''GHOST STORIES'' retold by Rosemary Border

Topics: Charles Dickens, Ghost, Ghost story Pages: 6 (1604 words) Published: May 4, 2004
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''Ghost Stories''

RETOLD BY Rosemary Border

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

A. M. BURRAGE

Alfred McLellan Burrage (1889-1956) was a well-known English novelist. He enjoyed writing about ghosts and horror, and produced two novels and many short stories in this genre. ''Smee'' comes from his collection entitled ''Someone in the Room''.

BRAM STOKER

Stoker (1847-1912) has been called ''one of the least-known authors of the one of the best-known books''. As a child, he enjoyed listening to and writing ghost stories, and predicted that one day his writing would make him famous. He worked as a lawyer, editor, and theatre manager, and wrote novels, short stories and non-fiction. His most famous work is ''Dracula'', which has appeared in six film versions, on television, as a play, and as a comic. ''Dracula'' has never been out of print since it was published in 1899.

A. N. L. MUNBY

Alan Noel Latimer Munby was born in England in 1913 and died in 1974. The son of an architect, he studied history, then trained as a librarian, later becoming librarian at King's College, Cambridge, where he had studied. Munby was inspired by the writer M. R. James, who was famous for his ghost stories (for example ''The Unquiet Grave''). Munby wrote all his ghost stories between 1943 and 1945, while he was a prisoner of war in Eichstätt camp in Germany.

E. F. BENSON

Edward Frederic Benson was born in 1867 to a distinguished English family; his father was to become Archbishop of Canterbury. He first worked as an archaeologist, and later became a full-time writer. He is best known for his ''Lucia'' stories, which gave an amusing view of English village life, full of jealousy, plots, whispers and gossip. These stories were later very popular as a television series. Benson was also successful in a very different area - ghost and horror stories. He wrote a great number of these, and preferred to have horrible creatures as their subjects rather than people. He died in 1940.

AMELIA B. EDWARDS

Amelia Edwards was born in England in 1831, and died in 1892. She sold her first poem at the age of seven, and the first of her eight novels was published in 1855. she regularly wrote stories for magazines edited by Charles Dickens, often writing the ghost story for the Christmas issue. In her forties she became interested in ancient history, and travelled to Egypt; she wrote many books about Egypt in later life.

JOHN BUCHAN

Buchan was born in Scotland in 1875. he became a lawyer, then a Member of Parliament in 1927. In 1935 he was given the title of Baron Tweedsmuir an became Governor-General of Canada, a position he held until he died in 1940. He wrote more than fifty books, and is most famous for his adventure stories, like ''The Thirty-Nine Steps''. His other works include books about real people, such as Sir Walter Scott and Oliver Cromwell, and short stories.

STORIES:

A.M.Burrage ''Smee''

Bram Stoker ''The Judge's House''

A.N.L.Munby< ''The Stranger in the Mist''

E.F.Benson ''The Confession of Charles Linkworth''

Amelia B.Edwards ''The Ghost Coach''

John Buchan< ''Fullcircle''

A.M.Burrage ''Smee''

Characters: Tony Jackson , Jack and Violet Sangston, Reggie,

Mrs. Gorman, Brenda Ford

Short content:

In the beginning the author is introducing us with Tony Jackson, who is starting to tell us a story within a story. He is taking us 5 years ago when his cousins invited him to go and spend Christmas with them. He went but, because of his job, he was able to come there on Christmas Eve just in time for dinner. In a house were eleven people and himself. After they had dinner they decided to play a game called ''Smee''. Before they started playing,

mr. Sangston warned the players about the doors in the house that led to the back stairs and said that one girl, 10 years ago, broke her neck there while playing hide and seek.

The rules of the game are: Every player is given a sheet of...
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