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Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque INSCRIBED by the author

Oates, Joyce Carol

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ISBN 10: 0525936556 / ISBN 13: 9780525936558
Published by E P Dutton, New York, (1994), 1994
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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INSCRIBED by the author. Near Fine, internally clean, solid hard cover copy in a Near Fine dust jacket. #. Bookseller Inventory # 15336

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Title: Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque INSCRIBED by...

Publisher: E P Dutton, New York, (1994)

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

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Sixteen neo-gothic tales of horror, the grotesque, and the dark side of the human imagination focus on the themes of violence in American society and the exploitation of women and children.

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The central haunting of this collection of 16 tales is not anything so concrete as a building haunted by a ghost, but rather the interior haunting of a human being by their ever-shifting sense of self. As Joyce Carol Oates puts it (in a fascinating afterword on the nature and history of the grotesque), "The subjectivity that is the essence of the human is also the mystery that divides us irrevocably from others . . . all others are, in the deepest sense, strangers." These stories, while all dark, cover a range of styles and subjects. Some are vividly violent; several are subtle and/or ironic. The New York Times praised this collection for "pull[ing] off what this author does best: exploring the tricky juncture between tattered social fabric and shaky psyche, while serving up some choice macabre moments."

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