Gothic Tales

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"An encounter with the supernatural in an everyday setting accentuates its strangeness; a truth used to eerie effect in Gaskell's Gothic tales. A portrait turned to the wall, a hidden manuscript, a mysterious child that lives on the freezing moors, a doppelganger formed by a women's bitter curse: all of these things hint at male tyranny and woman as avenging angel - or devil." "Gaskell was fascinated by the dualities in women's lives and the way in which fact and fiction merge. 'Disappearances', a mix of gossip, legend and fact, relates stories ...
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Overview

"An encounter with the supernatural in an everyday setting accentuates its strangeness; a truth used to eerie effect in Gaskell's Gothic tales. A portrait turned to the wall, a hidden manuscript, a mysterious child that lives on the freezing moors, a doppelganger formed by a women's bitter curse: all of these things hint at male tyranny and woman as avenging angel - or devil." "Gaskell was fascinated by the dualities in women's lives and the way in which fact and fiction merge. 'Disappearances', a mix of gossip, legend and fact, relates stories of mysterious vanishings, 'Lois the Witch', a novella based on an account of the Salem witch hunts, shows how sexual desire and jealousy lead to communal hysteria and persecution, while 'The Grey Woman' explores a common Gothic theme, the way in which the ghosts of the past always return to haunt us."--BOOK JACKET.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140437416
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 241,460
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell was born in London in 1810, but she spent her formative years in Cheshire, Stratford-upon-Avon and the north of England. In 1832 she married the Reverend William Gaskell, who became well known as the minister of the Unitarian Chapel in Manchester’s Cross Street. As well as leading a busy domestic life as minister’s wife and mother of four daughters, she worked among the poor, traveled frequently and wrote. Mary Barton (1848) was her first success.

Two years later she began writing for Dickens’s magazine, Household Words, to which she contributed fiction for the next thirteen years, notably a further industrial novel, North and South (1855). In 1850 she met and secured the friendship of Charlotte Brontë. After Charlotte’s death in March 1855, Patrick Brontë chose his daughter’s friend and fellow-novelist to write The Life of Charlotte Brontë (1857), a probing and sympathetic account, that has attained classic stature. Elizabeth Gaskell’s position as a clergyman’s wife and as a successful writer introduced her to a wide circle of friends, both from the professional world of Manchester and from the larger literary world. Her output was substantial and completely professional. Dickens discovered her resilient strength of character when trying to impose his views on her as editor of Household Words. She proved that she was not to be bullied, even by such a strong-willed man.

Her later works, Sylvia’s Lovers (1863), Cousin Phillis (1864) and Wives and Daughters (1866) reveal that she was continuing to develop her writing in new literary directions. Elizabeth Gaskell died suddenly in November 1865.

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Table of Contents

Edited by Laura Kranzler

Chronology
Introduction
Further Reading
Note on the Texts
Disappearances
The Old Nurse's Story
The Squire's Story
The Poor Clare
The Doom of the Griffiths
Lois the Witch
The Crooked Branch
Curious, if True
The Grey Woman
Appendix
Notes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2004

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    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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    Posted July 8, 2012

    Drake

    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

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