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Uncle Silas

Uncle Silas by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu
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Uncle Silas is a Victorian Gothic mystery/thriller novel by the Anglo-Irish writer J. Sheridan Le Fanu. It is notable as one of the earliest examples of the locked room mystery subgenre. It is not a novel of the supernatural (despite a few creepily ambiguous touches), but does show a strong interest in the occult and in the ideas of Swedenborg.

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[Transcriber's note: The spelling inconsistencies of the original have been retained in this etext.]

UNCLE SILAS

A Tale of Bartram Haugh

By J. S. LeFanu

1899

TO THE RIGHT HON. THE COUNTESS OF GIFFORD, AS A TOKEN OF RESPECT, SYMPATHY, AND ADMIRATION This Tale IS INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR

A PRELIMINARY WORD

The writer of this Tale ventures, in his own person, to address a very few words, chiefly of explanation, to his readers. A leading situation in this 'Story of Bartram Haugh' is repeated, with a slight variation, from a short magazine tale of some fifteen pages written by him, and published long ago in a periodical under the title of 'A Passage in the Secret History of an Irish Countess,' and afterwards, still anonymously, in a small volume under an altered title. It is very unlikely that any of his readers should have encountered, and still more so that they should remember, this trifle. The bare possibility, however, he has ventured to anticipate by this brief explanation, lest he should be charged with plagiarism always a disrespect to a reader... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - February 8, 2015
Subject: Uncle Silas
A good but drawn out story, very well read.
Reviewer: - January 16, 2015
Very, very well read. Typical gothic novel


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