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Posts Tagged ‘*Wordsworth”’

Rex Collings – Classic Victorian & Edwardian Ghost

Posted by demonik on June 20, 2008

Rex Collings (ed) – Classic Victorian & Edwardian Ghost Stories (Wordsworth Classics, 1996)

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Sir Walter Scott – The Tapestried Chamber
Richard Harris Barham – The Spectre of Tappington
R.S. Hawker – The Botathen Ghost
Edgar Allan Poe – The Tell-Tale Heart
Elizabeth Gaskell – The Squire’s Story
William Makepeace Thackeray – The Story of Mary Ancel
Charles Dickens – The Story of the Bagman’s Uncle
Charles Dickens – To Be Taken With a Grain of Salt
J.S. le Fanu – An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Steert
J.S. le Fanu – Narrative of a Ghost of a Hand
John Lang – Fisher’s Ghost
Wilkie Collins – The Traveller’s Story of a Terribly Strange Bed
Amelia B. Edwards – The Phantom Coach
Miss Braddon – Eveline’s Visitant
Robert Louis Stevenson – Markheim
Edith Nesbit – Man-Size in Marble
The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde
M.R. James – The Haunted Doll’s House
M.R. James – A School Story
Perceval Landon – Thurnley Abbey
Howard Pease – In the Cliff Land of the Dane
Saki – Laura

Blurb:

This is a book to be read by a blazing fire on a winter’s night, with the curtains drawn close and the doors securely locked.

The unquiet souls of the dead, both as fictional creations and as ‘real’ apparitions, roam the pages of this haunting new selection of ghost stories by Rex Collings. Some of these stories are classics while others are lesser-known gems unearthed from this vintage era of tales of the supernatural.

There are stories from distant lands – Fisher’s Ghost by John Lang is set in Australia and A Ghostly Manifestation by ‘A Clergyman’ is set in Calcutta.

In this selection, Sir Walter Scott (a Victorian in spirit if not in fact), keeps company with Edgar Allen Poe, Sheridan Le Fanu and other illustrious masters of the genre.

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Anon – Sweeney Todd or, The String Of Pearls

Posted by demonik on June 18, 2008

Anonymous – Sweeney Todd or, The String Of Pearls (Wordsworth Editions, 2007)

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Cover Design by Robert Mathias, Publishing Workshop.
Cover Illustration, David with the Head of Goliath, a detail of the head, 1606 (oil on canvas) by Michelangelo Merisa da Caravaggio (1571-1610) Galleria Borghese, Rome, Italy
Bridgeman Art Library, London

With an introduction and Bibliography by Dick Collins:

Blurb:

A distraught Johanna Oakley wanders the streets of London seeking news of her missing fiance, Mark Ingestrie. She is befriended by Colonel Jeffrey, who is searching for his lost friend Thornhill, last seen in Sweeney Todd’s Fleet Street barber-shop. Todd’s apprentice, Tobias Ragg, is struggling to break free from his terrifying and sadistic master, while the barber himself is frantically trying to sell a string of pearls. Meanwhile, just around the corner in Bell Yard, the enigmatic Jarvis Williams has landed himself a fine job — making the most delicious pies in London, to Mrs Lovett’s secret recipe…

The String of Pearls – the original tale of Sweeney Todd, a classic of British horror – was first published as a weekly serial in 1846-47 by Edward Lloyd, the King of the Penny Dreadfuls. One of the earliest detective stories, it became an important source for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. After 157 years of obscurity, it appears here for the first time in book form.

The String Of Pearls is usually credited to Thomas Peckett Prest, but Dick Collins is having none of it! His introductory essay is as welcome as the book itself and he makes a good argument for three – possibly four – authors taking turns at contributing chapters. According to Mr. Collins, the fact that almost everyone has credited the story to Prest is all the fault of “that worst of critics” Montague Summers who certainly has plenty of previous. I mean, far be it from me to accuse anyone of sloppy research but you’re advised to double-check any of “Dear Old Monty’s” “facts” because he’s about as reliable as your average Wikpedia entry.

Rare books reissued at budget prices – in paperback! If any publishers deserve our support it is Wordsworth.

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