Edith Wharton described herself as someone with an 'intense Celtic sense of the supernatural'. As a 'ghost-feeler', she wrote a number of chilling tales that objectify this sense of unease, even terror. Many of these stories appear here for the first time since their original magazine publication. With themes of vampirism, isolation and hallucination, they reflect the author's internalized fears and her unhappy experience of marriage, and point to a world far removed from the comfort and urbane elegance of her famous novels.
Readers of The Buccaneers, The House of Mirth, and the recently filmed The Age of Innocence may be surprised to learn that Edith Wharton, known for her elegant narrative style, described herself as someone with an "intense Celtic sense of the supernatural". As a "ghost-feeler", she wrote a number of chilling tales that objectify this sense of unease, even terror. With themes of vampirism, isolation and hallucination, they reflect the author's internalized fears and her unhappy experience with marriage. Some of these nine stories appeared in magazines and one, "The Duchess at Prayer", is published again, for the first time since the nineteenth century.
About the Author :
Edith Wharton has contributed to The Ghost-Feeler: Stories of Terror and the Supernatural as an author.
America's most famous woman of letters, and the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, Edith Wharton was born into one of the last "leisured class" families in New York City, as she put it, in 1862. Educated privately, she was married to Edward Wharton in 1885, and for the next few years, they spent their time in the high society of Newport (Rhode Island), then Lenox (Massachusetts) and Europe. It was in Europe that Wharton first met Henry James, who was to have a profound and lasting influence on her life and work. Wharton's first published book was a work of nonfiction, in collaboration with
|Title:||The Ghost-Feeler: Stories of Terror and the Supernatural||Publisher:||Peter Owen Publishers|
|Author:||Edith Wharton, Peter Haining|
|No. of Pages:||188|
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