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The Virago Book of Ghost Stories

The Virago Book of Ghost Stories

(1987)
An anthology of stories edited by

 
Publisher's Weekly
The British anthologist gathers savory tales of the supernatural by 34 first-rate female authors, ranging chronologically from Edith Wharton and E Nesbit to Fay Weldon and Angela Carter. Nearly every entry captivates, whether comfortably old-fashioned weavings of classic foggy nights, lonely governesses and tragic romances, or sophisticated psychological studies of alienation, grief and passion. From the collection as a whole emerge distinctly female uses of the supernatural. Ghosts function as the disembodied anger of the powerless: the spirits of wronged wives and lovers return to avenge old injustices. The greatest terror is that of lossthe death of a child, the parting from a sister, the defection of a lover. And women's sensitivity to such abandonment isolates them still furtherthe heroines of these pieces are thought to be mad when they report sightings of ghosts. Several contemporary stories are more explicitly feminist: the spirits of one dilapidated house possess a tenant and drive her to forsake writing for cleaning; another abode wreaks havoc on a bullying husband's too dearly cherished belongings.

 
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Hardback Editions

October 2006 : UK Hardback
Title: The Virago Book Of Ghost Stories
Author(s): Richard Dalby
ISBN: 1-84408-159-1 / 978-1-84408-159-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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March 1989 : USA Hardback
Title: The Virago Book of Ghost Stories
Author(s): Richard Dalby
ISBN: 0-07-015133-4 / 978-0-07-015133-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill
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November 1987 : UK Hardback
Title: The Virago Book of Ghost Stories
Author(s): Richard Dalby
ISBN: 0-86068-810-0 / 978-0-86068-810-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd
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Paperback Editions

October 1998 : UK Paperback
Title: The Virago Book Of Ghost Stories
Author(s): Richard Dalby
ISBN: 1-86049-154-5 / 978-1-86049-154-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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October 2008 : UK Paperback
Title: The Virago Book Of Ghost Stories
Author(s): Richard Dalby
ISBN: 1-84408-538-4 / 978-1-84408-538-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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August 1990 : UK Paperback
Title: Virago Book Ghost Stories Vol1: The Twentieth Century: v. 1
Author(s): Richard Dalby
ISBN: 1-85381-214-5 / 978-1-85381-214-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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January 1988 : USA Paperback
Title: The Virago Book of Ghost Stories
Author(s): Richard Dalby
ISBN: 0-07-015132-6 / 978-0-07-015132-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
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Audio Editions

November 1991 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: Virago Book of Ghost Stories (Virago collection)
Author(s): Patricia Hodge
ISBN: 1-85686-055-8 / 978-1-85686-055-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
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