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The Penguin book of ghost stories : from Elizabeth Gaskell to Ambrose Bierce /

by Newton, Michael (Michael Stuart).
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Penguin classics: Publisher: London, England ; New York, NY : Penguin Books, 2010Description: xliv, 416 pages ; 20 cm.ISBN: 9780141442365; 0141442360.Subject(s): Ghost stories, English | English fiction -- 19th century | Ghost stories, American | American fiction -- 19th century | American fiction | English fiction | Ghost stories, American | Ghost stories, English | Short stories | Ghost stories | 1800-1899 | Fiction | Juvenile works
Contents:
Acknowledgements -- Chronology of the ghost story 1820-1914 -- Introduction -- Further reading -- Note on the texts -- Old nurse's story / Elizabeth Gaskell -- What was it? / Fitz-James O'Brien -- Haunted and the haunters: or, The house and the brain / Edward Bulwer Lytton -- Cold embrace / Mary Elizabeth Braddon -- North mail / Amelia B Edwards -- No 1 branch line: the signal-man / Charles Dickens -- Green Tea / Sheridan Le Fanu -- Ghost in the Cap'n Brown house / Harriet Beecher Stowe -- Thrawn Janet / Robert Louis Stevenson -- Open door / Margaret Oliphant -- At the end of the passage / Rudyard Kipling -- Nightmare-touch / Lafcadio Hearn -- Monkey's paw / W W Jacobs -- Wind in the rose-bush / Mary Wilkins Freeman -- Oh, whistle, and I'll come to you, my lad / M R James -- Moonlit road / Ambrose Bierce -- Jolly corner / Henry James -- Readjustment / Mary Austin -- Afterward / Edith Wharton -- Glossary of scots words -- Biographical and explanatory notes.
Summary: Overview: Phantom coaches, evil familiars, shadowy houses, spectral children and mysterious doppelgangers haunt this terrifying new selection of ghost stories. Bringing together the best works from the masters of the supernatural, these are stories that defined the genre. They range from the famous, such as M.R. James's tale of an ancient curse, 'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come To You, My Lad', and W.W. Jacobs's story of gruesome wish-fulfilment, 'The Monkey's Paw', to lesser-known master-pieces: Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Thrawn Janet', telling of a parish priest tormented for life by his encounter with the undead; 'No. 1 Branch Line', Charles Dickens's unsettling account of a railway signal-man and an ominous portent; and Edward Bulwer Lytton's 'The Haunted and the Haunters', where a cursed house harbours a diabolical secret.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<p>'The ghost is the most enduring figure in supernatural fiction. He is absolutely indestructible... He changes with the styles in fiction but he never goes out of fashion. He is the really permanent citizen of the earth, for mortals, at best, are but transients' - Dorothy Scarborough</p> <p>This new selection of ghost stories, by Michael Newton, brings together the best of the genre. From Elizabeth Gaskell's 'The Old Nurse's Story' through to Edith Wharton's 'Afterword', this collection covers all of the most terrifying tales of the genre. With a thoughtful introduction, and helpful notes, Newton places the stories contextually within the genre and elucidates the changing nature of the ghost story and how we interpret it.</p>

Includes bibliographical references (p. [xxxvi]-xli).

Acknowledgements -- Chronology of the ghost story 1820-1914 -- Introduction -- Further reading -- Note on the texts -- Old nurse's story / Elizabeth Gaskell -- What was it? / Fitz-James O'Brien -- Haunted and the haunters: or, The house and the brain / Edward Bulwer Lytton -- Cold embrace / Mary Elizabeth Braddon -- North mail / Amelia B Edwards -- No 1 branch line: the signal-man / Charles Dickens -- Green Tea / Sheridan Le Fanu -- Ghost in the Cap'n Brown house / Harriet Beecher Stowe -- Thrawn Janet / Robert Louis Stevenson -- Open door / Margaret Oliphant -- At the end of the passage / Rudyard Kipling -- Nightmare-touch / Lafcadio Hearn -- Monkey's paw / W W Jacobs -- Wind in the rose-bush / Mary Wilkins Freeman -- Oh, whistle, and I'll come to you, my lad / M R James -- Moonlit road / Ambrose Bierce -- Jolly corner / Henry James -- Readjustment / Mary Austin -- Afterward / Edith Wharton -- Glossary of scots words -- Biographical and explanatory notes.

Overview: Phantom coaches, evil familiars, shadowy houses, spectral children and mysterious doppelgangers haunt this terrifying new selection of ghost stories. Bringing together the best works from the masters of the supernatural, these are stories that defined the genre. They range from the famous, such as M.R. James's tale of an ancient curse, 'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come To You, My Lad', and W.W. Jacobs's story of gruesome wish-fulfilment, 'The Monkey's Paw', to lesser-known master-pieces: Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Thrawn Janet', telling of a parish priest tormented for life by his encounter with the undead; 'No. 1 Branch Line', Charles Dickens's unsettling account of a railway signal-man and an ominous portent; and Edward Bulwer Lytton's 'The Haunted and the Haunters', where a cursed house harbours a diabolical secret.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgements (p. ix)
  • Chronology of the Ghost Story 1820-1914 (p. x)
  • Introduction (p. xv)
  • Further Reading (p. xxxvi)
  • A Note on the Texts (p. xlii)
  • The Old Nurse's Story (p. 3)
  • What Was It? (p. 25)
  • The Haunted and the Haunters: or, The House and the Brain (p. 39)
  • The Cold Embrace (p. 67)
  • The North Mail (p. 77)
  • No. 1 Branch Line: The Signal-man (p. 91)
  • Green Tea (p. 105)
  • The Ghost in the Cap'n Brown House (p. 140)
  • Thrawn Janet (p. 151)
  • The Open Door (p. 162)
  • At the End of the Passage (p. 204)
  • Nightmare-Touch (p. 224)
  • The Monkey's Paw (p. 231)
  • The Wind in the Rose-Bush (p. 243)
  • 'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad' (p. 261)
  • The Moonlit Road (p. 281)
  • The Jolly Corner (p. 291)
  • The Readjustment (p. 326)
  • Afterward (p. 333)
  • Glossary of Scots Words (p. 365)
  • Biographical and Explanatory Notes (p. 371)

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