Gothic Tales

Gothic Tales

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by Elizabeth Gaskell
     
 

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Elizabeth Gaskell's chilling Gothic tales blend the real and the supernatural to eerie, compelling effect. 'Disappearances', inspired by local legends of mysterious vanishings, mixes gossip and fact; 'Lois the Witch', a novella based on an account of the Salem witch hunts, shows how sexual desire and jealousy lead to hysteria; while in 'The Old Nurse's Story' a

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Elizabeth Gaskell's chilling Gothic tales blend the real and the supernatural to eerie, compelling effect. 'Disappearances', inspired by local legends of mysterious vanishings, mixes gossip and fact; 'Lois the Witch', a novella based on an account of the Salem witch hunts, shows how sexual desire and jealousy lead to hysteria; while in 'The Old Nurse's Story' a mysterious child roams the freezing Northumberland moors. Whether darkly surreal, such as 'The Poor Clare', where an evil doppelgänger is formed by a woman's bitter curse, or mischievous like 'Curious, if True', a playful reworking of fairy tales, all the stories in this volume form a stark contrast to the social realism of Gaskell's novels, revealing a darker and more unsettling style of writing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140437416
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
185,407
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-65) wrote her first novel, MARY BARTON, in 1848 as a distraction from her sorrow at the death of her only son in infancy. It won the attention of Dickens and was followed by 5 other full-length novels as well as numerous short stories and novellas. Laura Kranzler has written on Mary Shelley and Virginia Woolf and has published a novel.

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Gothic Tales 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Never even heard of Gaskell until recently, but I enjoyed this collection very much. She creates a mood and atmosphere as well as anyone.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hello he wearing a shirt that says bite me or die your hair phresh..his hair is blond his face is beatin up and hes wearing black pants