Oscar Wilde: The Canterville Ghost

May 7, 2009

Saki’s “The Open Window” was a ghost story that was not a ghost story at all!

Oscar Wilde’s “The Canterville Ghost” is a real ghost story. A real ghost story in the sense that an apparition flits here and there with strange incidents in its wake.

The members of an American family, who have bought a mansion from an English aristocrat, find that it is haunted by a ghost. Different members of the family react in different ways to the spectral presence. At one point the ghost encounters another ghost.

Who wins in the tussle between the dead and the living? Find out what happens in this breezily written romance.

Have you ever chuckled when reading a ghost story?  Well, you will while going through Wilde’s narration.

Not too short, so take your time to read it!

I have this story in a book of Oscar Wilde fiction (which has other famous stories like ‘The Happy Prince’ and ‘The Star Child’) but I couldn’t lay my hands on it; so I found the text online.