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Archive for the ‘*Oxford*’ Category

Anon – Four Gothic Novels

Posted by demonik on October 24, 2011

Anon – Four Gothic Novels   (Oxford University Press, 1994)

Horace Walpole – The Castle Of Otranto
William Beckford – Vathek
Matthew Lewis – The Monk
Mary Shelley – Frankenstein

Blurb
Macabre and melodramatic, set in haunted castles or fantastic landscapes, Gothic tales became fashionable in the late eighteenth century with the publication of Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto (1764). Crammed with catastrophe, terror, and ghostly interventions, the novel was an immediate success, and influenced numerous followers: These include William Beckford’s Vathek (1786), which alternates grotesque comedy with scenes of exotic magnificence in the story of the ruthless Caliph Vathek’s journey to damnation. The Monk (1796), by Matthew Lewis, is a violent tale of ambition, murder, and incest, set in the sinister Monastery of the Capuchins in Madrid. Frankenstein (1818, 1831) is Mary Shelley’s disturbing and perennially popular tale of a young student who  learns the secret of giving life to a creature made from human relics, with horrific consequences.

This collection illustrates the range and the attraction of the Gothic novel. Extreme and sensational, each of the four printed here is also a powerful psychological story of isolation and monomania.

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Roger Luckhurst – Late Victorian Gothic Tales

Posted by demonik on June 17, 2011

Roger Luckhurst (ed.) – Late Victorian Gothic Tales    (Oxford World’s Classics, 2009)

Introduction
Note on sources
Note on Illustrations
Select Bibliography
A Chronology Of The 1890’s

Vernon Lee – Dionea
Oscar Wilde – Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime
Henry James – Sir Edmund Orme
Rudyard Kipling – The Mark Of The Beast
B. M. Croker – The Dark Bungalow At Dakor
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – Lot No. 249
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -The Case Of Lady Sannox
Grant Allen – Pallinghurst Barrow
Jean Lorrain – Magic Lantern
Jean Lorrain – The Secret Hand
Arthur Machen – The Great God Pan
M. P. Sheil – Vaila

Explanatory Notes
Blurb:

He was a man of fairly firm fibre, but there was something in this sudden, uncontrollable shriek of horror which chilled his blood and pringled in his skin. Coming in such a place and at such an hour, it brought a thousand fantastic possibilities into his head…’

The Victorian fin de siècle: the era of Decadence, The Yellow Book, the New Woman, the scandalous Oscar Wilde, the Empire on which the sun never set. This heady brew was caught nowhere better than in the revival of the Gothic tale in the late Victorian age, where the undead walked and evil curses, foul murder, doomed inheritance and sexual menace played on the stretched nerves of the new mass readerships. This anthology collects together some of the most famous examples of the Gothic tale in the 1890s, with stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, Vernon Lee, Henry James and Arthur Machen, as well as some lesser known yet superbly chilling tales from the era. The introduction explores the many reasons for the Gothic revival, and how it spoke to the anxieties of the moment.

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Chris Baldick & Robert Morrison – John Polidori: The Vampyre & Others

Posted by demonik on January 15, 2010

Chris Baldick & Robert Morrison  (eds.) – John Polidori:  The Vampyre & Other Tales Of The Macabre (Oxford University Press, 2008)

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Notes On The Text
Selected Bibliography
Chronology Of The Magazines

John Polidori – The Vampyre
Horace Smith – Sir Guy Eveling’s Dream
William Carleton – Confessions Of A Reformed Ribbonman
Edward Bulwer – Monos And Daimonos
Allan Cunningham – The Master Of Logan
Anonymous – The Victim
James Hogg – Some Terrible Letters From Scotland
Anonymous – The Curse
Anonymous – Life In Death
N. P. Willis – My Hobby, —- Rather
Catherine Gore – The Red Man
Charles Lever – Post-Mortem Recollections Of A Medical Lecturer
Letitia E. Landon – The Bride Of Lindorf
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu – Passage In The Secret History Of An Irish Countess

Appendix A: Preliminaries for The Vampyre
Appendix B: Note On The Vampyre
Appendix C: Lord Byron, by Augustus Darvell
Bibliographical Notes
Explanatory Notes

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Robert Morrison & Chris Baldick – Tales Of Terror From ‘Blackwood’s Magazine

Posted by demonik on January 12, 2010

Robert Morrison & Chris Baldick (ed’s.) – Tales Of Terror From ‘Blackwood’s Magazine (Oxford University Press, 1996)

Robert Morrison & Chris Baldick – Introduction
Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
Chronology of Blackwood’s Magazine

‘P. F.’ (Patrick Fraser-Tytler) – Sketch of a Tradition Related by a Monk in Switzerland (June, 1817)
‘Tweedside’ (Sir Walter Scott) – Narrative of a Fatal Event (March, 1818)
Anon. (John Wilson) – Extracts from Gosschen’s Diary (Aug., 1818)
‘E.’ (Daniel Keyte Sandford) – A Night in the Catacombs (Oct., 1818)
Anon. (John Galt) – The Buried Alive (Oct., 1821)
Anon. (John Howison) – The Floating Beacon (Oct., 1821)
Anon (William Maginn) – The Man in the Bell (Nov., 1821)
Anon – The Last Man (March, 1826)
Anon (Henry Thomson) – Le Revenant (Apr., 1827)
Anon (Catherine Sinclair) – The Murder Hole (Feb., 1829)
Anon (Michael Scott) – Heat and Thirst, —A Scene in Jamaica (June, 1830)
By “The Author of ‘First and Last’” (William Mudford) – The Iron Shroud (August, 1830)
‘The Ettrick Shepherd’ (James Hogg) – The Mysterious Bride (Dec., 1830)
‘Syphax’ (William Godwin the Younger) – The Executioner (Feb., 1832)
Anon (Samuel Warren) – A ‘Man about Town’ (Dec., 1830)
Anon (Samuel Warren) – The Spectre-Smitten (Feb., 1831)
Anon (Samuel Warren) – The Thunder-Struck and The Boxer (Sept., 1832)

Robert Morrison & Chris Baldick – Biographical Notes
Robert Morrison & Chris Baldick – Explanatory Notes.

Blurb:
The tales of terror and hysteria published in the heyday (1817-32) of Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine became a literary legend in the nineteenth century. Blackwood’s was the most important and influential literary-political journal of its time, and a major institution not just in Scottish letters but in the development of British and American Romanticism. Intemperate in political polemic and feared for its literary assassinations, the magazine became just as notorious for the shocking power of its fictional offerings. These set a new standard of concentrated dread and precisely calculated alarm, and were to establish themselves as a landmark in the development of the short magazine story. The influence of Blackwood’s quickly reached many major authors, including Dickens, Emily Bronte, Robert Browning, and Edgar Allan Poe. This edition selects some of the best and most representative tales from the magazine’s first fifteen years, including work by Walter Scott, James Hogg, and John Galt, alongside talented but now almost forgotten figures like William Mudford, William Godwin (son of the philosopher), and Samuel Warren. This book is intended for students of Romantic literature, Gothic, Sensational writing, of the nineteenth century.

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Vere H. Collins – More Ghosts and Marvels

Posted by demonik on October 16, 2009

Vere H. Collins – More Ghosts and Marvels: A Selection Of Uncanny Tales from Sir Walter Scott to Michael Arlen (H. Milford, Oxford University Press, 1927)

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Sir Walter Scott – The Tapestried Chamber
Edgar Allan Poe – The Facts In The Case Of M. Valdemar
Elizabeth Gaskell – The Old Nurses Story
Charles Dickens – No. 1 Branch Line: The Signalman
J. Sheridan Le Fanu – Squire Toby’s Will
George MacDonald – The Lady In The Mirror
Walter Besant & James Rice – The Case Of Mr. Lucraft
Henry James – The Great Good Place
F. Marion Crawford – The Upper Berth
Arthur Machen – The Novel Of The White Powder
H. G. Wells – The Door In The Wall
E. F. Benson – Negotium Perambulans
Algernon Blackwood – Running Wolf
Lord Dunsany – The Bureau D’Exchange De Main
Katherine Fullerton Gerould – Loquier’s Third Act
Michael Arlen – The Ancient Sin
Maurice Baring – Venus
R. S. Hawker – The Bothanon Ghost
John Metcalfe – Nightmare Jack
May Sinclair – Where Their Fire Is Not Quenched

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Michael Cox – Twelve Tales of the Supernatural

Posted by demonik on April 12, 2009

Michael Cox – Twelve Tales of the Supernatural (Oxford University Press, 1997)

Introduction

J. S. Le Fanu – Wicked Captain Walshawe, of Wauling
Mrs. J. H. Riddell – A Terrible Vengeance
M. R. James – Number 13
Perceval Landon – Railhead
W. W. Jacobs – The Toll-House E. F. Benson – The Face
W. F. Harvey – The Tool
H. Russell Wakefield – “Look Up There”
Marjorie Bowen – The Last Bouquet
Sir Andrew Caldecott – In Due Course
A. N. L. Munby – A Christmas Game
Shamus Frazer – Florinda

Thanks to jonathan122 at Vault for providing the contents for this one!

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Vere H. Collins – Ghosts and Marvels

Posted by demonik on April 11, 2009

Vere H. Collins – Ghosts and Marvels: A Selection Of Uncanny Tales from Daniel Defoe to Algernon Blackwood (H. Milford, Oxford University Press, 1924)

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M. R. James – Introduction

Daniel Defoe – The Apparition Of Mrs. Veal
Walter Scott – Wandering Willie’s Tale
F. Marryat – The Werewolf
Lord Lytton – The Haunted And The Haunters; or, The House and the Brain
Nathaniel Hawthorne – Young Goodman Brown
Edgar A. Poe – Ligeia
J. S. Le Fanu – A Strange Event In The Life of Schalken the Painter George Eliot – The Lifted Veil
Mrs. Oliphant – The Open Door
R. L. Stevenson – The Body-snatcher
W. W. Jacobs – The Monkey’s Paw
H. G. Wells – The Crystal Egg
Algernon Blackwood – Ancient Sorceries
Barry Pain – The Moon-slave
M. R. James – Casting the Runes

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Jack Adrian – Strange Tales from the Strand

Posted by demonik on February 11, 2009

Jack Adrian (ed.) – Strange Tales from the Strand (Oxford University Press, 1991)

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Julian Symons – Foreword
Jack Adrian – Introduction

Graham Greene – All But Empty (March 1947)
J. B. Harris-Burland – Lord Beden’s Motor (Dec. 1901)
Hugh Walpole – The Tarn (Dec. 1923)
Rina Ramsay – Resurgam ( Aug. 1915)
F. Tennyson Jesse – The Railway Carriage (Nov. 1931)
Beverley Nichols – The Bell (Aug. 1946)
W. W. Jacobs – His Brother’s Keeper (Dec. 1922)
Sapper – Touch And Go (Feb. 1926)
W. L. George – Waxworks (July 1922)
B. L. Jacot – White Spectre (Jan. 1950)
D. H. Lawrence – ‘Tickets, Please!’ (Apr 1919)
Villiers de l’Isle-Adam – A Torture By Hope (June 1891)
L. T. Meade – A Horrible Fright (Oct. 1894)
H. Greenhough Smith – The Case Of Roger Carboyne (Sept. 1892)
Ianthe Jerrold – The Orchestra Of Death (Dec 1918)
C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne – The Lizard (June 1898)
L. G. Moberly – Inexplicable (Dec. 1917)
L. de Giberne Sieveking – The Prophetic Camera (The English Review, Nov. 1922)
Henry A. Hering – Cavalanci’s Curse (March 1899)
H. G. Wells – The Queer Story Of Brownlow’s Newspaper (Ladies Home Journal, Feb. 1932)
Edgar Wallace – The Black Grippe (March 1920)
Morley Roberts – The Fog (Oct. 1908)
Grant Allen – The Thames Valley Catastrophe (Dec. 1897)
Martin Swayne – A Sense Of The Future (Aug 1924)
Arthur Conan Doyle – The Silver Mirror (Aug. 1908)
E. Bland (Edith Nesbit) – The Haunted House (Dec. 1913)
Arthur Conan Doyle – How It Happened (Sept. 1913)
Edith Nesbit – The Power of Darkness (April 1905)
Arthur Conan Doyle – The Horror of the Heights (Nov 1913)

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Richard Dalby – Twelve Gothic Tales

Posted by demonik on June 20, 2008

Richard Dalby (ed.) – Twelve Gothic Tales (Oxford, 1998)

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Richard Dalby – Introduction

Charles R. Maturin – Lexlip castle
Mary W. Shelley – The Dream
Edgar Allan Poe – Metzengerstein
Sabine Baring-Gould – Master Sacristan Eberhart
J. Sheridan Le fanu – Dickon the Devil
Bram Stoker – The Secret of the Growing Gold
F. Marion Crawford – The Dead Smile
Stephen Hall – By One, By Two, and By Three
L.A.G. Strong – The Buckrose Ring
Basil Copper – The Knocker at the Portico
Gerald Durrell – The Entrance

Blurb:

In this anthology we see a dozen fine examples of Gothic literature, spanning over one hundred and fifty years–from Mary Shelley and Charles Maturin’s classic fiction up to an unexpected master of the macabre, Gerald Durrell. All of the tales feature sinister settings such as castles and ancient houses, along with protagonists who are haunted by the tyranny of the past and physically or else spiritually incarcerated by their circumstances. Designed to provide an overview of the genre, and offering a balance of classic and more unusual stories, this is a book that will appeal to both the newcomer and dedicated collector of Gothic fiction.

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Victorian Ghost Stories: An Oxford Anthology

Posted by demonik on September 17, 2007

Michael Cox & R. A. Gilbert (eds.) – Victorian Ghost Stories: An Oxford Anthology (Oxford University Press, 1991)

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Introduction – Michael Cox & R. A. Gilbert

Elizabeth Gaskell  – The Old Nurse’s Story
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu – An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street
J. Y. Akerman – The Miniature
Dinah Maria Mulock – The Last House in C——  Street
Charles Dickens – To Be Taken with a Grain of Salt
R. S. Hawker – The Botathen Ghost
Rhoda Broughton – The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth
Henry James – The Romance of Certain Old Clothes
Anon – Pichon & Sons, of the Croix Rousse
Mrs. Henry Wood – Reality or Delusion?
George MacDonald  – Uncle Cornelius His Story
Tom Hood – The Shadow of a Shade
Mary Elizabeth Braddon – At Chrighton Abbey
Anon (Thomas Street Millington) – No Living Voice
Wilkie Collins – Miss Jéromette and the Clergyman
Anon – The Story of Clifford House
Amelia B. Edwards – Was it an Illusion?
Charlotte Riddell – The Open Door
Arthur Conan Doyle – The Captain of the “Pole-Star”
Robert Louis Stevenson – The Body-Snatcher
Mary Louisa Molesworth – The Story of the Rippling Train
Rudyard Kipling – At the End of the Passage
Mrs. B. M. Croker – “To Let”
Edith Nesbit – John Charrington’s Wedding
Rosa Mulholland – The Haunted Organist of Hurly Burly
Jerome K. Jerome – The Man of Science
M. R. James – Canon Alberic’s Scrap Book
W. W. Jacobs – Jerry Bundler
Bernard Capes – An Eddy on the Floor
F. G. Loring – The Tomb of Sarah
Barry Pain – The Case of Vincent Pyrwhit
Mary E. Wilkins – The Shadows on the Wall
Robert Hugh Benson – Father Macclesfield’s Tale
Perceval Landon – Thurnley Abbey
Algernon Blackwood – The Kit-Bag

Sources
Select Chronological Conspectus of Ghost Stories: 1840-1910

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