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The Canterville Ghost
     

The Canterville Ghost

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by Oscar Wilde
 

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The Canterville Ghost is a popular 1887 novella by Oscar Wilde, widely adapted for the screen and stage.

“The Canterville Ghost” is a parody featuring a dramatic spirit named Sir Simon and the United States minister (ambassador) to the Court of St. James's, Hiram B. Otis. Mr. Otis travels to England with his family and moves into a haunted

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The Canterville Ghost is a popular 1887 novella by Oscar Wilde, widely adapted for the screen and stage.

“The Canterville Ghost” is a parody featuring a dramatic spirit named Sir Simon and the United States minister (ambassador) to the Court of St. James's, Hiram B. Otis. Mr. Otis travels to England with his family and moves into a haunted country house. Lord Canterville, the previous owner of the house, warns Mr. Otis that the ghost of Sir Simon de Canterville has haunted it ever since he killed his wife, Eleonore, three centuries before. But Mr. Otis dismisses the ghost story as bunk and disregards Lord Canterville’s warnings. When the Otises learn that the house is indeed haunted, they succeed in victimizing the ghost and in disregarding age-old British traditions. What emerges is a satire of American materialism, a lampoon of traditional British values, and an amusing twist on the traditional gothic horror tale.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016367330
Publisher:
Wishland Publishing
Publication date:
02/10/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
652 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. 28 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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it!
Anonymous 3 months ago
This is really a very interesting, well-written story. I enjoyed it immensely.
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I'm so glad that I read this amazing story.
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