American Gothic Tales

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American Gothic Tales by Various
Paperback $21.00

Dec 01, 1996 | 560 Pages

  • Paperback $21.00

    Dec 01, 1996 | 560 Pages

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“In compiling 40 short stories that represent the 200-year history of ‘gothic’ fiction in America, from Washington Irving’s classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to Stephen King’s The Reach, Oates employs an eclectic and elastic definition of the genre… Oates’s taste in the quality of stories is always impeccable. The pieces also all share a certain darkness. Entries range from Edgar Allen Poe’s sadistic The Black Cat to Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s classic psychological horror story The Yellow Wallpaper. Shirley Jackson, Anne Rice and Katherine Dunn are also represented. Among the more idiosyncratic selections are Herman Melville’s The Tartarus of Maids; Don DeLillo’s beautiful tale of astronauts floating above the earth in Human Moments in World War III; and Paul Bowles’s strange and powerful Allal, about a Moroccan orphan boy who so identifies with a snake that they mysteriously change bodies-and meet gory fates.”—Publishers Weekly

Table Of Contents

Charles Brockden Brown (1771-1810), from Wieland, or the Transformation
Washington Irving (1783-1859), The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864), The Man of Adamant, Young Goodman Brown
Herman Melville (1819-1891), The Tartarus of Maids
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), The Black Cat
Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), The Yellow Wallpaper
Henry James (1843-1916), The Romance of Certain Old Clothes
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?), The Damned Thing
Edith Wharton (1862-1937), Afterward
Gertrude Atherton (1857-1948), The Striding Place
Sherwood Anderson (1876-1941), Death in the Woods
H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937), The Outsider
William Faulkner (1893-1962), A Rose for Emily
August Derleth (1909-1971), The Lonesome Place
E.B. White (1899-1985), The Door
Shirley Jackson (1919-1965), The Lovely House
Paul Bowles (1910- ), Allal
Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991), The Reencounter
William Goyen (1915-1983), In the Icebound Hothouse
John Cheever (1912-1982), The Enormous Radio
Ray Bradbury (1920- ), The Veldt
W.S. Merwin (1927- ), The Dachau Shoe, the Approved, Spiders I Have Known, Postcards from the Maginot Line
Sylvia Plath (1932-1963), Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams
Robert Coover (1932- ), In Bed One Night
Ursula K. LeGuin (1929- ), Schrödinger’s Cat
E.L. Doctorow (1931- ), The Waterworks
Harlan Ellison (1934- ), Shattered Like a Glass Goblin
Don DeLillo (1936- ), Human Moments in World War III
John L’Heureux (1938- ), The Anatomy of Desire
Raymond Carver (1938-1988), Little Things
Joyce Carol Oates (1938- ), The Temple
Anne Rice (1941- ), Freniere
Peter Straub (1943- ), A Short Guide to the City
Steven Millhauser (1943- ), In the Penny Arcade
Stephen King (1947- ), The Reach
Charles Johnson (1948- ), Exchange Value
John Crowley (1942- ), Snow
Thomas Ligotti (1947- ), The Last Feast of Harlequin
Breece D’J Pancake (1952-1979), Time and Again
Lisa Tuttle (1952- ), Replacements
Melissa Pritchard (1948- ), Spirit Seizures
Nancy Etchemendy (1952- ), Cat in Glass
Bruce McAllister (1946- ), The Girl Who Loved Animals
Kathe Koja and Barry N. Malzberg, Ursus Triad, Later
Katherine Dunn, The Nuclear Family: His Talk, Her Teeth
Nicholson Baker (1957- ), Subsoil

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