Gothic Tales - Elizabeth Gaskell (Paperback)

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Description

The stories in this collection combine realism and fantasy. The themes are familiar from Gaskell's novels, but their treatment is revealingly different, ranging from ghost stories and comic fantasy, to a realistic tale of 17th-century witch trials.

Product Details

Barcode
9780140437416
Department
Books
Released
1 Feb 2001
Supply Source
UK

Book

Authors
Elizabeth Gaskell
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
Laura Kranzler (Editor)
Laura Kranzler (Introduction by)
Laura Kranzler (Contributor)
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Penguin Group USA
Series
Penguin Classics
Language
English
Number of Pages
366
Dimensions
191 x 127 x 19mm (272g)

Annotation

Offers a collection of short stories blending reality and the supernatural.

Summary

  • Elizabeth Gaskell's chilling Gothic tales blend the real and the supernatural to eerie, compelling effect. 'Disappearances', inspired by local legends of mysterious vanishings, mixes gossip and fact; 'Lois the Witch', a novella based on an account of the Salem witch hunts, shows how sexual desire and jealousy lead to hysteria; while in 'The Old Nurse's Story' a mysterious child roams the freezing Northumberland moors. Whether darkly surreal, such as 'The Poor Clare', where an evil doppelgänger is formed by a woman's bitter curse, or mischievous like 'Curious, if True', a playful reworking of fairy tales, all the stories in this volume form a stark contrast to the social realism of Gaskell's novels, revealing a darker and more unsettling style of writing.

Fiction

General Subject
Fiction
BISAC Subject 1
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
BISAC Subject 2
Fiction / Literary
BISAC Subject 3
Fiction / Classics
BIC Classification 1
Short stories
BIC Classification 2
Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
Library Subject 1
Horror tales, English.
Academic Subject 1
Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn, 1810-1865
Dewey Classification
823/.8

Author Bio

Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-65) wrote her first novel, MARY BARTON, in 1848 as a distraction from her sorrow at the death of her only son in infancy. It won the attention of Dickens and was followed by 5 other full-length novels as well as numerous short stories and novellas.

Laura Kranzler has written on Mary Shelley and Virginia Woolf and has published a novel.