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The Monkey’s Paw

First published in 1902, “The Monkey’s Paw”  is the short story for which W. W. Jacobs is best known. ( It is part of his collection of short stories called The Lady of the Barge.)   “The Monkey’s Paw”  is a horror tale dealing with the supernatural.  Through this tale, the author warns that anyone who interferes with fate should be prepared to face dire consequences.

LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms

  • Jacobs, William Wymark (Author)
  • Monkey’s Paw (Title)

Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves

  • PR4821 .J2
  • PS509 .H59

Circulating Books – A Selected List

  • Jacobs, W. W. The Monkey’s Paw and Other Tales of Mystery and the Macabre. 1997. 
    • Call Number: PR4821 .J2 A6 1997
  • Modern Library.   The Raven and the Monkey’s Paw.  1998.
    • Call Number: PS509 .H59 R38 1998  

Reference Materials

  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction. –  Call Number: REF PN3321 .C7 2001
    • Vol. 3, pgs. 1281-1282
  • Masterplots II: Short Story Series.  –  Call Number: REF PN3326 .M27 2004 
    • Vol. 5, pgs. 2720-2722
  • Short Stories for Students. –  Call Number: REF PN3330 .S386
    • Vol. 2, pgs. 146-159 
  • Short Story Criticism.  –   Call Number: REF PN3321 .S5
    • Vol. 73,  pgs. 148, 152, 169, 172
  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism.  –  Call Number: REF PN771 .G27
    • Vol. 22, pgs. 99-112

Electronic Databases  

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  • Academic Search Complete
  • Literature Resources from Gale
  • OmniFile Full Text Mega

This Research Guide is designed to help users find information on a particular topic within the Valencia College East Campus Library.  This is by no means a comprehensive list of resources and other resources may be available on this topic.  Please check LINCCWeb, Valencia East’s online catalog, to verify the availability of circulating books within the library.  Feel free to ask a librarian for help if you need further assistance.

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