Tones of Estrangement in the works of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Tales of Le Fanu

The following collections of Le Fanu's work are recommended :

Le Fanu, J. S. Best Ghost Stories of J.S.Le Fanu. Ed. E. F. Bleiler. New York : Dover Publications, Inc. 1964.

Le Fanu, J. S. Madam Crowl’s Ghost and Other Tales of Mystery. Ed. M. R. James. Wordsworth Classics. 1994.

Le Fanu, J. S. The Illustrated J.S.Le Fanu : Ghost Stories and Mysteries by a Master Victorian Storyteller. Ed. Michael Cox. Frome, Somerset : Butler & Tanner Limited. 1988.

Etext Librairies

[ The Gutenberg Project ] hosts a large number of Le Fanu's tales in txt format. Also hosts e-texts by other authors.

[ eBooks@Adelaide ] hosts a small number of Le Fanu's tales in read-easy html format, including "The Purcell papers" in their entirety. Also hosts e-texts by other authors.

Background, Criticism and Articles

The following books and sites on the works and life of Le Fanu are recommended :

Melada, Ivan. Sheridan Le Fanu. Boston, Massachusetts : Twayne Publishers. 1957.

McCormack, W.J. Sheridan Le Fanu and Victorian Ireland. Oxford : Clarendon Press. 1980.

[ A Memoir of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu ] by Alfred Perceval Graves was included in an edition of "The Purcell Papers".

[ M.R. James on J.S. Le Fanu ] is an article adapted from a lecture made by M.R. James on Le Fanu. The site includes other lectures by James.

[ The Literary Gothic : J. S. Le Fanu ] is a collection of online resources, hosted by the [ Literary Gothic ].

[ J. S. Le Fanu ] is an excerpt from B. T. Gates' Victorian Suicide: Mad Crimes and Sad Histories, hosted at [ Victorian Web ].

[ Vision and Vacancy: "Schalken the Painter" and Le Fanu's Art of Darkness ] is an essay on Le Fanu's "Schalken the Painter". Also treats other tales by Le Fanu in context.

[ The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies ] is an online journal devoted to the gothic, in particular Irish gothic. Includes a number of articles on Le Fanu or which treat Le Fanu in context.

[ J. Sheridan Le Fanu: A Database ] is an online resource devoted to all things Le Fanu. Includes [ Le Fanu Studies ], a bi-annual journal which features essays on Le Fanu.

Other Online Resources

The following sites on the folk traditions of Ireland are recommended :

[ Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions of Ireland ] is the e-version of the folktales and stories collected by Lady Francesca Speranza Wilde in 1887.

[ Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry ] is the e-version of the tales edited and selected by W. B. Yeats in 1888.

[ Legendary Fictions of the Irish Celts ] is the e-version of the folktales and legends collected by Patrick Kennedy in 1891.

[ The Celtic Twilight ] is the e-version of the book on faeries and faerie legends by W. B. Yeats in 1893.