The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories (Oxford Books of Prose)

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With their evocative settings amid mists and shadows, in ruinous houses, on lonely roads and wild moorlands, in abandoned churches and over-grown gardens, ghost stories have long exercised a universal fascination. Responding to people's overwhelming attraction to anything frightening, this marvelous anthology of some of the very best English ghost stories combines a serious literary purpose with the simple intention of arousing a pleasurable fear of the doings of the dead.

As the first volume to present the full range and vitality of the ghost fiction tradition, this selection of forty-two stories, written between 1829 and 1968, demonstrates the tradition's historical development, as well as its major themes and characteristics. Though the genre reached its peak in the nineteenth century, it enjoyed a second flowering between the two World Wars and even now still attracts dedicated practitioners and readers. The anthology includes stories by Walter Scott, M. R. James, Bram Stoker, Rudyard Kipling, Edith Wharton, Somerset Maugham, T. H. White, and many others.
Stressing the important contribution women writers have made to the genre, the collection also offers eight stories by women, ranging from Amelia Edward's "The Phantom Ghost" (1864) to Elizabeth Bowen's "Hand in Glove" (1952).

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Michael Cox is Senior Commissioning Editor, Reference Books, at OUP and is currently compiling 'The Oxford Chronology of English Literature' on a freelance basis. His previous books for the Press include 'A Dictionary of Writers and Their Works', 'Victorian Ghost Stories' (with R. A. Gilbert), 'Victorian Detective Stories', and 'The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories'. R. A. Gilbert is a well-known antiquarian bookseller and a world authority on the historiography of esoteric thought in general, and on the occult currents of the nineteenth century in particular.

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Review from previous edition "handsome Oxford collection of spooks...plenty of flesh-creeping matter here" The Times


"The perfect book for long winter evenings of drawn curtains and flickering firelight." Books and Bookmen


"an excellent cross-section of familiar and unfamiliar stories" New Statesman


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