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By S. T. Joshi

ISBN-10: 1440649405

ISBN-13: 9781440649400

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As Stephen King will attest, the recognition of the occult in American literature has merely grown because the days of Edgar Allan Poe. American Supernatural stories celebrates the richness of this practice with chilling contributions from a number of the nation's brightest literary lighting, together with Poe himself, H. P. Lovecraft, Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and-of path- Stephen King. by way of turns phantasmagoric, spectral, and demonic, this can be a frighteningly reliable addition to Penguin Classics.

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He told her the story of his mysterious dream, and how she had possessed his heart before he had even seen her. She was strangely affected by his recital, and acknowledged to have felt an impulse towards him equally unaccountable. It was the time for wild theory and wild actions. ” Among other rubbish of the old times, the forms and ceremonies of marriage began to be considered superfluous bonds for honourable minds. Social compacts were the vogue. Wolfgang was too much of a theorist not to be tainted by the liberal doctrines of the day.

D. Klein, and Norman Partridge for supplying texts and other information. WASHINGTON IRVING Washington Irving was born in New York City in 1783. Generally regarded as the first significant writer in the United States, Irving practiced law until 1803. After a two-year visit to Europe (1804-06) to improve his health, Irving began writing articles and sketches in magazines; his first book, A History of New York (1809), published under the pseudonym Diedrich Knickerbocker, brought him immediate fame.

The early Gothic novels, in spite of their admitted literary inferiority to late work, continue to receive disproportionate coverage; but as they are almost exclusively focused on British writers, they need not be cited here. More theoretical works are Rosemary Jackson’s provocative Fantasy: The Literature of Subversion (Methuen, 1981); S. T. Joshi’s philosophical study, The Weird Tale (University of Texas Press, 1990), supplemented by The Modern Weird Tale (McFarland, 2001) and The Evolution of the Weird Tale (Hippocampus Press, 2004); and Noël Carroll’s The Philosophy of Horror (Routledge, 1990).

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