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The Haunted Hotel: A Mystery of Modern Venice
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Dover Pubns
Publication date June 1, 1982
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780486243337
ISBN-10 0486243338
Dimensions 0.50 by 3.50 by 8.50 in.
Weight 0.45 lbs.
Original list price $8.95
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
After the mysterious murder of her husband, Mrs. Ferrari receives an envelope postmarked Venice and containing a thousand pounds
Amazon.com description: Product Description:

“In this story, as the chief character is internally melodramatic, the story itself ceases to be merely melodramatic, and partakes of true drama.” — T. S. Eliot.
Like Poe before him and Conan Doyle after, Wilkie Collins shifted easily from rational domains to the “superrational.” Like them, he is famed for original contributions to “ratiocinative” (detective) literature, but often preferred to indulge his occult predilection — a lifelong indulgence. His first published story, “The Last Stage Coachmen” (1843), was a supernatural allegory of trains; perhaps his last lucid effort (before ill health and opium drained his powers) was this short novel, The Haunted Hotel.
Collins’ methods and themes, developed and elaborated in his earlier, massive novels, are streamlined and concentrated here into a tight novelette. The same relentless pace and narrative power, the same attention to plot and backdrop detail that distinguish The Moonstone and The Woman in White are evident here, as is the obsession with destiny and the willful struggle against it.
Collins’ much-loved Venice provides the scenery and fatal beauty, the grim waterways and palaces the author will haunt with mysterious women, grotesques, and bloody conspiracies. The Countess Narona is one of Collins’ cosmopolitan enchantresses; she acts, but as the tool of her doom. T. S. Eliot wrote, “The principal character, the fatal woman, is herself obsessed by the idea of fatality; her motives are melodramatic; she therefore compels the coincidences to occur, feeling that she is compelled to compel them.” Collins relieves the tension with some wry characterizations and ironies; the theatrics are sustained. Indeed, theatrical motifs figure heavily, Collins himself being much involved with the stage at that period.
The Haunted Hotel appears to be loosely based on a case from the annals of French crime; the scene, scenery, players and conflicts, and especially the horror, come straight from Collins’ overstimulated, no doubt overwrought, most certainly haunted imagination.



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Hardcover
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With Wilkie Collins | from Indypublish.Com (February 28, 2009)
9781437896374 | details & prices | 192 pages | List price $63.99
About: This large print title is set in Tieras 16pt font as reccomended by the RNIB.
Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (February 16, 2005)
9780786272952 | details & prices | 328 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | 1.10 lbs | List price $28.95
About: Like Poe before him and Conan Doyle after, Wilkie Collins shifted easily from rational domains to the "superrational.
from Indypublish.Com (July 1, 2003)
9781404367111 | details & prices | 192 pages | List price $78.99
from Indypublish.Com (June 1, 2002)
9781404308060 | details & prices | 192 pages | List price $94.99
Paperback
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With Wilkie Collins | from Createspace Independent Pub (February 17, 2016)
9781530068579 | details & prices | 174 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.40 in. | List price $9.83
About: Is there no explanation of the mystery of The Haunted Hotel?
With Wilkie Collins | from Createspace Independent Pub (December 12, 2015)
9781522719922 | details & prices | 192 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.44 in. | List price $9.15
About: A kind, good-hearted genteel young woman jilted, a suspicious death or two that only a few think could be murder, strange apparitions appearing in an hotel all combine to create a horrifying conundrum.
With Wilkie Collins | from Createspace Independent Pub (October 27, 2015)
9781518792311 | details & prices | 140 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.32 in. | List price $6.49
About: Wilkie Collins was an English writer best known for writing mystery novels.
With Wilkie Collins | from Createspace Independent Pub (July 15, 2015); titled "The Haunted Hotel a Mystery of Modern Venice"
9781515077503 | details & prices | 68 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.16 in. | List price $6.99
With Wilkie Collins | from Createspace Independent Pub (June 19, 2015)
9781514624296 | details & prices | 100 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.25 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $6.99
With Wilkie Collins | from Createspace Independent Pub (March 9, 2015)
9781508791751 | details & prices | 108 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.25 in. | 0.48 lbs | List price $11.99
About: Wilkie Collins (8 January 1824 – 23 September 1889) was an English Writer.
With Wilkie Collins | from Createspace Independent Pub (June 3, 2014)
9781499784220 | details & prices | 144 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.33 in. | List price $7.99
About: “The startling contrast between the corpse-like pallor of her complexion and the overpowering life and light, the glittering metallic brightness in her large black eyes, held him literally spell-bound.
With Wilkie Collins | from Createspace Independent Pub (December 11, 2013)
9781494459529 | details & prices | 166 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.38 in. | List price $9.99
About: The Haunted Hotel By Wilkie Collins A gentle-hearted woman is jilted, a death just may turn out to be murder and Lord Montberry's ghost haunts the Palace Hotel in Italy.
With Wilkie Collins | from Indypublish.Com (February 28, 2009)
9781437896206 | details & prices | 192 pages | List price $57.99
About: This large print title is set in Tieras 16pt font as reccomended by the RNIB.
With Wilkie Collins | Large print edition from Read How You Want.Com (May 4, 2007)
9781425072308 | details & prices | 400 pages | List price $16.99
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Large print edition from Echo Library (May 30, 2006); titled "The Haunted Hotel a Mystery of Modern Venice"
9781847022776 | details & prices | 364 pages | List price $23.90
About: This large print title is set in Tieras 16pt font as reccomended by the RNIB.
from Indypublish.Com (June 1, 2002)
9781404308077 | details & prices | 192 pages | List price $89.99
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from Dover Pubns (June 1, 1982)
9780486243337 | details & prices | 3.50 × 8.50 × 0.50 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $8.95
About: After the mysterious murder of her husband, Mrs.

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