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Favorite Thornton Burgess Animal Stories/Boxed Set

by Thornton W. Burgess

No review

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Finnegans Wake

by James Joyce

Experimental novel by James Joyce. Extracts of the work appeared as Work in Progress from 1928 to 1937, and it was published in its entirety as Finnegans Wake in 1939. The book is, in one sense, the story of a publican in Chapelizod (near Dublin), his wife, and their three children; but Mr. Humphrey Chimpden Earwicker, Mrs. Anna Livia Plurabelle, and Kevin, Jerry, and Isabel are every family of mankind. The motive idea of the novel, inspired by the 18th-century Italian philosopher Giambattista Vico, is that history is cyclic; to demonstrate this the book begins with the end of a sentence left unfinished on the last page. Languages merge: Anna Livia has "vlossyhair"--wlosy being Polish for "hair"; "a bad of wind" blows--bad being Persian for "wind." Characters from literature and history appear and merge and disappear. On another level, the protagonists are the city of Dublin and the River Liffey standing as representatives of the history of Ireland and, by extension, of all human history. As he had in his earlier work Ulysses, Joyce drew upon an encyclopedic range of literary works. His strange polyglot idiom of puns and portmanteau words is intended to convey not only the relationship between the conscious and the unconscious but also the interweaving of Irish language and mythology with the languages and mythologies of many other cultures.

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Five Great Plays of Shakespeare

by William Shakespeare

The five plays in this collection are:

Macbeth

Hamlet

Julius Caesar

Midsummer Night's Dream

Romeo & Juliet

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Flannery O'Connor
Collected Works
(Library of America)

by Flannery O'Connor,
Sally Fitzgerald (Editor)

Flannery O'Connor, a unique and important figure in the Southern literary tradition, was one of the finest writers of the twentieth century. This volume, containing her two novels, short stories, essays and letters, is the only complete collection of her works.

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Flappers and Philosophers

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

First published in 1920, this book marked F. Scott Fitzgerald's entry into the realm of the short story. This is the only edition available containing the complete original collection of all eight classic stories. This short story collection plumbs the depths of human feeling with a perspicacity that is quintessential Fitzgerald.

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The Forsyte Saga
(World's Classics)

by John Galsworthy,
Geoffrey Harvey (Editor)

The Forsyte Saga is John Galsworthy's monumental chronicle of the lives of the moneyed Forsytes, a family whose values are constantly at war with its passions. The story of Soames Forsyte's marriage to the beautiful and rebellious Irene, and its effects upon the whole Forsyte clan, The Forsyte Saga is a brilliant social satire of the acquisitive sensibilities of a comfort-bound class in its final glory. Galsworthy spares none of his characters, revealing their weaknesses and shortcomings as clearly as he does the tenacity and perseverance that define the strongest members of the Forsyte family.

This edition contains the three original novels -- The Man of Property, In Chancery, and To Let -- and their connecting interludes, Indian Summer of a Forsyte and Awakening.

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The Fountainhead

by Ayn Rand

The Fountainhead has become an enduring piece of literature, more popular now than when published in 1943. On the surface, it is a story of one man, Howard Roark, and his struggles as an architect in the face of a successful rival, Peter Keating, and a newspaper columnist, Ellsworth Toohey. But the book addresses a number of universal themes: the strength of the individual, the tug between good and evil, the threat of fascism. The confrontation of those themes, along with the amazing stroke of Rand's writing, combine to give this book its enduring influence.

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Four Comedies : The Taming of the Shrew/a Midsummer Night's Dream/As You Like It/Twelfth Night (Penguin Classics)

by William Shakespeare

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Four Tragedies : Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, MacBeth (Penguin Classics)

by William Shakespeare

An exciting new edition of the complete works of Shakespeare with these features: Illustrated with photographs from New York Shakespeare Festival productions, vivid readable readable introductions for each play by noted scholar David Bevington, a lively personal foreword by Joseph Papp, an insightful essay on the play in performance, modern spelling and pronunciation, up-to-date annotated bibliographies, and convenient listing of key passages.

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Frankenstein

by Chris Mould (Illustrator),
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Gr. 4^-7. This semi-comic-book version of Mary Shelley's Gothic classic is a "lite" story that won't scare anyone. In cartoon style with jolly colors, the exaggerated illustrations create a silly farce. However, the words are powerful: Mould's retelling manages to simplify the Victorian prose without losing all the terror and melancholy of the monster story. Especially at Halloween, this will interest middle-grade readers who know the story of the giant freak--or think they do. Older kids will want to read Mary Shelley's full story in the edition also reviewed in this issue or, best of all, in the stunningly illustrated version by Barry Moser

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Franny & Zooey

by J. D. Salinger

Volume containing two interrelated stories by J.D. Salinger, published in book form in 1961. The stories, originally published in The New Yorker magazine, concern Franny and Zooey Glass, two members of the family that was the subject of most of Salinger's short fiction. Franny is an intellectually precocious late adolescent who tries to attain spiritual purification by obsessively reiterating the "Jesus prayer" as an antidote to the perceived superficiality and corruptness of life. She subsequently suffers a nervous breakdown. In the second story, her next older brother, Zooey, attempts to heal Franny by pointing out that her constant repetition of the "Jesus prayer" is as self-involved and egotistical as the egotism against which she rails.

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From Romance to Realism : 50 Years of Growth and Change in Young Adult Literature

by Michael Cart

Even more ambiguous a notion than young adult is the term young adult literature, as the author implies in this very readable exposition of the field during the past half-century. Concentrating on the novel in America, he begins with the publication in the mid-thirties of Sue Barton, "one of the most popular books in the history of young adult literature" and continues through the decades to the present state of the art. In consecutive chapters he describes the impact S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders had on the direction of realistic fiction in the sixties; he discusses the importance of the seventies with its explosion of new writers like M. E. Kerr, Richard Peck, Rosa Guy, William Sleator, Judy Blume, and Robert Cormier, whose Chocolate War Cart calls "arguably the single most important title in the history of young adult literature to date." He continues in his overview through the advent of the young adult paperback and genre fiction, mass marketing, and the effect of the large chain stores on publishing and the current status of the literature, which he fears is at risk. He argues that at a time when young adults are greatly at risk themselves, the need for a literature that describes their world honestly, thereby enabling them to change it, is needed more than ever. Cart's opinions may be controversial, but his critiques are carefully laid out. He writes with insight and originality , and he touches upon all the major authors and titles. An excellent introduction to the field for the general audience and for students as well.

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Germinal

by Emile Zola,
Leonard W. Tancock
(Designer)

Claustrophobic tension both within the pit and without mount in this tale of industrial strife and the inexorable forces of power and repression. Written in 1865, Germinal exposes the grim conditions for miners and their families, thereby examining the growing influence of socialism and anarchism in nineteenth century Europe.

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The Gift of the Magi

by O. Henry, Carol Heyer (Illustrator)

A classic story becomes a picture book for older readers in this oversize edition. Heyer's paintings reflect the turn-of-the-century setting and are nicely executed, if occasionally stiff. Because the protagonists are both adults, there will not be automatic appeal for younger children, but preteens, and especially teenagers, should find the romantic appeal that has been apparent to previous generations of readers.

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Go Down, Moses
(Vintage International)

by William Faulkner

This book is about the South. Having read it, Faulkner walked beside me every step of the way I took through his state. But this book also has a sub-theme that should not be overlooked. Faulkner was a profound environmentalist, although sharply contrasted with how we usually think of that term. Hunters don't much fit the mold of environmentalism -- and Faulkner was an avid one of that lot. So, in that sense, along with all the sociological, he can shake you up pretty good! Go Down Moses contains some of the most wrenching descriptions you could hope to find on the loss of wilderness. There is nothing ambiguous in his portrayal of that loss. Faulkner may confound everything you thought you believed of Southern sociology, but in an environmental sense, he leaves no room for confusion. Leave those trees standing!

This book will grip you; I can't imagine it having a lesser effect. Like all truly great art, it should change you forever.

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Go Tell It on the Mountain

by James A. Baldwin

Semiautobiographical novel by James Baldwin, published in 1953. Based on the author's experiences as a teenaged preacher in a small revivalist church, the novel describes two days and a long night in the life of the Grimes family, particularly the 14-year-old John and his stepfather Gabriel. It is a classic of contemporary African-American literature. Baldwin's description of John's descent into the depths of his young soul was hailed as brilliant, as was his exploration of Gabriel's complex sorrows. The novel teems with biblical references. Though the novel is in part about the position of blacks in American society, some critics felt that Baldwin inadequately addressed racial issues; the novelist, however, said he made a deliberate attempt to break out of the "cage" of black writing.

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Gone With the Wind

by Margaret Mitchell, James A. Michener (Introduction)

Set against the turbulent backdrop of the Civil War South, the classic story of tempestuous Southern belle Scarlett O'Hara and the dashing Rhett Butler comes to life in a new sixtieth anniversary edition tied to the publication of Mitchell's long-lost work, Lost Laysen.

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The Grapes of Wrath

by John Steinbeck,
Henry Fonda

Fonda reads selected chapters from Steinback's epic saga of a family driven West by Oklahoma dust storms during the 1930s

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The Grapes of Wrath (20th Century Classics)

by John Steinbeck, Robert Demott (Designer)

Forced from their home, the Joad family is lured to California to find work; instead they find disillusionment, exploitation, and hunger.

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Great Expectations
(Cambridge Literature)

by Charles Dickens,
Tim Seward (Editor),
Timothy Seward

A dangerous escaped convict, a wealthy old woman, and a secret guardian help Pip, a seven-year-old blacksmith's apprentice, turn his rags into riches, in an easy-to-read adaptation of the Dickens classic

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The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald,
Matthew Joseph Bruccoli
(Introduction)

Magnificently restored to include all of Fitzgerald's own revisions, manuscript notes, and corrected proofs, this definitive edition presents Fitzgerald's masterpiece as the author himself intended it. The timeless story of Jay Gatsby and his love for Daisy Buchanan is widely acknowledged to be the closest thing to the Great American Novel ever written.

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Great Expectations (Bullseye Step into Classics)

by Monica Kulling (Contributor), Charles Dickens, Cindy Alvarez (Editor)

A dangerous escaped convict, a wealthy old woman, and a secret guardian help Pip, a seven-year-old blacksmith's apprentice, turn his rags into riches, in an easy-to-read adaptation of the Dickens classic.

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Gulliver's Travels

by James Riordan, Jonathan Swift, Victor G. Ambrus (Illustrator)

No review

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Hamlet
(Oxford World's Classics (Paper)

by William Shakespeare,
G.R. Hibbard (Editor)

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