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Wilde - The Canterville Ghost

Wilde - The Canterville Ghost

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The Canterville Ghost is a popular 1887 novella by Oscar Wilde, widely adapted for the screen and stage.
“The Canterville Ghost” is a parody featuring a dramatic spirit named Sir Simon and the United States minister (ambassador) to the Court of St. James's, Hiram B. Otis. Mr. Otis travels to England with his family and moves into a haunted country house. Lord Canterville, the previous owner of the house, warns Mr. Otis that the ghost of Sir Simon de Canterville has haunted it ever since he killed his wife, Eleonore, three centuries before. But Mr. Otis dismisses the ghost story as bunk and disregards Lord Canterville’s warnings. When the Otises learn that the house is indeed haunted, they succeed in victimizing the ghost and in disregarding age-old British traditions. What emerges is a satire of American materialism, a lampoon of traditional British values, and an amusing twist on the traditional gothic horror tale.
The Canterville Ghost is a popular 1887 novella by Oscar Wilde, widely adapted for the screen and stage.
“The Canterville Ghost” is a parody featuring a dramatic spirit named Sir Simon and the United States minister (ambassador) to the Court of St. James's, Hiram B. Otis. Mr. Otis travels to England with his family and moves into a haunted country house. Lord Canterville, the previous owner of the house, warns Mr. Otis that the ghost of Sir Simon de Canterville has haunted it ever since he killed his wife, Eleonore, three centuries before. But Mr. Otis dismisses the ghost story as bunk and disregards Lord Canterville’s warnings. When the Otises learn that the house is indeed haunted, they succeed in victimizing the ghost and in disregarding age-old British traditions. What emerges is a satire of American materialism, a lampoon of traditional British values, and an amusing twist on the traditional gothic horror tale.

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The Canterville Ghost
Wilde, Oscar
Published:
1887
Type(s):
Short Fiction, Humor/Satire, Ghost Stories
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About Wilde:
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (October 16, 1854 – November 30,1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and short story writer.Known for his barbed wit, he was one of the most successful playwrightsof late Victorian London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day. Asthe result of a famous trial, he suffered a dramatic downfall and was im-prisoned for two years of hard labour after being convicted of the offenceof "gross indecency". The scholar H. Montgomery Hyde suggests thisterm implies homosexual acts not amounting to buggery in British legis-lation of the time. Source: Wikipedia
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When Mr. Hiram B. Otis, the American Minister, bought CantervilleChase, every one told him he was doing a very foolish thing, as therewas no doubt at all that the place was haunted. Indeed, Lord Cantervillehimself, who was a man of the most punctilious honour, had felt it hisduty to mention the fact to Mr. Otis when they came to discuss terms.“We have not cared to live in the place ourselves,said LordCanterville, “since my grand-aunt, the Dowager Duchess of Bolton, wasfrightened into a fit, from which she never really recovered, by two skel-eton hands being placed on her shoulders as she was dressing for dinner,and I feel bound to tell you, Mr. Otis, that the ghost has been seen byseveral living members of my family, as well as by the rector of the par-ish, the Rev. Augustus Dampier, who is a Fellow of King’s College, Cam- bridge. After the unfortunate accident to the Duchess, none of ouryounger servants would stay with us, and Lady Canterville often gotvery little sleep at night, in consequence of the mysterious noises thatcame from the corridor and the library.”“My Lord,” answered the Minister, “I will take the furniture and theghost at a valuation. I come from a modern country, where we haveeverything that money can buy; and with all our spry young fellowspainting the Old World red, and carrying off your best actors and prima-donnas, I reckon that if there were such a thing as a ghost in Europe,we’d have it at home in a very short time in one of our public museums,or on the road as a show.”“I fear that the ghost exists,” said Lord Canterville, smiling, “though itmay have resisted the overtures of your enterprising impresarios. It has been well known for three centuries, since 1584 in fact, and alwaysmakes its appearance before the death of any member of our family.”“Well, so does the family doctor for that matter, Lord Canterville. Butthere is no such thing, sir, as a ghost, and I guess the laws of Nature arenot going to be suspended for the British aristocracy.”
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