Hauntings and Other Fantastic Tales by Vernon Lee

Hauntings and Other Fantastic Tales

Vernon Lee
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  • ISBN
    9781551115788 / 1551115786
  • Title Hauntings and Other Fantastic Tales
  • Author Vernon Lee
  • Category Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)
  • Format
    Paperback
  • Year 2006
  • Pages 351
  • Publisher
    Broadview Press
  • Imprint Broadview Press Ltd
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 12mm x 19mm x 214mm

Annotation

This collection, which includes the four stories originally published in Hauntings and three others, enables readers to consider Lee's work anew for its subtle redefinitions of gender and sexuality during the Victorian fin-de-siecle.

Publisher Description

Vernon Lee writes in the Preface to Hauntings , “My ghosts are what you call spurious ghosts...of whom I can affirm only one thing, that they haunted certain brains, and have haunted, among others, my own.” First published in 1890, Lee's most famous volume of supernatural tales occupies a special place in the literature of the fantastic for its treatment of the femme fatale and the allure of the past, along with the themes of thwarted artistic creativity and psychological obsession. This collection, which includes the four stories originally published in Hauntings and three others, enables readers to consider Lee's work anew for its subtle redefinitions of gender and sexuality during the Victorian fin-de-siecle. The appendices, which include extensive excerpts from writings by Lee's predecessors and peers, including Algernon Charles Swinburne, Walter Pater, and Lee's brother Eugene Lee-Hamilton, allow the reader to see how Lee takes on the themes and preoccupations of the late-Victorian period but adapts them to her own purposes.

Review
“Ghosts don't exist: they are experienced. Starting from this observation, later echoed by Freud, the liminal late-nineteenth- early-twentieth-century figure Vernon Lee became the first master of the modern supernatural tale. Lee's masterpiece, Hauntings, returns to life with additional stories in a first-rate edition from Broadview Press, with valuable contextual materials provided by Catherine Maxwell and Patricia Pulham. Let the work of seduction begin.”—Richard Dellamora

Author Biography

Catherine Maxwell is Reader in Victorian Literature at Queen Mary, University of London. Patricia Pulham is Senior Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Portsmouth. They are the editors of Vernon Lee: Decadence, Ethics, Aesthetics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).

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