The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales
31%
off

The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales

4.17 (743 ratings by Goodreads)
Edited by 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days
When will my order arrive?

Description

The Gothic tale has been with us for over two hundred years, but this collection is the first to illustrate the continuing strength of this special fictional tradition from its origins in the late eighteenth century. Gothic fiction is generally identified from Horace Walpole's Castle of Otranto and the works of Ann Radcliffe, and with heroes and heroines menaced by feudal villains amid crumbling ruins. While the repertoire of claustrophobic settings, gloomy themes, and threatening atmosphere established the Gothic genre, later writers from Poe onwards achieved an ever greater sophistication, and a shift in emphasis from cruelty to decadence. 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 brings together the work of writers such as Le Fanu, Hawthorne, Hardy, Faulkner, and Borges with their earliest literary forebears, and emphasizes the central role of women writers from Anna Laetitia Aikin to Isabel Allende and Angela Carter.
While the Gothic tale shares some characteristics with the ghost story and tales of horror and fantasy, the present volume triumphantly celebrates the distinctive features that define this powerful and unsettling literary form.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 36mm | 580.6g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0199561532
  • 9780199561537
  • 114,593

Table of contents

I. BEGINNINGS; II. THE NINETEENTH CENTURY; III. THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
show more

Review quote

this is a generous selection from the eighteenth century up to the present day ... Deliciously unsettling. * The Observer * Armed with this anthology...the faint-hearted connoisseur can make his way down the gloomy halls and secret passageways of the genre. * Peter Ackroyd, The Times * a sumptuous spread of eeriness, horror and decay, plus an astute introduction that lays bare the gothic's vitals...there will be something in this book to chill the blood of any reader. * John Carey, Sunday Times * Review from previous edition the perfect book to put beside the bed of a timorous guest you wish would go home * The Economist *
show more

Review Text

Review from previous edition the perfect book to put beside the bed of a timorous guest you wish would go home The Economist
show more

Rating details

743 ratings
4.17 out of 5 stars
5 42% (312)
4 37% (278)
3 17% (129)
2 2% (17)
1 1% (7)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X