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The Oxford book of gothic tales / edited by Chris Baldick.

Baldick, Chris (Added Author).



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 the late eighteenth century to the present day. Gothic fiction is generally identified with 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. 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.

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  • ISBN: 0192141945
  • ISBN: 9780192141941
  • Physical Description: xxiii, 533 p. ; 23 cm.
  • Publisher: Oxford [England] ; Oxford University Press, 1992.

Contents / Notes

Formatted Contents Note:
Sir Bertrand: Fragment / Anna Laetitia Aikin -- Poisoner of Montremos / Richard Cumberland -- Friar's tale -- Raymond: Fragment / Juvenis -- Parricide punished -- Ruins of the Abbey of Fitz-Martin -- Vindictive monk, or, fatal ring / Isaac Crookenden -- Astrologer's prediction, or, maniac's fate -- Andreas Vesalius, anatomist / Petrus Borel -- Lady Eltringham, or, castle of Ratcliffe Cross / J. Wadham -- Fall of the house of Usher / Edgar Allan Poe -- Chapter in the history of the Tyrone family / Sheridan Le Fanu -- Rappaccini's daughter / Nathaniel Hawthorne -- Selina Sedilia / Bret Harte -- Jean-ah Poquelin / George Washington Cable -- Olalla / Robert Louis Stevenson -- Barbara of the house of Grebe / Thomas Hardy -- Bloody Blanche / Marcel Schwob.
Yellow wall-paper / Charlotte Perkins Stetson -- Adventure of the speckled band / Arthur Conan Doyle -- Hurst of Hurstcote / E. Nesbit -- Vine on a house / Ambrose Bierce -- Jordan's end / Ellen Glasgow -- Outsider / H. P. Lovecraft -- Rose for Emily / William Faulkner -- Rendezvous in Averoigne / Clark Ashton Smith -- Monkey / Isak Dinesen -- Miss de Mannering of Asham / F. M. Mayor -- Vampire of Kaldenstein / Frederick Cowles -- Clytie / Eudora Welty -- Sardonicus / Ray Russell -- Bloody Countess / Alejandra Pizarnik -- Gospel according to Mark / Jorge Luis Borges -- Lady of the house of love / Angela Carter -- Secret observations on the goat-girl / Joyce Carol Oates -- Blood disease / Patrick McGrath -- If you touched my heart / Isabel Allende.
Subject: Horror tales.
Fantasy fiction.
Paranormal fiction
Nouvelles fantastiques > Anthologies.
Roman gothique.
Littérature d'épouvante.
Littérature fantastique.
Merveilleux (littérature)
Genre: Gothic fiction.

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