The Lifted Veil by George Eliot

I’m afraid this one works as a curiosity but not much more. According to the end notes, The Lifted Veil, written just after her first novel, Adam Bede, is Ms. Eliot’s only first person narrative and her only book to deal with supernatural elements.  It’s probably for the best that she gave both up as soon as possible. The Lifted Veil is an entertaining story, overall, about a man … Continue reading The Lifted Veil by George Eliot

The Horla by Guy de Maupassant Translated from the French by Charlotte Mandell

One man descends into madness.  One author visits this story three times, working it again and again as he descends himself serving time in an asylum between versions.  First published in the newspaper, then re-written as a letter and finally a long version published shortly before the author was institutionalized. The Horla is Guy de Maupassant’s story of how one man succumbs to madness. It’s very … Continue reading The Horla by Guy de Maupassant Translated from the French by Charlotte Mandell