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The Wind in the Rosebush, and Other Tales of the Supernatural

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Author a.k.a. Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman.

MARY E. WILKINS FREEMAN (1852-1930) was best known in her own day as a regional writer, for her stories depicting the bleak life of the New England rural populace of her day. Her best collections in his mode are A HUMBLE ROMANCE AND OTHER STORIES (1887) and A NEW ENGLAND NUN AND OTHER STORIES (1891). She is probably better remembe
ebook, Internet Archive edition digitized from volume at University of California Davis Library, 93 pages
Published March 1903 by Doubleday, Page & Company, New York (first published 1903)
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Angie Lisle
These stories have held up well - unlike many stories from this era, the prose isn't unnecessarily filled with flowery metaphor. The author can write a pretty sentence - but she uses this ability sparingly, in a straight forward manner, which allows the stories to flow easily. I wasn't burdened by the language - her style is reminescent of Mark Twain (though she lacks his humorous wit).
What distinguishes Freeman's ghost stories for me is that they're so psychologically acute. The byplay between characters, and what they are unwilling to come out and say, is really sharp and beautifully observed. She also knows how to make a story damn creepy!
I really liked this collection of stories, they're told with a folksy charm and humor at times, yet almost seem to disarm with a naivete and innocence before delivering a few genuine chills. The stories almost always focus on old spinsters, sewing away by the fireside.

The title story is one of the best, funny at times and fast-paced. It's about an aunt travels to a small town to fetch her niece from her stepmother, but when she arrives the girl is no where to be found. The stepmother assures her
I don't know why I haven't heard of Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freemen before, as I am a fan of Victorian supernatural short stories. These rival the best of that genre, but approach the characters from a freshly female point of view. The characters are handled sensitively and are well drawn and realistic. Most of the drama is centred around the home. The voices are in keeping with East Coast American in the Victorian period. Those familiar with Little Women will notice the use of "ain't" being used b ...more
3.5 Stars

The Wind In The Rose-Bush – 4 Stars
Rebecca travels a great distance to retrieve her young niece and bring her home with her to live, only to find her curiously absent.

The Shadows On The Wall – 3 Stars
For three sisters and their remaining brother, strange events are taking place in their family home after the sudden death of their youngest sibling, their brother Edward.

Luella Miller – 3.5 Stars
Luella Miller has always had people to do everything for her, people who have paid the price fo
Melissa Levine
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It's always a nostalgic delight to read a piece from the past. That can easily be said of Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman's anthology. Whilst she was not the most prolific writer, she definitely stuck with her own style of strong-woman-rents-haunted-room-in-boarding-house. I recommend this to anyone who may be in between books and looking for something to fill a few hours on rainy night.
I am a huge Mary E. Wilkins Freeman fan, so if you aren't a fan of her's or of 19th Century New England Regionalism...

There really is enough pace and suspense in this collection of short stories to keep you interested. And, like all short stories, it's easy to pick up and put down, which I did while reading two other novels.
I liked another reader's review that said these stories were very entertaining. A delightful collection of old world, atmospheric ghost stories. Rich in character and 1800s colloquialism. The author loves the words 'terror' and 'horror'. :).
These are fun supernatural stories. I really like Luella Miller and The Wind in the Rose Bush.
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She was born in Randolph, Massachusetts, and attended Mount Holyoke College (then, Mount Holyoke Female Seminary) in South Hadley, Massachusetts, for one year, from 1870–71. Freeman's parents were orthodox Congregationalists, causing her to have a very strict childhood.[1] Religious constraints play a key role in some of her works. She later finished her education at West Brattleboro Seminary. She ...more
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