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The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories

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The Victorians excelled at telling ghost stories. In an age of rapid scientific progress, the idea of a vindictive past able to reach out and violate the present held a special potential for terror. Throughout the nineteenth century, fictional ghost stories developed in parallel with the more general Victorian fascination with death and what lay beyond it. Though they were as much a part of the cultural and literary fabric of the age as imperial confidence, the best of the ...
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Overview


The Victorians excelled at telling ghost stories. In an age of rapid scientific progress, the idea of a vindictive past able to reach out and violate the present held a special potential for terror. Throughout the nineteenth century, fictional ghost stories developed in parallel with the more general Victorian fascination with death and what lay beyond it. Though they were as much a part of the cultural and literary fabric of the age as imperial confidence, the best of the stories still retain their original power to surprise and unsettle.

In Victorian Ghost Stories, the editors map out the development of the ghost story from 1850 to the early years of the twentieth century and demonstrate the importance of this form of short fiction in Victorian popular culture. As well as reprinting stories by supernatural specialists such as J. S. Le Fanu and M. R. James, this selection emphasizes the key role played by women writers--including Elizabeth Gaskell, Rhoda Broughton, and Charlotte Riddell--and offers one or two genuine rarities. Other writers represented include Charles Dickens, Henry James, Wilkie Collins, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and R. L. Stevenson. There is also a fascinating Introduction and a chronological list of ghost story collections from 1850 to 1910.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192804471
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 636,086
  • Product dimensions: 7.72 (w) x 5.12 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Cox is Editor of A Dictionary of Writers and Their Works, and The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories. R. A. Gilbert is a well-known antiquarian bookseller.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Old Nurse's Story (1852) 1
An Account of Some Stange Disturbances in Aungier Street (1853) 19
The Miniature (1853) 37
The Last House in C--- Street (1856) 44
To be Taken with a Grain of Salt (1865) 55
The Botathen Ghost (1867) 65
The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth (1868) 74
The Romance of Certain Old Clothes (1868) 83
Pichon & Sons, of the Croix Rousse (1868) 100
Reality or Delusion? (1868) 115
Uncle Cornelius His Story (1869) 130
The Shadow of a Shade (1869) 150
At Chrighton Abbey (1871) 163
No Living Voice (1872) 190
Miss Jeromette and the Clergyman (1875) 198
The Story of Clifford House (1878) 218
Was it an Illusion? (1881) 239
The Open Door (1882) 256
The Captain of the 'Pole-star' (1883) 283
The Body-Snatcher (1884) 303
The Story of the Rippling Train (1887) 319
At the End of the Passage (1890) 328
'To Let" (1890) 346
John Charrington's Wedding (1891) 360
The Haunted Organist of Hurly Burly (1891) 367
The Man of Science (1892) 379
Canon Alberic's Scrap-book (1895) 385
Jerry Bundler (1897) 396
An Eddy on the Floor (1899) 403
The Tomb of Sarah (1900) 431
The Case of Vincent Pyrwhit (1901) 442
The Shadows on the Wall (1902) 445
Father Macclesfield's Tale (1907) 459
Thurnley Abbey (1908) 466
The Kit-bag (1908) 480
Sources 490
Select Chronological Conspectus of Ghost Stories, 1840-1910 493
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