Uncle Silas

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Penguin UK, Nov 30, 2006 - Fiction - 528 pages
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One of the most significant and intriguing Gothic novels of the Victorian period and is enjoyed today as a modern psychological thriller. In UNCLE SILAS (1864) Le Fanu brought up to date Mrs Radcliffe's earlier tales of virtue imprisoned and menacedby unscrupulous schemers. The narrator, Maud Ruthyn, is a 17 year old orphan left in the care of her fearful uncle, Silas. Together with his boorish son and a sinister French governess, Silas plots to kill Maud and claim her fortune. The novel established Le Fanu as a master of horror fiction.
 

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User Review  - rainpebble - LibraryThing

Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu; {acquired prior to L/T}; (5*) Uncle Silas is both J. Sheridan Le Fanu's greatest novel and also his most celebrated and widely known which is a rare combination. It ... Read full review

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At first I wasn't that interested in where the storyline was taking me. Maud the innocent daughter of Austin Ruthyn has a nutty French governess with ulterior motives. And of course there is a will ... Read full review

Contents

A JOSEPH SHERIDAN LE FANU CHRONOLOGY
INTRODUCTION
FURTHER READING
A NOTE ON THE TEXT
A PRELIMINARY WORD
CONTENTS
VOLUME I
VOLUME II
VOLUME III
NOTES
Copyright

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Dublin-born Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu (1814-1873) established himself as a journalist and writer of fiction and became one of the best-selling authors of the 1860-80s. His sinister and supernatural tales are the precursors of the modern ghost story.
Victor Sage teaches English at the University of East Anglia. A literary critic and short story writer, he has published critical books on Gothic literature, including Horror Fiction in the Protestant Tradition (Macmillan).

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