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The Watcher and Other Weird Stories
     

The Watcher and Other Weird Stories

by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
 

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The Watcher and Other Weird Stories by J. Sheridan Le Fanu, with Twenty-one Illustrations by Brinsley Sheridan Le Fanu


CONTENTS
Preface.
Story 1. The Watcher.
Story 2. Passage in the Secret History of an Irish Countess.
Story 3. Strange Event in the Life of Schalken the Painter.
Story 4. The Fortunes of Sir Robert Ardagh.

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The Watcher and Other Weird Stories by J. Sheridan Le Fanu, with Twenty-one Illustrations by Brinsley Sheridan Le Fanu


CONTENTS
Preface.
Story 1. The Watcher.
Story 2. Passage in the Secret History of an Irish Countess.
Story 3. Strange Event in the Life of Schalken the Painter.
Story 4. The Fortunes of Sir Robert Ardagh.
Story 5. The Dream.
Story 6. A Chapter in the history of a Tyrone Family

Preface.
Most of the tales in this volume were written prior to the publication of “Uncle Silas,” which is, perhaps, the novel by which my father is best known. All the stories, with the exception of “The Watcher,” were included in “The Purcell Papers,” edited by Mr. Alfred Perceval Graves after my father’s death, and published by Messrs. Bentley.

It may be of interest to point out that the central idea in the story entitled “Passage in the Secret History of an Irish Countess” is embodied in “Uncle Silas.”

When “The Purcell Papers” were appearing in The Dublin University Magazine my father supplied the following note, which was reproduced by Mr. Graves in his edition of the book:--
“The residuary legatee of the late Francis Purcell, who has the honour of selecting such of his lamented old friend’s manuscripts as may appear fit for publication, in order that the lore which they contain may reach the world before scepticism and utility have robbed our species of the precious gift of credulity, and scornfully kicked before them, or trampled into annihilation those harmless fragments of picturesque superstition which it is our object to preserve, has been subjected to the charge of dealing too largely in the marvellous; and it has been half insinuated that such is his love for diablerie, that he is content to wander a mile out of his way in order to meet a fiend or a goblin, and thus to sacrifice all regard for truth and accuracy to the idle hope of affrighting the imagination, and thus pandering to the bad taste of his reader. He begs leave, then, to take this opportunity of asserting his perfect innocence of all the crimes laid to his charge, and to assure his reader that he never pandered to his bad taste, nor went one inch out of his way to introduce witch, fairy, devil, ghost, or any other of the grim fraternity of the redoubted Raw-head-and-bloody-bones. His province touching these tales has been attended with no difficulty and little responsibility; indeed, he is accountable for nothing more than an alteration in the names of persons mentioned therein, when such a step seemed necessary, and for an occasional note, whenever he conceived it possible innocently to edge in a word. These tales have been written down by the Rev. Francis Purcell, P.P., of Drumcoolagh; and in all the instances, which are many, in which the present writer has had an opportunity of comparing the manuscript of his departed friend with the actual traditions current amongst the families whose fortunes they pretend to illustrate, he has uniformly found that whatever of supernatural occurred in the story, so far from being exaggerated by him, had been rather softened down, and, wherever it could be attempted, accounted for.”

BRINSLEY LE FANU.

London, November, 1894.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940014879439
Publisher:
Denise Henry
Publication date:
08/15/2012
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

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