Volume three of a collection of supernatural and weird tales by a forgotten master of the gothic and occult Although an American author, writer F(rancis) Marion Crawford was born in Northern Tuscany, the son of sculptor Thomas Crawford, he spent much of his life in the United States, living and working in Boston. His inherent sensitivity to Italy influenced much of his historical fiction. Indeed, in his vel 'Corleone, ' Crawford became the first author to prominently feature the w very familiar theme of the Mafia in fiction. He also produced table works of history concerned with the various ages of Italy. Travels in the East and the study of Sanskrit in India gave him a grounding in the oriental and an interest in the other worldly. Although the themes of supernatural and weird fiction are often believed to be expressed to best effect in the short story most of Crawford's literary output consisted of vels. Fortunately, several of these include distinctly fantastical themes. His comparatively small oeuvre of short ghost and horror tales is so finely crafted that they have become some of the most highly regarded examples of the form in the English language. M. R James considered some of them to be among the best supernatural stories written, with the chilling and claustrophobic 'The Upper Berth' being especially singled out for merit. Crawford's talent for this genre is so widely ackwledged that it has been rightly ted that the greatest shame was that he did t write more-praise indeed! This five volume Leonaur collection of Crawford's strange vels, vellas and short stories provides a superb and substantial collection by one of Americas finest nineteenth century authors. This third volume includes 'With the Immortals' a bizarre vel of the resurrection of the famous long dead, a second vel 'The Heart of Rome' and 'The Dead Smile, ' a highly regarded tale, full of gothic vice and forbidden obsession, of vengeance taken from the grave! Leonaur editions are newly typeset and are t facsimiles; each title is available in softcover and hardback with dustjacket; our hardbacks are cloth bound and feature gold foil lettering on their spines and fabric head and tail bands.