In a Glass Darkly

Paperback | September 14, 2008

byLe Fanu, J. SheridanEditorRobert Tracy

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`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 ofIrish 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 makesfor 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 storythus creates that atmosphere of mystery which is the supernatural experience.

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`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...

Robert Tracy has also edited The Macdermots of Ballycloran and Nina Balatka and Linda Tressel for the World's Classics.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.71 inPublished:September 14, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199537984

ISBN - 13:9780199537983

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'In a Glass Darkly, now published in the World Classics series, still makes for uneasy reading late at night.'Moy McCory, The Times Magazine