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Gothic Tales - Elizabeth Gaskell


Published: September 2000
For Ages: 18+ years old
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Elizabeth Gaskell's chilling Gothic tales blend the real and the supernatural to eerie, compelling effect. Disappearances , inspired by local legends of mysterious vanishings, mixes gossip and fact; Lois the Witch , a novella based on an account of the Salem witch hunts, shows how sexual desire and jealousy lead to hysteria; while in The Old Nurse s Story a mysterious child roams the freezing Northumberland moors. Whether darkly surreal, such as The Poor Clare , where an evil doppelgdnger is formed by a woman s bitter curse, or mischievous like Curious, if True , a playful reworking of fairy tales, all the stories in this volume form a stark contrast to the social realism of Gaskell s novels, revealing a darker and more unsettling style of writing.

About the Author

Elizabeth Gaskell was born in London in 1810 but spent most of her life in Cheshire, Stratford-upon-Avon. She married the Reverend William Gaskell and had four daughters by him. She worked among the poor, travelled frequently and wrote for Dickens' magazine Household Words. Mrs Gaskell was friends with Charlotte Bronte, and consquently went on to write her biography.

Further Reading
Note on the Texts
Disappearancesp. 1
The Old Nurse's Storyp. 11
The Squire's Storyp. 33
The Poor Clarep. 49
The Doom of the Griffithsp. 103
Lois the Witchp. 139
The Crooked Branchp. 227
Curious, if Truep. 271
The Grey Womanp. 287
Appendixp. 341
Notesp. 342
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ISBN: 9780140437416
ISBN-10: 014043741X
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: September 2000
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.5  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 19.8