The Beetle

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Broadview Press, Apr 30, 2004 - Fiction - 364 pages
21 Reviews
The Beetle (1897) tells the story of a fantastical creature, "born of neither god nor man," with supernatural and hypnotic powers, who stalks British politician Paul Lessingham through fin de siècle London in search of vengeance for the defilement of a sacred tomb in Egypt. In imitation of various popular fiction genres of the late nineteenth century, Marsh unfolds a tale of terror, late imperial fears, and the "return of the repressed," through which the crisis of late imperial Englishness is revealed. This Broadview edition includes a critical introduction and a rich selection of historical documents that situate the novel within the contexts of fin de siècle London, England's interest and involvement in Egypt, the emergence of the New Woman, and contemporary theories of mesmerism and animal magnetism.
  

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User Review  - JA - Goodreads

If I was allowed to give a half star, this would have received two and a half stars. I enjoyed large sections of the text: the moments where characters experience the terror of the eponymous 'Beetle ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tim Prasil - Goodreads

Apparently, this book was in competition with Bram Stoker's Dracula, which came out the same year and shares some traits (eg, an attack in England by a foreign, ancient monster and a narrator ... Read full review

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Introduction
9
A Brief Chronology
35
A Note on the Text
38
THE HOUSE WITH THE OPEN WINDOW
39
OUTSIDE
41
INSIDE
47
THE MAN IN THE BED
52
IN PURSUIT
233
A NEW CLIENT
235
WHAT CAME OF LOOKING THROUGH A LATTICE
237
AFTER TWENTY YEARS
245
A BRINGER OF TIDINGS
252
WHAT THE TIDINGS WERE
254
WHAT WAS HIDDEN UNDER THE FLOOR
258
THE REST OF THE FIND
264

A LONELY VIGIL
56
AN INSTRUCTION TO COMMIT BURGLARY
61
A SINGULAR FELONY
69
THE GREAT PAUL LESSINGHAM
75
THE MAN IN THE STREET
82
THE CONTENTS OF THE PACKET
84
THE HAUNTED MAN
89
REJECTED
91
A MIDNIGHT EPISODE
96
A MORNING VISITOR
102
THE PICTURE
107
THE DUCHESS BALL
117
MR LESSINGHAM SPEAKS
125
ATHERTONS MAGIC VAPOUR
131
MAGIC?OR MIRACLE?
138
THE APOTHEOSIS OF THE BEETLE
140
THE LADY RAGES
153
A HEAVY FATHER
157
THE TERROR IN THE NIGHT
162
THE HAUNTED MAN
172
THE TERROR BY NIGHT AND THE TERROR BY DAY
185
THE WAY HE TOLD HER
187
A WOMANS VIEW
192
THE MAN IN THE STREET
195
A FATHERS NO
198
THE TERROR BY NIGHT
202
THE STRANGE STORY OF THE MAN IN THE STREET
207
THE HOUSE ON THE ROAD FROM THE WORKHOUSE
216
THE SINGULAR BEHAVIOUR OF MR HOLT
226
THE TERROR BY DAY
228
MISS LOUISA COLEMAN
268
WHAT MISS COLEMAN SAW THROUGH THE WINDOW
276
THE CONSTABLEHIS CLUEAND THE CAB
281
THE QUARRY DOUBLES
287
THE MURDER AT MRS ENDERSONS
292
THE MAN WHO WAS MURDERED
301
THE SUDDEN STOPPING
310
THE CONTENTS OF THE THIRDCLASS CARRIAGE
317
THE CONCLUSION OF THE MATTER
319
London in the fin de siècle
323
From Robert Louis Stevenson The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 1886
324
From Henry James London 1888
325
From Arthur Conan Doyle The Sign of Four 1890
326
From Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray 1891
327
From Arthur Morrison A Child of the Jago 1896
328
The New Woman
330
From Sarah Grand The New Aspect of the Woman Question North American Review March 1894
331
From Nat ArlingWhat is the Rôle of the New Woman? Westminster Review November 1898
333
From Kathleen Caffe A Reply from Daughters The Nineteenth Century March 1894
337
English Interest and Involvement in Egypt
340
From J Norman Lockyer The Astronomy and Mythology of the Ancient Egyptians The Nineteenth Century July 1892
344
From Egypt London Quarterly Review April 1884
348
From Our Position in Egypt The Speaker 19 October 1891
351
Mesmerism and Animal Magnetism
353
From James Esdaile Natural and Mesmeric Clairvoyance with the Practical Application of Mesmerism in Surgery and Medicine 1852
356
From Magic and Mesmerism Taits Edinburgh Magazine 50 1843
357
From Romulus Katscher Mesmerism Spiritualism and Hypnotism The Literary Digest 21 February 1891
358
Works Cited and Recommended Reading
362
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Julian Wolfreys is a Professor of English at the University of Florida, Gainsville.

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