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The Classic Grimm's Fairy Tales

by Louise Betts,
Erin Wise (Illustrator),
Karen Pritchett (Illustrator),
Kay Life, Louise B. Egan (Editor)

Once upon a time in Germany, some 200 years ago, the brothers Grimm began collecting unusual tales from friends, relatives, and a variety of acquaintances. They eventually recorded their stories, which not only found their way across the ocean, but also around the globe. The stories survive to this day as Grimm's fairy tales, in which wolves, witches, and cruel stepmothers abound. Children get lost in the woods, grandma gets eaten by a wolf, and robbers steal into houses in the dead of night, among other misfortunes. But never fear! Precocious children, beautiful princesses, and enchanted animals prevail in the battle between good and evil. Seven artists provide lively illustrations for the stories included in this treasury of tales.

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The Classic Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales

by Sheila Black,
Erin Augenstine (Illustrator),
and Babanovsky,
Hans Christian Andersen,
William King (Contributor)

The everlasting tales of a favorite storyteller are celebrated in this colorful compendium. Eight stories such as "Silly Hans", "The Ugly Duckling", "Thumbelina", and "The Princess and the Pea" are each illustrated by a different artist in full color.

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A Clockwork Orange

by Anthony Burgess

The author, Tony Burgess , December 13, 1998

I am pleased to see many fans are enjoying my book.

The idea for A Clockwork Orange first came to me when I was in my mid-twenties. I had just finished reading Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. In this book the government is in complete control and the two houses Capulet and Montague were in power. I thought to myself: "what if there were a story completly different, a story where there is almost no government control". From there I started Clockwork. I thought the idea that Alex would love Beethoveen would be an excelent satire on how people see gangs. How many street punks would listen to good ol' Ludwig Von eh?

LIBRARY BINDING


Clotel : Or, the President's Daughter : A Narrative of Slave Life in the United States

by William Wells Brown, William E. Farrison (Designer)

This new edition includes primary documents and an introduction by Joan Cashin as it returns an 1853 classic of American history and literature to print. Clotel was the first novel by a black man known for abolitionist activities, and it relates the experiences of a slave woman: any student of black history will want to include this on the reading list as a notable work.

PAPERBACK


Classic Fiction of the Harlem Renaissance

by William L. Andrews (Editor)

No review

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The Comedies of William Shakespeare

by William Shakespeare

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The Complete Signet Classic Shakepeare

by Sylvan Barnet (Editor), William Shakespeare

1776 pages

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The Complete Tales of Washington Irving

by Charles Neider (Editor),
Washington Irving

Proof of the talent of an important American author

This wonderful collection proves once and for all that there is more to Irving than "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". The stories contained within this volume are wonderfully told and sparkle with imagination. The pieces from "The Alahambra" were the most impressive.

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The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

by Edgar Allan Poe

He revolutionized the horror tale, giving it psychological insight and a consistent tone and atmosphere; he invented the modern detective story; he wrote some of the world's best-known lyric poetry and a major novella of the fantastic; he impressed such writers as Baudelaire, Mallarme and Borges. If it's been a while since you read any Edgar A. Poe (he never used "Allan"), you've probably forgotten how terrific he is. And some of his best work is in his lesser-known stories, such as "The Imp of the Perverse" and "A Descent into the Maelstrom." In short, what are you waiting for?

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A Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur's Court (Penguin Classics)

by Mark Twain, Justin Kaplan (Editor)

A reader from allentown , October 21, 1998

One of the better books I have read.

I found this book to be an excellent work. One man with everyday knowledge and a little ingenuity can attain a position of power over a 6th century kingdom. I liked this book because it presented me with a challenge. Trying to figure out Twain's manerisms and 6th century ettiquette made this this book a little confusing at times, but at the same time it captured my interest. I just couldn't put it down until I had finished it . When I did finish it I ended up going back and re-reading parts to ensure a clear understanding of what was happening.

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The Count of Monte Cristo

by Alexandre Dumas, David Coward (Editor)

The first complete and unexpurgated translation of this quintessential novel of intrigue and revenge in nearly 150 years, this edition brings the full power of Dumas' masterpiece to English-language audiences.

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The Country of the Pointed Firs

by Sarah Orne Jewett

Originally published in 1925, a classic short novel about three months of life in a small Maine coastal town is complemented by sixteen pages of black-and-white photographs that add to its charm. 15,000 first printing.

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Sarah Orne Jewett : Novels and Stories (The Library of America, Vol 69)

by Sarah Orne Jewett, Michael D. Bell (Editor)

The first collection to offer all of the pioneering American writer's fictional work reveals her mastery of the hidden dramas of life along the Maine coast, and includes her masterpiece, The Country of the Pointed Firs, and A Country Doctor.

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The Country Wife (Cambridge Literature)

by William Wycherley, Ken Bush (Editor), William Wycherly

Cambridge Literature is a series of literary texts edited for study by students aged 1418 in English-speaking classrooms. It will include novels, poetry, short stories, essays, travel-writing and other non-fiction. The series will be extensive and open-ended, and will provide school students with a range of edited texts taken from a wide geographical spread. It will include writing in English from various genres and differing times

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A Creek Called Wounded Knee

by Douglas C. Jones

Custer is dead. Sitting Bull is dead. And the famous 7th Cavalry is on the march. Then came the Ghost Dance, a spiritual call of Indian resistance, that spread like a dry fire among the Lakota Sioux. When the army commanders sent the murderous orders through, it became a matter of Sioux defiance to oppose them. Although the tragic outcome was clear, not a man changed his mind.

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Crime and Punishment

by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

A desperate young man plans the perfect crime -- the murder of a despicable pawnbroker, an old women no one loves and no one will mourn. Is it not just, he reasons, for a man of genius to commit such a crime, to transgress moral law -- if it will ultimately benefit humanity? So begins one of the greatest novels ever written: a powerful psychological study, a terrifying murder mystery, a fascinating detective thriller infused with philosophical, religious and social commentary. Raskolnikov, an impoverished student living in a garret in the gloomy slums of St. Petersburg, carries out his grotesque scheme and plunges into a hell of persecution, madness and terror. Crime And Punishment takes the reader on a journey into the darkest recesses of the criminal and depraved mind, and exposes the soul of a man possessed by both good and evil ... a man who cannot escape his own conscience.

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Cyrano De Bergerac : Heroic Comedy in Five Acts

by Edmond Rostand

Matt Charles (Dynadan@netscape.net) from Sewanee, Tennessee , September 6, 1998

Cyrano de Bergerac is an enduring masterpiece.

Cyrano de Bergerac is without a doubt Rostand's masterwork, a marvel left to the world. In his own words, Cyrano de Bergerac is: "Philosopher and scientist, Poet, muscian, deullist- He flew high, and fell back again! A pretty wit-whose like we lack- A lover...not like other men..." I can think of no way to critique the work, no way to improve it. It stands by itself, its own praise. Cyrano is Rostand's white plume.

LIBRARY BINDING


Daisy Miller

by Henry James, Geoffrey Moore (Editor)

Novel by Henry James, published in Cornhill Magazine in 1878 and published in book form in 1879. The book's title character is a young American woman traveling in Europe with her mother. There she is courted by Frederick Forsyth Winterbourne, an American living abroad. In her innocence, Daisy is compromised by her friendship with an Italian man. Her behavior shocks Winterbourne and the other Americans living in Italy, and they shun her. Only after she dies does Winterbourne recognize that her actions reflected her spontaneous, genuine, and unaffected nature and that his suspicions of her were unwarranted. Like others of James's works, Daisy Miller uses the contrast between American innocence and European sophistication as a powerful tool with which to examine social conventions.

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Dangerous Journey/the Story of Pilgrim's Progress

by Oliver Hunkin, Alan Parry (Illustrator)

Filled with graphic, powerful illustrations, this abridged version of Pilgrim's Progress has long been a favorite of adults and children alike. "A beautifully produced, large-format version of Bunyan's classic.".

HARDCOVER


The Dangerous Summer

by Ernest Hemingway, James A. Michener (Introduction)

Hemingway's last major literary work, this dramatic and moving chronicle of a season of bullfights in Spain, and of the author's friendship with one of the most daring men ever to enter the ring, shines with "moments . . . of purest Hemingway--when what is said suggests a whole universe that is unsaid" (Robert Wilson, "USA Today"). Two 8-pp. photo inserts.

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Dante's Divine Comedy :
Inferno : Journey to Joy

by Alighieri Dante,
Kathryn Ann Lindskoog

This is the first volume of the only colorful, evocative, exact prose translation of The Divine Comedy on the market today. Unlike even the best translations of Dante’s story into verse, it combines utter clarity with utter faithfulness to his text. It will inform and enrich scholars, but -- like the original -- it is written for ordinary readers. The result is pure, fresh Dante.

This first volume begins with an unusually lively, readable introduction to the entire Comedy. In addition to traditional aids for understanding Dante, this introduction and the notes that follow provide a variety of new material.

In the story, Dante is a likable but unheroic man who wakes up in a dark wood and learns that the only way for him to be rescued from death is to follow a friendly guide who will lead him down through all the sections of hell. There they have dozens of vivid encounters with fiendish creatures and human victims. This quick educational field trip through foul darkness opens Dante's eyes to how evil works in our lives and helps him to begin to understand what is truly good.

I have emphasized Dante's sly wit and startling moral, psychological, and spiritual wisdom. His main purposes were to set forth the beauty, humor, and horror of human life; to peel away our dangerous illusions of adequacy; and to lead us all upward toward the eternal heart of reality.

I was pleased to read the following review of this book by Cambridge University’s Barbara Reynolds, co-translator of Dorothy Sayers’ The Comedy of Dante Alighiere the Florentine: Paradise and author of The Passionate Intellect: Dorothy L. Sayers' Encounter with Dante.: “Kathryn Lindskoog has provided a very readable and engaging introduction to Dante.... Her aim has been to provide a faithful restatement of Dante's poetry in clear English prose, for the sake of the story. She achieves this aim admirably. She also achieves more. Her notes are informative and interesting. Her Introduction is fresh and challenging.... Many new readers will have reason to be grateful to her.”

Here are the titles I gave to Dante’s first 34 cantos:

1. The Dark Wood 2. Beginning Again 3. The Entry Hall of Hell 4. A Bright, Hopeless Castlle 5. Lost Lovers 6. Gluttons in Sludge 7. From Mammon to Mud 8. By Boat to a Glowing City 9. Through the City Gate 10. Burning Tombs 11. Edge of the Precipice 12. River of Boiling Blood 13. Suicide Forest 14. A Fiery Desert 15. Along the Embankment 16. A Crimson Waterfall 17. The Face of an Honest Man 18. Driven by Demons 19. Upside-Down Ministers 20. Backward Magicians 21. Boiling Tar 22. Brawling Guards 23. Golden Cloaks 24. A Snake Pit 25. The Reptile Men 26. Flames like Fireflies 27. Caught by a Black Cherubim 28. The Devil’s Sword 29. Sick Souls 30. An Everlasting Quarrel 31. Towering Giants 32. In a Lake of Ice 33. Frozen Tears 34. Once More the Stars

Dorothy Sayers said, “People who tackle Dante in [a] superficial way seldom get beyond the picturesque squalors of the Inferno. This is as though we were to judge a great city after a few days spent underground among the cellars and sewers; it would not be surprising if we were to report only an impression of sordidness, suffocation, rats, fetor, and gloom. But the grim substructure is only there for the sake of the city whose walls and spires stand up and take the morning; it is for the vision of God in the Paradiso that all the rest of the allegory exists.”

HARDCOVER

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