By (author) Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
Edited by Laura Kranzler
Introduction by Laura Kranzler
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Gothic Tales by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
Book DescriptionElizabeth 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 doppelganger 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140437416
(199mm x 132mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 14-Aug-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
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.
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