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Le Fanu - A Stable for Nightmares

Le Fanu - A Stable for Nightmares

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A Stable for Nightmares
Le Fanu, Joseph Sheridan
Short Fiction, Horror, Collections, Ghost Stories
About Le Fanu:
Sheridan Le Fanu was born at No. 45 Lower Dominick Steet, Dublin,into a literary family of Huguenot origins. Both his grandmother AliciaSheridan Le Fanu and his great-uncle Richard Brinsley Sheridan wereplaywrights. His niece Rhoda Broughton would become a very success-ful novelist. Within a year of his birth his family moved to the RoyalHibernian Military School in Phoenix Park, where his father, an Anglicanclergyman, was the chaplain of the establishment. Phoenix Park and theadjacent village and parish church of Chapelizod were to feature in LeFanu's later stories. Le Fanu studied law at Trinity College in Dublin,where he was elected Auditor of the College Historical Society. He wascalled to the bar in 1839, but he never practised and soon abandoned lawfor journalism. In 1838 he began contributing stories to the DublinUniversity Magazine, including his first ghost story, entitled "A StrangeEvent in the Life of Schalken the Painter" (1839). He became owner of several newspapers from 1840, including the Dublin Evening Mail andthe Warder. In 1844 Le Fanu married Susanna Bennett, the daughter of aleading Dublin barrister. In 1847 he supported John Mitchell and Tho-mas Meagher in their campaign against the indifference of the Govern-ment to the Irish Famine. His support cost him the nomination as ToryMP for County Carlow in 1852. His personal life also became difficult atthis time, as his wife Susanna suffered from increasing neurotic symp-toms. She died in 1858 in unclear circumstances, and anguished excerptsfrom Le Fanu's diaries suggest that he felt guilt as well as loss. However,it was only after her death that, becoming something of a recluse, he de-voted himself full time to writing. In 1861 he became the editor and pro-prietor of the Dublin University Magazine and he began exploitingdouble exposure: serializing in the Dublin University Magazine and thenrevising for the English market. The House by the Churchyard andWylder's Hand were both published in this way. After the lukewarm re-views of the former novel, set in the Phoenix Park area of Dublin, LeFanu signed a contract with Richard Bentley, his London publisher,which specified that future novels be stories "of an English subject and of modern times", a step Bentley thought necessary in order for Le Fanu tosatisfy the English audience. Le Fanu succeeded in this aim in 1864, withthe publication of Uncle Silas, which he set in Derbyshire. In his very lastshort stories, however, Le Fanu returned to Irish folklore as an inspira-tion and encouraged his friend Patrick Kennedy to contribute folklore tothe D.U.M. Le Fanu died in his native Dublin on February 7, 1873. Today
there is a road in Ballyfermot, near his childhood home in south-westDublin, named after him. Source: Wikipedia
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