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Fine in fine dust jacket. First Edition. Hardcover limited to 500 copies. As New in dust jacket. American Victorian and Edwardian ghost stories, edited with introduction on the life of Alice Brown by. SIGNED by the editor. The great trinity of New England genre writers consists of Sarah Orne Jewett, Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman, and Alice Brown. Each wrote just enough supernatural fiction to fill one solid volume. Alice Brown's weird tales were most varied, in that she was not restricted to the regional ghost story exclusively. Among her stories we may count the ghost story "There and Here" with lesbian undertones unexpected of a Victorian era tale, and "Old Lemuel's Journey" a regionalist tale of time travel. Many of her ghost stories move away from the New England genre entirely, as do the horrific "The Flying Teuton" wartime sea haunting, the eerie and mystic sea adventure "Golden Baby, " and the horrifying mystic tale of "The Island" which also takes place at sea. "The Empire of Death" is in particular a high point, an Arthur Machenesque tale of the first world war too disturbing for any magazine editor of its day. A young German soldier upon death on the battlefield drags the spirit of an American soldier (his pre-war friend) with him upon a terrifying ghostly journey, a story as sorrowful as it is terrifying and just. There are eleven weird tales in all, previously scattered thinly amidst many collections, with some of them never before collected at all (i.e., "Old Lemuel's Journey, " "The Man Who Wanted to be Safe, " and "Envoy Extraordinary). There is in addition an addendum of Alice Brown's weird poems ranging from her fantasy of "Pan" to such ghostly vignettes as "The Ghost Speaks" and "They Return" to the visionary "Descent into Hell." AUTOGRAPHED by the editor.
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