In showing us the gothic vision—a world askew where mankind’s forbidden impulses are set free from the repressions of the psyche, and nature turns malevolent and lawless—Joyce Carol Oates includes Henry James’s “The Romance of Certain Old Clothes,” Herman Melville’s horrific tale of factory women, “The Tartarus of Maids,” and Edith Wharton’s “Afterward,” which are rarely collected and appear together here for the first time.
Added to these stories of the past are new ones that explore the wounded worlds of Stephen King, Anne Rice, Peter Straub, Raymond Carver, and more than twenty other wonderful contemporary writers. This impressive collection reveals the astonishing scope of the gothic writer’s subject matter, style, and incomparable genius for manipulating our emotions and penetrating our dreams. With Joyce Carol Oates’s superb introduction, American Gothic Tales is destined to become the standard one-volume edition of the genre that American writers, if they didn’t create it outright, have brought to its chilling zenith.
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A generous anthology of 46 stories, written between the late-18th century and the present, representing the genre characterized by editor Oates (in her Introduction) as "the surreal, raised to the level of poetry."| Read Full Review of American Gothic Tales (Willia...
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 a eclectic and elastic definition of the genre.| Read Full Review of American Gothic Tales (Willia...
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