Late Victorian Gothic Tales

Paperback | March 26, 2009

EditorRoger Luckhurst

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'He was a man of fairly firm fibre, but there was something in this sudden, uncontrollable shriek of horror which chilled his blood and pringled in his skin. Coming in such a place and at such an hour, it brought a thousand fantastic possibilities into his head...'The Victorian fin de siecle: the era of Decadence, The Yellow Book, the New Woman, the scandalous Oscar Wilde, the Empire on which the sun never set. This heady brew was caught nowhere better than in the revival of the Gothic tale in the late Victorian age, where the undead walked and evil curses,foul murder, doomed inheritance and sexual menace played on the stretched nerves of the new mass readerships. This anthology collects together some of the most famous examples of the Gothic tale in the 1890s, with stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, Vernon Lee, Henry James and Arthur Machen, as well assome lesser known yet superbly chilling tales from the era. The introduction explores the many reasons for the Gothic revival, and how it spoke to the anxieties of the moment.

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'He was a man of fairly firm fibre, but there was something in this sudden, uncontrollable shriek of horror which chilled his blood and pringled in his skin. Coming in such a place and at such an hour, it brought a thousand fantastic possibilities into his head...'The Victorian fin de siecle: the era of Decadence, The Yellow Book, the...

Roger Luckhurst is Senior Lecturer in English at Birkbeck College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.59 inPublished:March 26, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199538875

ISBN - 13:9780199538874

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IntroductionNote on SourcesNote on IllustrationsSelect BibliographyA Chronology of the 1890sVernon Lee: DioneaOscar Wilde: Lord Arthur Savile's CrimeHenry James: Sir Edmund OrmeJean Lorrain: Magic LanternJean Lorrain: The Spectral HandRudyard Kipling: The Mark of the BeastB.M. Croker: The Dak Bungalow at DakorArthur Conan Doyle: Lot 249Arthur Conan Doyle: The Case of Lady SannoxGrant Allen: The Pallinghurst BarowArthur Machen: The Great God PanM. P. Shiel: Vaila