The Book Of Doppelgangers

The Book Of Doppelgangers

by Robert Sterling
     
 

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The face in the mirror is yours, but ever so slightly different. A shadow haunts your house, but it walks in places you've never gone. You grew up with a boy who had your face and your name, except he always did everything right, while you never could. Evil twins, double images: these are the tales of the Doppelganger: eight outre tales of the doubly weird by… See more details below

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The face in the mirror is yours, but ever so slightly different. A shadow haunts your house, but it walks in places you've never gone. You grew up with a boy who had your face and your name, except he always did everything right, while you never could. Evil twins, double images: these are the tales of the Doppelganger: eight outre tales of the doubly weird by J. Sheridan LeFanu, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Algernon Blackwood, Guy de Maupassant, Honore de Balzac, Hans Christian Andersen, Henry James, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

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Library Journal
This collection of mystifying stories by major 19th- and 20th-century writers deals with dual personalities-often seen as good and bad, innocent and evil, or ego and alter ego, and often in conflict. These stories embody that conflict, whether real or imagined. For instance, in Henry James's "The Jolly Corner," Spencer Brydon returns home to find that an adversary-shadowy and yet horrible and real-has taken up residence and is living Spencer's life. James's writing style, clause after clause, adds wonderfully to the suspense. In Guy de Maupassant's "The Horla," a man's menacing double remains invisible as he seemingly hallucinates in terror, while perhaps the most masterly blend of crime and sorrow is brought about in "William Wilson" by Edgar Allen Poe, the master himself. Other writers in this collection are Max Beerbohm, Honor de Balzac, and Hans Christian Andersen, who seems a curious inclusion but whose account of role reversal is more than worthy. Read this collection not for the blood and gore but for dread made real by imagination. Recommended for larger public libraries.-Robert L. Kelly, Fort Wayne Community Schs., IN Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781592243716
Publisher:
Wildside Press
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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