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The Ghost: A Cultural History


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A revelatory cultural history revealing what spirits, ghosts and apparitions can tell us about our culture, and about ourselves.

About the Author

Dr Susan Owens is an art historian and curator. Formerly Curator of Paintings at the Victoria and Albert Museum, she has published and lectured widely on British art and co-authored books on decadent interiors, natural history illustration, watercolours, drawings and self-portraits.


The Ghost: A Cultural History is a work of profound scholarship and imaginative engagement, beautifully written and elegantly constructed. It's the finest study of its kind I've read.
*John Harwood*

A lively guide to the most persistent of spooky figures... This book shows why ghosts have survived amid scientific,
political and religious revolutions
*Rachel Lloyd*

Illuminating and entertaining, with lavish illustrations and eloquent narration.
*Wendy Moore*

A scholarly and entertaining survey of ghosts . . . rich in quotes and anecdote. ****
*Laura Freeman*

A very interesting book
*Tracy Chevalier*

'[Owens] intelligently and engagingly tells the story of each particular ghost . . . she demonstrates the skill of
interpretation again and again . . . [t]horough research makes Owens the best of guides through the realms of ghostdom
*David Lilington*

[The Ghost: A Cultural History] both intrigues and informs . . . erudite, insightful and always entertaining, Susan Owens
traces each permutation with consummate skill in a volume as handsome as it is readable.
*Martin Williams*

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