In A Glass Darkly
  • Publication Date: June 15, 2018
  • ISBN: 9781554812998 / 1554812992
  • 400 pages; 5½" x 8½"
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In A Glass Darkly

  • Publication Date: June 15, 2018
  • ISBN: 9781554812998 / 1554812992
  • 400 pages; 5½" x 8½"

From the predatory same-sex desire in “Carmilla” to the ghostly hallucinations in “Green Tea,” the five supernatural stories in In a Glass Darkly reflect a profound and deeply disturbing uncertainty about the nature of humanity. Originally published separately in magazines, the stories are framed and linked in this collection as cases in the papers of the fictional Dr. Hesselius. Sheridan Le Fanu’s approach to the supernatural re-works traditional Irish oral storytelling and combines it with nineteenth-century adaptations of the eighteenth-century Gothic novel.

Appendices include Le Fanu’s correspondence about the stories, posthumous assessments of his life and work, and twentieth-century critical commentaries by M.R. James and Elizabeth Bowen. Engravings from the original serial publications of several stories are also included.

In a Glass Darkly

    Green Tea
    The Familiar
    Mr. Justice Harbottle
    The Room in the Dragon Volant
    Carmilla

Appendix A: Reviews and Early Observations

  1. Contemporary Reviews
      (a) The Athenaeum (6 July 1872)
      (b) The Saturday Review (17 August 1872)
      (c) The Examiner (6 July 1872)
  2. Twentieth-century notices of Le Fanu’s work
      (a) From M.R. James, “Some Remarks on Ghost Stories,” The Bookman (December 1929)
      (b) From Elizabeth Bowen, “Preface to Uncle Silas,” Collected Impressions (1950)

Appendix B: Obituaries

  1. The Irish Times (8 February 1873)
  2. The Freeman’s Journal (10 February 1873)
  3. The Irish Builder (15 February 1873)
  4. The Illustrated London News (15 February 1873)

Appendix C: On Swedenborg

  1. From The Saturday Review (11 May 1867)

Appendix D: Correspondence between Le Fanu and others

  1. Charles Dickens to Le Fanu (24 September 1869)
  2. Charles Dickens to Le Fanu (24 November 1869)
  3. Le Fanu to George Bentley (3 January 1870)
  4. Le Fanu to J. Munnings (16 June 1872)
  5. Le Fanu to J. Munnings (24 June 1872)

Elizabeth Tilley is a College Lecturer at the National University of Ireland Galway.