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Gothic Tales

Arthur Conan Doyle
Edited by Darryl Jones

October 2016

ISBN: 9780198734291

592 pages
Hardback
216x135mm

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This collection brings together 33 of Conan Doyle's best Gothic Tales. Jones's introduction discusses the contradictions in Conan Doyle's public life - as a doctor who became obsessed with the spirit world, or a British imperialist drawn to support Irish Home Rule, showing the ways in which these found articulation in the Gothic.

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This collection brings together 33 of Conan Doyle's best Gothic Tales. Jones's introduction discusses the contradictions in Conan Doyle's public life - as a doctor who became obsessed with the spirit world, or a British imperialist drawn to support Irish Home Rule, showing the ways in which these found articulation in the Gothic.

  • This is the first-ever scholarly edition of Conan Doyle's Gothic Tales, meticulously sourced with full details of the publication history of each tale.
  • Up-to-the-minute critical introduction.
  • Drawing on the latest scholarship, the Introduction offers an analysis of the importance of the Gothic to the whole of Doyle's writing career and the wide range of his interests, from science to imperialism to spiritualism.
  • The book includes extensive explanatory notes, glossing the often complex range of ideas with which the stories engage.

About the Author(s)

Arthur Conan Doyle

Edited by Darryl Jones, Professor of English and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Trinity College Dublin

Darryl Jones is Professor of English and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Trinity College Dublin, where he has taught since 1994. He has held Visiting Professorships at Dartmouth College, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania, and Tongji University, Shanghai. He is the author or editor of 10 books, including most recently the Oxford editions of the Collected Ghost Stories of M. R. James and Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson, as well as many articles on nineteenth-century and popular literature.

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Note on the Text
    Select Bibliography
    Chronology
    The American's Tale
    The Captain of the 'PoleStar'
    The Winning Shot
    J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement
    John Barrington Cowles
    Uncle Jeremy's Household
    The Ring of Thoth
    The Surgeon of Gaster Fell
    A Pastoral Horror
    'De Profundis'
    Lot No. 249
    The Los Amigos Fiasco
    The Case of Lady Sannox
    The Lord of Château Noir
    The Third Generation
    The Striped Chest
    The Fiend of the Cooperage
    The Beetle-Hunter
    The Sealed Room
    The Brazilian Cat
    The New Catacomb
    The Retirement of Signor Lambert
    The Brown Hand
    Playing with Fire
    The Leather Funnel
    The Pot of Caviare
    The Silver Mirror
    The Terror of Blue John Gap
    Through the Veil
    How it Happened
    The Horror of the Heights
    The Bully of Brocas Court
    The Nightmare Room
    The Lift
    Explanatory Notes

Reviews

"This volume provides a welcomed and much-needed reminder of the full range of Conan Doyleâs achievement, deepening our appreciation of his unbounded imagination and fertile legacy." - Christopher Metress, English Literature in Transition 1880â1920

"The introduction and notes, by the book's editor Darryl Jones, helpfully explain the more obscure period details which are scattered throughout the book and where Doyle was at in his life with regards to the wide body of interests that occupied him when he was not writing." - Iain MacLeod, Gore in the Store

"Beautifully designed edition" - Times Literary Supplement

"This volume provides a welcomed and much-needed reminder of the full range of Conan Doyleâs achievement, deepening our appreciation of his unbounded imagination and fertile legacy." - Christopher Metress, English Literature in Transition 1880â1920