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Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton
Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton | Edith Wharton
Selected & Introduced by David Stuart Davies. Traumatised by ghost stories in her youth, Pulitzer Prize winning author Edith Wharton (1862 -1937) channelled her fear and obsession into creating a series of spine-tingling tales filled with spirits beyond the grave and other supernatural phenomena. While claiming not to believe in ghosts, paradoxically she did confess that she was frightened of them. Wharton imbues this potent irrational and imaginative fear into her ghostly fiction to great effect. In this unique collection of finely wrought tales Wharton demonstrates her mastery of the ghost story genre. Amongst the many supernatural treats within these pages you will encounter a married farmer bewitched by a dead girl; a ghostly bell which saves a woman's reputation; the weird spectral eyes which terrorise the midnight hours of an elderly aesthete; the haunted man who receives letters from his dead wife; and the frightening power of a doppelganger which foreshadows a terrible tragedy. Compelling, rich and strange, the ghost stories of Edith Wharton, like vintage wine, have matured and grown more potent with the passing years.
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jmofo
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My first Wharton, maybe not characteristic of her other writing.
I‘m not much of a horror fan but I do enjoy suspense & stories that might involve the unexplained. Some stories themselves were unexplained, unresolved, or so open to interpretation there continues to be uncertainty as to what had happened.
I enjoyed the atmospheric writing and misdirection or plot twists (not so much plot twists as twists in characters‘ ideas of what is happening).

jmofo @sprainedbrain Thanks for picking this book! I enjoyed it immensely. 5mo
sprainedbrain I‘m so glad you enjoyed it! Definitely not typical of Wharton‘s other books I‘ve read. 5mo
jmofo @sprainedbrain If you were to suggest another book of hers for me to read, which would it be? 5mo
sprainedbrain @jmofo so far, I‘ve only read three others, but I loved them all: The House of Mirth, Ethan Frome, and Xingu (actually a short story). I would recommend any of them! 5mo
Butterfinger I really enjoyed Ethan Frome, but it has been at least 25 years since I read it. 5mo
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Theaelizabet
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Bedtime reading on some nights.
“He swung about when I came in, and looked me over in a trice. I knew what the look meant, from having experienced it once or twice in my former places. Then he turned his back on me and went on talking to his wife; and I knew what that meant, too. I was not the kind of morsel he was after. “The Lady‘s Maid‘s Bell” from 1902.

kspenmoll Welcome to Litsy! A fellow history lover... ! 5mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💖 5mo
j.rye Your name is killing me 😂 5mo
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Theaelizabet @j.rye Oh, no! Yeah, too many vowels, right? 🙄 5mo
j.rye @Theaelizabet no! It‘s SO FUNNY! Unless it‘s not a play on the alphabet. Then ignore me. Hahaha. 5mo
Theaelizabet @j.rye Ohhhhhh. No, but I wish I was that clever! 5mo
j.rye That‘s what it looked like to me. Hahaha “The Aeliza-bet” 😂 5mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗 5mo
Theaelizabet @Eggs Thanks! 5mo
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jmofo
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Still reading round 4 Group F 🖤 #LMPBC it‘s been an interesting read but it keeps putting me to sleep. Which is a little nice, since last month, I was having trouble sleeping.
In other news, I think I might have found the best way to describe my gender:
“the whatnot in a corner”
I‘ll have this in the mail by the end of the week, sorry about the delay

Trashcanman 🤗 5mo
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jmofo
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A few regulars at the work ask me what I‘m reading.
I told one of my favorites that I was going to start Eudora Welty‘s Ghost Stories. In my mind I was thinking these were Willa Cather‘s Ghost Stories.
I am terrible with names, and so it goes.
My brain may be a mess, but my roommate is not at home and I am lucky to have the day off so I‘m diving in to someone‘s Ghost Stories for the last of round 4 #LMPBC group F 🖤 to group F.

sprainedbrain Someone‘s ghost stories. 😂 6mo
ravenlee 😆 6mo
Butterfinger 😂 You were bound to get to the right W. 6mo
jmofo @Butterfinger thanks for your faith in me! 🤓 @sprainedbrain & @ravenlee It‘s nice I made you two laugh, it‘s usually just me...which makes life interesting 6mo
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Butterfinger
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I finished for my Litsy markup. I wouldn't have chosen it for my own so I'm glad @sprainedbrain chose it for us to read. I have come to enjoy these ladies and I'm sort of depressed that I only have one more book to read with them. @arubabookwoman @jmofo

#PopSugar2019 5/50 a ghost story
ReadHarder 0/24
#LitsyAtoZ 5/26 @BookishMarginalia
Booked2019 1/24
Chunsters 2/10
Worldreading challenge 0/52

arubabookwoman We could always each pick another book and continue for another round.... 7mo
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Butterfinger
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I am getting a kick out of @arubabookwoman 's comments. I love getting to know all of my Litsy pals through mail and book swaps and challenges. This book is full of ambiguity so I'm enjoying using my creative chops to make up the back stories. Thank you @sprainedbrain for choosing this one. All four of us chose something radically different and it is so much fun. On to you next @jmofo. Probably early next week

sprainedbrain Glad you liked it! I can‘t wait to see everyone‘s comments. 😃 7mo
arubabookwoman Glad you liked my comments! I haven‘t received the January book from @sprainedbrain yet, and I‘m worried it‘s lost. Has it been sent? 7mo
sprainedbrain @arubabookwoman i mailed it on 1/10 and sent you an email... I just checked tracking and it shows it was delivered on 1/16 at 12:36. I‘ve just forwarded my email from 1/10 along with the tracking info... can you please check your email? Thanks! 7mo
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HannahWilks
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'The tall windows are like blind eyes, the great door is a shut mouth.'

Finally finished this selection of Edith Wharton's ghost stories. They're a mixed bunch - more robust and muscular, less ambiguous, than those of Henry James, but oddly powerful. The best are those, like 'Afterwards', 'All Souls' and 'Pomegranate Seeds', where knowing exactly what has taken place doesn't diminish the strangeness and fright she's built up. Shivering.

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arubabookwoman
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Oh my! Look what came in the mail: The #LMPBC book from #sprainedbrain along with some book-related goodies. Thanks so much Jenni.
I read the first story last night, and all I can say is I‘m puzzled...
#Butterfinger #Buddenbrooks was sent to you last week and I hope you ‘ve received it by now.

@jmofo @Butterfinger @sprainedbrain

sprainedbrain Yay! Glad it has arrived. 😃 9mo
Butterfinger Yes @arubabookwoman. I was so excited. I'm afraid to write in it so I'm going to purchase some post it's tomorrow before the snow comes. Jim Cantore is in my neck of the woods. I have to warn you, I left it on my side table to go to the bathroom and my 7 year old gets it, runs, trips over our new puppy, and drops it just so she can "bring me the book that you were excited about, momma." It is now on my highest shelf. I'm treating it like my Bible 9mo
Butterfinger I didn't want an apostrophe in the word post-its. 9mo
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Butterfinger @jmofo have you received Shirley Jackson? 9mo
arubabookwoman Oh please write in the book! Post-it‘s have a way of migrating, and I would like to have people‘s comments permanently in the book. You‘ll see I did lots of writing in the book. Your 7 year old sounds very sweet! @Butterfinger 9mo
Butterfinger Ok. I will. She is, but WILD. Maybe there should have been a question on the survey, "Do you have young children?" ? I hope it snows so much my husband will have to stay home and I will be able to read without interruption. 9mo
jmofo @Butterfinger I have not it will no doubt be here soon. May I write in your book? I write in my own when inspired. It‘s cool your kiddo gets excited about what you‘re excited about. 😊 9mo
Butterfinger Oh yes you may. @jmofo I love that wild little girl so much. 9mo
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sprainedbrain
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Finished my selection for #LMPBC round 4 already!

Some of these stories are truly creepy, and some left me feeling sad. Edith Wharton wrote human conflict so well, and many of these stories show that. There are gothic-feeling stories with haunted houses, lots of slowly-building tension, and suspense for days.

I really think with this many stories, there is something for everyone here. Hope you all enjoy it, Group F!

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

jmofo Hooray!!! 👏🤓🎉 10mo
rohit-sawant Great review! 10mo
BookishTrish Sweet pick and great review! 10mo
arubabookwoman Wow that was a quick read! 10mo
sprainedbrain @arubabookwoman I may have cheated and started a little before Halloween. 😳 10mo
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lahousewyfe
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Cuddled in by the fire and ignoring the library book I picked up this afternoon to indulge in some ghost stories for these last two spooky evenings of October. @nu-bibliophile I can't be stopped!

nu-bibliophile Yay! I added that too in my tbr. 10mo
lahousewyfe @nu-bibliophile You won't be disappointed! 10mo
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sprainedbrain
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Some (hopefully) scary #shortstories from my tbr shelf. I‘m saving these for October, when I try to read as much creepy stuff as possible, while pretending I‘m not a big weenie. 😱

#readingwomenmonth

LeahBergen Edith Wharton‘s are wonderful! 1y
arubabookwoman I love Edith Wharton, but didn‘t know she wrote ghost stories. I don‘t usually like short stories, but I will have to try this. 1y
RaimeyGallant Sleep with the light on! 1y
mabell My TBR includes the Canterville Ghost. That's about as creepy as this weenie can handle 😂 1y
sprainedbrain @mabell at least you‘re not setting yourself up to fail like I do! I always save scary stuff for October and then get too scared freaked out. 😂 1y
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Augustdana
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Went to my local used book store and snagged this book I‘ve wanted to read for a while. I love book hunting with no particular book in mind. You never know what you‘ll find. Happy Friday!

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8leagueboot
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I feel like Edith Wharton and I would have been friends.

LeahBergen I do, too. 👍🏻 2y
batsy ❤️ 2y
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SallyD1
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Very good Victorian ghost stories! Still scary after ALL these years. And so well written. Perfect shorts for this time of year.

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LeanneAslin
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Some of the writing in this short story collection is just beautiful...

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LeanneAslin
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Trying to pick a book to read, and want something with a bit of an autumnal feel - I've narrowed it down to 3 contenders now...

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litenthusiast
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This book seems like the perfect read for a fall Saturday night. #OctoberReads #Halloween #EdithWharton

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BucklingBookshelves
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Some #shortstories on my fall TBR. #30daysofreadathon

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JustTrish
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I love #shortstories - I may in fact be obsessed 😮 This is about a tenth of my collection ❤

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AmyStewart
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Fabulously creepy illustrations. I want to go back to the days when novels were illustrated.

BookishFeminist Yes! Love illustrations & Edith Wharton. 3y
coffeenebula Yikes, that *is* creepy! 👻 3y
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Lauralovesbooks
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Rainy days call for ghost stories