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The Canterville Ghost
     

The Canterville Ghost

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by Oscar Wilde, New Century Books
 

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When Mr. Hiram B. Otis, the American Minister, bought Canterville Chase, every one told him he was doing a very foolish thing, as there was no doubt at all that the place was haunted. Indeed, Lord Canterville himself, who was a man of the most punctilious honour, had felt it his duty to mention the fact to Mr. Otis when they came to discuss terms.
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When Mr. Hiram B. Otis, the American Minister, bought Canterville Chase, every one told him he was doing a very foolish thing, as there was no doubt at all that the place was haunted. Indeed, Lord Canterville himself, who was a man of the most punctilious honour, had felt it his duty to mention the fact to Mr. Otis when they came to discuss terms.
"We have not cared to live in the place ourselves," said Lord Canterville, "since my grandaunt, the Dowager Duchess of Bolton, was frightened into a fit, from which she never really recovered, by two skeleton hands being placed on her shoulders as she was dressing for dinner, and I feel bound to tell you, Mr. Otis, that the ghost has been seen by several living members of my family, as well as by the rector of the parish, the Rev. Augustus Dampier, who is a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. After the unfortunate accident to the Duchess, none of our younger servants would stay with us, and Lady Canterville often got very little sleep at night, in consequence of the mysterious noises that came from the corridor and the library."

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012695796
Publisher:
New Century Books
Publication date:
11/20/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
35 KB

Meet the Author

The ever-quotable Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet who delighted Victorian England with his legendary wit. He found critical and popular success with his scintillating plays, chiefly The Importance of Being Earnest, while his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, scandalized readers. Imprisoned for two years for homosexual behavior, Wilde moved to France after his release, where he died destitute.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
October 16, 1854
Date of Death:
November 30, 1900
Place of Birth:
Dublin, Ireland
Place of Death:
Paris, France
Education:
The Royal School in Enniskillen, Dublin, 1864; Trinity College, Dublin, 1871; Magdalen College, Oxford, England, 1874

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The Canterville Ghost 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book haunted my childhood. Macabre and funny at the same time. Utterly brilliant.
John_75-00 More than 1 year ago
This story is dated but humorous and charming. I enjoyed re-reading it, and recommend it for Oscar Wilde fans. It is not fast-moving in the way of a modern thriller, but it doesn't get bogged down. It is a short read. I think if you like Oscar Wilde's writing, you'll enjoy this story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are multiple adaptations of this story, but reading the original piece surprised me. Most adaptations explain how Sir Simon's wife met her end as well as what happened to Virginia when she went through the wall with him, but the written piece explains neither. I found that it was over with too quickly. Still, it is an entertaining little tale worth the hour or so that it takes to read.
seldombites More than 1 year ago
This story may be short, but it is highly amusing. I did not experience a single second of boredom when reading this. I felt so sorry for the poor ghost, having to deal with obnoxious Americans who refused to pay him the respect he deserved. This entertaining tale from Oscar Wilde is definitely worth reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have also seen the movie, but I must admit I think I enjoyed the book more. Check it out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I luv dis book as i do with oder scary books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Saw the movie years ago. Loved it . The book is FANTASTIC!!!
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I loved it!
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I'm so glad that I read this amazing story.
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