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Fantastic Tales: Visionary and Everyday (1997) [Anthology]
by Hans Christian Andersen Honoré de Balzac Ambrose Bierce Philarète Chasles Charles Dickens Joseph von Eichendorff Théophile Gautier Nikolai Gogol Nathaniel Hawthorne E. T. A. Hoffmann Henry James Rudyard Kipling Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Vernon Lee Nikolai (N.S.) Leskov Jean Lorrain Guy de Maupassant Prosper Mérimée Gérard de Nerval Edgar Allan Poe Jan Potocki Walter Scott Robert Louis Stevenson Ivan Turgenev Auguste Comte de Villiers de l'Isle-Adam H. G. Wells Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Compiled by Italo Calvino, Fantastic Tales is a rich and wide-ranging collection of twenty-six classic, uncanny tales from the nineteenth century written by an intriguing panoply of European and American authors. Master storyteller himself, Calvino has contributed an informative introduction to the collection, and an engaging précis to each story.

As Calvino writes in Fantastic Tales, which traces the genre from its roots in German Romanticism to the ghost stories of Henry James: "The fantastic tale is one of the most characteristic products of nineteenth-century narrative. For us, it is also one of the most significant....As it relates to our sensibility today, the supernatural element at the heart of these stories always appears freighted with meaning, like the revolt of the unconscious, the repressed, the forgotten....In this we see the modern dimension of the fantastic, the reason for its triumphant resurgence in our times."


  • I. The Visionary Fantastic of the Nineteenth Century
    • The Story of the Demoniac Pacheco by Jan Potocki
    • Autumn Sorcery by Joseph von Eichendorff
    • The Sandman by E. T. A. Hoffmann
    • Wandering Willie's Tale by Sir Walter Scott
    • The Elixir of Life by Honoré de Balzac
    • The Eye with No Lid by Philarète Chasles
    • The Enchanted Hand by Gérard de Nerval
    • Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne
    • The Nose by Nikolai Vasilyevich Gogol
    • The Beautiful Vampire by Théophile Gautier
    • The Venus of Ille by Prosper Mérimée
    • The Ghost and the Bonesetter by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • II. The Everyday Fantastic of the Nineteenth Century
    • The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe
    • The Shadow by Hans Christian Anderson
    • The Signal-Man by Charles Dickens
    • The Dream by Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev
    • A Shameless Rascal by Nicolai Semyonovich Leskov
    • The Very Image by Auguste Villiers de l’Isle-Adam
    • Night: A Nightmare by Guy de Maupassant
    • A Lasting Love by Vernon Lee
    • Chickamauga by Ambrose Bierce
    • The Holes in the Mask by Jean Lorrain
    • The Bottle Imp by Robert Louis Stevenson
    • The Friends of the Friends by Henry James
    • The Bridge-Builders by Rudyard Kipling
    • The Country of the Blind by H. G. Wells

Original title: Racconti Fantastici Dell’Ottocento (originally published in Italian in two volumes)
Original languages: Various


Genre: FictionHorror
FictionFantasyLiterary Fantasy
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

The following works are contained within this one:
     Sandman, the (1815) [Short Story]
      Author: E. T. A. Hoffmann
     Young Goodman Brown (1835) [Short Story]
      Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
     Nose, the (1836) [Novelette]
      Author: Nikolai Gogol
     Tell-Tale Heart, the (1843) [Short Story]
      Author: Edgar Allan Poe
     Shadow, the (1847) [Short Story]
      Author: Hans Christian Andersen
     Chickamauga (1889) [Short Story]
      Author: Ambrose Bierce
     Bottle Imp, the (1893) [Short Story]
      Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

Edition #1: Fantastic Tales: Visionary and Everyday

Fantastic Tales: Visionary and Everyday (1997)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: Italo Calvino
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Fantastic Tales: Visionary and Everyday (October 27, 1998)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Vintage International
ISBN: 9780679755449
Dimensions: 5.2 x 8 x 1.1 in
Pages: 588

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Fantastic Tales: Visionary and Everyday (October 28, 1997)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Pantheon Books
ISBN: 9780679415268
Dimensions: 6.2 x 9.5 x 1.5
Pages: 588

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