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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde : And Other Stories (Everyman's Library)

by Robert Louis, III Stevenson, Nicholas Rance (Introduction)

No review

HARDCOVER


Drums Along the Mohawk (New York Classics)

by Walter D. Edmonds, Frank Bergmann

Gilbert Martin and his new bride Lana, pioneers in the Mohawk Valley, live and protect their land through weather disasters, love and hate and Indian attacks.

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Dubliners

by James Joyce, Hans Walter Gabler, Walter Hettche, John Kelly (Introduction)

In these fifteen stories James Joyce reinvented the art of fiction, using a scrupulous, deadpan realism to convey truths that were at once blasphemous and sacramental.

PAPERBACK


The Early Years Collection : A Special Collection of the First Five Little House Books : The Long Winter, by the Shores of Silver Lake, on the Banks of

by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Garth Williams (Illustrator)

A boxed collection of the earlier "Little House" books features Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, and The Long Winter. Reprint.

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The Earth

by Emile Zola, Douglas Parmee (Translator)

No review

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East of Eden (20th Century Classics)

by John Steinbeck, David Wyatt (Designer)

This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families--the Trasks and the Hamiltons--whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel. "A strange and original work of art."--New York Times Book Review. (Literature/Classics)

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The Ecstasy of Owen Muir
(Literary Classics Series)

by Ring Jr. Lardner,
Ring W. Lardner (Preface)

Set in post World War II America, this classic novel is the story of what happens when an idealistically, fiercely honest young man, with no strong religious affiliation, marries a Roman Catholic woman. Renowned writer Ring Lardner, Jr., dissects the thought control of the McCarthy era, business ethics, racial intolerance, attitudes toward sex, and other social phenomenon

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Edgar Allan Poe :
Sixty-Seven Tales :
The Narrative of Arthur
Gordon Pym of Nantucket/
the Raven and Other Poems

by Edgar Allan Poe

Sixty-seven of this master of horror's best works appear in this volume--including ""The Fall of the House of Usher,"" ""The Murders in the Rue Morgue,"" ""The Tell-Tale Heart,"" and many more.

HARDCOVER


The Emigrants (Penguin Classics)

by Gilbert Imlay, Amanda Gilroy (Editor), W.M. Veroeven (Editor)

No review

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Emma

by Jane Austen

First published in 1816, Emma is generally regarded as Jane Austen's most technically brilliant book. But that's not the reason to read it. Read it to see how a scheming heiress who is determined not to marry ends up embracing love and growing in maturity without dying or becoming impossibly insipid, the fate of so many nineteenth-century heroines. As her fourth novel was taking shape, Jane Austen noted "I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like." She was wrong. It is easy to love Emma Woodhouse. She is a snob, a meddler, and a spoiled child - she is also smart, funny, generous, and compassionate. Determined to control the arrangements of other people's lives, Emma takes on the self-appointed role of matchmaker in a world that grants little public power to women. Small wonder that Emma, who has a "mind lively and at ease," wastes her considerable creative powers dreaming up romantic scenarios that consistently and comically fail all reality checks. As in all of Jane Austen's works, the simple theme of courtship belies the complexity of her vision of human nature and of our need for power. Technical brilliance? Yes. Moral brilliance? Most definitely.

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Ethan Frome

by Edith Wharton,
Alfred Kazin

Best known for her satirical depictions of the manners and mores of New York society, Edith Wharton shows her mastery of a far different milieu in this classic story of a farmer who is trapped in a loveless marriage to a tyrannical wife.

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Eudora Welty : Complete Novels:
The Robber Bridegroom,
Delta Wedding,
The Ponder Heart, Losing Battles,
The Optimist's Daughter (Library of America)

by Eudora Welty, Richard Ford (Editor)

This Library of America volume gathers all the long fiction published by the beloved Mississippi writer Eudora Welty. Throughout her long and storied career, Welty has been most famous, perhaps, for her short stories. But it's in her novels that she attempted some of her most ambitious and powerful creations: the idiosyncratic fable that is The Robber Bridegroom, drawing on legends, local history, folktale, and myth; the underrated, wickedly funny short novel The Ponder Heart; and Losing Battles, a familial epic 15 years in the making and begun in bits and pieces while Welty cared for her sick mother. In a strange inversion of the author's usual career trajectory, Welty's only attempt at a roman à clef came late in life, with the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Optimist's Daughter, the quiet, moving, largely autobiographical story of a woman coming to grips with her father's death. The novels alone earn Welty a place as one of the finest writers our century has produced; taken together with the Library of America companion volume, Stories, Essays, & Memoir, it's a body of work that William Maxwell calls "beyond human power of praising." Welty rarely strayed for long from the place of her birth, but her fiction is as capacious as the human heart itself. Like Faulkner, she has taken her own corner of Mississippi and made it encompass the world.

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The Fables of Aesop

by Aesop, Frances Barnes-Murphy, Francis Barnes-Murphy (Designer), Rowan Barnes-Murphy (Illustrator)

Larger than most collections of Aesop's fables, this volume contains more than 100 tales as well as an introduction to Aesop and the stories attributed to him. The storytelling is short and simple, though at times source notes would be helpful. Take, for example, "The Fox and the Turkeys," in which a fox dances "a jig, a rumba, and a waltz, then the can-can, the samba, and of course the foxtrot" around and around a tree until the turkeys perched in the branches become dizzy and fall to the ground. Is this an American variant of an ancient fable or Barnes-Murphy's retelling? Spirited illustrations in ink, sometimes with watercolor washes, appear throughout the book. Recommended for larger collections.

LIBRARY BINDING


Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury

In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury's classic, frightening vision of the future, firemen don't put out fires--they start them in order to burn books. Bradbury's vividly painted society holds up the appearance of happiness as the highest goal--a place where trivial information is good, and knowledge and ideas are bad. Fire Captain Beatty explains it this way, "Give the people contests they win by remembering the words to more popular songs.... Don't give them slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy."

HARDCOVER


The Fall of the House of Usher
(Classic Frights)

by Edgar Allan Poe,
William Sayer (Illustrator)

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Far from the Madding Crowd

by Thomas Hardy

Set in his fictional Wessex countryside in southwest England, Far from the Madding Crowd was Thomas Hardy's breakthrough work. Though it was first published anonymously in 1874, the quick and tremendous success of Far from the Madding Crowd persuaded Hardy to give up his first profession, architecture, to concentrate on writing fiction. The story of the ill-fated passions of the beautiful Bathsheba Everdene and her three suitors offers a spectacle of country life brimming with an energy and charm not customarily associated with Hardy. ("When Farmer Oak smiled," the novel begins, "the corners of his mouth spread till they were within an unimportant distance of his ears. . . .")

----The text is based on the authoritative Wessex Edition of 1912, revised and corrected by Hardy himself.

LIBRARY BINDING


For Whom the Bell Tolls

by Ernest Hemingway

Drawing on his involvement in the Spanish Civil War, the Nobel prize-winning author's masterpiece of time and place tells the story of Robert Jordan, an American fighting in Spain, and his suicidal stand for his beliefs.

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The Sun Also Rises

by Ernest Hemingway

A brilliant profile of the Lost Generation, Hemingway's first bestseller captures life among the expatriates on Paris's Left Bank during the 1920s, the brutality of bullfighting in Spain, and the moral and spiritual dissolution of a generation

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The Old Man and the Sea

by Ernest Hemingway

A significant work of literature by a Nobel Prize-winning writer offers a portrayal of a classic Byronic hero that finds an old Cuban fisherman in a relentless battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream.

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A Farewell to Arms

by Ernest Hemingway

By turns romantic and harshly realistic, Hemingway's story of a tragic romance set against the brutality and confusion of World War I cemented his fame as a stylist and as a writer of extraordinary literary power. A volunteer ambulance driver and a beautiful English nurse fall in love when he is wounded on the Italian front.

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