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Madam Crowl's Ghost and Other Stories (Wordsworth Classics) Paperback – 30 Sep 1994


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; New Ed edition (30 Sep 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853262188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853262180
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,242,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'M AN OLD WOMAN NOW; and I was but thirteen my last birthday, the night I came to Applewale House. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Bobley on 31 Dec 2006
Format: Paperback
The twelve tales in this collection are mainly ghost stories but there's one fairy tale; three quarters of them take place in Ireland and the rest in England. Two of the titles are actually not single short stories but include several very short stories so it's more like a collection of ten short stories and another eight very short stories. The most terrifying (and therefore my favourites) are the ghost story, "An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street" and the fairy tale, "The Child that went with the Fairies". Both of these are Irish and, for anyone with a properly functioning imagination, very chilling. I enjoyed all the stories to varying degrees. Sheridan Le Fanu was a master of supernatural story telling - very popular in his day - and his work was admired by such well known writers as Henry James and M R James (who edited this collection). For any reader who is able to suspend their disbelief and give free rein to their imagination, there's several nights worth of spine-tingling pleasure in this book. And that's a bargain.
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A visionary genius 9 Dec 2007
By C. L. Wolff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the perfect introduction to one of the most famed writers in the history of horror literature. LeFanu was the first to perfect the ghost story as a literary form and at one time was considered the greatest writer of supernatural fiction ever to live. Since then his reputation has shrunken. But he still enjoys a high reputation as the 19th century's most horrific author (after Edgar Allen Poe.)
None of the stories in this volume were collected in a book during LeFanu's lifetime. They were selected from a wide range of stories published in contemporary magazines varying from London Society to Temple Bar. They offer a broad overview of his work, which ranges from whimsically charming to utterly terrifying.
One salient feature of the stories is the innovative way in which LeFanu handles his themes. Several of them must have caused a sensation when first printed and remain shocking to this day. It would be an understatement to say that they are ahead of their time. The book is a must have for students of classic horror and 19th century literature in general.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
one great horror writer 17 Mar 2008
By C. B. Gavel - Published on Amazon.com
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hello,
as one other great writer M. R. James wrote of
joseph sheridan le fanu he stands absolutely in first rank as a writer of ghost storys I share that same verdict after reading many of his storys
this book had some very god storys in it I recommend it to those that like ghost storys and like to be scared where when you are home all alone it is late at night and as you read the ghost storys you get cold chills that run through your body as you begin to think what was that bump, or creak that came from don the hall as you shiver continuing to ead the story and wonder if something is comming toward u :)

enjoy the book and get more from this author and wilkie collins and edgar allen poe
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Madam Crowl's Ghost 6 May 2010
By Denise S. Hood - Published on Amazon.com
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Book arrived sooner than expected and was in great condition. Will definitely order from this company again.
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