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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent selection, both for the student and the casual reader
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...
Published on 16 July 2006 by William Burn

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5 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Stories... Shame About the Introductory Essay!
This would have been a marvelous addition any collection of Gothic were it not for the abysmal introductory essay which is needlessly convoluted, inaccessible, uninformative, and doges key issues. As such, my recommendation must be that any buyer looking for a collection of Gothic short stories should instead purchase The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales (Oxford Books of Prose...
Published on 29 Jan 2010 by Mariam Mays


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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent selection, both for the student and the casual reader, 16 July 2006
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William Burn "gingerburn" (Nottingham, UK) - See all my reviews
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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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A chocolate box of gothic tales, 19 Jan 2011
As I said this is a chocolate box of gothic tales, some are good (think Oscar Wilde's "Lord Arthur Saville's Crimes") and some not so good (think Rudyard Kipling). But I would recommend this book to anyone who has a like of Victorian Horror Stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gothic stories, 6 Feb 2014
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This is a fantastic book. A true classic page turner you cannot go wrong purchasing this book. I am a very happy customer
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5 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Stories... Shame About the Introductory Essay!, 29 Jan 2010
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Mariam Mays (London, England) - See all my reviews
This would have been a marvelous addition any collection of Gothic were it not for the abysmal introductory essay which is needlessly convoluted, inaccessible, uninformative, and doges key issues. As such, my recommendation must be that any buyer looking for a collection of Gothic short stories should instead purchase The Oxford Book of Gothic Tales (Oxford Books of Prose & Verse), edited with an introduction by Chris Baldick, who is actually an absolute authority on Gothic literature, unlike the editor of this collection.
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