The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories #2020

The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories By Michael Cox R.A. Gilbert The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories The Victorians excelled at telling ghost stories In an age of rapid scientific progress the idea of a vindictive past able to reach out and violate the present held a special potential for terror Thr
  • Title: The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories
  • Author: Michael Cox R.A. Gilbert
  • ISBN: 9780192804471
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories By Michael Cox R.A. Gilbert The Victorians excelled at telling ghost stories In an age of rapid scientific progress, the idea of a vindictive past able to reach out and violate the present held a special potential for terror Throughout the nineteenth century, fictional ghost stories developed in parallel with the general Victorian fascination with death and what lay beyond it Though they wereThe Victorians excelled at telling ghost stories In an age of rapid scientific progress, the idea of a vindictive past able to reach out and violate the present held a special potential for terror Throughout the nineteenth century, fictional ghost stories developed in parallel with the general Victorian fascination with death and what lay beyond it Though they were as much a part of the cultural and literary fabric of the age as imperial confidence, the best of the stories still retain their original power to surprise and unsettle In Victorian Ghost Stories, the editors map out the development of the ghost story from 1850 to the early years of the twentieth century and demonstrate the importance of this form of short fiction in Victorian popular culture As well as reprinting stories by supernatural specialists such as J S Le Fanu and M R James, this selection emphasizes the key role played by women writers including Elizabeth Gaskell, Rhoda Broughton, and Charlotte Riddell and offers one or two genuine rarities Other writers represented include Charles Dickens, Henry James, Wilkie Collins, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and R L Stevenson There is also a fascinating Introduction and a chronological list of ghost story collections from 1850 to 1910.Includes The old nurse s story by Elizabeth GaskellAn account of some strange disturbances in Aungier Street by J.S Le FanuThe miniature by J.Y AkermanThe last house in C Street by Dinah MulockTo be taken with a grain of salt by Charles DickensThe Botathen ghost by R.S HawkerThe truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth by Rhoda BroughtonThe romance of certain old clothes by Henry JamesPichon Sons, of the Croix Rousse by AnonymousReality or delusion by Mrs Henry WoodUncle Cornelius, his story by George MacDonaldThe shadow of a shade by Tom HoodAt Chrighton Abbey by Mary Elizabeth BraddonNo living voice by Thomas Street MillingtonMiss J romette and the clergyman by Wilkie CollinsThe story of Clifford House by AnonymousWas it an illusion by Amelia B EdwardsThe open door by Charlotte RiddellThe captain of the Pole star by Sir Arthur Conan DoyleThe body snatcher by Robert Louis StevensonThe story of the rippling train by Mary Louisa MolesworthAt the end of the passage by Rudyard Kipling To let by B.M CrokerJohn Charrington s wedding by E NesbitThe haunted organist of Hurly Burly by Rosa MulhollandThe man of science by Jerome K JeromeCanon Alberic s scrap book by M.R JamesJerry Bundler by W.W JacobsAn Eddy on the floor by Bernard CapesThe tomb of Sarah by F.G LoringThe case of Vincent Pyrwhit by Barry PainThe shadows on the wall by Mary E WilkinsFather Macclesfield s tale by R.H BensonThurnley Abbey by Perceval LandonThe kit bag by Algernon Blackwood
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    1. Michael Cox R.A. Gilbert

      Michael Andrew Cox was an English biographer, novelist and musician.He also held the position of Senior Commissioning Editor of reference books for Oxford University Press.

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    1. Review from Badelynge.Excellent selection of 35 ghost stories from the Victorian age, chronologically compiled here dating from 1852 1908 The stories included have been selected as much for aspects of innovation or for the part they played in influencing stylistic developments within the genre than their actual quality Though there are some great ghost stories here and barring three or four stories are generally of very good quality.Along with the stories are a comprehensive list of all ghost st [...]

    2. The reader of this volume of Victorian ghost stories must come equipped with a pre existing fondness for the form Any reader with that fondness would do well to obtain the spooky tome The editors have done a fine job of pulling together some of the many gems of the genre It has a nice mix of big names and lesser knowns, along with a couple of stories by our old friend anonymous Among the biggies are Mrs Gaskell, Dickens, Henry James, M.R James, Wilkie Collins, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Loui [...]

    3. 1 The Old Nurses s Story Elizabeth Gaskell A mistreated ancestor s ghost attempts to lure a child to her death 2 An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Hauntings in the house where a judge hung himself 3 The Miniature J Y Akerman An account of a duel from a madman s diary 4 The Last House in C Street Dinah Mulock A family visiting London percieves the spirit of the mother passing away at home in childbirth 5 To Be Taken With a Grain of salt Charles Dick [...]

    4. Effective enough collection of see title Some struck me as creepy than others I read this because I m writing a historical horror novel that takes place, mostly, in 1890s New England an area profoundly effected by Victorian s I was also interested in how people behaved and spoke at that time How does one turn on a gaslight How important was it to the time How was it to ride in a horse carriage And so onyou get the idea.Many of the authors are familiar Wilkie Collins Robert Louis Stevenson Mary [...]

    5. I love stories about the paranormal Also I m fascinated by Victorian era literature the manors, countrysides, Downton Abbey like plots So this book mixed the two passions and was an excellent read for a Friday evening, post work Yes I am quite weird.

    6. The spectre brideAinsworth , , , , , .The old nurse s storyGaskell , , , , , .Bulwer Lytton, The Haunted and the Haunters Or, The House and the Brain 1857 , , , , .Mary Elizabeth Braddon, At Chrighton Abbey , , , , .Elizabeth GaskellThe crooked branch the ghost in the garden room , , , , , , , , 35 59 , , , , , .Edith Nesbit, John Charrington s Wedding 1891 , , , , .Mrs Craik Dinah Mulock , The Last House in C Street 1856 , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , .George MacDona [...]

    7. Like most anthologies this has some really great stories, a lot of rather average stories and one or two really awful stories Most of the stories were interesting but could have been either longer or shorter to improve them One thing that got annoying was that every other story would be told by a narrator who says they don t believe in ghosts but here is a story that is REALLY real It seems no one was actually allowed to believe in ghost stories in Victorian times but they sure as heck liked tel [...]

    8. Ghost stories were ludicrously popular during the Victorian period a time of huge transition, an age shaped than any other by change, mostly industrial, but with the final consequences of these changes remaining unclear With this shadow of change falling across life in general culminating, no doubt, in anxiety, the ghost story not only gave the Victorian reader an outlet for this anxiety but the ghosts themselves anchored a stable past in an unstable present.Having said all this I was quite dis [...]

    9. This anthology includes a number of spine tinglers from the nineteenth century I really enjoy it because the stories are long enough to tell you a real story and establish a connection and engagement with the character and setting before introducing the supernatural element This makes the reader invested so that the fear exhibited by the characters is shared in a way that is sometimes absent in other collected works of scary stories I also appreciate this work because I love that stories that w [...]

    10. As with any anthology, some stories in this book are impressive, while others are underwhelming, and some are both Unfortunately, many anthologies, particularly those featuring ghost stories, are probably best appreciated when you read each story in its entirety all at once, and you spread the stories out, reading only a couple each week My life doesn t allow me to do this right now, at least not during the school year, so everything started to blur together and much of the tension building was [...]

    11. I had to read this as part of the assigned reading for a literature class Personally, I m not keen on reading anthologies as I don t like paying full book prices when it s likely I ll only enjoy a quarter of it, but the syllabus spoke, and for the sake of my GPA, I obeyed.Being that it s billed as Victorian ghost stories, I expected things to be rather fussy, a la Wilkins To my surprise, many of the stories were downright scary Modern readers may tend to associate ghost stories with things like [...]

    12. The Victorians liked to tell ghost stories at Christmastime, so I ve been working my way through this collection, half a dozen or stories at a time, for the last four or five years Some of them are memorable than others, and there s a certain same ness that my method of reading helped to minimize, but overall, thoroughly enjoyable Also delighted, towards the end of the collection, to rediscover Thurnley Abbey by Perceval Landon, in which a rationalist Edwardian s response to the skeleton rea [...]

    13. A very nice compilation of ghost stories, of varying quality Thurnley Abbey, the Le Fanu entry, and of course the M R James are standouts A couple are set in India, but, disappointingly to me, use perfectly conventional English ghost story subject matter and only use the Indian setting for a little background color I guess in its own way, that tells you something about the British in India Lots of major writers are represented Wilkie Collins, Kipling, Conan Doyle as well as some nice pieces from [...]

    14. Wonderfully creepy collection with a wide variety of the high quality Victorian ghost stories Particularly enjoyed At Chrighton Abbey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon and An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street by J.S Le Fanu It s a really good book for its representation of many female authors.

    15. Read for Disc 1312 Freshman year in college Great for old ghost stories but are not anywhere near what we would consider scary in our modern day culture Stories are strictly about ghosts and tropes such as being watched or hearing footsteps Stories are very un climactic but considered extremely uncanny and horrific for their time period Definitely a must read if you are interested in scary stories, but be prepared to be creeped out or confused than scared out of your mind.

    16. I found this collection very interesting Such a variety of styles, some lyrical and almost poetic, tender and sweet Others quite brutal, all dedicated to that fascination with ghosts I loved the detail woven through the stories, dress, food, decor, customs, expression, all from this most fascinating era of our history A worthy October read, and I must confess, I am inclined to revisit the question of ghosts in our midst.

    17. In my opinion, what distinguishes this book from others of the kind is its brilliant introduction to the ghost story as a genre It provided an answer to many questions I d had and made the reading of some of the stories even pleasant.There is also a good selection of stories and my favourites include J.S Le Fanu, Elizabeth Gaskell, M.R James and Wilkie Collins.

    18. I agree completely with Adam s review I think if they took out the really good stories and the above average stories, and put them into one slim volume, the reader would be much satisfied There were several stories that were really creepy, and a few that weren t especially spooky but were still enjoyable.

    19. A marvelous collection of ghost stories specifically gathered to illustrate the way Victorian people viewed these tales The editors chose stories over the entire Victorian period and they are in chronological order It s very interesting to see how the tenor of the stories changes over times, towards the end of the period, they re sinister and less fun Great book

    20. I love love love all things Victorian, except repression and lack of self expression of course, but after finishing the first story in this collection i remembered i m a scaredy cat and hate hate hate ghost stories.

    21. Can t say that every story was totally engrossing and awesome, but I suppose that s the nature of a short story collection However, it was totally bitchin if you like the Victorian era and or ghost stories.

    22. Very good stuff Nothing here that really chilled me to the bone in a think about it late at night and get nervous kind of way, but a good bunch of stories that also give some insight into the fears and concerns of Victorian society.

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