Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Haunted House

The Haunted House is an 1859 story, described by Wikipedia this way:
It was "Conducted by Charles Dickens", with contributions from others. It is a "portmanteau" story, with Dickens writing the opening and closing stories, framing stories by Dickens himself and five other authors.
It can be read online.

The Guardian says,
its greatest charm lies in the way we get a glimpse of Victorian writers letting their hair down, not so much producing literature of intimidating length and purpose as playing a parlour game.
The Literary Gothic calls it "almost Hawthornesque".

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