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The Haunted Dusk

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Set against the background of the rapid flux of ideas & beliefs in the 19th century, these essays explore the presence of the supernatural in the works of well-known American writers. Beginning with Washington Irvings introduction of the gothic sensibility in the form of the ghost story, & following through the century to investigations of the unconscious in the wo ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published January 1st 1984 by University of Georgia Press
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I read this as an adjunct to my recent finishing off of the comprehensive American Fantastic Tales:Terror and the Uncanny from Poe to the Pulps, which covered the same time period. I'd had THE HAUNTED DUSK sitting on my shelf, and had a non-fiction book scheduled in my reading, so events converged.

This is a collection of scholarly essays about various cultural movements and how they impacted the form and substance of supernatural writings in the 19th century. All the big names are represented he
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“According to this model, human beings are, at least in one aspect, sensation-receiving machines; and although our receptory apparatus is competent to select and organize outward stimuli within the narrow range necessary for physical survival within our environment, it does not necessarily tell us very much about the nature of that environment. People, in other words, have little access to the possible world existing beyond their sensations.” 3 likes
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