(#173808) NIGHT VISITORS: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE ENGLISH GHOST STORY. Julia Briggs.

NIGHT VISITORS: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE ENGLISH GHOST STORY. London: Faber, [1977]. Octavo, pp. [1-7] 8 [9-11] 12-238 [239: blank], boards. First edition. Following a survey of the ghost story from Lucian to Le Fanu, Briggs provides a detailed study of the genre from the 1880s up to World War One, the war, according to Briggs, being a major contributing factor to the decline of English ghost story. Authors emphasized include Robert Louis Stevenson, Rudyard Kipling, Henry James, Vernon Lee, M. R. James and the genre's last great practitioner, Walter de la Mare. The epilogue considers ghosts in the work of three modern poets: Thomas Hardy, William Butler Yeats and T. S. Eliot. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 7-3. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 8-7. Tiny stain to fore-edge of text block, a nearly fine copy in nearly fine price-clipped dust jacket with some mild foxing at upper edge of flaps. (#173808).

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