THE CANTERVILLE GHOST
by Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and author of short stories. Known for his barbed wit, he was one of the most successful playwrights of late Victorian London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day.
"The Canterville Ghost" is a popular 1887 novella, widely adapted for the screen and stage.
It is a parody featuring a dramatic spirit named Sir Simon and the United States ambassador to the Court of St. James's, Hiram B. Otis. Mr. Otis travels to England with his family and moves into a haunted country house. Lord Canterville, the previous owner of the house, warns Mr. Otis that the ghost of Sir Simon de Canterville has haunted it ever since he killed his wife, Eleonore, three centuries before. But Mr. Otis dismisses the ghost story as bunk and disregards Lord Canterville's warnings. When the Otises learn that the house is indeed haunted, they succeed in victimizing the ghost and in disregarding age-old British traditions. What emerges is a satire of American materialism and an amusing twist on the traditional gothic horror tale.
EFU Short Story Collection
EFU Short Story Collecti on is a series of short stories which is classified into six levels. This short story series furnishes an option of pleasant reading material for learners of English at all levels.