Author:Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

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Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Anglo-Irish writer of Gothic tales and mystery novels; premier ghost story writer of the nineteenth century and had a seminal influence on the development of this genre in the Victorian era
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Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu


Novels and novellas[edit]

Short stories[edit]

Published in periodicals:

From Ghost Stories and Tales of Mystery, a rare 1851 collection published anonymously:

From Chronicles of Golden Friars, an 1871 collection of short stories or novellas set in the imaginary English village of Golden Friars:

From In a Glass Darkly, an 1872 collection:

There have been published, both within Le Fanu's lifetime and after, many collections of previously-published stories. The most influential and well-known are:

  • The Purcell Papers was an 1880 collection collection of stories.[1]. (It was reprinted in 1975 in a heavily abbreviated form.) The 1880 edition includes "The Ghost and the Bone-Setter", "The Fortunes of Sir Robert Ardagh", "The Last Heir of Castle Connor", "The Drunkard's Dream", "Passage in the Secret History of an Irish Countess", "The Bridal of Carrigvarah", "Strange Event in the Life of Schalken the Painter", "Scraps of Hibernian Ballads", "Jim Sulivan's Adventures in the Great Snow", "A Chapter in the History of a Tyrone Family", "An Adventure of Hardress Fitzgerald, a Royalist Captain", "The Quare Gander", and "Billy Maloney's Taste of Love and Glory".
  • Madam Crowl's Ghost and Other Tales of Mystery was published posthumously in 1923, edited by M. R. James. This collection includes "Madam Crowl's Ghost", "Squire Toby's Will", "Dickon the Devil", "The Child That Went with the Fairies", "The White Cat of Drumgunniol", "An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street", "Ghost Stories of Chapelizod", "Wicked Captain Walshawe, of Wauling", "Sir Dominick's Bargain", "Ultor de Lacy", "The Vision of Tom Chuff", and "Stories of Lough Guir".

Works about Le Fanu[edit]


  1. Complete text of The Purcell Papers

Some or all works by this author were published before January 1, 1929, and are in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago. Translations or editions published later may be copyrighted. Posthumous works may be copyrighted based on how long they have been published in certain countries and areas.

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