Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu (August 24, 1814 – February 7, 1873) was an Irish novelist, short-story writer and journalist, now mainly remembered for his classic ghost stories and his mystery novel Uncle Silas.
== Quotes ==
=== Uncle Silas (1864) ===
There is no dealing with great sorrow as if it were under the control of our wills. It is a terrible phenomenon, whose laws we must study, and to whose conditions we must submit, if we would mitigate it.
Ch. 21"The world," he resumed after a short pause, "has no faith in any man's conversion; it never forgets what he was, it never believes him anything better, it is an inexorable and stupid judge."
Ch. 47How marvellously lie our anxieties, in filmy layers, one over the other! Take away that which has lain on the upper surface for so long – the care of cares – the only one, as it seemed to you, between your soul and the radiance of Heaven – and straight you find a new stratum there.
Ch. 53There comes with old age a time when the heart is no longer fusible or malleable, and must retain the form in which it has cooled down.
== Criticism ==
He has attained supremacy in one particular line: he succeeds in inspiring a mysterious terror better than any other writer.
M. R. James "The Novels and Stories of J. Sheridan Le Fanu" (1923). 
== External links ==
Encyclopedic article on Sheridan Le Fanu at Wikipedia
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