American Gothic: From Salem Witchcraft to H. P. Lovecraft, an Anthology

American Gothic: From Salem Witchcraft to H. P. Lovecraft, an Anthology

by Charles L. Crow
     
 

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The chilling creativity of the American Gothic has retained its power to attract readers since it burst onto the literary scene in the eighteenth century, yet it has been the object of serious scholarship for only a few decades. Edited by a founding member of the International Gothic Association, the new edition of this anthology incorporates the whole range of

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The chilling creativity of the American Gothic has retained its power to attract readers since it burst onto the literary scene in the eighteenth century, yet it has been the object of serious scholarship for only a few decades. Edited by a founding member of the International Gothic Association, the new edition of this anthology incorporates the whole range of factual and imaginative writing, from Cotton Mather’s account of the witchcraft trials in the colonial era, through the poetry of Poe, Dickinson, and Longfellow and unsettling tales both long (Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw)and short (the anonymous “Talking Bones”), to the beginning of modernism in the twentieth century.

The collection demonstrates the startling abundance of themes explored by these writers and reflects contemporary academic perspectives, with generous selections from genres such as feminist and “wilderness” Gothic. This new edition benefits from more than ten years of suggestions from readers and teachers while still offering prose and poetry from luminaries such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Henry James, Stephen Crane, Jack London, and Edith Wharton. It includes recently unearthed as well as canonical material and provides an unflinching view of America’s secrets and fears: the thoughts that have been repressed, silenced, or forbidden. All editorial materials have been revised for this new edition, which includes brand-new selections such as the captivity narrative of Hannah Dustan, Madeline Yale Wynne’s “The Little Room,” Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” and H. P. Lovecraft’s “The Outsider.”

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Editorial Reviews

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“This excellent anthology provides an entertaining collection of gothic works of various genres written by both canonical authors, such as Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe, and less familiar American writers, such as Harriet Prescot Spofford and Ella Wilkinson Peattie ... Summing Up: Recommended.  Lower-and upper-division undergraduates; general readers.”  (Choice, 1 January 2014)

“One of the main strengths of this collection lies in  the fact that it places alongside the intelligent selection of extracts from authors already rightly well associated with the genre contributions from lesser known  figures such as George Lippard. John Neal, Charles W. Chestnutt, and Cotton Mather, to name but a few. The edition also benefits greatly from a much greater acknowledgement of the traditionally underlooked contributions to the genre made by female authors… The anthology's thoughtful selection of texts and authors, and useful, practical, scholarly apparatus mean that it should be an immensely useful resource for anyone teaching on courses related to this ever-expanding and influential subsection of American literary studies.”—Bernice Murphy, Trinity College Dublin

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470659793
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
12/26/2012
Series:
Blackwell Anthologies Series, #7
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
550
Sales rank:
408,081
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.10(d)

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“This anthology is comprehensive and authoritative and will be an essential source for scholars and students for years to come. Professor Crow is to be congratulated for the meticulous care he has taken to introduce authors and for the extraordinary inclusiveness of the material selected.”—Dr Andrew Smith, University of Sheffield

“This is the definitive anthology of American Gothic tales, the one that offers the most representative range of major authors and texts, in addition to excellent introductions and helpful annotations.  All of this has only been enhanced in this Second Edition, since now there is even a wider range of important Gothic works for students and more advanced scholars to study and interpret.  For reading and understanding the American Gothic short story, then, there is no better single volume anywhere.” —Jerrold E. Hogle, University of Arizona

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