"Be with me always—take any form—drive me mad! only do not
leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you!" Thus does
Heathcliff beg his dead Cathy in Wuthering Heights. He wants
to be haunted—he insists on it. Randon Billings Noble does too.
Instead of exorcising the ghosts of her past, she hopes for their
cold hands to knock at the window and to linger. Be with Me
Always is a collection of essays that explore hauntedness by
considering how the ghosts of our pasts cling to us. In a way,
all good essays are about the things that haunt us until we have
somehow embraced or understood them. Here, Noble considers the ways
she has been haunted—by a near-death experience, the gaze of a nude
model, thoughts of widowhood, Anne Boleyn's violent death, a book
she can't stop reading, a past lover who shadows her thoughts—in
essays both pleasant and bitter, traditional and lyrical, and
persistently evocative and unforgettable.