Oxford Book of Twentieth-century Ghost Stories

Oxford Book of Twentieth-century Ghost Stories

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Ghosts are resilient creatures. They thrive in an atmosphere of candle-light and decay, in antique manors, graveyards and cloisters and yet, as this anthology triumphantly demonstrates, they are equally at home under the harsh light of the electric bulb. The advent of the motor car and the invention of the telephone have merely tested their ingenuity, and exercised the talents of a host of writers. The fractures and schisms of the twentieth century are reflected in the current proliferation of literary genres, and in the marvellous variety that a single genre can embrace. Leading exponents of ghost fiction such as M. R. James and Algernon Blackwood are joined by authors such as Scott Fitzgerald, A. S. Byatt, William Trevor, and Alison Lurie; women, in particular, have embraced the form with skill and versatility. As well as the returning dead there are haunted typewriters, malevolent furniture, and urban ghosts, phantoms of smoke and soot. Occasionally with humour, but more often with obliquity and restraint, these stories both entrance and terrify. This book is intended for readers of ghost fiction, science fiction, fantasy, horror, supernatural, Gothic; students of popular fiction, cultural studiesshow more

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  • Paperback | 444 pages
  • 128 x 190 x 30mm | 358.34g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192880381
  • 9780192880383

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