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Gothic tales ([New edition])

By: Gaskell, Elizabeth Kranzler, Laura(Notes by) Kranzler, Laura(Introduction by) Kranzler, Laura(Edited by)

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Part of the Penguin classics series
014043741X / 9780140437416
Paperback
823.8
14/08/2000
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England
Classics
20 cm xxxvi, 366 pages : illustrations (black and white)
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Elizabeth Gaskell's chilling Gothic tales blend the real and the supernatural to eerie, compelling effect. 'Disappearances', inspired by local legends of mysterious vanishings, mixes gossip and fact; 'Lois the Witch', a novella based on an account of the Salem witch hunts, shows how sexual desire and jealousy lead to hysteria; while in The Old Nurse's Story a mysterious child roams the freezing Northumberland moors.

Whether darkly surreal, such as 'The Poor Clare', where an evil doppelganger is formed by a woman's bitter curse, or mischievous like 'Curious, if True', a playful reworking of fairy tales, all the stories in this volume form a stark contrast to the social realism of Gaskell's novels, revealing a darker and more unsettling style of writing.

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FC Classic fiction (pre c 1945), FYB Short stories

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