Oscar Wilde: The Canterville Ghost

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.




3 Responses to Oscar Wilde: The Canterville Ghost

  1. Ganesh says:

    Ah! I had read this short story a long time back, and things came back to my mind as and when I was reading it.

    My favourite Oscar Wilde creation is the play ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’. I like Wilde’s humour a lot. He has something in his writing which can liberate you, as well as make you depressed (stories like ‘The Nightingale and the Rose’).

    I read all these in ‘The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde’ ( I think I have misplaced the book somewhere now 😦 ):


  2. Shuchi says:

    Are you into theatre, Ganesh? The group Evam has a new play based on ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest’.

    …oops I just recalled you don’t live in India!

    Anyway, so there’s this popular theatre group called Evam, which does youthful funny plays. [They did Five Point Someone] They were a little out of depth with ‘The Importance…’, but it was still nice to see the play with all its dialogues enacted.

  3. What a kiddish comedy!!! But enjoyable satire!

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