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Viva Classics - The Canterville Ghost
ISBN : 9789386385093
Publish : 2017
Pages : 84
Price : 245.00

Viva Classics - The Canterville Ghost



In this amusing tale by Oscar Wilde, a modern American family moves into a haunted mansion in the British countryside, ignoring both the warnings and the legends about the famous ghost. Soon after their entry, the Otis family gets unmistakeable signs that the fabled Canterville Ghost is not only real but also plans the worst evil acts against the new residents. Contrary to what happens in traditional ghost stories, it is the ghost who turns out to be the real victim.

Narrated with characteristic humour, The Canterville Ghost is a delightful blend of the comic and the serious, the supernatural and social satire. This student’s edition of the classic has the following key features:

  • A detailed author biography
  • A critical introduction for a wider social and cultural perspective
  • Insightful commentary, background information, thinking points and logical puzzles in understand, think, solve and explore
  • Before we begin: Pre-reading questions and activities to rouse the reader’s interest
  • Glossary: Meanings of archaic or difficult words in the form of footnotes
  • Chapter summary: A recap of each chapter in simple language
  • Understanding the text: Fact-based and inferential questions for assessment
  • Activities: Research questions to learn and explore beyond the text
  • The story in pictures: A graphic plot overview



The annotated critical editions in the Viva Classics series are specially designed for student readers. They help young readers appreciate and enjoy classic works of literature and also assist in studying these books as long reading texts prescribed in the CBSE curriculum. The texts are enriched with historical and other background information besides detailed textual explanation. The aesthetic design and imaginative artwork will make each book an instant favourite. Aimed to promote reading and meet curricular requirements, Viva Classics are also great additions to every home library.

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