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The book of doppelgängers : featuring stories from famous authors of the weird ...
Sterling, Robert.
Publication Information:
Doylestown, Pa. : Betancourt & Co., [2003]

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224 pages ; 24 cm
The horla / Guy de Maupassant -- The shadow / Hans Christian Andersen -- Green tea / J. Sheridan LeFanu -- The sandman / E.T.A. Hoffmann -- The terror of the twins / Algernon Blackwood -- The jolly corner / Henry James -- The yellow wallpaper / Charlotte Perkins Gilman -- Enoch Soames / Max Beerbohm -- The elixir of life / Honore de Balzac -- William Wilson / Edgar Allan Poe.
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PN3435 .B66 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Evil twins, double images--these are the tales of the Doppelganger--eight outre tales of the doubly weird by J. Sheridan LeFanu, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Algernon Blackwood, Guy de Maupassant, Honore de Balzac, Hans Christian Andersen, Henry James, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

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Library Journal Review

This collection of mystifying stories by major 19th- and 20th-century writers deals with dual personalities-often seen as good and bad, innocent and evil, or ego and alter ego, and often in conflict. These stories embody that conflict, whether real or imagined. For instance, in Henry James's "The Jolly Corner," Spencer Brydon returns home to find that an adversary-shadowy and yet horrible and real-has taken up residence and is living Spencer's life. James's writing style, clause after clause, adds wonderfully to the suspense. In Guy de Maupassant's "The Horla," a man's menacing double remains invisible as he seemingly hallucinates in terror, while perhaps the most masterly blend of crime and sorrow is brought about in "William Wilson" by Edgar Allen Poe, the master himself. Other writers in this collection are Max Beerbohm, Honor? de Balzac, and Hans Christian Andersen, who seems a curious inclusion but whose account of role reversal is more than worthy. Read this collection not for the blood and gore but for dread made real by imagination. Recommended for larger public libraries.-Robert L. Kelly, Fort Wayne Community Schs., IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.