The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories

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The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories

Michael Cox

ISBN10: 0192142607

ISBN13: 978-0192142603

The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories

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"The ghosts of fiction were not killed off by the advent of the electric light, the invention of the telephone, the coming of the motor car, or even by the once unthinkable horrors of technological warfare. Instead they took over the trappings, landscapes, and cultural assumptions of the twentieth century for their ancient purposes." Thus Michael Cox introduces The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories, a unique collection of 33 of the best and most chilling ghost stories of our era.
The first anthology to trace the evolution of the ghost story over the last one hundred years, this book demonstrates the variety and versatility of the genre and the different ways in which stories of the supernatural have adapted to twentieth-century venues and concerns. In these tales we encounter not only the returning dead, but also distinctly modern phantoms: a haunted typewriter, a ghost that travels by train, and an urban specter made of smoke and soot. There are child ghosts and haunted houses, playful spooks and deadly apparitions. The authors of these uncanny tales are as diverse as the kinds of stories they tell; there are ghost stories by such specialists as M.R. James and Algernon Blackwood and many by authors not commonly associated with the genre: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edith Wharton, Graham Greene, A.S. Byatt, and Angela Carter are only a few of the literary celebrities included in this collection. At a time when our era seems to grow increasingly rational and predictable,The Oxford Book of Twentieth Century Ghost Stories reminds us of the joys of uncertainty and wonder. Distinctive and gripping, these stories will linger long in the memory.

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title The Oxford Book of Twentieth-century Ghost Stories
authors Michael Cox
publisher Oxford University Press, USA
publishedDate 1996
description Includes stories about the returned dead, haunted typewriters, and malevolent furniture by such authors as Edith Wharton, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Graham Greene, William Trevor, Fay Weldon, and A.S. Byatt
pageCount 425
printType BOOK
categories Fiction
maturityRating NOT_MATURE
language en

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