The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales

The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales

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Gothic fiction is generally associated with the repertoire of claustrophobic settings, gloomy themes, and threatening atmosphere. However, later writers shifted the emphasis from cruelty to decadence, while modern Gothic is distinguished by its imaginative variety of voice, from the chilling depiction of a disordered mind to the sinister suggestion of vampirism. This anthology illustrates the continuing strength of this special fictional tradition from the 18th century to the present day. It brings together work of writers such as Le Fanu, Hawthorne, Hardy, Faulkner, and Borges with their earliest forebears, and emphasizes the central role of women writers from Anna Laetitia Aikin to Angela Carter and Isabel Allende.show more

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  • Paperback | 566 pages
  • 127 x 190.5 x 40.64mm | 408.23g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192831178
  • 9780192831170

Table of contents

Part 1 Beginnings: "Sir Bertrand - A Fragment" (1773), Anna Laetitia Aiken; "The Poisoner of Montremos" (1791), Richard Cumberland; "The Friar's Tale" (1792), Anonymous; "Raymond - A Fragment (1799), "Juvenis"; "The Parricide Punished" (1799), Anonymous; "The Ruins of the Abbey of Fitz-Martin" (1801), Anonymous; "The Vindictive Monk, or The Fatal Ring" (1802), Isaac Crookenden. Part 2 The 19th century: "The Astrologer's Prediction or the Maniac's Fate" (1826), Anonymous ; "Andreas Vesalius the Anatomist" (1833), Petrus Borel; "Lady Eltringham or The Castle of Ratcliffe Cross" (1836), J. Wadham; "The Fall of the House of Usher" (1839), Edgar Allan Poe; "A Chapter in the History of the Tyrone Family" (1839), Sheridan Le Fanu; "Rappacini's Daughter" (1844), Nathaniel Hawthorne; "Selina Sedilia" (1865), Bret Harte; "Jean-Ah Poquelin" (1875), George Washington Cable; "Olalla" (1885), Robert Louis Stevenson; "Barbara of the House of Grebe" (1891), Thomas Hardy; "Bloody Blanche" (1892), Marcel Schwob; "The Yellow Wall-Paper" (1892), Charlotte Perkins Stetson; "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" (1892), Arthur Conan Doyle; "Hurst of Hurstcote" (1893), E. Nesbit. Part 3 The 20th century: "A Vine on the House" (1905), Ambrose Bierce; "Jordan's End" (1923), Ellen Glasgow; "The Outsider" (1926), H.P. Lovecraft; "A Rose for Emily" (1930), William Faulkner; "A Rendezvous in Averoigne" (1931), Clark Ashton Smith; "The Monkey" (1934), Isak Dinesen; "Miss De Mannering of Asham" (1935), F.M. Mayor; "The Vampire of Kaldenstein" (1938), Frederick Cowles; "Clytie" (1941), Eudora Welty; "Sardonicus" (1961), Ray Russell; "The Bloody Countess" (1968), Alejandra Pizarnik; "The Gospel According to Mark" (1970), Jorge Luis Borges; "The Lady of the House of Love" (1979), Angela Carter; "Secret Observations of the Goat-Girl" (1988), Joyce Carol Oates; "Blood Disease" (1988), Patrick McGrath; "If You Touched My Heart" (1991), Isabel Allende.show more

About Chris Baldick

About the Editor Chris Baldick is a Lecturer in English at the University of Lancaster. He is the author of In Frankenstein's Shadow: Myth and Monstrosity in Nineteenth-Century Writing (1987).show more

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