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The Virago Book of Ghost Stories: The Twentieth Century Volume I

by Richard Dalby (Editor)

Other authors: Cynthia Asquith (Contributor), Enid Bagnold (Contributor), Phyllis Bottome (Contributor), Elizabeth Bowen (Contributor), Marjorie Bowen (Contributor)29 more, DK Broster (Contributor), Angela Carter (Contributor), Lisa St. Aubin de Teran (Contributor), EM Delafield (Contributor), HD Everett (Contributor), Stella Gibbons (Contributor), Ellen Glasgow (Contributor), Hester Gorst (Contributor), Winifred Holtby (Contributor), Elizabeth Jane Howard (Contributor), Elizabeth Jenkins (Contributor), Pamela Hansford Johnson (Contributor), Marjory E. Lambe (Contributor), Margery Lawrence (Contributor), Norah Lofts (Contributor), Rose Macaulay (Contributor), Sara Maitland (Contributor), FM Mayor (Contributor), E. Nesbit (Contributor), Edith Olivier (Contributor), Eleanor Scott (Contributor), May Sinclair (Contributor), Elizabeth Taylor (Contributor), Rosemary Timperley (Contributor), Elizabeth Walter (Contributor), Mary Webb (Contributor), Fay Weldon (Contributor), Catherine Wells (Contributor), Edith Wharton (Contributor)

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'fine, imaginative story-telling with a supreme command of the supernatural', 16 Aug. 2012
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This review is from: The Virago Book Of Ghost Stories (Paperback)
Thirty-four ghost stories by 20th century women writers, from the Edwardian (E. Nesbit, Edith Wharton) to the recent (Angela Carter, Fay Weldon). A lot of the names will be familiar to those who have read the Virago Classics.
I can't say I was exactly scared - maybe none were long enough to work up a state of terror in the reader (try Sarah Waters' novel 'The Little Stranger' for that!) But they were certainly diverse and interesting featuring a host of settings, from ghostly schoolteachers, poor night nurses seeing awful things, wronged women, a lady with a unicorn and even a haunted saucepan. ( )
  starbox | Jul 10, 2016 |
A wonderful collection of ghost stories. The fact that they are all written by women (not advertised on the cover) proves that this genre is not as male-dominated as some would have you believe. Scary, thrilling, and deeply enjoyable, I wish I'd found this book further, and I'm desperately trying to find their Nineteenth Century collection. ( )
  MinaKelly | May 26, 2009 |
I began re-reading this for "Three miles up" (I had been kayaking and a bend in the river brought this story to mind). I then continued to reread this breathtaking collection of brilliant writing - like all the best genre fiction the form becomes a vessel for great writing that tells us more about ourselves. Read it (in daylight) and shiver. ( )
  Figgles | Mar 22, 2009 |
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Bagnold, EnidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bottome, PhyllisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bowen, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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We had been put in the mood for ghosts, that evening, after an excellent dinner at our old friend Culwin's, by a tale of Fred Murchard's- the narrative of a strange personal visitation.

(from 'The Eyes' by Edith Wharton)
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The eyes / Edith Wharton --
The violet car / E. Nesbit --
The crimson blind / Henrietta D. Everett --
The token / May Sinclair --
The shadowy third / Ellen Glasgow --
The return / Marjory E. Lambe (G. G. Trenery) --
The haunted saucepan / Margery Lawrence --
Mr. Tallent's ghost / Mary Webb --
The amorous ghost / Enid Bagnold --
The accident and A persistent woman / Marjorie Bowen --
The waiting-room / Phyllis Bottome --
The ghost / Catherine Wells --
'Will ye no' come back again?' / Eleanor Scott --
Sophy Mason comes back / E. M. Delafield --
The doll's house / Hester Gorst --
The night nurse's story / Edith Olivier --
The voice of God / Winifred Holtby --
The follower / Cynthia Asquith --
Miss De Mannering of Asham / F. M. Mayor --
Roaring tower / Stella Gibbons --
Juggernaut / D. K. Broster --
The happy autumn fields / Elizabeth Bowen --
The empty schoolroom / Pamela Hansford Johnson --
Three miles up / Elizabeth Jane Howard --
Whitewash / Rose Macaulay --
Poor girl / Elizabeth Taylor --
On no account, my love / Elizabeth Jenkins --
The mistress in black / Rosemary Timperley --
A curious experience / Norah Lofts --
Breakages / Fay Weldon --
Dual control / Elizabeth Walter --
Lady with unicorn / Sara Maitland --
Diamond Jim / Lisa St. Aubin de Teran --
Ashputtle / Angela Carter.
34 absorbing ghost stories by classic storytellers of the 20th century are gathered in this vintage collection. All of the writers demonstrate a subtle power to delight and chill at the same time as they explore the ghostly margins of the supernatural. An irresistible read for those with a taste for being spooked.
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Featuring some of the finest writers of the 19th and 20th centuries, these stories gather to haunt and horrify - an irresistible read for those with a taste for being spooked.

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