary and a chronology. Edited with an introduction and notes by Michael Newton