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Black Spirits and White: A Book of Ghost Stories Hardcover – 30 Nov 2004

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: The Tartarus Press; New edition edition (30 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1872621880
  • ISBN-13: 978-1872621883
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16 x 2.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,656,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Black Spirits and White", a collection of six stories originally published in 1895, is regarded as a landmark of the nineteenth-century weird tale. H.P. Lovecraft singled out the story 'The Dead Valley' as one of the small percentage of American works deserving of high praise in his seminal essay 'Supernatural Horror in Literature'. In the decades since Cram's death in 1942, the book's reputation has only improved. The stories, researched during Cram's travels through Europe as a young man, are sublime renderings of the Gothic tradition. By 1900, Cram's career as one of America's leading architects had taken off, and he gave up writing fiction. What is less well known is that, amongst poetry and drama, he had also written and published two further stories: The Decadent; or, the Gospel of Inaction (1893), about an aesthete's retreat from the world into art, ripe with the influence of Oscar Wilde and a Decadent spirit that provoked public controversy, and 'How Jamie Rode for the King' (1897), an historical adventure set in the Scotland of the Jacobite rebellion. These two tales have never before been collected, and 'How Jamie Rode for the King' is reprinted here for the first time since its original magazine publication. In his new Introduction, Stefan Dziemianowicz provides a comprehensive summary of Cram's life and architectural career, and a critical appreciation of the stories of "Black Spirits and White". Douglas A. Anderson explores the uncollected stories within the context of Cram's other literary work.

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