The American Ghost Story

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to the American Short Story
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781405115438
StatePublished - Mar 16 2010


  • "The Tale of the German Student," allowing the Gothic mood to develop fully rather than undercutting it with Irving's characteristic humor
  • American Ghost Story
  • American supernatural fiction-profiting from general cultural and technological developments, with publishers hungry for short fiction
  • Development of Spiritualism and of the ghost story-in the late 1840s and 1850s
  • Dickens's promotion of the ghostly tale-his interest in supernatural stories
  • Ghost Stories by American men
  • Poe's reputation as preeminent American Gothicist-surprisingly few actual ghost stories in his oeuvre
  • Primary practitioners of American ghost story, focusing on Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ambrose Bierce, Henry James, Mary E. Wilkins
  • Rise of American Ghost Story

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