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The Haunted Doll's House: and Other Stories (Penguin Modern Classics) [Paperback]

M. R. James , Penelope Fitzgerald

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2 Nov 2000 0141184817 978-0141184814 New edition
This work contains 16 ghost stories by one of the great 20th century English short story writers, chosen and introduced by Penelope Fitzgerald.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (2 Nov 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141184817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141184814
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 12.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,953,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Montague Rhodes James was born at Goodnestone Parsonage in Kent in 1862. Although a great scholar of his day, it is now for his ghost stories, many set in East Anglia, that James is best remembered. Fascinated by the supernatural, he was an admirer of the Irish mystery-writer Sheridan Le Fanu, whose ghost stories he edited. His stories were usually first published in magazines such as the Cambridge Review, but some were written for special occasions. Wailing Well is one such story, composed for the gathering of the Eton College Boy Scouts in 1927. The stories were published in several volumes between 1904 and 1931, including Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (1904), A Thin Ghost and Others (1919) and A Warning to the Curious (1925). M. R. James died in 1936. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Classic ghosts 8 Aug 2007
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This little book contains two short stories by M.R. James and one by R.L. Stevenson. All are ghost tales of one sort or another. James' stories are <The Haunted Dolls' House> and <The Rose Garden>. Stevenson's story is <The Body Snatcher>. All the tales could be called 'classics' written by 'master story-tellers.' The writing is not boring and certainly flows easily for the modern reader. This is not like reading Shakespeare. <The Haunted Dolls' House> is definetly the most interesting and original in its' details.

The longest story is 26 pages so the book can be taken up when you have half an hour to an hour to spare. The book is pocket size so it is ideal for reading on a bus or train.

I must warn the reader that these tales are not particularly horrifying or bloodthirsty, so if you are used to Stephen King or even scarier authors this book may be a disappointment to you.
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