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Sheridan Le Fanu

Irish writer of Gothic tales and mystery novels

1814   -   1873

genre: Gothic novel
country of citizenship: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, British Empire
languages spoken, written or signed: English
educated at: Trinity College Dublin
occupation: lawyer, writer, journalist, jurist
position held: chaplain, Auditor of the College Historical Society

Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu (; 28 August 1814 – 7 February 1873) was an Irish writer of Gothic tales, mystery novels, and horror fiction. He was a leading ghost story writer of his time, central to the development of the genre in the Victorian era. M. R. James described Le Fanu as "absolutely in the first rank as a writer of ghost stories". Three of his best-known works are the locked-room mystery Uncle Silas, the lesbian vampire novella Carmilla, and the historical novel The House by the Churchyard.
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