Haunted Houses - Two Novels by Charlotte Riddell (light wear)

British Library Tales of the Weird

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Haunted Houses - Two Novels by Charlotte Riddell, edited by Andrew Smith / From the British Library's "Tales of the Weird" series / ISBN 9780712352512 / 333-page paperback / new paperback, but light wear from inbound shipping

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From the once-popular yet unfairly neglected Victorian writer Charlotte Riddell comes a pair of novels which cleverly upholster the familiar furniture of the haunted house story. In An Uninhabited House, the hauntings are seen through the perspective of the solicitors who hold the deed of the property. Here we find a shrewd comedic skewering of this host of scriveners and clerks, and a realist approach to the consequences of a haunted house how does one let such a property? Slowly the safer world of commerce and law gives way as the encounter with the supernatural entity becomes more and more unavoidable In Fairy Water, Riddell again subverts the expectations of the reader, suggesting a complex moral character for her haunting spirit. Her writing style is succinct and witty, rendering the story a spirited and approachable read despite its age.

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