Author : Michael Cox
Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
Release Date : 1989
ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105028886005
Pages : 540 pages
Rating : 4.R/5 ( users)
Download or read book The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories PDF or another Format written by Michael Cox and published by Oxford University Press, USA. This book was released on 1989 with total page 540 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This selection of forty-two stories written between 1829 and 1968 is the first to present the full range and vitality of the English tradition of literary ghost fiction. Fully satisfying what Virginia Woolf called 'the strange human craving for the pleasure of being afraid', it demonstratesthe traditions historical development as well as its major themes, and characteristics. The fictional ghost story is dominated by English authors, from J. S. Le Fanu and M. R. James to Walter de la Mare and Robert Aickman, and by American authors, such as Edith Wharton, writing in the English tradition. As the editors stress in their informative introduction, a good ghost story,though it may raise many profound questions about life and death, entertains as much as it unsettles us. Featuring such authors as Algernon Blackwood, H. Russell Wakefield, Henry James, and Elizabeth Bowen, this anthology combines a serious literary purpose with the plain intention of arousingpleasing fear at the doings of the dead.