Gothic Short Stories (Wordsworth Classics)
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This superb new collection brings together stories from the earliest decades of Gothic writing with later 19th and early 20th century tales from the period in which Gothic diversified into the familiar forms of the ghost- and horror-story. Work by writers such as Poe, Dickens, Hawthorne, Gaskell and M.R. James appears alongside that of anonymous writers from the start of the period and many lesser-known authors from Britain and America.
Some of these stories, like the haunting 'The Lame Priest' are 'lost masterpieces' and several have never been anthologised before. Together they cover the spectrum of Gothic story-telling - tales of madness and violence, of shape-shifters and spectres, that express some of their deepest fears of the human mind - insanity, sexuality, death and the often terrible power of the past to catch up with the present.
In a lively, authoritative introduction David Blair provides fresh insights and a detailed commentary on the stories' place in the complex traditions of Gothic writing in British and American literature.
General Introduction by Keith Carabine
Foreword by David Blair
Introduction by David Blair
Sir Bertrand: A Fragment (1773) by Anna Letitia Barbauld
Captive of the Banditti (1801) by Nathan Drake and An Anonymous Hand
Extracts from Gosschen's Diary: No. 1 (1818) by John Wilson
The Parricide's Tale (1820) by Charles Robert Maturin
The Spectre Bride (1822) by William Harrison Ainsworth
The Tapestried Chamber (1829) by Sir Walter Scott
Berenice (1835) by Edgar Allan Poe
A Madman's Manuscript (1836) by Charles Dickens
Strange Event in the Life of Schalken the Painter (1839) by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Ethan Brand (1850) by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Old Nurse's Story (1852) by Elizabeth Gaskell
The Body-Snatcher (1885) by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Yellow Wallpaper (1892) by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Death of Halpin Frayser (1893) by Ambrose Bierce
Canon Alberic's Scrapbook (1894) by M. R. James
No. 252 Rue M. le Prince (1895) by Ralph Adams Cram
The Lame Priest (1901) by S. Carleton
Luella Miller (1902) by Mary Wilkins Freeman
The Bird in the Garden (1912) by Richard Middleton
The Room in the Tower (1912) by E. F. Benson
Notes on Authors and Stories
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