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The Oxford book of gothic tales

Format: Print Book 1992
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"But sometimes when I wake in the grey morning, and between waking and sleeping, think of all those things that I must shut out from my sleeping and waking thoughts, I wonder was I right or was he? Was he mad, or was I idiotically incredulous? For--and it is this thing that haunts me--when I found them dead together in the vault, she had been buried five weeks. But the body that lay in John Hurst's arms, among the mouldering coffins of the Hursts of Hurstcote, was perfect and beautiful as when he first clasped her to his arms, a bride."
E. Nesbit's "The Hursts of Hurstcote" is only one of the many stories found in The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales, the first anthology of this spinetingling genre. Though Gothic fiction has generally been identified with Walpole's"Castle of Otranto" and the works of Ann Radcliffe, these thirty-seven selections compiled by Chris Baldick provide a unique look at the genre's development into its present-day forms. We see standard gothic elements of incest, murder, and greed in "The Poisoner of Montremos," a late eighteenth-century story by Richard Cumberland. We find in Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher" the tale that set a new standard of decadence for Gothic stories. In Hawthorne's "Rappacini's Daughter," a young girl is raised on the very essence of poison. In Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily," a woman's death satisfies a neighborhood's curiosity with a bizarre discovery. In other tales, a ghost reveals his sin of parricide, madness drives a man to murder,and a young girl spends her lifetime locked in a single room. All these stories and more contain the common elements of the gothic tale: a warped sense of time, a claustrophobic setting, a link to archaic modes of thought, dynastic corruption, and the impression of a descent into disintegration. Yet they also reveal the progression of the genre from stories of feudal villains amid crumbling ruins to a greater level of sophistication in which writers brought the gothic tale out of its medieval setting, and placed it in the contemporary world.
Bringing together the work of such writers as Robert Louis Stevenson, Eudora Welty, Thomas Hardy, Edgar Allan Poe, William Faulkner, Isak Dinesen, Arthur Conan Doyle, Joyce Carol Oates, Jorge Luis Borges, Eudora Welty, Patrick McGrath, and Isabel Allende, The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales presents a wide array of the sinister and unsettling for all lovers of ghost stories, fantasy, and horror.
Sir Bertrand, a Fragment (1773) / Anna Laetitia Aikin
The poisoner of Montremos (1791) / Richard Cumberland
The friar's tale (1792)
Raymond, a Fragment (1799) / Juvenis
The parricide punished (1799)
The ruins of the Abbey of Fitz-Martin (1801)
The vindictive monk or the fatal ring (1802) / Isaac Crookenden
The astrologer's prediction or the maniac's fate (1826)
Andreas Vesalius the anatomist (1833) / Petrus Borel
Lady Eltringham or the castle of Ratcliffe Cross (1836) / J. Wadham
The fall of the house of Usher (1839) / Edgar Allan Poe
A chapter in the history of the Tyrone family (1839) / Sheridan Le Fanu
Rappaccini's daughter (1844) / Nathaniel Hawthorne
Selina Sedilia (1865) / Bret Harte
Jean-ah Poquelin (1875) / George Washington Cable
Olalla (1885) / Robert Louis Stevenson
Barbara of the house of Grebe (1891) / Thomas Hardy
Bloody Blanche (1892) / Marcel Schwob. The yellow wall-paper (1892) / Charlotte Perkins Stetson
The adventure of the speckled band (1892) / Arthur Conan Doyle
Hurst of Hurstcote (1893) / E. Nesbit
A vine on a house (1905) / Ambrose Bierce
Jordan's end (1923) / Ellen Glasgow
The outsider (1926) / H. P. Lovecraft
A rose for Emily (1930) / William Faulkner
A rendezvous in Averoigne (1931) / Clark Ashton Smith
The monkey (1934) / Isak Dinesen
Miss de Mannering of Asham (1935) / F. M. Mayor
The vampire of Kaldenstein (1938) / Frederick Cowles
Clytie (1941) / Eudora Welty
Sardonicus (1961) / Ray Russell
The bloody Countess (1968) / Alejandra Pizarnik
The gospel according to Mark (1970) / Jorge Luis Borges
The lady of the house of love (1979) / Angela Carter
Secret observations on the goat-girl (1988) / Joyce Carol Oates
Blood disease (1988) / Patrick McGrath
If you touched my heart (1991) / Isabel Allende.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This is not a horror-story anthology, although it includes Poe, Bierce, and Lovecraft. It is not a clutch of little cousins to the romances sold in supermarkets, although the aura of the Brontes hangs over several of the contents as it does over the paperback rack. Nor is it a set of the menace-reeking narratives of Faulkner, Welty, and other so-called southern Gothic authors, although both those names appear in its pages. Editor Baldick has selected according to a strict standard: "For the Gothic affect to be attained, a tale should combine a fearful sense of inheritance in time with a claustrophobic sense of enclosure in space, these two dimensions reinforcing one another to produce an impression of sickening descent into disintegration." Baldick sees this Gothic affect at work in a handful of late-eighteenth-century entries by hands either anonymous or forgotten; in nineteenth-century tales by Hawthorne, Poe, Stevenson, Hardy, Conan Doyle (a Sherlock Holmes adventure), and E. Nesbit; and in twentieth-century efforts by Ellen Glasgow, Jorge Luis Borges, Angela Carter, and Isabel Allende. A theme anthology that imparts knowledge as well as entertainment. ~--Ray Olson"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The fog-enshrouded castle, the crumbling family manor; old secrets unveiled, curses cast, chains clanking, fear and trembling; dread, decay, disintegration, death--each of these trademarks of the well-made Gothic tale is vividly represented in this comprehensive anthology. Informatively introduced and chronologically arranged, the 37 stories showcase the Gothic tradition from its late-18th-century inception up to the present. Included are genre classics from such illustrious practitioners as Poe, Hawthorne, Lovecraft and McGrath, as well as gems from literary masters like Faulkner, Welty, Oates and Borges, all of whom dabble(d) to fine effect in the form. Among the highlights are ``The Parricide Punished,'' an anonymous entry from 1799 set in an enormous castle and narrated by a guest whose visit becomes a waking nightmare; Eden Glasgow's ``Jordan's End,'' in which a long history of family madness gives rise to a most untimely death; F. M. Mayor's ``Miss DeMannering of Asham,'' the story of two women on holiday who get more local color than they bargained for when they learn the shocking truth about DeMannering's dead infant; and especially Ray Russell's bizarre ``Sardonicus,'' whose title character gives the kind of villainous performance that evokes Vincent Price in his horror-movie heyday. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Horror tales.
Fantasy fiction.
Paranormal fiction.
Publisher Oxford [England] ; New York :Oxford University Press,1992
Contributors Baldick, Chris.
Language English
Description xxiii, 533 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN 0192141945
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