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Excellent selection, both for the student and the casual reader
on 16 July 2006
I bought this in conjunction with Fred Botting's Gothic and have found this to be an excellent pair of books to supplement my knowledge and understanding of late Victorian Gothic literature. The range of tales on offer extends from well established names such as Oscar Wilde and Henry James through to rather more obscure figures like Grant Allen and B.M. Croker.
The collection is edited by Roger Luckhurst who provides an excellent introduction, and it is on the basis of this that I award this book 5 stars. His essay will be required reading for my students, and the select bibliography is thorough and up-to-date.
Above all, though, these stories provide entertaining and at times chilling reading, while at others the reader cannot help but laugh out loud at what seem to modern eyes hopelessly sentimental and over-the-top evocations of gothic terror.
All in all, this is well worth buying, whether you intend to study the period in depth, or want a range of engaging and effective stories.