Gothic Tales

ISBN : 9780198734291

Arthur Conan Doyle; Darryl Jones
592 ページ
135 x 216 mm
Oxford World's Classics Hardbacks
  • A major new translation of Homer's great epic poem that encapsulates the power of cunning over strength, the pitfalls of temptation and the importance of home.
  • Anthony Verity's rendering transmits the directness, power, and dignity of Homer's poetry in an elegant and accurate translation that respects the original line numbers.
  • William Allan, an authority in classical Greek tragedy and epic, offers a full introduction that guides the reader in understanding the composition of the poem, the major themes of the narrative, and situates the poem in its original cultural context .
  • The line-by-line format of the translation is invaluable for those wishing to coordinate it with the Greek text or references in secondary literature.
  • Extensive notes offer book-by-book summaries and elucidate difficult words and passages.
  • The bibliography offers a succinct guide to further scholarship in English; a full index of names enables the reader to trace particular characters through the text; map showing the known Greek world traversed by Odysseus between Troy and Ithaca.

'There was a rumour, too, that he was a devil-worshipper, or something of that sort, and also that he had the evil eye...' 

Arthur Conan Doyle was the greatest genre writer Britain has ever produced. Throughout a long writing career, he drew on his own medical background, his travels, and his increasing interest in spiritualism and the occult to produce a spectacular array of Gothic Tales. Many of Doyle's writings are recognised as the very greatest tales of terror. They range from hauntings in the polar wasteland to evil surgeons and malevolent jungle landscapes. 
This collection brings together over thirty of Conan Doyle's best Gothic Tales. Darryl Jones's introduction discusses the contradictions in Conan Doyle's very public life - as a medical doctor who became obsessed with the spirit world, or a British imperialist drawn to support Irish Home Rule - and shows the ways in which these found articulation in that most anxious of all literary forms, the Gothic.


Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
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


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.