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Oxford Book of Twentieth-century Ghost Stories (1996) [Anthology]
by Robert Aickman Algernon Blackwood Robert Bloch Elizabeth Bowen Christine Brooke-Rose Thomas Burke A. S. Byatt Angela Carter Walter de la Mare F. Scott Fitzgerald Jane Gardam Ellen Glasgow Graham Greene L. P. Hartley Elizabeth Jane Howard M. R. James Marghanita Laski Penelope Lively Alison Lurie Edith Nesbit Oliver Onions Joanna Russ William Sansom May Sinclair Muriel Spark Elizabeth Taylor William Trevor H. Russell Wakefield Hugh Walpole Fay Weldon Edith Wharton John Wyndham Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Series: Oxford Books of Prose

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Ghosts are resilient creatures. They thrive in an atmosphere of candlelight and decay, in antique manors, graveyards and cloisters, and yet, as this anthology triumphantly demonstrates, they are equally at home under the harsh light of the electric bulb. The advent of the motor car and the invention of the telephone have merely tested their ingenuity, and exercised the talents of a host of writers. The fractures and schisms of 20th century are reflected in the current proliferation of literary genres, and in the variety that a single genre can embrace. Leading exponents of ghost fiction such as M. R. James and Algernon Blackwood are joined by authors such as Scott Fitzgerald, A. S. Byatt, William Trevor, and Alison Lurie; women, in particular, have embraced the form with skill and versatility. As well as the returning dead there are haunted typwriters, malevolent furniture, and urban ghosts, phantoms of smoke and soot. Occasionally with humour, but more often with obliquity and restraint, these stories both entrance and terrify. This collection shows how ghost stories have successfully utilized the landscapes, technologies and consciousness of contemporary life to adapt to the modern age with imagination and flair.


  • In the Dark (1910) by E. Nesbit
  • Rooum (1910) by Oliver Onions
  • The Shadowy Third (1916) by Ellen Glasgow
  • The Diary of Mr Poynter (1919) by M. R. James
  • Mrs Porter and Miss Allen (1921) by Hugh Walpole
  • The Nature of the Evidence (1923) by May Sinclair
  • Night-Fears (1924) by L. P. Hartley
  • Bewitched (1925) by Edith Wharton
  • A Short Trip Home (1927) by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Blind Man’s Buff (1929) by H. Russell Wakefield
  • The Blackmailers (1934) by Algernon Blackwood
  • Yesterday Street (1935) by Thomas Burke
  • Smoke Ghost (1941) by Fritz Leiber, Jr.
  • The Cheery Soul (1942) by Elizabeth Bowen
  • All But Empty (1947, later revised as “A Little Place Off the Edgware Road”) by Graham Greene
  • Three Miles Up (1951) by Elizabeth Jane Howard
  • Close Behind Him (1953) by John Wyndham
  • The Quincunx (1955) by Walter de la Mare
  • The Tower (1955) by Marghanita Laski
  • Poor Girl (1955) by Elizabeth Taylor
  • I Kiss Your Shadow— (1956) by Robert Bloch
  • A Woman Seldom Found (1956) by William Sansom
  • The Portobello Road (1956) by Muriel Spark
  • Ringing the Changes (1955) by Robert Aickman
  • On Terms (1965) by Christine Brooke-Rose
  • The Only Story (1971) by William Trevor
  • The Loves of Lady Purple (1974) by Angela Carter
  • Revenant as Typewriter (1978) by Penelope Lively
  • The Little Dirty Girl (1982) by Joanna Russ
  • Watching Me, Watching You (1981) by Fay Weldon
  • The July Ghost (1982) by A. S. Byatt
  • The Highboy (“A Curious Haunting”, 1990) by Alison Lurie
  • The Meeting House (1994) by Jane Gardam

Original title: Oxford Book of Twentieth-century Ghost Stories
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHorrorGhosts

The following works are contained within this one:
     Short Trip Home, a (1927) [Short Story]
      Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
     Smoke Ghost (1941) [Short Story]
      Author: Fritz Leiber
     Tower, the (1955) [Short Story]
      Author: Marghanita Laski
     Poor Girl (1955) [Short Story]
      Author: Elizabeth Taylor
     Woman Seldom Found, a (1956) [Short Story]
      Author: William Sansom
     July Ghost, the (1982) [Short Story]
      Author: A. S. Byatt

Edition #1: Oxford Book of Twentieth-century Ghost Stories

Oxford Book of Twentieth-century Ghost Stories (1996)
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Language: English

Edited by: Michael Cox
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The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost Stories (1997)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192880381
Pages: 444

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Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192142607
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