- Author:Edith Wharton
- Publisher:Amereon Ltd (December 1, 1994)
- Subcategory:Genre Fiction
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WE had been put in the mood for ghosts, that evening, after an excellent dinner at our old friend Culwin’s, by a tale of Fred Murchard’s - the narrative of a strange personal visitation
WE had been put in the mood for ghosts, that evening, after an excellent dinner at our old friend Culwin’s, by a tale of Fred Murchard’s - the narrative of a strange personal visitation. Seen through the haze of our cigars, and by the drowsy gleam of a coal fire, Culwin’s library, with its oak walls and dark old bindings, made a good setting for such evocations; and ghostly experiences at first hand being, after Murchard’s brilliant opening, the only kind acceptable to us, we proceeded to take stock of our group and tax each. member for a contribution.
While claiming not to believe in ghosts.
Down his spine he felt the man's injured stare. Mr. Granice had always been so mild-spoken to his people - no doubt the odd change in his manner had already been noticed and discussed below stairs. And very likely they suspected the cause
Down his spine he felt the man's injured stare. And very likely they suspected the cause. He stood drumming on the writing-table till he heard the servant go out; then he threw himself into a chair.
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Wharton enjoys subjecting her subjects - all of them American gentlemen and gentlewomen, in the conventional senses of the word - to various moral tests and sometimes ironic tests. Some of the stories deal with the intellectual fashions of the day - "The Blond Beast" basing itself, to some degree, on Nietzsche, and "The Debt" on variants of Darwinism. For more free audio books or to become a volunteer reader, visit LibriVox. M4B audio book, part 1 (113mb) M4B audio book, part 2 (149mb).
Originally published in 1910, Tales and Men and Ghosts is a collection of short stories connected, as the title .
That said, the ghostly aspect is on the whole muted, this isn't a Poe pastiche although of course, given Wharton's appreciation of the man, it could have been. The closer connection is certainly Henry James given that Wharton's notion of ghostly phenomena is more towards the inherently psychological rather than spiritual. One story that does stand out is 'The Blond Beast' which has nothing to do with ghostly.
Tales of Men and Ghosts was published as a collection in 1910, though the first eight of the stories had earlier appeared in Scribner's and the last two in the Century Magazine. Despite the title, the men outnumber the ghosts, since only "The Eyes" and "Afterward" actually call on the supernatural. In only two of the stories are women the central characters, though elsewhere they play important roles. Wharton enjoys subjecting her subjects - all of them American gentlemen and gentlewomen, in the conventional senses of the word - to various moral tests.
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She wrote novels of manners about the old New York society from which she came, but her attitude was consistently critical. Her irony and her satiric touches, as well as her insight into human character, continue to appeal to readers today. As a child, Wharton found refuge from the demands of her mother's social world in her father's library and in making up stories.
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