The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories

The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories

From Elizabeth Gaskell to Ambrose Bierce

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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780141442365
  • 464 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


“The ghost is the most enduring figure in supernatural fiction. He is absolutely indestructible. . . . He changes with the styles in fiction but he never goes out of fashion. He is the really permanent citizen of the earth, for mortals, at best, are but transients.”
—Dorothy Scarborough

This new selection of ghost stories, by Michael Newton, brings together the best of the genre. From Elizabeth Gaskell’s “The Old Nurse’s Story” through to Edith Wharton’s “Afterword,” this collection covers all of the most terrifying tales of the genre. With a thoughtful introduction, and helpful notes, Newton places the stories contextually within the genre and elucidates the changing nature of the ghost story and how we interpret it.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories

The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories

Various, Introduction by: Michael Newton, Editor: Michael Newton, Notes by: Michael Newton

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