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The Dedalus Book of French Horror: The 19th…

The Dedalus Book of French Horror: The 19th Century

by Terry Hale (Editor)

Other authors: Charles Baudelaire (Contributor), Leon Bloy (Contributor), Petrus Borel (Contributor), Charles Cros (Contributor), Guy de Maupassant (Contributor)20 more, Gerard de Nerval (Contributor), Alexandre Dumas (Contributor), Erckmann-Chatrian (Contributor), Xavier Forneret (Contributor), Théophile Gautier (Contributor), Edmund Haraucourt (Contributor), Liz Heron (Translator), JK Huysmans (Contributor), La Harpe (Contributor), Jules Lermina (Contributor), Jean Lorrain (Contributor), Marquise de Sade (Contributor), Catulle Mendes (Contributor), Charles Nodier (Contributor), Jean Richepin (Contributor), Henri Rivière (Contributor), Alphonse Royer (Contributor), Frédéric Soulié (Contributor), Eugène Sue (Contributor), Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (Contributor)

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In contrast to the previous reviewer, I found this to be one of the best Dedalus anthologies, full of rip-roaring Gothic adventure and grue from the writers of the early nineteenth century, most of them little-known in English. The mood, however is quite different from the Decadence anthologies with which Dedalus is associated. Short, intense pieces, nicely sequenced, and served up with a fine introduction.

Contains many very rare texts, including one of Petrus Borel's Immoral Tales: 'Monsieur de l'Argentiere, Public Prosecutor', probably the only accessible sample of Borel's work in English. ( )
  Soukesian | Jun 10, 2012 |
I'm a huge fan of the Dedalus Publishing Company, especially their anthologies but this one was really tough to get through. I just couldn't get into the writing style of the French 19th Century authors. If you enjoy Charles Baudelaire, Marquis De Sade, Alexander Dumas, J.K Huysmans and Guy de Maupassant (all of whom are represented in this anthology) then I'd suggest giving this anthology a go despite my review. Personally, I found most of the stories pretty boring and lacking in the creepy eeriness that Dedalus anthologies usually generate for me. The most memorable stories were The Hanged Man by Charles Cros and The Prisoner of his Own Masterpiece by Edmund Haraucourt, the latter was particularly creative and horrifying. ( )
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Hale, TerryEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baudelaire, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bloy, LeonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Borel, PetrusContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cros, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
de Maupassant, GuyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
de Nerval, GerardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dumas, AlexandreContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Erckmann-ChatrianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Forneret, XavierContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gautier, ThéophileContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Haraucourt, EdmundContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Heron, LizTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Huysmans, JKContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
La HarpeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lermina, JulesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lorrain, JeanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Marquise de SadeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mendes, CatulleContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nodier, CharlesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Richepin, JeanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rivière, HenriContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Royer, AlphonseContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Soulié, FrédéricContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sue, EugèneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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