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Uncle Silas: a Tale of Bartram-Haugh

Author: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

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    Editions (selection)
  1. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Uncle Silas: a tale of Bartram-Haugh, London: Richard Bentley 1864, 1865. Reprinted 1886, 1893.
  2. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Uncle Silas: a tale of Bartram-Haugh, New York: Harper 1865.
  3. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Uncle Silas: a tale of Bartram-Haugh, Leipzig: B. Tauchnitz, 1865.
  4. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Uncle Silas: a tale of Bartram-Haugh, London, Chapman and Hall, 1879.
  5. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Uncle Silas: a tale of Bartram-Haugh, London: Macmillan 1899.
  6. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Uncle Silas: a tale of Bartram-Haugh, Dublin : J. Duffy, 1904.
  7. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Uncle Silas: a tale of Bartram-Haugh, London: H. Milford, Oxford University Press 1926.
  8. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Uncle Silas: a tale of Bartram-Haugh, New York: Chanticleer Press, 1947.
  9. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Uncle Silas: a tale of Bartram-Haugh, New York: Dover Publications 1966.
  10. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, The collected works of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, 3 volumes; introduction by Sir Devendra P. Varma, 3 volumes, New York: Arno Press 1977. [Facsimile reprint of 1864 edition.]
  11. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Uncle Silas, edited with an introduction and notes by Victor Sage, Classic Paperback Series, London: Penguin 2000.
  1. W. S. Trench, Realities of Irish Life, London 1869.
  2. [Anon.], The late J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Irish Builder 15 (February 1873) 50.
  3. [Anon.], Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Dublin University Magazine 81 (March 1873) 319–320.
  4. William Richard Le Fanu, Seventy Years of Irish Life, London 1893.
  5. [Anon.], Memoirs of Father Healy of Little Bray, London 1895.
  6. Alfred Perceval Graves (ed.), The Poems of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, 1896.
  7. S. M. Ellis, Bibliography of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Irish Book Lover 8 (October–November 1916) 30–33.
  8. M. R. James (ed.), Madame Crowl's Ghost and other Tales of Mystery, London: Bell 1923.
  9. Thomas Philip Le Fanu, Memoir of the Le Fanu Family, Manchester [1924].
  10. Edna Kenton, A Forgotten Creator of Ghosts: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. Possible Inspirer of the Brontes, Bookman (July 1929).
  11. S. M. Ellis, Wilkie Collins, Le Fanu, and others, London 1931.
  12. Michael Sadleir, Dublin University Magazine; its History, Contents and Bibliography, Dublin 1938.
  13. Christine Longford, 'Introduction' to 'Uncle Silas', by J. Sheridan Le Fanu, West Drayton 1940, 7–10.
  14. Christine Longford, 'Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu'. The Bell (a survey of Irish life), 4 (1942), 434–438.
  15. V. S. Pritchett, The living novel, London: Chatto and Windus 1946.
  16. Arthur H. Nethercot, Coleridge's 'Christabel' and Le Fanu's 'Carmilla', Modern Philology 147 (August 1949) 32–38.
  17. T. S. C. Dagg, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, 1814-73. Dublin: University Press 1950.
  18. Elizabeth Bowen, Collected Impressions, London 1950.
  19. Nelson Browne, Sheridan Le Fanu, English Novelists Series, London 1951.
  20. Michael Sadleir, XIX Century Fiction: A Bibliographical Record based on his own Collection, 2 volumes, London 1951.
  21. A. B. Wright, The Life and Novels of Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, unpubl. B.A. thesis, Trinity College, Dublin 1952.
  22. Walter E. Houghton, The Victorian Frame of Mind 1830–1870, New Haven, London 1957.
  23. Walter Allen, The English Novel: a Short Critical History, Harmondsworth 1958.
  24. Thomas Flanagan, The Irish Novelists 1800–1850, New York 1959.
  25. György Lukács (Georg Lukacs), The historical novel. Translated from the German by Hannah and Stanley Mitchell. Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey: Humanities 1962.
  26. Patrick Diskin, Poe, Le Fanu and the Sealed Room Mystery, Notes and Queries (new. ser.) 13 (Sept. 1966) 337–339.
  27. Wilbur J. Smith, 'Le Fanu's Ghost Stories Dublin 1851, Book Collector 17 (1968) 78.
  28. Ken Scott, Le Fanu's 'The Room in the Dragon Volant', Lock Haven Review 10 (1968) 78.
  29. Michael H. Begnal, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Irish Writers Series, Bucknell University Press 1971.
  30. Malcolm Brown, The Politics of Irish Literature from Thomas Davis to W. B. Yeats, London 1972.
  31. Kevin Sullivan, 'Sheridan Le Fanu: the Purcell papers, 1838-40', Irish University Review, 2 (1972) 5–19.
  32. Patrick F. Byrne, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu: a Centenary Memoir, Dublin Historical Record, 26/3 (June 1973) 80–92.
  33. W. J. McCormack, 'Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and the Fiction of the Anglo-Irish Ascendancy of the Nineteenth Century', unpubl. D. Phil. thesis, University of Ulster 1974.
  34. E. F. Bleiler, 'Introduction' to J.S. Le Fanu: Ghost Stories and Mysteries, New York 1975, v–ix.
  35. J. C. Beckett, The Anglo-Irish Tradition, London 1976.
  36. Julia Briggs, Night Visitors: The Rise and Fall of the English Ghost Story, London 1977.
  37. Jack Sullivan, Elegant Nightmares: The English Ghost Story from Le Fanu to Blackwood. Ohio University Press 1978.
  38. William Veeder, 'Carmilla: The Arts of Repression', Texas Studies in Language and Literature 22 (1980): 197–223.
  39. W. J. McCormack, Sheridan Le Fanu and Victorian England, Oxford, Clarendon Press 1980. [repr. 1997 as 'Sheridan Le Fanu'.]
  40. Harold Orel, 'Rigid Adherence to Facts': Le Fanu's 'In a Glass Darkly', Éire-Ireland, 20.4 (1985) 65–88.
  41. Ivan Melada, Sheridan Le Fanu, Twayne English Authors Series, Twayne 1987.
  42. Carol A. Senf, 'Women and Power in Carmilla' Gothic, New Series 2 (1987) 25–33.
  43. Barbara T. Gates, 'Blue Devils and Green Tea: Le Fanu's Haunted Suicides', Studies in Short Fiction, 24.1 (1987) 15–23.
  44. Patricia Coughlan, 'Doubles, Shadows, Sedan-Chairs and the Past: The Ghost Stories of J.S. Le Fanu', in: Michael Allen and Angela Wilcox (eds.), Critical Approaches to Anglo-Irish Literature, Gerrards Cross, Bucks. 1989.
  45. W.J. McCormack, Dissolute Characters: Irish literary history through Balzac, Sheridan Le Fanu, Yeats and Bowen. Manchester: Manchester University Press 1993.
  46. Gary William Crawford, J. Sheridan Le Fanu: A Bio-Bibliography, Bio-Bibliographies in World Literature Series, Greenwood Press, Westport, CT 1995.
  47. Marie Mulvey-Roberts (ed.), The handbook to Gothic literature, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Macmillan 1998.
  48. Tammis Elise Thomas, 'Masquerade Liberties and Female Power in Le Fanu's Carmilla', in: Elton E. Smith and Robert Haas, (eds.), The Haunted Mind: The Supernatural in Victorian Literature. University Press of America, 1999: 39–65.
  49. Margot Gayle Backus, The Gothic family romance: heterosexuality, child sacrifice, and the Anglo-Irish colonial order. Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 1999.
  50. Robert F. Geary, 'Carmilla and Gothic Legacy: Victorian Transformations of Supernatural Horror', in: Leonard Heldreth and Mary Pharr (eds.), The Blood Is the Life: Vampires in Literature, Popular Press, 1999.
  51. Victor Sage, 'Resurrecting the Regency: Horror and Eighteenth Century Comedy in Le Fanu's Fiction' in: Ruth Robbins and Julian Wolfreys (eds.), Victorian Gothic: Literature and Cultural Manifestations in the Nineteenth Century. Palgrave Macmillan 2000: 12–30.
  52. Michael Charlesworth (ed.), The Gothic revival, 1720–1870: literary sources & documents. 3 Volumes. The Banks, Mountfield, East Sussex, U.K.: Helm Information, 2002.
  53. Victor Sage, Le Fanu's Gothic: the rhetoric of darkness. New York: Palgrave Macmillan 2003.
  54. Michael Davis, Gothic's Enigmatic Signifier: The Case of J. Sheridan Le Fanu's 'Carmilla', Gothic Studies 6/2 (Nov 2004) 223–235.
  55. Giovanna Silvani, Analisi di un racconto gotico: Carmilla di J. S. Le Fanu, Quaderni dell'Istituto di Lingue e Letterature Germaniche 3, Roma: Bulzoni 1984.
  56. Françoise Dupeyron-Lafay, La Paysage dans quelques oeuvres de J. S. Le Fanu, in: Imaginaires: Revue du Centre de Recherche sur l'Imaginaire dans les Littératures de Langue Anglaise 5 (2000) 67–78.
    The edition used in the digital edition
  1. Uncle Silas: a Tale of Bartram-Haugh. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Reprint [1 volume; 480pp] The Cresset PressLondon (1947)


    An earlier version of this novel was published in 1839 as a short story entitled A Passage in the Secret History of an Irish Countess in the Dublin University Magazine and later republished in The Purcell Papers in 1880.


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Profile Description

Created: By J. S. Le Fanu Date range: 1861?-1864.

Use of language

Language: [EN] The text is in English.
Language: [FR] Many words and phrases are in French.
Language: [LA] Some words and phrases are in Latin.
Language: [IT] Some words are in Italian.

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