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The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton
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it was amazing
bookshelves: haunted-strange-macabre, favorites, fiction

Some might feel that Wharton was out of her element here, but I found these perfectly jewel-like tales. They are, as is to be expected, stylistically elegant -- Wharton doesn't lower her standards just because she's writing in a sometimes-maligned genre. These are classic "literary" ghost tales, best appreciated for the subtle shadings of tone and rich evocation of atmosphere. There are (this being Wharton, after all) heavy infusions of social class and the weight this imposes on the central characters. In order to fully appreciate these stories, readers need to let them unfold gradually and not feel impatient with what may at times seem peripheral elements. It all comes together; the patient reader is rewarded.

Personal favorites in this collection include "Afterward" and "The Lady's Maid."
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Started Reading
June 1, 1999 – Finished Reading
August 1, 2007 – Shelved
August 1, 2007 – Shelved as: haunted-strange-macabre
March 11, 2011 – Shelved as: favorites
January 11, 2013 – Shelved as: fiction

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