The Oxford Book of Twentieth-century Ghost Stories

The Oxford Book of Twentieth-century Ghost Stories

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Baker & Taylor
A collection of thirty-three ghost stories traces the evolution of the form over the last one hundred years, demonstrating its variety in the different ways stories of the supernatural have adapted to twentieth-century events and concerns. UP.

Blackwell North Amer
Ghosts are resilient creatures. They thrive in an atmosphere of candlelight and decay, in antique manors, graveyards and cloisters and yet, as this anthology triumphantly demonstrates, they are equally at home under the harsh light of the electric bulb. The advent of the motor car and the invention of the telephone have merely tested their ingenuity, and exercised the talents of a host of writers.
The fractures and schisms of the twentieth-century are reflected in the current proliferation of literary genres, and in the marvellous variety that a single genre can embrace. Leading exponents of ghost fiction such as M. R. James and Algernon Blackwood are joined by authors such as Scott Fitzgerald, A. S. Byatt, William Trevor, and Alison Lurie; women, in particular, have embraced the form with skill and versatility. As well as the returning dead there are haunted typewriters, malevolent furniture, and urban ghosts, phantoms of smoke an soot. Occasionally with humour, but more often with obliquity and restraint, these stories both entrance and terrify.
This collection shows how ghost stories have successfully utilized the landscapes, technologies, and consciousness of contemporary life to adapt to the modern age with imagination and flair. Distinctive and gripping, these stories will linger long in the memory.

& Taylor

Includes stories about the returned dead, haunted typewriters, and malevolent furniture by such authors as Edith Wharton, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Graham Greene, William Trevor, Fay Weldon, and A.S. Byatt

Oxford University Press
"The ghosts of fiction were not killed off by the advent of the electric light, the invention of the telephone, the coming of the motor car, or even by the once unthinkable horrors of technological warfare. Instead they took over the trappings, landscapes, and cultural assumptions of the twentieth century for their ancient purposes." Thus Michael Cox introduces The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories, a unique collection of 33 of the best and most chilling ghost stories of our era.
The first anthology to trace the evolution of the ghost story over the last one hundred years, this book demonstrates the variety and versatility of the genre and the different ways in which stories of the supernatural have adapted to twentieth-century venues and concerns. In these tales we encounter not only the returning dead, but also distinctly modern phantoms: a haunted typewriter, a ghost that travels by train, and an urban specter made of smoke and soot. There are child ghosts and haunted houses, playful spooks and deadly apparitions. The authors of these uncanny tales are as diverse as the kinds of stories they tell; there are ghost stories by such specialists as M.R. James and Algernon Blackwood and many by authors not commonly associated with the genre: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edith Wharton, Graham Greene, A.S. Byatt, and Angela Carter are only a few of the literary celebrities included in this collection. At a time when our era seems to grow increasingly rational and predictable,The Oxford Book of Twentieth Century Ghost Stories reminds us of the joys of uncertainty and wonder. Distinctive and gripping, these stories will linger long in the memory.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996
ISBN: 9780192142603
Branch Call Number: FIC Ox 1996
Characteristics: xix, 425 pages ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Cox, Michael 1948-2009
Alternative Title: Twentieth-century ghost stories


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