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.

Average rating: 3.84 · 62,963 ratings · 4,862 reviews · 641 distinct worksSimilar authors
Carmilla

3.84 avg rating — 31,766 ratings — published 1872 — 9 editions
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Uncle Silas

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3.74 avg rating — 5,285 ratings — published 1864 — 176 editions
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In a Glass Darkly

3.85 avg rating — 3,861 ratings — published 1872 — 100 editions
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Best Ghost Stories of J.S. ...

4.16 avg rating — 1,498 ratings — published 1964 — 5 editions
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Madam Crowl's Ghost & Other...

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3.86 avg rating — 480 ratings — published 1923 — 12 editions
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Green Tea

3.29 avg rating — 621 ratings — published 1872 — 49 editions
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The House by the Churchyard

3.72 avg rating — 383 ratings — published 1863 — 96 editions
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Green Tea and Other Ghost S...

3.92 avg rating — 276 ratings — published 1872 — 5 editions
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The Room in the Dragon Vola...

3.40 avg rating — 289 ratings — published 1872 — 69 editions
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J. S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tal...

3.79 avg rating — 203 ratings — published 2004 — 25 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

Polls

May 2016 Old School Classic Poll

1877, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, 245 pages
 
  43 votes, 18.7%

 
  39 votes, 17.0%

1853, Villette by Charlotte Brontë, 573 pages
 
  29 votes, 12.6%

 
  22 votes, 9.6%

1796, The Monk by Matthew Gregory Lewis, 386 pages
 
  16 votes, 7.0%

1867, Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola, 201 pages
 
  15 votes, 6.5%

1895, Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy, 310 pages
 
  13 votes, 5.7%

1833, Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin, 240 pages
 
  12 votes, 5.2%

 
  10 votes, 4.3%

 
  9 votes, 3.9%

 
  8 votes, 3.5%

1864, Uncle Silas by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, 477 pages
 
  8 votes, 3.5%

1859, Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov, 567 pages
 
  6 votes, 2.6%

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