The Ghost-Feeler: Stories of Terror and the Supernatural

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Overview

Diagnosed with typhoid fever at age of nine, Edith Wharton was beginning a long convalescence when she was given a book of ghost tales to read. Not only setting back her recovery, this reading opened up her fevered imagination to "a world haunted by formless horrors." So chronic was this paranoia that she was unable to sleep in a room with any book containing a ghost story. She was even moved to burn such volumes. These fears persisted until her late twenties. She outgrew them but retained a heightened or "celtic" (her term) sense of the supernatural. Wharton considered herself not "a ghost-seer"—the term applied to those people who have claimed to have witnessed apparitions—but rather a "ghost-feeler," someone who senses what cannot be seen. This experience and ability enabled Edith Wharton to write chilling tales that objectify this sense of unease. Far removed from the comfort and urbane elegance associated with the author's famous novels, the stories in this volume deal with vampirism, isolation, and hallucination, and were praised by Henry James, L. P. Hartley, Graham Greene, and many others.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Wharton is rich in implication . . . the selection here is an excellent one."  —Scotland on Sunday

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Edith Wharton described herself as having an "intense Celtic sense of the supernatural." The Ghost-Feeler: Stories of Terror and the Supernatural, selected and introduced by Peter Haining, contains nine stories that Wharton wrote between 1893 and 1935. While they display the elegant prose of her novels, these tales revolve around supernatural manifestations (vampires, doppelgngers) made credible by Wharton's superb storytelling skills.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780720611526
  • Publisher: Owen, Peter Limited
  • Publication date: 12/31/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,384,930
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton was the author of more than 40 acclaimed literary works, including The Age of Innocence, which won the Pulitzer Prize.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Edith Newbold Jones Wharton (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 24, 1862
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Death:
      August 11, 1937
    2. Place of Death:
      Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, France

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
The Duchess at Prayer (1901) 13
The Fullness of Life (1893) 32
A Journey (1899) 43
The Lady's Maid's Bell (1904) 54
Afterwards (1910) 74
The Triumph of Night (1914) 103
Bewitched (1926) 127
A Bottle of Perrier (1930) 148
The Looking-Glass (1935) 171
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