The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories

Author: Michael Cox,R. A. Gilbert

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0192804472

Category: Fiction

Page: 497

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Collection of thirty-five English ghost stories written during the Victorian Era.

The Oxford Book of Victorian Detective Stories

Author: Michael Cox

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192804488

Category: Fiction

Page: 578

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Short, enticing tales of mystery and detection were part of the Victorian readers' staple diet. The detective story celebrated the human ability to explain and comprehend. In this entertaining anthology, Michael Cox has assembled a wide-ranging selection of 31 stories from authors such as J.S. Le Fanu, Charles Dickens, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Mrs Henry Wood, Wilkie Collins, M.P. Shiel, Baroness Orczy, Sax Rohmer, Robert Barr, and, inevitably, Arthur Conan Doyle. There are police detectives, gentlemen amateurs, lady detectives, professional consulting detectives, even an 'anti-detective' (who devises a crime for himself to solve) and a psychic detective. The villains against whom they pit their wits are equally various, as are their crimes - from fraud and forgery to theft, abduction, and of course, murder most foul, whether by poison, bullet, or blade.

Twelve Victorian Ghost Stories

Author: Michael Cox

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 213

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To savour these stories fully we must imagine ourselves in a slower, quieter world, lit by gas and tallow. Sitting by a crackling fire after a good dinner, we are disposed to be frightened a little. We may read of familiar settings: of railway stations, city streets, or country houses, but these are inhabited by fictional ghosts who often pursue their prey with deadly persistence, displaying both cunning and indiscriminate hostility. Our expectations of what a good ghost story shouldbe, as well as how a ghost should behave, derive largely from the Victorian period. The presence here of tales by Amelia Edwards, Rhoda Broughton, and Margaret Oliphant reflect the important contributions made by women writers to the development of the genre, and with stories by J. S. Le Fanu, Henry James, and Vincent O'Sullivan, this is an anthology to attract both the newcomer and addict of the genre.

The Oxford Book of Spy Stories

Author: Michael Cox

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192832672

Category: Medical

Page: 356

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The spy is one of the great icons of the twentieth century. Born in an era of imperial decline, the spy in fiction has reflected the shifting currents of national and international politics for a century and more. This anthology offers a panorama of the best spy stories, which have forever fixed the concept of espionage in the popular imagination. In tales of political intrigue, wartime heroism, and peacetime scheming, we see the spy at work and at rest, sometimes the romantic saviour ofa nation's secret, more often an embittered loner, wracked with disillusion and uncertainty. The gentleman patriot give way to the professional spy, the great game becomes a grubby business in which the enemy may, indeed, be one of Us. These stories by writers of the calibre of A. E. W. Mason, John Buchan, Frank O'Connor, Ian Fleming, Len Deighton, Michael Gilbert and Graham Greene, range from traditional thrillers with the spy as hero to explorations of the metaphoric potential of espionage and the moral, political, and psychological issues that such an activity brings into question. Together with Michael Cox's fascinating introduction, they form a wonderfully entertaining literary insight into a world of intrigue and deception.

A History of the Modern British Ghost Story

Author: S. Hay

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230316832

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 253

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Ghost stories are always in conversation with novelistic modes with which they are contemporary. This book examines examples from Sir Walter Scott, Charles Dickens, Henry James and Rudyard Kipling, amongst others, to the end of the twentieth century, looking at how they address empire, class, property, history and trauma.

Ghost Stories by British and American Women

A Selected, Annotated Bibliography

Author: Lynette Carpenter,Wendy K. Kolmar

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317943538

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Glass of Time

Author: Michael Cox

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1848542682

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

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1876. Nineteen-year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst arrives at the great country house of Evenwood to be interviewed for the position of lady's-maid. But Esperanza is no ordinary servant. She has been sent by her guardian, the mysterious Madame de l'Orme, to uncover the dark and dangerous secrets that her new mistress has sought to conceal, and to set right a past injustice in which Esperanzas own closest interests are bound up. Gradually those secrets are revealed, and with them the truth of who Esperanza really is, enmeshing her in a complicated web of intrigue, deceit, and murder that culminates in betrayal by those she trusted most. A sequel to the widely praised The Meaning of Night, The Glass of Time is a page-turning period mystery and a gripping novel about identity, obsession and secrets.

British Women Writers and the Short Story, 1850-1930

Reclaiming Social Space

Author: K. Krueger

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137359242

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 260

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This book addresses a critically neglected genre used by women writers from Gaskell to Woolf to complicate Victorian and modernist notions of gender and social space. Their innovative short stories ask Britons to reconsider where women could live, how they could be identified, and whether they could be contained.

The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories

Author: Michael Cox,R. A. Gilbert

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: N.A

Category: Ghost stories

Page: 504

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This selection of forty-two stories written between 1829 and 1968 is the first to present the full range and vitality of the English tradition of literary ghost fiction. Fully satisfying what Virginia Woolf called 'the strange human craving for the pleasure of being afraid', it demonstratesthe traditions historical development as well as its major themes, and characteristics. The fictional ghost story is dominated by English authors, from J. S. Le Fanu and M. R. James to Walter de la Mare and Robert Aickman, and by American authors, such as Edith Wharton, writing in the English tradition. As the editors stress in their informative introduction, a good ghost story,though it may raise many profound questions about life and death, entertains as much as it unsettles us. Featuring such authors as Algernon Blackwood, H. Russell Wakefield, Henry James, and Elizabeth Bowen, this anthology combines a serious literary purpose with the plain intention of arousingpleasing fear at the doings of the dead.