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The Green Book 9

The Green Book 9

Bealtaine 2017

Brian J. Showers (ed.)

Availability: In Print

“Ghosts draw us together: one might leave it at that.” – Elizabeth Bowen

Twenty-five years after Lady Cynthia Asquith edited her classic anthology The Ghost Book (1926), she followed it up with The Second Ghost Book, a decidedly more modern grouping of uncanny tales written by some of the most eminent authors of the era: Walter de la Mare, V. S. Pritchett, and Rose Macaulay among others. For this second anthology Asquith also approached her close friend and one-time London neighbour Elizabeth Bowen, not just for a story—the now much-anthologised “Hand in Glove”—but Asquith also requested that she write the introduction as well. Bowen obliged.

By the time The Second Ghost Book was published in 1952, Bowen was already an established novelist, rightly lauded for titles such as The Last September (1929) and The Heat of the Day (1948); both books being weighty explorations of relationships set against the background of war and conflict. Nonetheless, Bowen’s decision to make a contribution to and pen the introduction for a popular ghost story anthology is unsurprising. Her earliest collections are littered with treatments of the uncanny, perhaps culminating with the superb collection, The Demon Lover and Other Stories (1945). And so this issue opens with Bowen’s still insightful introduction to The Second Ghost Book—a treatise on a literary form that she no doubt took as seriously as any other.

Paperback edition limited to 250 copies.

Cover photograph of Constance Markievicz
Editor’s Note by Brian J. Showers

ISSN: 2009-6089 (pbk)