The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton

The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton Edith Wharton s mastery of the ghost story is revealed in this collection of eleven of her best tales of the supernatural It includes The Lady s Maid s Bell The Triumph of Night Bewitched Mr Jones

  • Title: The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton
  • Author: Edith Wharton
  • ISBN: 068418382x
  • Page: 297
  • Format: Paperback
  • Edith Wharton s mastery of the ghost story is revealed in this collection of eleven of her best tales of the supernatural It includes The Lady s Maid s Bell, The Triumph of Night, Bewitched, Mr Jones, The Looking Glass, All Souls, and The Eyes.

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    About "Edith Wharton"

    1. Edith Wharton

      Edith Newbold Jones was born into such wealth and privilege that her family inspired the phrase keeping up with the Joneses The youngest of three children, Edith spent her early years touring Europe with her parents and, upon the family s return to the United States, enjoyed a privileged childhood in New York and Newport, Rhode Island Edith s creativity and talent soon became obvious By the age of eighteen she had written a novella, as well as witty reviews of it and published poetry in the Atlantic Monthly.After a failed engagement, Edith married a wealthy sportsman, Edward Wharton Despite similar backgrounds and a shared taste for travel, the marriage was not a success Many of Wharton s novels chronicle unhappy marriages, in which the demands of love and vocation often conflict with the expectations of society Wharton s first major novel, The House of Mirth, published in 1905, enjoyed considerable literary success Ethan Frome appeared six years later, solidifying Wharton s reputation as an important novelist Often in the company of her close friend, Henry James, Wharton mingled with some of the most famous writers and artists of the day, including F Scott Fitzgerald, Andr Gide, Sinclair Lewis, Jean Cocteau, and Jack London.In 1913 Edith divorced Edward She lived mostly in France for the remainder of her life When World War I broke out, she organized hostels for refugees, worked as a fund raiser, and wrote for American publications from battlefield frontlines She was awarded the French Legion of Honor for her courage and distinguished work.The Age of Innocence, a novel about New York in the 1870s, earned Wharton the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1921 the first time the award had been bestowed upon a woman Wharton traveled throughout Europe to encourage young authors She also continued to write, lying in her bed every morning, as she had always done, dropping each newly penned page on the floor to be collected and arranged when she was finished Wharton suffered a stroke and died on August 11, 1937 She is buried in the American Cemetery in Versailles, France Barnesandnoble

    320 thoughts on “The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton”

    1. If you read about ghosts in order to be filled with dread, then Edith Wharton may not be your favorite supernatural author. On the other hand, if you are a fan of elegant realistic fiction but like a few chills from time to time, Wharton's ghost tales may belong at the top of your list. Each of her stories is a subtle exercise rooted in everyday reality, and the ghostly presences--such as they are--emerge from the nourishing soil that constitutes her finely crafted realism. Many of her stories t [...]


    2. Edith Wharton, delicate yet cruel, casts a cold eye on the misdeeds and toxic egos of men, and an occasionally more empathetic one on women and their struggles, in this collection of beautifully written stories. Precise prose: each sentence has a crystalline clarity, a careful distillation of words and ideas. Gorgeously atmospheric imagery: Wharton knows her way around sprawling manors of course, but has equal talent at evoking lonely moorlands, quiet roads at dusk, even a nearly empty fortress [...]


    3. Edith Wharton may be an unlikely ghost story writer, but she does it rather well. As you would expect they are well written and have subtlety and nuance and don’t have the gore and bludgeoning of some modern horror. There is a sprinkling of the gothic, a few rambling and creepy houses and a variety of settings: England, the eastern US states, France and the desert in an unspecified Middle Eastern country. Some of the tales aren’t really ghost stories, but explore everyday moral dilemmas and [...]


    4. Some might feel that Wharton was out of her element here, but I found these perfectly jewel-like tales. They are, as is to be expected, stylistically elegant -- Wharton doesn't lower her standards just because she's writing in a sometimes-maligned genre. These are classic "literary" ghost tales, best appreciated for the subtle shadings of tone and rich evocation of atmosphere. There are (this being Wharton, after all) heavy infusions of social class and the weight this imposes on the central cha [...]


    5. I quite like Edith Wharton's writing, but not every story here penetrated with me. A couple of them did. Kerfol is very emotional, with the ghosts of the murdered dogs. I really loved The Pomegranate Seed, with its mysterious mythological title, vague creepiness and open endedss


    6. My husband and I enjoy reading Edith Wharton stories to each other, and in fact have managed to get through all, or at least nearly all, of her shorter works in this manner. I love her writing and these stories are no exception but, as other GR members have mentioned, these stories are not horrifying and some are not even scary. They are simply great stories, some of them chilling and others sad.


    7. I got off to a rough start with this one because I didn't like the first two stories. I persevered and I'm very glad I did because I enjoyed these stories tremendously. There was a remarkable range of types of stories and causes of the events. I really should read the deliciously creepy All Souls' every year on Halloween.


    8. I loved this collection of short stories - I haven't read any of Edith Wharton's novels, but I really want to after this. The writing is absolutely excellent - the perfect balance of intrigue, satire and subtlety, with a hint of humour. The tales are just macabre enough to hold your attention without being too obvious or sensational, and they're all the perfect length. My favourite thing about many of these stories was that they are very open-ended, open to all kinds of interpretation - the ghos [...]


    9. Edith Wharton has written what I term "genteel" ghost stories, with a variation in success if achieving a sense of mood and dread are the measure. There are several that I specifically enjoyed, "Afterward", "Kerfol", "The Triumph of Night", "Mr Jones". All are well written of course (it seems silly of me to judge Wharton). If I judge them as ghost stories then some don't seem as successful. "Eyes" in particular seems a let down (as discussed in the story section).Overall though I find the storie [...]


    10. Who Are the “Real” Ghosts?Up to now I have never read anything by Edith Wharton but after these 15 fascinating ghost stories Mrs. Wharton is definitely on my reading list. I would be hard put to choose my favourite from among those tales of the supernatural but if I had to make a choice, I would probably vote for “Bewitched”, where a married farmer is haunted by the ghost of a young woman with whom he seems to be carrying on an affair. (view spoiler)[Or is it not a ghost at all but the y [...]


    11. Cover of the 1976 Popular Library mass-market. You can tell it's post-Exorcist, as it definitely imitates the style, as did a lot of horror or occult-themed paperbacks of the day.



    12. I found several of these to be rather anti-climactic, but the longer, more character-driven stories worked really well: "Afterward", about a husband and wife who buy an old country estate with a ghost they won't know about until "long, long afterward"; "The Triumph of Night", in which a doppelganger threatens an ill young man; and "The Pomegranate Seed", a chilling tale of a second marriage and a first wife who won't let go.


    13. On the other hand, Edith Wharton is a fantastic twentieth century author. Though I find her full length books a bit meandering, she is the master of the short story. (I have similar feelings about Henry James.) All of these ghost stories are interesting, easy to read, and paint a fabulous picture of life in the early twentieth century in New England and abroad. Even if you couldn't quite stomach The Age of Innocence or The House of Mirth, any collection of her stories is worth a second look.


    14. I always enjoy her writing, but this sort of genre-thing is not what Edith does best. Read House of Mirth instead, and Age of Innocence. Then House of Mirth again.


    15. One has difficulty imagining Edith Wharton being big into ghost stories, until one realizes what Wharton thought constituted a ghost story is so very schoolmarmy. It's the haunted house equivalent of hanging up some sheets and putting up doleful lights. Under the right suggestion, some may be scared, but most will be hard-pressed to get any suggestion of ghostliness out from the impenetrable coyness of Wharton's prose here. (One pines for the luridness of Poe.)In the better stories of this group [...]


    16. There's quite a few tales about people waiting for an absent person to return and wondering if they'll never return, as repetitive as that might be, these are probably the best stories in the collection. There's a humorous non-horror story that Wharton seems to regret writing (keep in mind the contents of this book varies in different versions, I have the 2009 Wordsworth version) but it has an ecstatic description of a church and I liked the way she compares women to houses with lots of rooms. W [...]


    17. I read this book for the first time nearly twenty years ago. My book club is reading it now for our late October meeting. I gave this book five stars based on my first reading. I'm eager to see what I think of it nearly twenty years later. I have now completed my second reading and was delighted by this collection of ghost stories. I will grant that many of the endings are enigmatic and elliptical, but the progress of each story is so beautifully written that I will keep my five-star rating for [...]


    18. Esta recopilación de tres relatos de fantasmas de Edith Wharton es interesante porque las historias son muy diferentes entre sí a pesar de tener elementos en común. Quizá son un poco predecibles para el lector moderno, acostumbrado a todo tipo de películas de miedo con elementos sobrenaturales, pero la autora tiene un estilo impecable y me gusta que los fantasmas aparecen como reflejo de la vida de los protagonistas, en relación con secretos y actitudes de los personajes.


    19. These stories are somewhat clever, but not very scary. The only story that I found even remotely scary was about a French chateau that was haunted by dogs. I know it sounds stupid, but it kind of creeped me out. However, the rest of the stories were pretty predictable--they might have scared you if you were living in 1910 and reading them by candlelight, but they're not going to scare you in today's world.


    20. Some classic British haunted house stuff, with a dash of Poe and anxieties about marriage thrown in: leviathanbound.wordpress/




    21. Scritti a più riprese fra il 1909 e il 1937, questi undici racconti si inseriscono nella ghost-literature tradizionale, dando un notevole spazio a problemi quali le differenze di classe, il rapporto moglie-marito, gli obblighi di seguire convenzioni prestabilite.L'orrore della Wharton è costruito, in modo insistente e lento, su un preciso tessuto sociale di ingiustizie e crudeltà quotidiane di cui gli spettri sono una conseguenza inevitabile.Nella mia edizione (Bompiani - I delfini, 1995), un [...]


    22. Her analysis of the makings of a ghost story is sufficient reason for reading this awesome collection of tales from the pen of one of New England's premier writers.


    23. I had never thought of the peerless Edith Wharton as a writer of ghost stories (think, instead, Ethan Frome, Hudson River Bracketed, and others). I love Wharton's writing, though, so I was curious to see what she could do with the genre. What she can do is deftly weave a shroud of vague yet insistent terror, much like a ghost itself. She keeps strictly to the ghost story bailiwick, never veering into the bloodier domain of the horror writer, and spins out her tales with such a soft yet masterful [...]


    24. Despite my disappointment with a few of the selections, overall, I found this to be a good, entertaining -- even occasionally enlightening -- read. Wharton's narrative is generally unclouded, direct. Her dialogue is so-so, psychological insights neither prolific nor particularly poignant, though insights do occur, and when they do, they are handled well, with interesting results. Probably Wharton's greatest strength is her power of description, as in the sleeper story, "Bewitched," where the rea [...]


    25. I actually had no idea Wharton had written so many ghost stories until I came across this collection in Half Price Books. Of course, the title is a bit of a misnomer. Yes, there are ghosts in most of the stories but the ghosts aren't the scary part. Love is the most terrifying thing in this collection.Love of money, love of self, forbidden love all bring Wharton's character's to horrifying ends. The highlight of the collection is a story entitled The Duchess at Prayer, which while drawing heavil [...]


    26. I love Edith Wharton and I love ghost stories, and though this collection comes up a little short with a few tales that simply didn’t age too well, Wharton comes through with a few classics that make the book well worth reading – namely, the beautifully thought out “Afterward,” (probably the best story here, and the one most widely considered to be a classic among this collection), the similarly themed “Pomegranate Seed” (like “Afterward” it features a woman who cruelly loses her [...]


    27. Giving this a 3.5 because Edith Wharton is always worth more than a 3. However the world seems to have progressed (or regressed?) past her stories - and ironically, this is probably a direct result of their contribution to our universal understanding of what makes a good ghost story. While Wharton's stories prepare the field, I kept expecting them to go beyond and break new ground, which I believe they may have done in their own time before radio, TV, and the universal popularity of Stephen King [...]


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