Oct 30, 20 a short story for learners of english efl halloween now thats a time for ghosts. Some of my best stories come from people i meet in pubs. The oxford book of victorian ghost stories, compiled by michael cox the meaning of night and r. Algernon henry blackwood, cbe 14 march 1869 10 december 1951 was an english broadcasting narrator, journalist, novelist and short story writer, and among the most prolific ghost story writers. The oxford book of victorian ghost stories 9780192804471. Title ghost stories retold by rosemary border author. To bring home and render so great a spoil compendiously has been my capital difficulty. The oxford book of victorian ghost stories michael cox. The oxford book of english ghost stories 1986 anthology by michael cox and r. As the first volume to present the full range and vitality of the ghost fiction tradition, this selection of fortytwo stories, written between 1829 and 1968, demonstrates the traditions historical development, as well as its major themes and characteristics. When i first beheld this apparitionfor i could scarcely regard it as lessmy wonder and my terror were extreme.
People say that he was a soldier who fought in the english civil war, in the 17th century. The oxford book of english verse, 12501900 is an anthology of english poetry, edited by arthur quillercouch, that had a very substantial influence on popular taste and perception of poetry for at least a generation. Convinced theyd caught a ghost on camera, the two sent the picture off to a london ghost club, who decided the only way to verify the encounter would be to hold a seance on the staircase. The oxford book of english ghost stories blogging for a. Some of the best ghost stories are classics, and many are old. This collection of ghost stories owes its publication to an interest that i have long felt in the supernatural and in works of the imagination. Oxford university press is the largest university press in the world, publishing in 70 languages and 190 countries. Reinhardt ghosts in enlightenment scotland, by martha mcgill. The oxford book of english short stories, edited by a. Though they were as much a part of the cultural and literary fabric of the age as imperial confidence, the best of. The oxford book of english ghost stories oxford books of prose.
The oxford book of english ghost stories by michael cox goodreads. The first is that the book s scholarly, whitebearded victorian founder. The oxford book of victorian ghost stories selected and introduced by michael cox and r. The norton book of american short stories published. Catherine wells, herbert russell wakefield, richard hughes, elizabeth walter, alfred noyes. I actually read it in a very short amount of time, which is impressive for an anthology that is sizable. From anthony trollope, charles dickens, and thomas hardy through rudyard kipling, h. Be the first to ask a question about the oxford book of english ghost stories. Oxford english dictionary to go online books the guardian. Quillercouch from arthur quillercouchs 1919 introduction to this extensive collection. In the same village, in an old cottage, there is a ghost known as the spinette player. On june 24 of the following year, the group gathered in the queens house. James, author of ghost stories of an antiquary 1904 and other collections.
What is compelling about these sorts of stories is that, as the introduction to the collection notes, they are just, just out of the true. The first issue had four illustrations by the late james mcbryde. Lawrence, and virginia woolf, right up to graham greene, j. He heaved a sigh of relief when camera and notebook were finally. It was christmas eve, and there were fourteen of us in the house. All the latest breaking news on the oxford book of ghost stories. Published june th 2002 by oxford university press, usa first published. The new illustrated first aid in english is accompanied by an answer book which gives answers to all the exercises and tests. The early library of corpus christi college, oxford, by r. Throughout the nineteenth century fictional ghost stories developed in parallel with the more general victorian fascination with death and what lay beyond it. It describes the visit of a character maybe spinster to a woman who has just given birth to a stillborn baby. The oxford book of english ghost stories internet archive. Below is a list of some of our favorite spooky stories in the english language.
It is our mission to further the universitys objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Some of the older stories might be a challenge, but since many are available to read for free, you can at least give them a try. Mar 10, 2000 you hear some unlikely stories if you walk into the neoclassical headquarters of the oxford english dictionary these days. The oxford book of english ghost stories contains a collection of 42 short ghost stories, written between the years 1829 to 1981, and arranged in chronological order.
From the first of the chronologically arranged stories, the tapestry room by sir walter scott, youll be intrigued by the incredible variety. The project gutenberg ebook of twentyfive ghost stories. Ghost stories stories which frighten you characters. The oxford book of english verse 12501900 chosen and edited by a. The oxford book of english ghost stories by michael cox. The illustrated first aid in english by angus maciver. The oxford book of english ghost stories paperback nov. A letter to lady margaret cavendish hollesharley, when a child. This collection of ghost stories is the first to present the full range of classic english ghost fiction, including some of the very best and most frightening ghost. I can honestly say that i didnt regret reading one of these stories in this book. The sacristan began for the first time to show signs of hurry and impatience. The oxford book of english detective stories by patricia. The oxford book of english ghost stories oxford books of. Dec 15, 2008 the oxford book of english ghost stories contains a collection of 42 short ghost stories, written between the years 1829 to 1981, and arranged in chronological order.
From charles dickens and elizabeth gaskell, to sir arthur conan doyle and henry james, this book brings together the best of victorian ghost stories. Find out how we make the highestquality academic and professional content available around the. Oxford university press oup academic publishing homepage. Complete summary of patricia craigs the oxford book of english detective stories. Cosmopolitan a wonderful crosssection of the familiar and less wellknown. New stateman some of the best and scariest ghost stories ever written. Sometimes at night, people hear the sound of someone playing this old musical instrument. In this volume canon alberics scrapbook was written in 1894 and printed soon after. Le fanu, and stories by authors whom i was unfamiliar with. The oxford book of english ghost stories michael cox. As a child i was deeply concerned in tales of spooks, haunted houses, wraiths and specters and stories of weird experiences, clanking chains, ghostly sights and gruesome sounds always held me spellbound and breathless. Ghost stories of an antiquary was published like the rest by messrs.
The characters, the settings, the plots and the dialogue from each of the stories all seem well thought out and written. Ballard, angela carter, ian mcewan, and many others, the oxford book of english short stories exhibits the capacious and often capricious nature of the english literary sensibility. Oxford university press is a department of the university of oxford. Patricia craig edited both, but they are clearly separate works having different contents. Oxford book of english ghost stories unknown binding january 1, 2009 see all formats and editions hide other formats and editions oxford book of english ghost stories by cox. Please call customer service at 8005422442 8am 6pm est, monday to friday. Oct 19, 2009 a collection of ghost stories is an excellent place to begin, and the oxford book of english ghost stories collects tales of the eerie from some of the masters of the genre. I know nothing about the history of this genre, and i bought the book simply seeking to read a good yarn. Books and bookmen an excellent crosssection of familiar and unfamiliar stories. The oxford book of english ghost stories by michael cox and r a. Browse the independents complete collection of articles and commentary on the oxford book of ghost stories.
Please distinguish between the oxford book of english detective stories this work. K12 schools, college bookstores, and other educational institutions with an oxford account will receive an educational discount when placing their order through our customer service department. Oxford book of english short stories mary mann, little brother the story portrays rural life in a little norfolk village, in the 1890s. A couple are set in india, but, disappointingly to me, use perfectly conventional english ghost story subject matter and only use the indian setting for a little background color i guess. Thomson violence and honor in prerevolutionary perigord, by steven g. For this anthology i have tried to range over the whole field of english verse. Oxford book of english short stories essay 1911 words. Byatt, herself the author of several collections of short stories, is the first anthology to specifically take the english short story as its theme. They didnt have britains got talent in those days he quips, referring to the public hangings that used to take place in oxford and the subsequent ghost stories which grew up around the site. There are stories by wellknown authors such as charles dickens, sir arthur conan doyle, r. The classic age of the ghost story in english lasted through the early 20th century, when the recognized master of the genre was m. The project gutenberg ebook of the best ghost stories, by various. The story that i chose is the ghost by richard hughes.
Ranging from the early 19th century to the 1960s, the collection reveals the development of the genre, and showcases many of its greatest expositors from sir walter scott, h. An oxford anthology has some of the best constructed and most chilling stories i have ever laid my eyes on. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. This list of all blackwoods known weird fiction stories appears by date of first.
The oxford book of english ghost stories by michael cox, 9780192826664, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. It is well known that ghosts as well as supernatural phenomena and creatures in general were of great importance to medieval minds. The english really do excel at writing ghost stories. The thrill and chill of the ghost story is displayed in all its variety and vitality through this marvelous anthology. I travel around and listen to peoples strange and scary stories. Further on was a complete set of pictures from a psalter, of english. Reviews of the the oxford book of english ghost stories to date about the publication we have the oxford book of english ghost stories comments customers never have nevertheless left his or her overview of the game, or otherwise not read it yet. Ghost stories, english, ghost stories, american, ghost stories. A fantastic collection of english prose, with the emphasis of stories in the 1880s, which marked the highlight of ghostly literature, in my opinion. The project gutenberg ebook of twentyfive ghost stories, by w.
The perfect book for long winter evenings of drawn curtains and flickering firelight. Ghost stories content smee the judges house the stranger in the mist the confession of charles linkworth the ghost coach fullcircle smee by a. In particular, pubs and inns are a rich source of ghost stories and oxford has its fair share of hostelries at one time there were well over 400 in the city and perhaps the most famous of these still stands today in the form of the eagle and child. Burrage retold by rosemary border 1 no, said jackson with a shy little smile. Having owned this book for many years, it is a treasured part of my library, and is worth at least one rereading a year. Thus, it is no wonder that much of the literature of the middle ages is ripe with references to monsters, phantoms, miraculous characters and the like, from beowulfs grendel to the. The oxford book of victorian ghost stories by michael cox.1252 700 1537 837 726 1166 861 1272 1580 755 631 1316 765 366 845 144 1387 1227 463 1429 1637 664 1056 48 38 1561 959 143 1597 970 185 1174 543 723 200 1168