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The Canterville Ghost

Narrated by: Cheryl Bassett
Length: 1 hr and 21 mins
Categories: Classics, World Literature
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"The Canterville Ghost" is a novella by Oscar Wilde. It was the first of Wilde's stories to be published, appearing in two parts in The Court and Society Review, February 23rd and March 2nd, 1887. The story is about an American family who move to a castle haunted by the ghost of a dead nobleman who killed his wife and was starved to death by his wife's brothers. It has been adapted for the stage and screen several times.

The home of the Canterville Ghost was the ancient Canterville Chase, which has all the accoutrements of a traditional haunted house. Descriptions of the wainscoting, the library panelled in black oak, and the armour in the hallway characterise the setting. Wilde mixes the macabre with comedy, juxtaposing devices from traditional English ghost stories such as creaking floorboards, clanking chains, and ancient prophecies.

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