In a Glass Darkly
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In a Glass Darkly by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Book Description'the ideal reading...for the hours after midnight' Thus Henry James described the style of supernatural tale of which Sheridan Le Fanu was a master. Known in nineteenth-century Dublin as 'The Invisible Prince' because of his reclusive and nocturnal habits, Le Fanu was fascinated by the occult. His writings draw on the Gothic tradition, elements of Irish folklore, and even on the social and political anxieties of his Anglo-Irish contemporaries. In exploring sometimes inexplicable terrors, the tales focus on the unease of the haunted men and women who encounter the supernatural, rather than on the origin or purpose of the visitant. This makes for spine-chilling reading. The five stories presented here have been collected by Dr Hesselius, a 'metaphysical' doctor, the forerunner of the modern psychiatrist, who is willing to consider the ghosts both as real and as hallucinatory obsessions. The reader's doubtful anxiety mimics that of the protagonist, and each story thus creates that atmosphere of mystery which is the supernatural experience. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199537983
(198mm x 130mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 14-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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In a Glass Darkly, Paperback (November 2009)
A collection of ghost and mystery stories. It includes such stories as: "Green Tea", "The Familiar", "Mr Justice Harbottle", "The Room in the Dragon Volant" and "Carmilla".
House by the Churchyard, Paperback (September 2006)» View all books by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Presents one of the examples of gothic literature, from a master of the art of the supernatural.
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