The Norton book of ghost stories

Format: Print Book 1994
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Shaler North Hills Library Non-Fiction 808.83873 N
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Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  808.83873 N
This assemblage of twenty-nine of the eeriest stories in English features such talents as Henry James, Shirley Jackson, Elizabeth Bowen, A. S. Byatt, and Elizabeth Taylor, accompanied by an introduction that reevaluates the genre.
The romance of certain old clothes ; The friends of the friends ; Maud-Evelyn ; Sir Edmund Orme / Henry James
Casting the runes ; "Oh, whistle, and I'll come to you, my lad" ; Mr Humphreys and his inheritance ; Count Magnus / M. R. James
Miss Mary Pask ; The looking glass / Edith Wharton
Poor girl / Elizabeth Taylor
The beckoning fair one / Oliver Onions
The open window / Saki
Hand in glove ; The demon lover ; The cat jumps / Elizabeth Bowen
The clock / W. F. Harvey
The tooth / Shirley Jackson
A story of Don Juan / V. S. Pritchett
The Portobello Road / Muriel Spark
Three miles up / Elizabeth Jane Howard
The tower / Marghanita Laski
The Buick Saloon / Ann Bridge
The axe / Penelope Fitzgerald
Torch song ; The music teacher / John Cheever
The July ghost / A. S. Byatt
Ancient music / Philip Graham.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Henry James and M. R. James head this stellar cast of great ghost story writers. The four stories by Henry James include "The Romance of Certain Old Clothes," written when he was only 24; the four by M. R. James include "Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad," a masterly combination of scholarly control and antiquarian detail pub~lished in 1904. There's Oliver Onions' "The Beckoning Fair Ones," and chilling tales by the likes of Shirley Jackson, Saki, Elizabeth Bowen, V. S. Pritchett, Muriel Spark, Edith Wharton, John Cheever, and Elizabeth Taylor, among others--18 authors and 29 stories. Brad Leithauser explains these stories' bewitching powers in his astute introduction. Publication date is, appropriately, Halloween. ~--George Cohen"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Leithauser (Seaward) believes that the ghost-story genre divides into plot-driven and psychologically motivated stories, and that the best of each ``constantly hunger after the infinite.'' To that end, he has compiled a series of rather musty, but still serviceable, ghostly tales that manage to conjure up the idea of ``vastness'' (representative of the unseen, supernatural world) while still offering some good shudders. In his introduction, Leithauser focuses much of his attention on Henry James and M.R. James (who has managed to stay in print since 1904) and gives shorter shrift to ``newer'' writers like Shirley Jackson and John Cheever. This emphasis not only gives the anthology a dated feel but indicates an unfamiliarity with, or disregard for, the ghostly literature of the past 25 years. Is there not one story by Ramsey Campbell, Stephen King, Peter Straub, Robert Aickman or Clive Barker that deserves inclusion along with tales by the two Jameses, Edith Wharton, Oliver Onions, Muriel Spark, Elizabeth Bowen, Saki and A.S. Byatt? Although all of the selected tales are classy, they tend-again, because of Leithauser's myopia concerning contemporary ghost stories-to repeat themes: ghostly lovers do dastardly deeds with predictable alacrity; exotic places cast mysterious and occasionally dangerous spells; loyal garments chastise greedy materialists. Considering the determinedly literary quality of these tales of formless wraiths and whistling vapors, and Leithauser's scanting of the rich though relatively recent developments in the genre, it can be said that, in this anthology, style clearly triumphs over substance. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Ghost stories, English.
Ghost stories, American.
Publisher New York :W.W. Norton,1994
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Leithauser, Brad.
Language English
Description 430 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 0393035646 :
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