Hardback Ghost stories / edited by Peter Washington.
Publication year: 2008
Publisher: New York ; London : Everyman,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 1841596019 9781841596013 (hbk.) :
"A Borzoi book".
Tales about ghosts are as old as human culture itself, but the ghost story as a distinguished literary form reached its apogee in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This selection of ghost stories includes examples from the period by major writers such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Guy de Maupassant, Henry James and Edith Wharton. Tales about ghosts are as old as human culture itself but the ghost story as a distinguished literary form reached its apogee in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As traditional religions declined in the West during those years, people looked for new ways of describing the spiritual realities explained by religion. The ghost story is a literary expression of this need, its rise corresponding to the growing popularity of Spiritualism. Ghost stories balance the increasingly powerful scientific materialism of the age with intimations that there are other orders of experience which we cannot define and only glimpse. The Everyman selection of
Series title: Everyman's pocket classics
407 p. ; 19 cm.