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The Canterville Ghost

Lu par : Walter Covell
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Listeners will begin to smile at the first sound of Walter Covell's delicious English accent. "The Canterville Ghost" is perhaps Oscar Wilde's most famous story, employing his knife-sharp wit, his keen observations, and his cunning commentary on society. Covell's performance holds its own with the best renditions of this story, including operas, plays, and films. His timing is perfect, and his portrayal of character is dynamic and reflective of the stories' imperious humor.


Many consider "The Canterville Ghost" the most famous ghost story of all time. It is a parody featuring a dramatic spirit named Sir Simon and an American ambassador named Mr. Hiram B. Otis. Mr. Otis travels to England with his family and moves into a haunted castle. Lord Canterville, the previous owner of the castle, warns Mr. Otis that the ghost of Sir Simon de Canterville has haunted the castle ever since he killed his wife, Eleonore, centuries ago. But Mr. Otis dismisses the ghost story as bunk and disregards Lord Canterville's warnings.

Over the years, there have been many adaptations of this story for movies, TV and even for the Opera.

Public Domain (P)1980 Jimcin Recordings


"[A] classic of Wildean wit and Victorian sentimentality...a delight." ( Booklist)

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  • harland armstrong
  • 02/06/2018

loved it

loved the 1940's movie with sir Charles Laughton and the remake and very much loved the book a charming story

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  • Mary
  • 17/03/2016

Best left in the attic

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who really, really enjoy 1930's black and white comedy films.

What was most disappointing about Oscar Wilde’s story?

It just wasn't funny.

Would you be willing to try another one of Walter Covell’s performances?


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Canterville Ghost?

I'm just not that old.

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