Elizabeth Gaskell's chilling "Gothic Tales" blend the real and the supernatural to eerie, compelling effect. "Disappearances", inspired by local legends of mysterious vanishings, mixes gossip and fact; "Lois the Witch", a novella based on an account of the Salem witch hunts, shows how sexual desire and jealousy lead to hysteria; while in "The Old Nurse's Story" a mysterious child roams the freezing Northumberland moors. Whether darkly surreal, such as "The Poor Clare", where an evil doppelganger is formed by a woman's bitter curse, or mischievous like "Curious, if True", a playful reworking of fairy tales, all the stories in this volume form a stark contrast to the social realism of Gaskell's novels, revealing a darker and more unsettling style of writing.
- Electronic book text
- 01 Sep 2003
- Penguin Books Ltd (Digital)
- United Kingdom
About Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
Mary Ann Evans (1819-80) began her literary career as a translator and later editor of the Westminster Review. In 1857 she published Scenes of a Clerical Life, the first of 8 novels she would publish under the name of 'George Eliot', including The Mill on the Floss, Middlemarch and Daniel Deronda.