Seven Gothic Tales (Modern Library Series)

Seven Gothic Tales (Modern Library Series)

by Isak Dinesen
     
 
Originally published in 1934, Seven Gothic Tales, the first book by "one of the finest and most singular artists of our time" (The Atlantic), is a modern classic. Here are seven exquisite tales combining the keen psychological insight characteristic of the modern short story with the haunting mystery of the nineteenth-century Gothic tale, in the tradition of

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Originally published in 1934, Seven Gothic Tales, the first book by "one of the finest and most singular artists of our time" (The Atlantic), is a modern classic. Here are seven exquisite tales combining the keen psychological insight characteristic of the modern short story with the haunting mystery of the nineteenth-century Gothic tale, in the tradition of writers such as Goethe, Hoffmann, and Poe.

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John Updike
Her main memoir, ''Out of Africa,'' published in 1937, has been called the greatest pastoral romance of modern times....Enter a deliciously described world of sharply painted, dramatically costumed heroes and heroines posing, with many a spectacular gesture and eloquent aria, in magnificent landscapes maintained by invisible hands as a kind of huge stage set....hough Isak Dinesen's leisurely and ornate anecdotes, which she furnishes with just enough historical touches to make the stage firm, have something in them of the visionary and the artificial, they are not escapist. From the sweeping flood of the first story to the casual and savage murder of the last, they face pain and loss with the brisk familiarity of one who has amply known both, and force us to face them, too. Far from hollow and devoid of a moral, the tales insistently strive to inculcate a moral stance....Intoxication figures frequently in Isak Dinesen's work, and mercilessness was part of the storyteller's art as she construed it: the story must pursue its end without undue compassion for its characters. Combat lies closer than compassion to the secret of ''Seven Gothic Tales,'' and its exhilaration is their contagious mood. -- New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679600862
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/15/1994
Series:
Modern Library Series
Pages:
522
Product dimensions:
5.01(w) x 7.51(h) x 1.52(d)

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John Updike
Isak Dinesen's imagination could visit, it seemed, any corner of European history and find there a tale tinged with the luster and vivid shadowing of medieval allegory. She bestowed an unimpeachable intellectual power and dignity of workmanship upon materials that in other hands would have appeared mere costume dramas - farfetched, phantasmal, moony. At a time when literary practitioners were turning anywhere but to the nineteenth century for exemplary ways to 'make it new,' she took up the tattered gothic, romantic conventions and showed they still fit our naked human plight.

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