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The Literary ghost : great contemporary ghost stories

Author: Larry Dark
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, ©1991.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Relying little on conventions of the genre, these 28 subtly disturbing, enigmatic modern tales are distinguished by global settings, some memorable ghostly narrators and the depiction of various religious beliefs about the spirit world. In general, they derive their chilling effect from their authors' skillful use of nuance. Setting the collection's almost-rational tone, the first story, M.F.K. Fisher's "The Lost,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Ghost stories
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Larry Dark
ISBN: 0871134748 9780871134745
OCLC Number: 23462786
Description: x, 369 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Lost, strayed, stolen / M.F.K. Fisher --
The Portobello road / Muriel Spark --
The ghost who vanished by degrees / Robertson Davies --
The others / Joyce Carol Oates --
A story of Don Juan / V.S. Pritchett --
Up north / Mavis Gallant --
The warden / John Gardner --
The death of Edward Lear / Donald Barthelme --
The circular valley / Paul Bowles --
The third voice / William Ferguson --
Marmilion / Patrick McGrath --
Spirit seizures / Melissa Pritchard --
Revenant as typewriter / Penelope Lively --
Ghostly populations / Jack Matthews --
The ghost soldiers / Tim O'Brien --
Family / Lance Olsen --
Letter from a dogfighter's aunt, deceased / Padgett Powell --
The ghost / Anne Sexton --
Angel, all innocence / Fay Weldon --
Jack's girl / Cynthia Kadohata --
The next room / A.S. Byatt --
Grass / Barry Yourgrau --
Eisenheim the illusionist / Steven Millhauser --
Ghost and flesh, water and dirt / William Goyen --
Letter from his father / Nadine Gordimer --
Old man of the temple / R.K. Narayan --
A little place off the Edgware Road / Graham Greene --
A crown of feathers / Isaac Bashevis Singer.
Responsibility: edited and with an introduction by Larry Dark.

Abstract:

Relying little on conventions of the genre, these 28 subtly disturbing, enigmatic modern tales are distinguished by global settings, some memorable ghostly narrators and the depiction of various religious beliefs about the spirit world. In general, they derive their chilling effect from their authors' skillful use of nuance. Setting the collection's almost-rational tone, the first story, M.F.K. Fisher's "The Lost, Strayed, Stolen," follows an American in Britain as he visits an old friend and his wife--and the spirits who live with them. Among her closest living friends, the wraithly protagonist of Muriel Spark's "The Portobello Road" includes her murderer. The late Isaac Bashevis Singer delves into a young woman's confusion when her Jewish grandfather and Christian grandmother give her conflicting advice from the grave in "A Crown of Feathers." Stories by John Gardner, Donald Barthelme, Joyce Carol Oates, Steven Milhauser, Fay Weldon, Graham Greene and Nadine Gordimer, among others, are equally rewarding.

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