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Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories

Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories - 91 edition

ISBN13: 978-0192804471

Cover of Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories 91 (ISBN 978-0192804471)
ISBN13: 978-0192804471
ISBN10: 0192804472
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 91
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 1991
International: No

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Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories - 91 edition

ISBN13: 978-0192804471

Michael Cox and R. A. Gilbert

ISBN13: 978-0192804471
ISBN10: 0192804472
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 91
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 1991
International: No
Summary

The Victorians excelled at telling ghost stories. In an age of rapid scientific progress, the idea of a vindictive past able to reach out and violate the present held a special potential for terror. Throughout the nineteenth century, fictional ghost stories developed in parallel with the more general Victorian fascination with death and what lay beyond it. Though they were as much a part of the cultural and literary fabric of the age as imperial confidence, the best of the stories still retain their original power to surprise and unsettle.

In Victorian Ghost Stories , the editors map out the development of the ghost story from 1850 to the early years of the twentieth century and demonstrate the importance of this form of short fiction in Victorian popular culture. As well as reprinting stories by supernatural specialists such as J. S. Le Fanu and M. R. James, this selection emphasizes the key role played by women writers--including Elizabeth Gaskell, Rhoda Broughton, and Charlotte Riddell--and offers one or two genuine rarities. Other writers represented include Charles Dickens, Henry James, Wilkie Collins, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and R. L. Stevenson. There is also a fascinating Introduction and a chronological list of ghost stories collections from 1850 to 1910.

Table of Contents

Introduction
The Old Nurse's Story (1852)
An Account of Some Stange Disturbances in Aungier Street (1853)
The Miniature (1853)
The Last House in C--- Street (1856)
To be Taken with a Grain of Salt (1865)
The Botathen Ghost (1867)
The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth (1868)
The Romance of Certain Old Clothes (1868)
Pichon & Sons, of the Croix Rousse (1868)
Reality or Delusion? (1868)
Uncle Cornelius His Story (1869)
The Shadow of a Shade (1869)
At Chrighton Abbey (1871)
No Living Voice (1872)
Miss Jeromette and the Clergyman (1875)
The Story of Clifford House (1878)
Was it an Illusion? (1881)
The Open Door (1882)
The Captain of the 'Pole-star' (1883)
The Body-Snatcher (1884)
The Story of the Rippling Train (1887)
At the End of the Passage (1890)
'To Let" (1890)
John Charrington's Wedding (1891)
The Haunted Organist of Hurly Burly (1891)
The Man of Science (1892)
Canon Alberic's Scrap-book (1895)
Jerry Bundler (1897)
An Eddy on the Floor (1899)
The Tomb of Sarah (1900)
The Case of Vincent Pyrwhit (1901)
The Shadows on the Wall (1902)
Father Macclesfield's Tale (1907)
Thurnley Abbey (1908)
The Kit-bag (1908)
Sources
Select Chronological Conspectus of Ghost Stories, 1840-1910

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