Roald Dahl's Book Of Ghost Stories

Paperback | October 1, 1984

byRoald Dahl

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Who better to investigate the literary spirit world than that supreme connoisseur of the unexpected, Roald Dahl? Of the many permutations of the macabre or bizarre, Dahl was always especially fascinated by the classic ghost story. As he realtes in the erudite introduction to this volume, he read some 749 supernatural tales at the British Museum Library before selecting the 14 that comprise this anthology. "Spookiness is, after all, the real purpose of the ghost story," Dahl writes. "It should give you the creeps and disturb your thoughts." For this superbly disquieting collection, Dahl offers favorite tales by such masterful storytellers as E. F. Benson, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Rosemary Timperley, and Edith Wharton.

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Fourteen of Roald Dahl's favorite tales.

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Who better to investigate the literary spirit world than that supreme connoisseur of the unexpected, Roald Dahl? Of the many permutations of the macabre or bizarre, Dahl was always especially fascinated by the classic ghost story. As he realtes in the erudite introduction to this volume, he read some 749 supernatural tales at the Briti...

Roald Dahl was born in Wales in 1916 and educated in English boarding schools from the age of nine until twenty. During World War II, he was a Royal Air Force fighter pilot in North Africa and Greece. When his active duty was completed, he was transferred to Washington, D.C., where he was asked to write about some of his adventures. A...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.18 × 5.53 × 0.64 inPublished:October 1, 1984Publisher:Farrar, Straus And Giroux

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0374518688

ISBN - 13:9780374518684

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 13

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Table of Contents

Introduction Roald Dahl
W.S. L. P. Hartley
Harry Rosemary Timperley
The Corner Shop Cynthia Asquith
In the Tube E. F. Benson
Christmas Meeting Rosemary Timperley
Elias and the Draug Jonas Lie
Playmates A. M. Burrage
Ringing the Changes Robert Aickman
The Telephone Mary Treadgold
The Ghost of a Hand J. Sheridan Le Fanu
The Sweeper A. M. Burrage (Ex-Private X)
Afterward Edith Wharton
On the Brighton Road Richard Middleton
The Upper Berth F. Marion Crawford

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Fourteen of Roald Dahl's favorite tales.

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"Roald Dahl has selected fourteen of his favorite ghost stories that will deliver chills and goose bumps. "This is the best book of its kind in years." -The Washington Post Book World