The Collected Supernatural and Weird Fiction of F. Marion Crawford: Volume 4-Including Two Novels, 'mr Isaacs' and 'Zoroaster, ' and Two Short Stories

The Collected Supernatural and Weird Fiction of F. Marion Crawford: Volume 4-Including Two Novels, 'mr Isaacs' and 'Zoroaster, ' and Two Short Stories

by F. Marion Crawford

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Volume four of a collection of supernatural and weird tales by a forgotten master of the gothic and occult

Although an American author, writer F(rancis) Marion Crawford was born in Northern Tuscany, the son of sculptor Thomas Crawford, he spent much of his life in the United States, living and working in Boston. His inherent sensitivity to Italy influenced much of his historical fiction. Indeed, in his novel 'Corleone,' Crawford became the first author to prominently feature the now very familiar theme of the Mafia in fiction. He also produced notable works of history concerned with the various ages of Italy. Travels in the East and the study of Sanskrit in India gave him a grounding in the oriental and an interest in the other worldly. Although the themes of supernatural and weird fiction are often believed to be expressed to best effect in the short story most of Crawford's literary output consisted of novels. Fortunately, several of these include distinctly fantastical themes. His comparatively small oeuvre of short ghost and horror tales is so finely crafted that they have become some of the most highly regarded examples of the form in the English language. M. R James considered some of them to be among the best supernatural stories written, with the chilling and claustrophobic 'The Upper Berth' being especially singled out for merit. Crawford's talent for this genre is so widely acknowledged that it has been rightly noted that the greatest shame was that he did not write more-praise indeed! This five volume Leonaur collection of Crawford's strange novels, novellas and short stories provides a superb and substantial collection by one of Americas finest nineteenth century authors.

'Mr Isaacs,' the author's first published novel, leads off this fourth volume. Set in an India with which he was familiar, Crawford has written a satisfying tale of Anglo-Indian relationships enveloped in Oriental mystery. It is followed here by the novel 'Zoroaster,' which is reminiscent of H. Rider Haggard's famous 'Ayesha.' 'By the Waters of Paradise,' is a gothic short story set in the Welsh castle of an ancient family where death visits, leaving the question 'who is the Woman of the Water?' In the final story we have a satisfying tale of vampires, 'For the Blood is the Life.'

Leonaur editions are newly typeset and are not facsimiles; each title is available in softcover and hardback with dustjacket.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857065544
Publisher: Oakpast
Publication date: 06/16/2011
Pages: 476
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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