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Seven Gothic Tales

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Originally published in 1934, Seven Gothic Tales, the first book by "one of the finest and most singular artists of our time" (The Atlantic), is a modern classic.

Here are seven exquisite tales combining the keen psychological insight characteristic of the modern short story with the haunting mystery of the nineteenth-century Gothic tale, in the tradition of writers such as Goethe, Hoffmann, and Poe.

Review:

"These tales are a modern refinement of German romanticism....They are peopled, or haunted, by ghosts of a past age, voluptuaries dreaming of the singers and ballerinas of the operas of Mozart and Gluck, young men who are too melancholy to enjoy love or too perverse to profit by it, maidens dedicated to chastity and others hopeful of a gentlemanly seduction; their generally fantastic adventures are exquisitely played." The New York Times>

Review:

"[Seven Gothic Tales is] in that special realm in which artistry is more real than reality." Time

Synopsis:

This volume of Seven Gothic Tales includes: "The Deluge at Norderney"; "The Old Chevalier"; "The Monkey"; "The Roads Round Pisa"; "The Supper at Elsinore"; "The Dreamers"; and "The Poet." These seven exquisite tales combine the keen psychological insight characteristic of the modern short story with the haunting mystery of the nineteenth-century Gothic tale, in the tradition of writers such as Goethe, Hoffmann, and Poe.

About the Author

Isak Dinesen is the pseudonym of Karen Blixen, born in Denmark in 1885. After her marriage in 1914 to Baren Bror Blixen, she and her husband lived in British East Africa, where they owned a coffee plantation. She was divorced from her husband in 1921 but continued to manage the plantation for another ten years, until the collapse of the coffee market forced her to sell the property and return to Denmark in 1931. There she began to write in English under the nom de plume Isak Dinesen. Her first book, and literary success, was Seven Gothic Tales. It was followed by Out of Africa, The Angelic Avengers (written under the pseudonym Pierre Andrézel), Winter's Tales, Last Tales, Anecdotes of Destiny, Shadows on the Grass, and Ehrengard. She died in 1962.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679736417
Author:
Dinesen, Isak
Publisher:
Vintage
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Continental european fiction (fictional works
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Short stories, Danish
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;short stories;gothic;danish;literature;stories;denmark;20th century;horror;classic;short fiction;anthology;fantasy;danish literature;isak dinesen;short story;classics;scandinavian literature;20th century literature;tales
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Publication Date:
19911231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8 x 5.15 x .9 in .7 lb

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Product details 448 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780679736417 Reviews:
"Review" by , "These tales are a modern refinement of German romanticism....They are peopled, or haunted, by ghosts of a past age, voluptuaries dreaming of the singers and ballerinas of the operas of Mozart and Gluck, young men who are too melancholy to enjoy love or too perverse to profit by it, maidens dedicated to chastity and others hopeful of a gentlemanly seduction; their generally fantastic adventures are exquisitely played." The New York Times>
"Review" by , "[Seven Gothic Tales is] in that special realm in which artistry is more real than reality."
"Synopsis" by , This volume of Seven Gothic Tales includes: "The Deluge at Norderney"; "The Old Chevalier"; "The Monkey"; "The Roads Round Pisa"; "The Supper at Elsinore"; "The Dreamers"; and "The Poet." These seven exquisite tales combine the keen psychological insight characteristic of the modern short story with the haunting mystery of the nineteenth-century Gothic tale, in the tradition of writers such as Goethe, Hoffmann, and Poe.
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