The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton

The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton

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One might not expect a woman of Edith Wharton's literary stature to be a believer of ghost stories, much less be frightened by them, but as she admits in her postscript to this spine-tingling collection, "...till I was twenty-seven or -eight, I could not sleep in the room with a book containing a ghost story." Once her fear was overcome, however, she took to writing tales of the supernatural for publication in the magazines of the day. These eleven finely wrought pieces showcase her mastery of the traditional New England ghost story and her fascination with spirits, hauntings, and other supernatural phenomena. Called "flawlessly eerie" by Ms. magazine, this collection includes "Pomegranate Seed," "The Eyes," "All Souls'," "The Looking Glass," and "The Triumph of Night."
Publisher: New York : Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1997, c1973
ISBN: 9780684842578
0684842572
Characteristics: 276 p. : ill. ; 21 cm

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Mar 05, 2010

Edith Wharton (1862-1937) is the author of The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome, The House of Mirth, and other great classics of Western literature. Edith Wharton wrote novels that are renowned for their insight into the innermost secrets of the stiff-upper-lip upper classes; her acute observations and critiques of the social classes still get her talked about in high school English classes. Edith Wharton was also scared of ghosts. She admits that ?till I was twenty-seven or -eight, I could not sleep in the room with a book containing a ghost story.? What better way to get to over your fear of the unknown than by creating your very own collection of scary stories? The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton contains some of the author?s most elegant and insightful tales. ?Pomegranate Seed,? for example, tells the story of Charlotte Ashby, a newlywed whose blissful marriage is disturbed by mysterious letters that arrive for her husband, Kenneth. In ?The Lady?s Maid?s Bell,? a young servant is both drawn to her polite young mistress and spooked by the lady?s gloomy house, foul husband, and rumors of the lady?s previous?and now deceased?maid. ?Kerfol? is the name of an ancient property that, when our intrepid narrator goes to visit, is haunted by silent ghostly dogs that belonged to the estate?s first mistress, a woman who was accused of her abusive husband?s murder years and years ago. These stories, and the others in the collection, feature crisp writing and plenty of suspense; they are, to put it simply, the sort of delightfully spooky tales that make chills run up and down your spine. To paraphrase Edith Wharton (who was paraphrasing someone else)?we may not believe in ghosts, but we?re definitely afraid of them.

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