Wintersalen Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Original Essays | September 15, 2014

    Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



    There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$19.98
List price: $35.00
Sale Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Beaverton Horror- Anthology

This title in other editions

Library of America #196: American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from Poe to the Pulps

by

Library of America #196: American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from Poe to the Pulps Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

From early on, American literature has teemed with tales of horror, of hauntings, of terrifying obsessions and gruesome incursions, of the uncanny ways in which ordinary reality can be breached and subverted by the unknown and the irrational. As this pathbreaking two-volume anthology demonstrates, it is a tradition with many unexpected detours and hidden chambers, and one that continues to evolve, finding new forms and new themes as it explores the bad dreams that lurk around the edges-if not in the unacknowledged heart--of the everyday. Peter Straub, one of today's masters of horror and fantasy, offers an authoritative and diverse gathering of stories calculated to unsettle and delight.

This first volume surveys a century and a half of American fantastic storytelling, revealing in its 44 stories an array of recurring themes: trance states, sleepwalking, mesmerism, obsession, possession, madness, exotic curses, evil atmospheres. In the tales of Irving, Poe, and Hawthorne, the bright prospects of the New World face an uneasy reckoning with the forces of darkness. In the ghost-haunted Victorian and Edwardian eras, writers including Henry James, Edith Wharton, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Ambrose Bierce explore ever more refined varieties of spectral invasion and disintegrating selfhood.

In the twentieth century, with the arrival of the era of the pulps, the fantastic took on more monstrous and horrific forms at the hands of H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Robert Bloch, and other classic contributors to Weird Tales. Here are works by acknowledged masters such as Stephen Crane, Willa Cather, Conrad Aiken, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, along with surprising discoveries like Ralph Adams Cram's The Dead Valley, Emma Francis Dawson's An Itinerant House, and Julian Hawthorne's Absolute Evil. American Fantastic Tales offers an unforgettable ride through strange and visionary realms.

A stupendous, spellbinding reading experience waiting to be had. -Jonathan Lethem

Review:

"In a time when the Fantastic is regaining popularity in American literature, this wide-ranging collection of horror and supernatural stories is a welcomed reeducation into the genre's roots. Some of the selections are already unquestioned classics-Hawthorne's 'Young Goodman Brown,' Poe's 'Berenice,' Gilman's 'The Yellow Wall Paper.' Although, any reader may find Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, Henry S. Whitehead, David H. Keller, Seabury Quinn, Francis Stevens, H.L. Lovecraft and August Derleth just as worthy. Even those most well-acquainted with the genre will be pleasantly surprised with the tales by lesser-known writers, such as Willa Cather's 'Consequences' and Gertrude Atherton's 'The Striding Place.' Editor Straub highlights a Feminist strain with female writers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries: Harriet Prescott Spoofed, Kate Chopin, Madeline Yale Wynne, Alice Brown-to name a few, offering an interesting reassessment of a crucial era in fantastic fiction." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Straub, a contemporary master of literary horror and fantasy, offers an authoritative and diverse gathering of stories calculated to unsettle and delight. Ghostly narratives of the Edwardian era, lurid classics from the pulp heyday, and modern-day masterpieces are included in these collections.

Synopsis:

An unparalleled treasury of American 19th century mystery fiction selected and introduced by Otto Penzler.

Synopsis:

An unparalleled treasury of crime, mystery, and murder from the genres founding century

With stories by Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, L. Frank Baum, Edith Wharton, Stephen Crane, and Jack London, The Best American Mystery Stories of the Nineteenth Century is an essential anthology of American letters. Its a unique blend of beloved writers who contributed to the genre and forgotten names that pioneered the form, such as Anna Katharine Green, the godmother of mystery fiction, and the African-American writer Charles W. Chesnutt. Of course, Penzler includes “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” recognized as the first detective story, and with thirty-three stories spanning the years 1824-1899, nowhere else can readers find such a surprising, comprehensive take on the evolution of the American mystery story.

About the Author

Peter Straub is one of Americas foremost authors of supernatural and suspense fiction. He is the New York Times bestselling author of a dozen novels, including the horror classic Ghost Story and The Talisman, which he cowrote with Stephen King. His latest novel, Black House—also written with King—is a #1 New York Times bestseller. A past president of the Horror Writers of America and multiple award winner, he lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1824 • Washington Irving The Story of the Young Robber 1

1827 • William Leggett The Rifle 8

1834 • Nathaniel Hawthorne Mr. Higginbothams Catastrophe 30

1841 • Edgar Allan Poe The Murders in the Rue Morgue 42

1845 • Edgar Allan Poe The Purloined Letter 73

1846 • Abraham Lincoln Remarkable Case of Arrest for Murder 90

1850 • Daniel Webster The Fatal Secret 97

1862 • Thomas Bailey Aldrich The Danseuse 100

1865 • Louisa May Alcott A Double Tragedy: An Actors Story 112

1875 • Allan Pinkerton The Two Sisters; Or, The Avenger 132

1882 • Frank Stockton The Lady, or the Tiger? and The Discourager of Hesitancy 182

1883 • Mark Twain A Thumb-print and What Came of It 194

1888 • Ambrose Bierce My Favorite Murder 207

1889 • Charles W. Chesnutt The Sheriffs Children 215

1891 • Richard Harding Davis Gallegher 230

1892 • William Norr Round the Opium Lamp 256

1894 • Percival Pollard Lingo Dan 261

1895 • Rodrigues Ottolengui The Nameless Man and The Montezuma Emerald 270

1895 • Anna Katharine Green The Doctor, His Wife, and the Clock 292

1895 • William M. Hinkley A Very Strange Case 330

1895 • Mary E. Wilkins The Long Arm 343

1896 • Cleveland Moffett The Mysterious Card and The Mysterious Card Unveiled 371

1896 • Mark Twain Tom Sawyer, Detective 394

1896 • Melville Davisson Post The Corpus Delicti 445

1897 • L. Frank Baum The Suicide of Kiaros 470

1897 • Robert W. Chambers The Purple Emperor 482

1898 • Edward Bellamy At Pinneys Ranch 501

1898 • Stephen Crane The Blue Hotel 514

1899 • Edith Wharton A Cup of Cold Water 541

1899 • Nicholas Carter The Detectives Pretty Neighbor 565

1899 • Ellen Glasgow A Point in Morals 583

1899 • Jack London A Thousand Deaths 595

Product Details

ISBN:
9781598530476
Author:
Straub, Peter
Publisher:
Library of America
Author:
Penzler, Otto
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fairy Tales, Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Fantasy fiction, American
Subject:
Horror tales, American
Subject:
Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Best American
Series Volume:
196
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

Other books you might like

  1. Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable... Used Hardcover $10.00
  2. The Dream Stealer the Dream Stealer New Hardcover $16.99
  3. The Beatles Complete Scores Used Hardcover $70.00

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Horror » Anthology
Fiction and Poetry » Horror » General
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Science Fiction and Fantasy » Anthologies
Fiction and Poetry » Science Fiction and Fantasy » Sale Books
Humanities » Mythology » Folklore and Storytelling

Library of America #196: American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from Poe to the Pulps Sale Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$19.98 In Stock
Product details 624 pages Library of America - English 9781598530476 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In a time when the Fantastic is regaining popularity in American literature, this wide-ranging collection of horror and supernatural stories is a welcomed reeducation into the genre's roots. Some of the selections are already unquestioned classics-Hawthorne's 'Young Goodman Brown,' Poe's 'Berenice,' Gilman's 'The Yellow Wall Paper.' Although, any reader may find Robert E. Howard, Clark Ashton Smith, Henry S. Whitehead, David H. Keller, Seabury Quinn, Francis Stevens, H.L. Lovecraft and August Derleth just as worthy. Even those most well-acquainted with the genre will be pleasantly surprised with the tales by lesser-known writers, such as Willa Cather's 'Consequences' and Gertrude Atherton's 'The Striding Place.' Editor Straub highlights a Feminist strain with female writers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries: Harriet Prescott Spoofed, Kate Chopin, Madeline Yale Wynne, Alice Brown-to name a few, offering an interesting reassessment of a crucial era in fantastic fiction." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Straub, a contemporary master of literary horror and fantasy, offers an authoritative and diverse gathering of stories calculated to unsettle and delight. Ghostly narratives of the Edwardian era, lurid classics from the pulp heyday, and modern-day masterpieces are included in these collections.
"Synopsis" by ,

An unparalleled treasury of American 19th century mystery fiction selected and introduced by Otto Penzler.

"Synopsis" by , An unparalleled treasury of crime, mystery, and murder from the genres founding century

With stories by Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, L. Frank Baum, Edith Wharton, Stephen Crane, and Jack London, The Best American Mystery Stories of the Nineteenth Century is an essential anthology of American letters. Its a unique blend of beloved writers who contributed to the genre and forgotten names that pioneered the form, such as Anna Katharine Green, the godmother of mystery fiction, and the African-American writer Charles W. Chesnutt. Of course, Penzler includes “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” recognized as the first detective story, and with thirty-three stories spanning the years 1824-1899, nowhere else can readers find such a surprising, comprehensive take on the evolution of the American mystery story.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.