The Canterville Ghost illustration by Frederick Henry Townsend, British, 1868-1920, for Oscar Wilde’s short story.
The tale first appeared in The Court and Society Review in 1887. Wilde’s popular story has all the wonderful Gothic trappings and traditional ghost story clankings and moanings. Adults as well as children can enjoy it on many levels, including it’s comic qualities.
”I fear that the ghost exists,” said Lord Canterville…”It has been well known for three centuries, since 1584 in fact, and always makes its appearance before the death of any member of our family.”
”Well so does the family doctor for that matter,” replies Hiram Otis, the American who was buying Canterville Chase and its ghost.
Wilde, 1854-1900, was an Irish author, playwright, essayist, poet and wit.