J. Sheridan Le Fanu


Born
in Dublin, Ireland
August 28, 1814

Died
February 07, 1873

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Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu was an Irish writer of Gothic tales and mystery novels. He was the leading ghost-story writer of the nineteenth century and was central to the development of the genre in the Victorian era. M.R. James described Le Fanu as "absolutely in the first rank as a writer of ghost stories". Three of his best-known works are Uncle Silas, Carmilla and The House by the Churchyard. ...more

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Carmilla

3.82 avg rating — 49,914 ratings — published 1872 — 55 editions
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Uncle Silas

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3.74 avg rating — 5,891 ratings — published 1864 — 424 editions
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In a Glass Darkly

3.84 avg rating — 4,601 ratings — published 1872 — 132 editions
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Best Ghost Stories of J.S. ...

4.16 avg rating — 1,628 ratings — published 1964 — 5 editions
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Green Tea

3.33 avg rating — 1,024 ratings — published 1872 — 99 editions
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Madam Crowl's Ghost & Other...

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3.84 avg rating — 557 ratings — published 1923 — 15 editions
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The House by the Churchyard

3.67 avg rating — 444 ratings — published 1863 — 188 editions
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Green Tea and Other Ghost S...

3.89 avg rating — 306 ratings — published 1871 — 4 editions
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The Room in the Dragon Volant

3.40 avg rating — 389 ratings — published 1872 — 114 editions
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The Evil Guest

3.14 avg rating — 319 ratings — published 1895 — 130 editions
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More books by J. Sheridan Le Fanu…
“You will think me cruel, very selfish, but love is always selfish; the more ardent the more selfish. How jealous I am you cannot know. You must come with me, loving me, to death; or else hate me, and still come with me, and hating me through death and after. There is no such word as indifference in my apathetic nature.”
Sheridan Le Fanu, Carmilla

“For some nights I slept profoundly; but still every morning I felt the same lassitude, and a languor weighed upon me all day. I felt myself a changed girl. A strange melancholy was stealing over me, a melancholy that I would not have interrupted. Dim thoughts of death began to open, and an idea that I was slowly sinking took gentle, and, somehow, not unwelcome possession of me. If it was sad, the tone of mind which this induced was also sweet. Whatever it might be, my soul acquiesced in it.”
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Carmilla

“But dreams come through stone walls, light up dark rooms, or darken light ones, and their persons make their exits and their entrances as they please, and laugh at locksmiths.”
Sheridan Le Fanu, Carmilla

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The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, 1894, 277 pages
 
  68 votes, 21.5%

Walden by Henry David Thoreau, 1854, 352 pages
 
  43 votes, 13.6%

Hamlet by William Shakespeare, 1600, 289 pages
 
  37 votes, 11.7%

 
  34 votes, 10.7%

 
  32 votes, 10.1%

Lorna Doone by R.D. Blackmore, 1869, 750 pages
 
  24 votes, 7.6%

 
  24 votes, 7.6%

Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev, 1862, 244 pages
 
  24 votes, 7.6%

 
  18 votes, 5.7%

Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu, 1864, 477 pages
 
  13 votes, 4.1%

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