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Publication Date: 1983
Publisher: Diane Pub Co
Set against the background of the rapid flux of ideas and beliefs in the 19th century, these essays explore the presence of the supernatural in the works of well-known American writers. Beginning with Washington Irving¹s introduction of the gothic sensibility in the form of the ghost story, and following through the century to investigations of the unconscious in the works of Henry James and Jack London, this collection reveals the use of the occult in fiction as a metaphor for a culture bubbling with attempts -- mesmerism, Adventism, transcendentalism, Swedenborgianism, and spiritualism, among many -- to understand nature¹s complex and obscure patterns.n/a is the author of 'The Haunted Dusk: American Supernatural Fiction, 1820-1920', published 1983 under ISBN 9780788168383 and ISBN 078816838X.
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