Though she initially rose to acclaim with the publication of a series of critical works focusing on the Italian Renaissance, Violet Paget (who wrote under the pen name Vernon Lee) later turned to fiction as a creative outlet. The sophisticated, spare ghost stories collected in Hauntings are more akin to the tales of psychological suspense crafted by her friend Henry James than to the lurid, sensationalistic tales written for mass consumption during the period.
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Violet Paget spoke four languages, began her career as a journalist at the age of 13, suffered from maladies that were probably psychosomatic, and may have secretly been a lesbian. She was, in other words, the perfect Victorian lady writer of gothic horror, a mystery and a scandal in her own right. Though not well remembered today, Paget's work-often likened to the works of Henry James (whom she admired, and even dedicated a novel to)-is worth seeking out for lovers of the genre. Her ghost stories are, by turns, hauntingly ambiguous tales about love conflated with mental illness, femme fatales, confused sexuality, and women sacrificed on the altar of marriage. This 1890 collection, considered by some her finest, includes the tales: [ "Amour: Dure: Passages from the Diary of Spiridion Trepka" [ "Oke of Okehurst" [ "A Wicked Voice" "Vernon Lee" was the pseudonym of British writer VIOLET PAGET (1865-1935), who wrote numerous novels, essays, travelogues, and works of literary criticism.
Nor is moderation the remedy for all evils. There are in us tendencies to feel and act which survive from times when the mere preservation of individual and of race was desirable quite unconditionally; but which, in our altered conditions, require not moderating, but actually replacing by something more discriminating, less wasteful and mischievous. Vanity, for instance, covetousness, ferocity, are surely destined to be evolved away, the useful work they once accomplished being gradually performed by instincts of more recent growth which spoil less in the process.