Tales of Mystery and the Macabre
By (author) Elizabeth Gaskell
Introduction by David Stuart Davies
Series edited by David Stuart Davies
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Tales of Mystery and the Macabre by Elizabeth Gaskell
Book DescriptionWith an Introduction by David Stuart Davies. 'In the great mirror opposite I saw myself, and right behind, another wicked fearful self, so like me my soul seemed to quiver within me, as though not knowing to which similitude of body it belonged'. Elizabeth Gaskell is better known today for her pioneering social novels such as Mary Barton (1848) but she also wrote some fascinating tales of the supernatural and the macabre, which are collected here in this volume. The real charm of this dark anthology is its variety. Unlike so many writers of this kind of material, Gaskell allows the story to fit the style rather than the other way around and as result there is a charming freshness to each tale. This remarkable author uses different voices, tones and topics to engage her readers and as you turn from one story to the next you cannot be quite sure what to expect.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781840220957
(198mm x 129mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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