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The Canterville Ghost

Oscar Wilde

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The American Minister and his family have bought the English stately home Canterville Chase, complete with the ghost of Sir Simon de Canterville – blood-stains, clanking chains and all. But these modern Americans will have no truck with ghostly goings-on, and set out to beat the specter at his own game.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Washington, "for I have tried it with everything. It must be the ghost." He accordingly rubbed out the stain a second time, but the second morning it appeared again. The third morning also it was there, though the library had been locked up at night by Mr. Otis himself, and the key carried up-stairs. The whole family were now quite interested; Mr. Otis began to suspect that he had been too dogmatic in his denial of the existence of ghosts, Mrs. Otis expressed her intention of joining the Psychical Society, and Washington prepared a long letter to Messrs. Myers and Podmore on the subject of the Permanence of Sanguineous Stains when connected with Crime. That night all doubts about the objective existence of phantasmata were removed for ever.

The day had been warm and sunny; and, in the cool of the evening, the whole family went out to drive. They did not return home till nine o'clock, when they had a light supper. The conversation in no way turned upon . . . Read More

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The Canterville Ghost, Oscar Wilde

The Canterville Ghost is a novella by Oscar Wilde. It was the first of Wilde's stories to be published, appearing in two parts in The Court and Society Review, 23 February and 2 March 1887.

The story is about an American family who move to a castle haunted by the g

JAJAJA ¿Cómo es que no lo había leído antes?

Este libro es muy original y divertido. Si me sacó unas cuantas carcajadas y a la vez sentí pena por el fantasma. Inicialmente pensé que era una historia de terror, pero conforme fui avanzando me di cuenta que era pura sátira e ironía. Mi mero mole.

Fue un

5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐!

A sophisticated parody of the traditional Ghost marvellously juxtaposed to the remarkable satirisation of American and British values; enhanced with an astounding and ingenious reversal of roles that imposes profound reflection on the themes of life and death, and imbues the narrative wit

Great satire about an English ghost being outwitted by some modern Americans (Mr Otis and his family) who bought Canterville Chase. Is there salvation for the ghost in the end? Funny ghost story with many satirical elements (the bloodstain) and fine allusions (e.g. on Fuseli's Nightmare). A real cla

I decided to read this one because I remember loving that old Canterville Ghost movie with a young Neve Campbell and a younger Patrick Stewart.
And because of that, I was thinking this would be filled with fun stories.
Yay!

Um.
Yeah, not really.
I realize that it was completely my fault for going into

"-Siento decirle que el fantasma de Canterville existe –insistió lord Canterville sonriendo-, aunque tal vez se haya resistido a las ofertas de sus audaces empresarios. Hace más de tres siglos que se le conoce, exactamente desde 1584, y suele aparecer poco antes de la muerte de cualquier miembro de

A Victorian ghost story by Oscar Wilde!

4.5 stars. Wilde deftly combines an occasionally grisly haunting, old-fashioned sentiment, a small droplet of romance, and a large helping of dry wit in this 1887 novella about a rather brash American family that buys a haunted mansion in Victorian England. T

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