Tales of Men and Ghosts

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)

(4.6 stars; 51 reviews)

Tales of Men and Ghosts was published as a collection in 1910, though the first eight of the stories had earlier appeared in Scribner's and the last two in the Century Magazine. Despite the title, the men outnumber the ghosts, since only "The Eyes" and "Afterward" actually call on the supernatural. In only two of the stories are women the central characters, though elsewhere they play important roles. Wharton enjoys subjecting her subjects -- all of them American gentlemen and gentlewomen, in the conventional senses of the word -- to various moral tests and sometimes ironic tests. Some of the stories deal with the intellectual fashions of the day -- "The Blond Beast" basing itself, to some degree, on Nietzsche, and "The Debt" on variants of Darwinism. Though "Afterward" is set in England, and "The Letters" in France, the rest of the stories are squarely in Wharton's own New York city, rather than (say) in what she calls "the soul-deadening ugliness of the Middle West," thus avoiding the need to come to terms with what fashion-conscious New Yorkers still today call "fly-over country" for everything that lies between the west bank of the Hudson River and San Francisco Bay. (Summary by Nicholas Clifford) (9 hr 34 min)


01 - The Bolted Door, part i 56:01 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
02 - The Bolted Door, part ii 38:55 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
03 - His Father's Son 38:33 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
04 - The Daunt Diana 29:51 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
05 - The Debt 32:57 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
06 - Full Circle 51:26 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
07 - The Legend 1:01:55 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
08 - The Eyes 45:28 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
09 - The Blond Beast 59:48 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
10 - Afterward 1:10:14 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
11 - The Letters. part i 39:45 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
12 - The Letters, part ii 50:01 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)



(5 stars)

These are an excellent set of short stories exquisitely read by Mr. Nicholas Clifford. Only 1 or 2 are actual ghost stories and even those are enjoyable. Highly recommend!


(5 stars)

This may be my favorite set of stories from Edith, more than once did this reading bring the warmth of the writer to my mind.

(5 stars)

Beautifully read. Edith Wharton always does so well capturing emotional moments, and each story is different. Thank you so much!

Excellent reading

(3 stars)

But the stories were pretty uninteresting.

Bittersweet feeling

(4.5 stars)

I know that Mr. Clifford is in a better place now, but I still feel very sad for him and his family.

(4 stars)

the reader was excellent, but some of the stories were a bit boring or disappointing.

Another gem

(5 stars)

Great stories read beautifully as ever by Nicholas Clufford