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Tales of Men and Ghosts
     

Tales of Men and Ghosts

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by Edith Wharton
 

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Tales of Men and Ghosts collects ten short stories previously published in Scribner's Magazine and The Century during the years 1909 and 1910: "The Bolted Door," "His Father's Son," "The Daunt Diana," "The Debt," "Full Circle," "The Legend," "The Eyes," "The Blond Beast," "Afterward," and "The Letters." Set in Europe and New York City, the main characters usually are

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Tales of Men and Ghosts collects ten short stories previously published in Scribner's Magazine and The Century during the years 1909 and 1910: "The Bolted Door," "His Father's Son," "The Daunt Diana," "The Debt," "Full Circle," "The Legend," "The Eyes," "The Blond Beast," "Afterward," and "The Letters." Set in Europe and New York City, the main characters usually are men--artists, dilletantes, or businessmen--and their friends, proteges, and hangers-on. Frequently, the unnamed male narrator also is a character in the story. Only two stories, "Afterward" and "The Letters," feature women as obviously central characters, although the peripheral female characters in the stories sometimes play important roles.

The plots of the "tales of men" are slight, often turning on some ironic moral or social insight gained by the protagonist. For instance, "The Debt" features the protege of a renowned biologist who eventually succeeds to his mentor's endowed university chair. The title of the protege's master work, "The Arrival of the Fittest," which disproves his mentor's own theory, announces perhaps ironically the inevitability and desirability of progress. When Ronald Grew learns that ordinary Brooklyn businessman Mason Grew, not glamorous European pianist Fortune Dolbrowski, is his real father, his disappointment proves all the more that he is indeed "His Father's Son."

The "tales of ghosts" are more riveting, relying as they do on the reader's susceptibility to what Wharton called a well-written ghost story's "thermometrical quality;" that is, its ability to "[send] a cold shiver down one's spine." These tales often depend on psychological, as well as moral or social insight, for example, when Andrew Culwin realizes that "The Eyes" that haunt him are his own. In "Afterward," when Ned Boyne leaves his bride for the ghost of the business partner he cheated out of his share of a mining fortune, Mary Boyne must realize the limits of the marital relationship that she had considered so idyllic.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013010116
Publisher:
Cherry Lane Ebooks
Publication date:
09/07/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
375 KB

Meet the Author

Edith Wharton, born Edith Newbold Jones (January 24, 1862 – August 11, 1937) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer. Her most famous work "The Age of Innocence" (1920) won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for literature, making Wharton the first woman to win the award.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 24, 1862
Date of Death:
August 11, 1937
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Place of Death:
Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, France
Education:
Educated privately in New York and Europe

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Tales of men and ghosts 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The stories of men are moving and thought-provoking; the stories of ghosts are intriguing and chilling. And all the stories have just the right touch of suspense to keep you turning the pages, even as the night wears on way past your bedtime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Odd situaions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First of all i necissarly havent read this book from what i read from what it is about about it looks pretty interesting to all the ppl that says it sucks u suck
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How do they expect to scare u if they dont even tri
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hh