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The Oxford book of English ghost stories

Format: Print Book 1986
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Summary
With their evocative settings amid mists and shadows, in ruinous houses, on lonely roads and wild moorlands, in abandoned churches and over-grown gardens, ghost stories have long exercised a universal fascination. Here at last is an anthology of some of the very best English ghost stories which combines a serious literary purpose with the plain intention of arousing a pleasurable fear at the doings of the dead.
This selection of forty-two stories, written between 1829 and 1968, is the first to present the full range and vitality of the ghost fiction tradition by demonstrating its historical development as well as its major themes and characteristics. It includes stories by Walter Scott, M. R. James, Bram Stoker, Rudyard Kipling, Edith Wharton, Somerset Maugham and T. H. White.
Elizabeth Bowen suggested that the ghost story works "through a series of happenings whose horror lies in their being just, just, out of time", and the success of a story may be judged by what Edith Wharton called its "thermometrical quality; if it sends a cold shiver down the spine, it has done its job and done it well". The challenge of this most demanding form has been taken up by a host of writers, both 'specialists' like J. S. Le Fanu and Algernon Blackwood, and those, such as Henry James and H. G. Wells, for whom ghost stories were only a part of their literary output. Nor does this collection overlook the important contribution of women writers, with eight stories included from Amelia Edward's The Phantom Ghost (1864) to Elizabeth Bowen's Hand in Glove (1952).
Contents
The tapestried chamber / Sir Walter Scott
The phantom coach / Amelia Edwards
Squire Toby's will / J.S. Le Fanu
The shadow in the corner / M.E. Braddon
The upper berth / F. Marion Crawford
A wicked voice / Vernon Lee
The judge's house / Bram Stoker
Man-size in marble / E. Nesbit
The roll-call of the reef / Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch
The friends of the friends / Henry James
The red room / H.G. Wells
The monkey's paw / W.W. Jacobs
The lost ghost / Mary E Wilkins
"Oh whistle and I'll come to you, my lad" / M.R. James
The empty house / Algernon Blackwood
The cigarette case / Oliver Onions
Red rose / Barry Pain
The confession of Charles Linkworth / E.F. Benson
On the Brighton Road / Richard Middleton
Bone to his bone / E.G. Swain
The true history of Anthony Ffryar / Arthur Gray
The Taipan / W. Somerset Maugham
The victim / May Sinclair
A visitor from Down Under / L.P. Hartley
Fullcircle / John Buchan
The clock / W.F. Harvey
Old man's beard / H. Russell Wakefield
Mr. Jones / Edith Wharton
Smee / A.M. Burrage
The little ghost / Hugh Walpole
Ahoy, sailor boy! / A.E. Coppard
The hollow man / Thomas Burke
Et in sempiternum pereant / Charles Williams
Bosworth Summit Pound / L.T.C. Rolt
An encounter in the mist / A.N.L. Munby
Hand in glove / Elizabeth Bowen
A story of Don Juan / V.S. Pritchett
Cushi / Christopher Woodforde
Bad company / Walter De La Mare
The bottle of 1912 / Simon Raven
The Cicerones / Robert Aickman
Soft voices at Passenham / T.H. White.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "As the compilers affirm in their introduction to this anthology, it takes a firmly controlled fiction writer to accomplish a successful ghost story: plot development, descriptive passages, and character emphasis all have to be just so for the right effect to be achieved. The 42 stories gathered here are luminous examples of how affecting an immaculately wrought ghost story can be. Nearly all of these selections are from Britain and Ireland, where the ghost story has for a long while been enjoyed and written well; the three American authors included Henry James, Edith Wharton, and Mary E. Wilkins all wrote ghost stories that exhibit a strong British sensibility. Arranged chronologically, the stories date from the 1820s, when the ghost story gained integrity as a distinct form of the short story, to the 1980s, when many literary minded readers still respond to the ghost story's special appeal. In addition to featuring those writers one would expect to find here Sheridan Le Fanu, M. R. James, and Walter de la Mare, for example there is also a bounty of wonderful authors with whom U.S. audiences may not be familiar, such as May Sinclair, [xb]A. E. [ab]Coppard, and Oliver Onions. Bibliography appended. BH. [CIP] 86-8690"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Ghost stories, English.
Publisher Oxford [Oxfordshire] ; New York :Oxford University Press,1986
Contributors Cox, Michael, 1948-2009.
Gilbert, R. A.
Language English
Description xvii, 504 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Bibliography: pages [500]-504.
ISBN 0192141635
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