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by more…Lance Olsen , Padgett Powell , Anne Sexton , Fay Weldon , Muriel Spark , Cynthia Kadohata , A.S. Byatt , Barry Yourgrau (Goodreads Author) , Steven Milhauser , William Goyen , Nadine Gordimer , Graham Greene , Robinson Davies , Joyce Carol Oates , V.S. Pritchett , Mavis Gallant , John Gardner , Donald Barthelme , Paul Bowles , R.K. Narayan , Isaac Bashevis Singer …less , , , , , , ,
"It takes a certain amount of daring for a literary writer to employ a device as powerful and obvious as a ghost, and a great deal of talent and self-assurance to pull it off. The fact that these stories are so different from one another and that no two ghosts in them are alike is a testament to the power of the individual imagination to appropriate established myths witho ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 364 pages
Published 1991 by Atlantic Monthly Press
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This was incredibly fucking boring. I don't think I've ever read a boring ghost story in my liiiiiife. I understand that these tales were supposed to be in a literary tone hence the title but that doesn't mean they have to be dragged out, bare, and boring.
I am not a huge fan of short stories and this book is a prime example. It is a collection of 28 stories by varied authors and of varied length. Some are one pagers and some run to about 30 pages long. Some are excellent and some are very dull. My favorites are medium length for the most part. There is the story of the ghost who tells her story of haunting her murderer, the ghost who needed to be tested for his doctor of philosophy degree in every subject because he forgot what he was studying fo ...more
Mid-20th century short stories, a wide selection of styles, and a variety of story themes held my interest through the 2 'ho-hum' selections. Nice choice for a creepy-story-each-night Halloween countdown. Especially enjoyed Anne Sexton's story "The Ghost" and Tim O'Brien's "The Ghost Soldiers." Hat tip to Penelope Lively's "Revenant as Typewriter" and to McGrath's "Marmilion." The closing stories, by Graham Greene and Singer, provide a satisfying finish.