'The Canterville Ghost' is a popular short story by Oscar Wilde. The story of the Canterville Ghost takes place in an old English country house, Canterville Chase, which has all the accoutrements of a traditional haunted house. Descriptions of the wainscoting, the library panelled in black oak, and the armour in the hallway characterize the Gothic setting. Wilde mixes the macabre with comedy, juxtaposing devices from traditional English ghost stories such as creaking floorboards, clanking chains, and ancient prophecies with symbols of contemporary American consumerism.
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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish writer and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, his novel 'The Picture of Dorian Gray', his plays, and the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death.Review:
“Exciting books for holiday gift-giving or anytime . . . The Canterville Ghost provides younger readers with the opportunity to be introduced to this talented writer. Beautifully interpreted with the delicate, detailed illustrations by Lisbeth Zwerger, readers will delight in this edition of this classic story.” —Kendall Rautzhan, poconorecord.com
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