Uncle Silas

Uncle Silas : A Tale of Bartram-Haugh

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This is one of the most significant and intriguing Gothic novels of the Victorian period and is enjoyed today as a modern psychological thriller. In "Uncle Silas" (1864) Le Fanu brought up to date Mrs Radcliffe's earlier tales of virtue imprisoned and menaced by unscrupulous schemers. The narrator, Maud Ruthyn, is a 17 year old orphan left in the care of her fearful uncle, Silas. Together with his boorish son and a sinister French governess, Silas plots to kill Maud and claim her fortune. The novel established Le Fanu as a master of horror fiction.

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  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 34mm | 458.13g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0140437460
  • 9780140437461
  • 205,451

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About Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Dublin-born Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873) established himself as a journalist and writer of fiction and became one of the best-selling authors of the 1860-80s. His sinister and supernatural tales are the precursors of the modern ghost story. Victor Sage teaches English at the University of East Anglia. A literary critic and short story writer, he has published critical books on Gothic literature, including Horror Fiction in the Protestant Tradition (Macmillan).

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