Gothic Short Stories
by David Stuart Davies , David Blair
Editor: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
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Selected and Edited with Introduction and Notes by David Blair, University of Kent at CanterburyLate in the eighteenth century, authors began writing “Gothic” stories as a way to bring literature into contact with the irrational, the fantastic and the strange, which were neglected in the “Age of Reason”.This superb new collection brings together stories from the early decades of Gothic writing with the late 19th and early 20th century, the tales of the diverse Gothic period in familiar forms of spirit – and-horror-storyWork by writers such as Poe, Dickens, Hawthorne, Gaskell and MRJames appears alongside that of anonymous writers since the beginning of the period and many lesser known authors from Britain and AmericaSome of these stories, like the haunting “The Boiteux Priest”, are “lost masterpieces” and many have never been anthologised beforeTogether they cover a wide range of Gothic style and narration of tales of madness and violence, of shape-shifters and ghosts, which express some of the deepest fears of the human mind – madness, sexuality, death and the often terrible power of the past to catch up with the presentIn a lively neighborhood, authoritative introduction David Blair offers new perspectives and detailed commentary on the stories of “place in the complex traditions of English and American Gothic writing of literature
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