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There was a book I had read about 5 years ago.
It was a novel where an American family move into an mansion which is haunted by a ghost. The ghost had been living there since about three hundred years.
The family consisted of 6 members where one daughter was named Virginia.
In the end, Virginia helps the ghost attain salvation.
The novel was sort of an inverted ghost story where the inmates of the house terrorise the ghost.

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The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde

It's actually a novella and was published in 1887, and was the first of Wilde's works to be published.

It was a novel where an American family move into an mansion which is haunted by a ghost.

The story is about an American family who move to a castle haunted by the ghost of a dead nobleman, who killed his wife and was starved to death by his wife's brothers.
The Canterville Ghost - Wikipedia Plot

The family consisted of 6 members where one daughter was named Virginia.

This story features a family of 6, Mr and Mr's Otis, their eldest son, Washington, their daughter, Virginia, and the Otis twins.
ibid.

The novel was sort of an inverted ghost story where the inmates of the house terrorise the ghost.

He falls victim to tripwires, peashooters, butter-slides, and falling buckets of water. In a particularly comical scene, he is frightened by the sight of a "ghost" rigged up by the mischievous twins.
ibid.

Seeing as the book is 130 years old this year, I'll just provide a link to a bunch of covers rather than all the variations: Image search link here


The story has been adapted numerous times including a 2016 live action film, and an upcoming animated feature film starring Hugh Laurie amongst others.

  • A novella? Is there a difference between a novel and a novella? – Shantanu Hebbar Dec 12 '17 at 7:58
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    @ShantanuHebbar a slightly shorter novel, but a slightly long short story. Normally ~100 pages or so. – Edlothiad Dec 12 '17 at 7:59
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    @ShantanuHebbar There has to be a difference, because novel, novella, novelette, and short story are separate categories for the Hugo awards. For Hugo purposes, a novella is defined as a story between 17500 and 40000 words, which comes to 70–160 standard 250-word pages. – user14111 Dec 12 '17 at 8:29
  • I see. I haven't heard of the Hugo awards. I'll check it out. Thanks @user14111 – Shantanu Hebbar Dec 12 '17 at 8:48

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