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The Judge's House (1914)
Bram Stoker

A math student seeks a quiet place to study for his exams but winds up battling an angry ghost. Stoker certainly knew mathematical words to throw around (e.g. quaternions and conic sections), but this story is still only barely mathematical. The student seems smart, though not smart enough, and it may be a statement about mathematicians that he is both so interested in studying and so capable of losing himself in his studies. It is a good ghost story, but doesn't say much of anything about mathematics or mathematicians.

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Works Similar to The Judge's House
According to my `secret formula', the following works of mathematical fiction are similar to this one:
  1. The Shadow Guests by Joan Aiken
  2. Kavanagh by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  3. Immortal Bird by H. Russell Wakefield
  4. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf
  5. The Franklin's Tale (in The Canterbury Tales) by Geoffrey Chaucer
  6. Mortal Immortal by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  7. Geometry in the South Pacific by Sylvia Warner
  8. Through the Gates of the Silver Key by H.P. Lovecraft / E. Hoffmann Price
  9. The Dreams in the Witch-House by H.P. Lovecraft
  10. Royal Highness (K├Ânigliche Hoheit) by Thomas Mann
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Mathematical Content:
1/5 (2 votes)
Literary Quality:
3/5 (2 votes)

MediumShort Stories, Available Free Online,

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