The Haunted Screen: Ghosts in Literature and Film

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While ghosts often inhabit films and literature devoted to the horror genre, a group of literature-based films from the 1930s and 1940s presents more human and romantic apparitions. These films provide the underpinnings for many of the gentle supernatural films of the 1990s. Tracing the links between spectres as diverse as Rex Harrison's Captain Gregg and Patrick Swayze's Sam Wheat, this text presents the evolution of the cinematic-literary ghost from classic gothic to the psychological, sociological and political ideologies of today. Included are analyses of the literary and film versions of classic ghost stories such as "Wuthering Heights", "The Ghost and Mrs Muir", "Portrait of Jennie", "Letter from an Unknown Woman", "The Uninvited", "Liliom", and "Our Town", as well as interpretations of modern films not based on literary works that show the influence of these predecessors - "Ghost" and "Truly, Madly, Deeply". The text includes photographs from the films, a filmography, and an index.

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Writer Lee Kovacs is a member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars. She holds a degree from the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Philadelphia.

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“Recommended” --Interzone

“[An] eloquently written analysis of ‘the romantic ghost film’" --Video Watchdog

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