Tuesday, February 03, 2009
The Old Nurse's Story - Gaskell's Finest Ghost Story
Posted by JaneGS
I just posted The Old Nurse's Story with annotation and illustration. If you haven't read it yet, it's worth reading, and this time I provided the audio recording that I did for LibriVox last fall.
The Old Nurse's Story was first published in the Extra Christmas Number of Household Words in December, 1852. Chronologically, it was published between her first and second novels, Mary Barton and Ruth. Although The Old Nurse's Story is recognized as being one of the best examples of the classic Victorian ghost story, Gaskell clashed with Charles Dickens, editor and publisher of Household Words, over the way she handled the ending of the story. He rewrote it and sent her the proof, which she promptly rejected, causing him to write back that..."I have no doubt, that according to every principle of art that is known to me from Shakespeare downwards, that you weaken the terror of the story by making them all see the phantoms at the end."
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