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Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

Multiple award winning i New York Times i bestselling author Neil Gaiman returns to dazzle captivate haunt and entertain with this third collection of short fiction following i Smoke and Mirrors i and i Fragile Things i which includes a never before published i American Gods i story Black Dog written exclusively for this volume br br In this new anthology Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to reveal the enigmatic shadowy world that lies beneath i Trigger Warning i includes previously published pieces of short fiction stories verse and a very special i Doctor Who i story that was written for the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved series in as well Black Dog a new tale that revisits the world of i American Gods i exclusive to this collection br br i Trigger Warning i explores the masks we all wear and the people we are beneath them to reveal our vulnerabilities and our truest selves Here is a rich cornucopia of horror and ghosts stories science fiction and fairy tales fabulism and poetry that explore the realm of experience and emotion In Adventure Story a thematic companion to i The Ocean at the End of the Lane i Gaiman ponders death and the way people take their stories with them when they die His social media experience A Calendar of Tales are short takes inspired by replies to fan tweets about the months of the year stories of pirates and the March winds an igloo made of books and a Mother s Day card that portends disturbances in the universe Gaiman offers his own ingenious spin on i Sherlock Holmes i in his award nominated mystery tale The Case of Death and Honey And Click Clack the Rattlebag explains the creaks and clatter we hear when we re all alone in the darkness br br A sophisticated writer whose creative genius is unparalleled Gaiman entrances with his literary alchemy transporting us deep into the realm of imagination where the fantastical becomes real and the everyday incandescent Full of wonder and terror surprises and amusements i Trigger Warning i is a treasury of delights that engage the mind stir the heart and shake the soul from one of the most unique and popular literary artists of our day


Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fiction and Illusions

In the deft hands of strong Neil Gaiman strong magic is no mere illusion and anything is possible In this Gaiman s first book of short stories his imagination and supreme artistry transform a mundane world into a place of terrible wonders a place where an old woman can purchase the Holy Grail at a thrift store where assassins advertise their services in the Yellow Pages under Pest Control and where a frightened young boy must barter for his life with a mean spirited troll living beneath a bridge by the railroad tracks Explore a new reality obscured by smoke and darkness yet brilliantly tangible in this extraordinary collection of short works by a master prestidigitator It will dazzle your senses touch your heart and haunt your dreams


Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders

This is a stunning collection of short stories by acclaimed fantasy writer Neil Gaiman His distinctive genius has been championed by writers as diverse as Norman Mailer and Stephen King With i The Sandman i Neil Gaiman created one of the most sophisticated intelligent and influential graphic novel series of our time Now after the recent success of his latest novel i Anansi Boys i Gaiman has produced i Fragile Things i his second collection of short fiction These stories will dazzle your senses haunt your imagination and move you to the very depths of your soul This extraordinary compilation reveals one of the world s most gifted storytellers at the height of his powers


Non-Fiction

Chuck Palahniuk s world has been well different from yours and mine The pieces that comprise Non Fiction prove just how different in ways both highly entertaining and deeply unsettling Encounters with alternative culture heroes Marilyn Manson and Juliette Lewis the peculiar wages of fame attendant on the big budget film production of the movie Fight Club life as an assembly line drive train installer by day hospice volunteer driver by night the really peculiar lives of submariners the really violent world of college wrestlers the underground world of anabolic steroid gobblers the harrowing circumstances of his father s murder and the trial of his killer each essay or vignette offers a unique facet of existence as lived in and or observed by one of America s most flagrantly daring and original literary talents


Collected Fictions

Jorge Luis Borges has been called the greatest Spanish language writer of our century Now for the first time in English all of Borges dazzling fictions are gathered into a single volume brilliantly translated by Andrew Hurley From his debut with The Universal History of Iniquity through his immensely influential collections Ficciones and The Aleph these enigmatic elaborate imaginative inventions display Borges talent for turning fiction on its head by playing with form and genre and toying with language Together these incomparable works comprise the perfect one volume compendium for all those who have long loved Borges and a superb introduction to the master s work for those who have yet to discover this singular genius


Jane Eyre (Naxos Classic Fiction)

One of the greatest love stories ever written Jane Eyre is the tale of a young woman entangled with the powerful Mr Rochester What lurks in the attic at Thornfield the ancestral home of the surly Mr Rochester Will the governess Jane Eyre discover his secret and having discovered it live to regret that knowledge Battling inside Jane are passion and prudence she struggles to survive the turmoil they cause


Frankenstein (Fiction, Poetry & Drama) (French Edition)

Mary Shelley s Frankenstein is the world s most famous Gothic novel about eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein who creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment Shelley s work is considered to be the world s first science fiction with Frankenstein s monster being a symbol of science gone awry Shelley s masterpiece has inspired numerous films plays and other books This the edition contains the author s final revisions


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the Jim Crow Laws: Including: Plessy V. Ferguson and Literary Non-Fiction for Common Core State Standards Compa

This is an unaltered version of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The text is not scrubbed of words we find offensive but were part of the context in which the novel was written Also included for the sake of historical comparison is a commentary on and examples of the Jim Crow laws inclusive of an overview of Plessy v Fergeson Justice Brown s Opinion and Justice Harlan s Dissent as well as an article from The Journal of Negro History Fifty Years of Negro Citizenship by C G Woodson These texts are designed to help readers understand the time in which Mark Twain wrote this classic novel and serve as a way to connect the tone and symbols of Huck Finn to the world as it existed when the story was penned by Twain Controversy of Words Mark Twain once said the difference between the right word and the almost right word is really a large matter The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is written in the voice of the boy Huck It begins where Tom Sawyer leaves off It is a tale of friendship and the hypocracy of racism The novel was written in and is set in pre Civil War America The writer did not defend slavery but depicted the period s bigotry and made the moral center of the novel a white boy s choice to help a slave escape from bondage The words within the text of the novel are Twain s It is a dangerous precedence to alter an author s words especially those written at a given point of time and under a specific set of circumstances In a conversation with a Civil Rights Leader in the early s I learned never to scrub history but to shout it from the rooftops as that is the only way in which we can learn and grow from our mistakes History happened Slavery in American happened Whole races of people were sold into bondage both white and black men ripped these men women and children from their homelands and delivered them into a life of misery and servitude Twain did not make that up and by changing his words by scrubbing his literature we miss the opportunity to educate our children and the society as a whole on what life was like how people lived and spoke and then brainstorm creative solutions to prevent similar situation from reoccurring What I am referring to is the n word controversy and the word s appearance along with the word Injun within one of the most overtly anti racist books written For the record these words should cause controversy because they are offensive and should not be spoken The n word should cause discomfort in st century readers and should stimulate conversation and spark discussion If it does not that is when we are in trouble and that is why we can t allow history to be altered to the norms of today s political correctness We cannot become passive to the wrongdoings of our ancestors we must learn from them and grow as one culture moving forward forging common experiences out of our collective and different past experiences So I challenge you to teach this book in the context of eradicating racism I challenge you to understand Twain s anti Reconstruction world and the rise of the Jim Crow laws and the influence of Plessy v Ferguson and help to do your part to ensure all understand the challenges we face and the reality of forever moving forward in our quest for equality


La face cachée de Margo (Pôle fiction)

Margo Roth Spiegelman le nom aux six syllabes qui fait fantasmer Quentin depuis toujours Alors forc ment quand elle s introduit dans sa chambre une nuit par la fen tre ouverte pour l entra ner dans une exp dition vengeresse il la suit br Mais au lendemain de leur folle nuit blanche Margo n appara t pas au lyc e Elle a disparu br br Quentin saura t il d crypter les indices qu elle lui a laiss s pour la retrouver Plus il s en approche plus Margo semble lui chapper br br crit par l auteur de Nos toiles contraires ce roman a re u le Prix Edgar Allan Poe et fut lu livre favori en par les adolescents et les biblioth caires aux tats Unis American Library Association


Sense and Sensibility: Illustrated Platinum Edition (Classic Bestselling Fiction Books)

How is this book unique br Illustrations are included br Short Biography is also included br Original amp Unabridged Edition br Tablet and e reader formatted br Sense and Sensibility is a novel by Jane Austen and was her first published work when it appeared in under the pseudonym A Lady A work of romantic fiction better known as a comedy of manners Sense and Sensibility is set in southwest England London and Kent between and and portrays the life and loves of the Dashwood sisters Elinor and Marianne The novel follows the young ladies to their new home a meagre cottage on a distant relative s property where they experience love romance and heartbreak br br Jane Austen wrote the first draft of the novel in the form of a novel in letters epistolary form sometime around when she was about years old and gave it the title Elinor and Marianne She later changed the form to a narrative and the title to Sense and Sensibility Sense in the book means good judgment or prudence and sensibility means sensitivity or emotionality Sense is identified with the character of Elinor while sensibility is identified with the character of Marianne By changing the title Austen added philosophical depth to what began as a sketch of two characters The title of the book and that of her next published novel Pride and Prejudice may be suggestive of political conflicts of the s br br Austen biographer Claire Tomalin argues that Sense and Sensibility has a wobble in its approach which developed because Austen in the course of writing the novel gradually became less certain about whether sense or sensibility should triumph Austen characterises Marianne as a sweet lady with attractive qualities intelligence musical talent frankness and the capacity to love deeply She also acknowledges that Willoughby with all his faults continues to love and in some measure appreciate Marianne For these reasons some readers find Marianne s ultimate marriage to Colonel Brandon an unsatisfactory ending Other interpretations however have argued that Austen s intention was not to debate the superior value of either sense or sensibility in good judgment but rather to demonstrate that both are equally important but must be applied with good balance to one another br br Dashwood extracts a promise from his son that he will take care of his half sisters however John s selfish and greedy wife Fanny soon persuades him to renege John and Fanny immediately take up their place as the new owners of Norland while the Dashwood women are reduced to the position of unwelcome guests Mrs Dashwood begins looking for somewhere else to live br br In the meantime Fanny s brother Edward Ferrars a pleasant unassuming intelligent but reserved young man visits Norland and soon forms an attachment with Elinor Fanny disapproves the match and offends Mrs Dashwood with the implication that Elinor is motivated by money rather than love Mrs Dashwood indignantly speeds her search for a new home


A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Fiction, Classics

It was the best of times it was the worst of times it was the age of wisdom it was the age of foolishness it was the epoch of belief it was the epoch of incredulity it was the season of Light it was the season of Darkness it was the spring of hope it was the winter of despair we had everything before us we had nothing before us we were all going direct to Heaven we were all going direct the other way in short the period was so far like the present period that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received for good or for evil in the superlative degree of comparison only There were a king with a large jaw and a queen with a plain face on the throne of England there were a king with a large jaw and a queen with a fair face on the throne of France In both countries it was clearer than crystal to the lords of the State preserves of loaves and fishes that things in general were settled forever


The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Fiction, Classics

Dorian Gray doesn t look a day over twenty two Once upon a time Dorian really was young handsome and charming To preserve Dorian s charm his friend Basil Hallward the artist painted his portrait Soon the picture and Dorian s close friendship with Basil On the inside every wicked deed he commits leaves its mark or does it The portrait that Basil painted hangs in a special room in Dorian s house covered completely Underneath the cover lies an image that has changed and aged just as Dorian has not


H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Fiction

In the s and s H P Lovecraft pioneered a new type of weird fiction that fused elements of supernatural horror with the concepts of visionary science fiction Lovecraft s tales of cosmic horror revolutionized modern horror fiction and earned him the reputation of the most influential American writer of weird tales since Edgar Allan Poe p i H P Lovecraft The Complete Fiction i collects for the first time in a single volume all of Lovecraft s groundbreaking fiction The Call of Cthulhu The Dreams in the Witch House The Haunter of the Dark At the Mountains of Madness The Shadow out of Time The Shadow over Innsmouth the full length novels the Case of Charles Dexter Ward and The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath and many others p p H P Lovecraft The Complete Fiction is one of Barnes amp Noble s leatherbound classics Each volume features authoritative texts by the world s greatest authors in exquisitely designed bonded leather bindings with distinctive gilt edging and an attractive silk ribbon bookmark Decorative durable and collectible these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensible cornerstone for any home library p


Heart of Darkness and Selected Short Fiction

amp amp LDIV amp amp R amp amp LDIV amp amp R amp amp LI amp amp RHeart of Darkness and Selected Short Fiction amp amp L I amp amp R by amp amp LB amp amp RJoseph Conrad amp amp L B amp amp R is part of the amp amp LI amp amp RBarnes amp Noble Classics amp amp L I amp amp R amp amp LI amp amp R amp amp L I amp amp Rseries which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader including new scholarship thoughtful design and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of amp amp LI amp amp RBarnes amp Noble Classics amp amp L I amp amp R amp amp LDIV amp amp R br New introductions commissioned from today s top writers and scholars br Biographies of the authors br Chronologies of contemporary historical biographical and cultural events br Footnotes and endnotes br Selective discussions of imitations parodies poems books plays paintings operas statuary and films inspired by the work br Comments by other famous authors br Study questions to challenge the reader s viewpoints and expectations br Bibliographies for further reading br Indices amp Glossaries when appropriate br All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest amp amp LI amp amp RBarnes amp Noble Classics amp amp L I amp amp Rpulls together a constellation of influences biographical historical and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works amp amp L DIV amp amp R amp amp L DIV amp amp R amp amp L DIV amp amp R amp amp LDIV amp amp R amp amp L DIV amp amp R amp amp LDIV amp amp ROne of the most haunting stories ever written amp amp LB amp amp RJoseph Conrad amp amp L B amp amp R s amp amp LI amp amp RHeart of Darkness amp amp L I amp amp R follows Marlow a riverboat captain on a voyage into the African Congo at the height of European colonialism Astounded by the brutal depravity he witnesses Marlow becomes obsessed with meeting Kurtz a famously idealistic and able man stationed farther along the river What he finally discovers however is a horror beyond imagining Heart of Darkness is widely regarded as a masterpiece for its vivid study of human nature and the greed and ruthlessness of imperialism amp amp LP amp amp RThis collection also includes three of Conrad s finest short stories Youth the author s largely autobiographical tale of a young man s ill fated sea voyage in which Marlow makes his first appearance The Secret Sharer and Amy Forster amp amp L P amp amp R amp amp LDIV amp amp R amp amp LB amp amp RFeatures a map of the Congo Free State amp amp L B amp amp R amp amp LBR amp amp R amp amp L DIV amp amp R amp amp LDIV amp amp R amp amp LP style MARGIN in in pt amp amp R amp amp LSTRONG amp amp RA Michael Matin amp amp L B amp amp R amp amp L B amp amp R is a professor in the English Department of Warren Wilson College in Asheville North Carolina He has published articles on various twentieth century British and postcolonial writers amp amp L P amp amp R amp amp L DIV amp amp R amp amp L DIV amp amp R


The Odyssey: Illustrated Platinum Edition (Classic Bestselling Fiction Books)

How is this book unique br Illustrations are included br Short Biography is also included br Original amp Unabridged Edition br Tablet and e reader formatted br Best fiction books of all time br One of the best books to read br Classic historical fiction books br Best Odyssey by Homer edition br The Odyssey d si Greek Od sseia pronounced o d s sej ja in Classical Attic is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer It is in part a sequel to the Iliad the other work ascribed to Homer The poem is fundamental to the modern Western canon and is the second oldest extant work of Western literature the Iliad being the oldest Scholars believe it was composed near the end of the th century BC somewhere in Ionia the Greek coastal region of Anatolia br br The poem mainly centers on the Greek hero Odysseus known as Ulysses in Roman myths and his journey home after the fall of Troy It takes Odysseus ten years to reach Ithaca after the ten year Trojan War In his absence it is assumed he has died and his wife Penelope and son Telemachus must deal with a group of unruly suitors the Mnesteres Greek or Proci who compete for Penelope s hand in marriage br br It continues to be read in the Homeric Greek and translated into modern languages around the world Many scholars believe that the original poem was composed in an oral tradition by an aoidos epic poet singer perhaps a rhapsode professional performer and was more likely intended to be heard than read The details of the ancient oral performance and the story s conversion to a written work inspire continual debate among scholars The Odyssey was written in a poetic dialect of Greek a literary amalgam of Aeolic Greek Ionic Greek and other Ancient Greek dialects and comprises lines of dactylic hexameter Among the most noteworthy elements of the text are its non linear plot and the influence on events of choices made by women and serfs besides the actions of fighting men In the English language as well as many others the word odyssey has come to refer to an epic voyage br The Odyssey began ten years after the end of the ten year Trojan War the subject of the Iliad and Odysseus has still not returned home from the war Odysseus son Telemachus is about years old and is sharing his absent father s house on the island of Ithaca with his mother Penelope and a crowd of boisterous young men the Suitors whose aim is to persuade Penelope to marry one of them all the while enjoying the hospitality of Odysseus household and eating up his wealth br br Odysseus protectress the goddess Athena discusses his fate with Zeus king of the gods at a moment when Odysseus enemy the god of the sea Poseidon is absent from Mount Olympus Then disguised as a Taphian chieftain named Mentes she visits Telemachus to urge him to search for news of his father He offers her hospitality they observe the suitors dining rowdily while the bard Phemius performs a narrative poem for them Penelope objects to Phemius theme the Return from Troy because it reminds her of her missing husband but Telemachus rebuts her objections br br That night Athena disguised as Telemachus finds a ship and crew for the true Telemachus The next morning Telemachus calls an assembly of citizens of Ithaca to discuss what should be done with the suitors


The Red Badge of Courage and Selected Short Fiction

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Ethan Frome and Other Short Fiction

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Fiction, Classics

My father s family name being Pirrip and my Christian name Philip my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip So I called myself Pip and came to be called Pip I give Pirrip as my father s family name on the authority of his tombstone and my sister but this is my tale not my father s It is the tale of how I lived my life and thrived how I lost my all and found something again praiise God a thing I love Listen and you dll hear


The Scarlet Letter: Illustrated Platinum Edition (Classic Bestselling Fiction Books)

How is this book unique br Illustrations are included br Short Biography is also included br Original amp Unabridged Edition br Tablet and e reader formatted br The Scarlet Letter is an romantic work of fiction in a historical setting written by Nathaniel Hawthorne and is considered to be his magnum opus Set in th century Puritan Boston Massachusetts during the years to it tells the story of Hester Prynne who conceives a daughter through an affair and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity Throughout the book Hawthorne explores themes of legalism sin and guilt br br In June in the Puritan town of Boston a crowd gathers to witness the punishment of Hester Prynne a young woman found guilty of adultery She is required to wear a scarlet A A standing for adulterer on her dress to shame her She must stand on the scaffold for three hours to be exposed to public humiliation As Hester approaches the scaffold many of the women in the crowd are angered by her beauty and quiet dignity When demanded and cajoled to name the father of her child Hester refuses br br Several days later Hester meets Dimmesdale in the forest and tells him of her husband and his desire for revenge She convinces Dimmesdale to leave Boston in secret on a ship to Europe where they can start life anew Renewed by this plan the minister seems to gain new energy On Election Day Dimmesdale gives what is declared to be one of his most inspired sermons But as the procession leaves the church Dimmesdale climbs upon the scaffold and confesses his sin dying in Hester s arms Later most witnesses swear that they saw a stigma in the form of a scarlet A upon his chest although some deny this statement Chillingworth losing his will for revenge dies shortly thereafter and leaves Pearl a substantial inheritance br br Several years later Hester returns to her cottage and resumes wearing the scarlet letter When she dies she is buried near the grave of Dimmesdale and they share a simple slate tombstone engraved with an escutcheon described as On a field sable The letter A gules


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, Fiction, Classics

Most people easily picture Twain s long white handlebar moustache and can practically hear his riverman s drawl Readers know he s Samuel Langhorne Clemens and he s Mark Twain and they ve painted fences right alongside Tom Sawyer Any number of young men have had crushes on Becky Thatcher and any number of young women have laughed at Huck Finn s way of threading a needle But none of Twain s eleven novels nine travel books and countless short stories and essays would have achieved their status had he not first paid attention himself to everyone and everything that lived in his world from Amy Sterling Casil s Introduction


Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction Vol. 18 (Crime and Punishment)

Set in Russia in the midst of its troubled transition to the modern age this classic novel is the profound human drama of Raskolnikov a sensitive intellectual driven by poverty and the belief of his exemption from moral law Through his unforgettable gallery of characters Dostoyevsky provides a provocative look at the human motivations of obsession and possession with unflinching philosophical and moral insight A masterpiece of dramatic literature by one of the greatest novelist of all time


The Art of Fiction

In this classic essay which originally appeared in his collection i Partial Portraits i Henry James argues against rigid proscriptions on the novelist s choice of subject and method of treatment He maintains that the widest possible freedom in content and approach will help ensure narrative fiction s continued vitality


How Fiction Works

What makes a story a story What is style What s the connection between realism and real life These are some of the questions James Wood answers in i How Fiction Works i the first book length essay by the preeminent critic of his generation Ranging widely from Homer to David Foster Wallace from i What Maisie Knew i to i Make Way for Ducklings i Wood takes the reader through the basic elements of the art step by step br br The result is nothing less than a philosophy of the novel plainspoken funny blunt in the traditions of E M Forster s i Aspects of the Novel i and Strunk and White s i The Elements of Style i It sums up two decades of insight with wit and concision It will change the way you read


Macbeth: Illustrated Platinum Edition (Classic Bestselling Fiction Books)

How is this book unique br Illustrations are included br Short Biography is also included br Original amp Unabridged Edition br Tablet and e reader formatted br Best fiction books of all time br One of the best books to read br Classic historical fiction books br Bestselling William Shakespeare book br Macbeth full title The Tragedy of Macbeth is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare and is considered one of his darkest and most powerful works Set in Scotland the play illustrates the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake br br The play is believed to have been written between and and is most commonly dated The earliest account of a performance of what was probably Shakespeare s play is the Summer of when Simon Forman recorded seeing such a play at the Globe Theatre It was first published in the Folio of possibly from a prompt book It was most likely written during the reign of James I who had been James VI of Scotland before he succeeded to the English throne in James was a patron of Shakespeare s acting company and of all the plays Shakespeare wrote during James s reign Macbeth most clearly reflects the playwright s relationship with the sovereign br br Macbeth is Shakespeare s shortest tragedy and tells the story of a brave Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia and he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler as he is forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of arrogance madness and death br br Shakespeare s source for the tragedy is the account of Macbeth King of Scotland Macduff and Duncan in Holinshed s Chronicles a history of England Scotland and Ireland familiar to Shakespeare and his contemporaries although the events in the play differ extensively from the history of the real Macbeth In recent scholarship the events of the tragedy are usually associated more closely with the execution of Henry Garnett for complicity in the Gunpowder Plot of br br In the backstage world of theatre some believe that the play is cursed and will not mention its title aloud referring to it instead as the Scottish play Over the course of many centuries the play has attracted some of the most renowned actors to the roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth It has been adapted to film television opera novels comic books and other media


Persuasion by Jane Austen, Fiction, Classics

Vanity was the beginning and the end of Sir Walter Elliot s character vanity of person and of situation He had been remarkably handsome in his youth and at fifty four was still a very fine man Few women could think more of their personal appearance than he did nor could the valet of any new made lord be more delighted with the place he held in society He considered the blessing of beauty as inferior only to the blessing of a baronetcy and the Sir Walter Elliot who united these gifts was the constant object of his warmest respect and devotion His good looks and his rank had one fair claim on his attachment since to them he must have owed a wife of very superior character to anything deserved by his own


The Metamorphosis: The Bestselling Science Fiction Novel

The Metamorphosis German Die Verwandlung also sometimes translated The Transformation is a novella by Franz Kafka first published in It is often cited as one of the seminal works of fiction of the th century and is widely studied in colleges and universities across the Western world The story begins with a traveling salesman Gregor Samsa waking to find himself transformed into a monstrous vermin It is never explained in the story why Samsa transforms nor did Kafka ever give an explanation It is a pleasure to publish this new high quality and affordable edition of this timeless novel This edition is translated by Ian Johnston


Anna et le french kiss (Fiction J)

Anna avait pr vu de passer son ann e de terminale chez elle Atlanta avec ses copines son r cent petit copain et son job au cin ma d art et essai de la ville Mais ses parents ont d cid qu elle devait voyager et l ont envoy e pour un an au lyc e am ricain de Paris Fra chement d barqu e en France Anna r serv e maladroite et ne parlant pas un mot de fran ais se sent compl tement perdue Et quand elle tombe sous le charme d tienne un jeune franco anglais totalement craquant c est la panique D autant plus que celui ci a d j une petite amie Un instant tent e de se replier sur elle m me Anna ne pourra rester longtemps insensible la vie autour d elle Sa gourmandise sa curiosit et sa g n rosit l emportant sur sa timidit elle devra faire face au bel tienne quels que soient les sentiments que ce dernier prouve pour elle Stephanie perkins n a pas son pareil pour d crire la valse des motions Publisher weekly Un d licieux roman avec des personnages plein d esprit School Library Journal


A Christmas Carol (Classic Fiction)

This has become the most famous Christmas story of all with the miserly figure of Scrooge the epitome of the callous employer sadly crippled Tiny Tim and the three specters the ghost of Christmas Past Christmas Present and Christmas Future


Look at the Birdie: Unpublished Short Fiction

b Look at the Birdie b is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes written just as he was starting to find his comic voice Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm wise and funny portrait of life in post World War II America a world where squabbling couples high school geniuses misfit office workers and small town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology moral ambiguity and unprecedented affluence br br Here are tales both cautionary and hopeful each brimming with Vonnegut s trademark humor and profound humanism A family learns the downside of confiding their deepest secrets into a magical invention A man finds himself in a Kafkaesque world of trouble after he runs afoul of the shady underworld boss who calls the shots in an upstate New York town A quack psychiatrist turned murder counselor concocts a novel new outlet for his paranoid patients While these stories reflect the anxieties of the postwar era that Vonnegut was so adept at capturing and provide insight into the development of his early style collectively they have a timeless quality that makes them just as relevant today as when they were written It s impossible to imagine any of these pieces flowing from the pen of another writer each in its own way is unmistakably quintessentially Vonnegut br br Featuring a Foreword by author and longtime Vonnegut confidant Sidney Offit and illustrated with Vonnegut s characteristically insouciant line drawings b Look at the Birdie b is an unexpected gift for readers who thought his unique voice had been stilled forever and serves as a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius br br Read Hello Red and The Petrified Ants two of the stories from the collection as single story e books before b Look at the Birdie b goes on sale Available wherever e books are sold


The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, Fiction, Classics

Wells touches gently on time travel as a notion but mostly The Time Machine is about the terminal future he sees for mankind His nameless time traveler ventures to the world that will be A D And there he finds mankind divided among the Eloi and the Morlocks The Eloi are a gentle winsome idle race who do not labor the Morlocks in contrast are a barbaric race who use the Eloi for food It s a grim vision and a gripping one There s a reason that The Time Machine has become a classic


Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

Multiple award winning i New York Times i bestselling author Neil Gaiman returns to dazzle captivate haunt and entertain with this third collection of short fiction following i Smoke and Mirrors i and i Fragile Things i which includes a never before published i American Gods i story Black Dog written exclusively for this volume br br In this new anthology Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to reveal the enigmatic shadowy world that lies beneath i Trigger Warning i includes previously published pieces of short fiction stories verse and a very special i Doctor Who i story that was written for the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved series in as well Black Dog a new tale that revisits the world of i American Gods i exclusive to this collection br br i Trigger Warning i explores the masks we all wear and the people we are beneath them to reveal our vulnerabilities and our truest selves Here is a rich cornucopia of horror and ghosts stories science fiction and fairy tales fabulism and poetry that explore the realm of experience and emotion In Adventure Story a thematic companion to i The Ocean at the End of the Lane i Gaiman ponders death and the way people take their stories with them when they die His social media experience A Calendar of Tales are short takes inspired by replies to fan tweets about the months of the year stories of pirates and the March winds an igloo made of books and a Mother s Day card that portends disturbances in the universe Gaiman offers his own ingenious spin on i Sherlock Holmes i in his award nominated mystery tale The Case of Death and Honey And Click Clack the Rattlebag explains the creaks and clatter we hear when we re all alone in the darkness br br A sophisticated writer whose creative genius is unparalleled Gaiman entrances with his literary alchemy transporting us deep into the realm of imagination where the fantastical becomes real and the everyday incandescent Full of wonder and terror surprises and amusements i Trigger Warning i is a treasury of delights that engage the mind stir the heart and shake the soul from one of the most unique and popular literary artists of our day


Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fiction and Illusions

In the deft hands of strong Neil Gaiman strong magic is no mere illusion and anything is possible In this Gaiman s first book of short stories his imagination and supreme artistry transform a mundane world into a place of terrible wonders a place where an old woman can purchase the Holy Grail at a thrift store where assassins advertise their services in the Yellow Pages under Pest Control and where a frightened young boy must barter for his life with a mean spirited troll living beneath a bridge by the railroad tracks Explore a new reality obscured by smoke and darkness yet brilliantly tangible in this extraordinary collection of short works by a master prestidigitator It will dazzle your senses touch your heart and haunt your dreams


Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders

This is a stunning collection of short stories by acclaimed fantasy writer Neil Gaiman His distinctive genius has been championed by writers as diverse as Norman Mailer and Stephen King With i The Sandman i Neil Gaiman created one of the most sophisticated intelligent and influential graphic novel series of our time Now after the recent success of his latest novel i Anansi Boys i Gaiman has produced i Fragile Things i his second collection of short fiction These stories will dazzle your senses haunt your imagination and move you to the very depths of your soul This extraordinary compilation reveals one of the world s most gifted storytellers at the height of his powers


Non-Fiction

Chuck Palahniuk s world has been well different from yours and mine The pieces that comprise Non Fiction prove just how different in ways both highly entertaining and deeply unsettling Encounters with alternative culture heroes Marilyn Manson and Juliette Lewis the peculiar wages of fame attendant on the big budget film production of the movie Fight Club life as an assembly line drive train installer by day hospice volunteer driver by night the really peculiar lives of submariners the really violent world of college wrestlers the underground world of anabolic steroid gobblers the harrowing circumstances of his father s murder and the trial of his killer each essay or vignette offers a unique facet of existence as lived in and or observed by one of America s most flagrantly daring and original literary talents


Collected Fictions

Jorge Luis Borges has been called the greatest Spanish language writer of our century Now for the first time in English all of Borges dazzling fictions are gathered into a single volume brilliantly translated by Andrew Hurley From his debut with The Universal History of Iniquity through his immensely influential collections Ficciones and The Aleph these enigmatic elaborate imaginative inventions display Borges talent for turning fiction on its head by playing with form and genre and toying with language Together these incomparable works comprise the perfect one volume compendium for all those who have long loved Borges and a superb introduction to the master s work for those who have yet to discover this singular genius


Jane Eyre (Naxos Classic Fiction)

One of the greatest love stories ever written Jane Eyre is the tale of a young woman entangled with the powerful Mr Rochester What lurks in the attic at Thornfield the ancestral home of the surly Mr Rochester Will the governess Jane Eyre discover his secret and having discovered it live to regret that knowledge Battling inside Jane are passion and prudence she struggles to survive the turmoil they cause


Frankenstein (Fiction, Poetry & Drama) (French Edition)

Mary Shelley s Frankenstein is the world s most famous Gothic novel about eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein who creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment Shelley s work is considered to be the world s first science fiction with Frankenstein s monster being a symbol of science gone awry Shelley s masterpiece has inspired numerous films plays and other books This the edition contains the author s final revisions


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the Jim Crow Laws: Including: Plessy V. Ferguson and Literary Non-Fiction for Common Core State Standards Compa

This is an unaltered version of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The text is not scrubbed of words we find offensive but were part of the context in which the novel was written Also included for the sake of historical comparison is a commentary on and examples of the Jim Crow laws inclusive of an overview of Plessy v Fergeson Justice Brown s Opinion and Justice Harlan s Dissent as well as an article from The Journal of Negro History Fifty Years of Negro Citizenship by C G Woodson These texts are designed to help readers understand the time in which Mark Twain wrote this classic novel and serve as a way to connect the tone and symbols of Huck Finn to the world as it existed when the story was penned by Twain Controversy of Words Mark Twain once said the difference between the right word and the almost right word is really a large matter The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is written in the voice of the boy Huck It begins where Tom Sawyer leaves off It is a tale of friendship and the hypocracy of racism The novel was written in and is set in pre Civil War America The writer did not defend slavery but depicted the period s bigotry and made the moral center of the novel a white boy s choice to help a slave escape from bondage The words within the text of the novel are Twain s It is a dangerous precedence to alter an author s words especially those written at a given point of time and under a specific set of circumstances In a conversation with a Civil Rights Leader in the early s I learned never to scrub history but to shout it from the rooftops as that is the only way in which we can learn and grow from our mistakes History happened Slavery in American happened Whole races of people were sold into bondage both white and black men ripped these men women and children from their homelands and delivered them into a life of misery and servitude Twain did not make that up and by changing his words by scrubbing his literature we miss the opportunity to educate our children and the society as a whole on what life was like how people lived and spoke and then brainstorm creative solutions to prevent similar situation from reoccurring What I am referring to is the n word controversy and the word s appearance along with the word Injun within one of the most overtly anti racist books written For the record these words should cause controversy because they are offensive and should not be spoken The n word should cause discomfort in st century readers and should stimulate conversation and spark discussion If it does not that is when we are in trouble and that is why we can t allow history to be altered to the norms of today s political correctness We cannot become passive to the wrongdoings of our ancestors we must learn from them and grow as one culture moving forward forging common experiences out of our collective and different past experiences So I challenge you to teach this book in the context of eradicating racism I challenge you to understand Twain s anti Reconstruction world and the rise of the Jim Crow laws and the influence of Plessy v Ferguson and help to do your part to ensure all understand the challenges we face and the reality of forever moving forward in our quest for equality


La face cachée de Margo (Pôle fiction)

Margo Roth Spiegelman le nom aux six syllabes qui fait fantasmer Quentin depuis toujours Alors forc ment quand elle s introduit dans sa chambre une nuit par la fen tre ouverte pour l entra ner dans une exp dition vengeresse il la suit br Mais au lendemain de leur folle nuit blanche Margo n appara t pas au lyc e Elle a disparu br br Quentin saura t il d crypter les indices qu elle lui a laiss s pour la retrouver Plus il s en approche plus Margo semble lui chapper br br crit par l auteur de Nos toiles contraires ce roman a re u le Prix Edgar Allan Poe et fut lu livre favori en par les adolescents et les biblioth caires aux tats Unis American Library Association


Sense and Sensibility: Illustrated Platinum Edition (Classic Bestselling Fiction Books)

How is this book unique br Illustrations are included br Short Biography is also included br Original amp Unabridged Edition br Tablet and e reader formatted br Sense and Sensibility is a novel by Jane Austen and was her first published work when it appeared in under the pseudonym A Lady A work of romantic fiction better known as a comedy of manners Sense and Sensibility is set in southwest England London and Kent between and and portrays the life and loves of the Dashwood sisters Elinor and Marianne The novel follows the young ladies to their new home a meagre cottage on a distant relative s property where they experience love romance and heartbreak br br Jane Austen wrote the first draft of the novel in the form of a novel in letters epistolary form sometime around when she was about years old and gave it the title Elinor and Marianne She later changed the form to a narrative and the title to Sense and Sensibility Sense in the book means good judgment or prudence and sensibility means sensitivity or emotionality Sense is identified with the character of Elinor while sensibility is identified with the character of Marianne By changing the title Austen added philosophical depth to what began as a sketch of two characters The title of the book and that of her next published novel Pride and Prejudice may be suggestive of political conflicts of the s br br Austen biographer Claire Tomalin argues that Sense and Sensibility has a wobble in its approach which developed because Austen in the course of writing the novel gradually became less certain about whether sense or sensibility should triumph Austen characterises Marianne as a sweet lady with attractive qualities intelligence musical talent frankness and the capacity to love deeply She also acknowledges that Willoughby with all his faults continues to love and in some measure appreciate Marianne For these reasons some readers find Marianne s ultimate marriage to Colonel Brandon an unsatisfactory ending Other interpretations however have argued that Austen s intention was not to debate the superior value of either sense or sensibility in good judgment but rather to demonstrate that both are equally important but must be applied with good balance to one another br br Dashwood extracts a promise from his son that he will take care of his half sisters however John s selfish and greedy wife Fanny soon persuades him to renege John and Fanny immediately take up their place as the new owners of Norland while the Dashwood women are reduced to the position of unwelcome guests Mrs Dashwood begins looking for somewhere else to live br br In the meantime Fanny s brother Edward Ferrars a pleasant unassuming intelligent but reserved young man visits Norland and soon forms an attachment with Elinor Fanny disapproves the match and offends Mrs Dashwood with the implication that Elinor is motivated by money rather than love Mrs Dashwood indignantly speeds her search for a new home


A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Fiction, Classics

It was the best of times it was the worst of times it was the age of wisdom it was the age of foolishness it was the epoch of belief it was the epoch of incredulity it was the season of Light it was the season of Darkness it was the spring of hope it was the winter of despair we had everything before us we had nothing before us we were all going direct to Heaven we were all going direct the other way in short the period was so far like the present period that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received for good or for evil in the superlative degree of comparison only There were a king with a large jaw and a queen with a plain face on the throne of England there were a king with a large jaw and a queen with a fair face on the throne of France In both countries it was clearer than crystal to the lords of the State preserves of loaves and fishes that things in general were settled forever


The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, Fiction, Classics

Dorian Gray doesn t look a day over twenty two Once upon a time Dorian really was young handsome and charming To preserve Dorian s charm his friend Basil Hallward the artist painted his portrait Soon the picture and Dorian s close friendship with Basil On the inside every wicked deed he commits leaves its mark or does it The portrait that Basil painted hangs in a special room in Dorian s house covered completely Underneath the cover lies an image that has changed and aged just as Dorian has not


H.P. Lovecraft: The Complete Fiction

In the s and s H P Lovecraft pioneered a new type of weird fiction that fused elements of supernatural horror with the concepts of visionary science fiction Lovecraft s tales of cosmic horror revolutionized modern horror fiction and earned him the reputation of the most influential American writer of weird tales since Edgar Allan Poe p i H P Lovecraft The Complete Fiction i collects for the first time in a single volume all of Lovecraft s groundbreaking fiction The Call of Cthulhu The Dreams in the Witch House The Haunter of the Dark At the Mountains of Madness The Shadow out of Time The Shadow over Innsmouth the full length novels the Case of Charles Dexter Ward and The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath and many others p p H P Lovecraft The Complete Fiction is one of Barnes amp Noble s leatherbound classics Each volume features authoritative texts by the world s greatest authors in exquisitely designed bonded leather bindings with distinctive gilt edging and an attractive silk ribbon bookmark Decorative durable and collectible these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensible cornerstone for any home library p


Heart of Darkness and Selected Short Fiction

amp amp LDIV amp amp R amp amp LDIV amp amp R amp amp LI amp amp RHeart of Darkness and Selected Short Fiction amp amp L I amp amp R by amp amp LB amp amp RJoseph Conrad amp amp L B amp amp R is part of the amp amp LI amp amp RBarnes amp Noble Classics amp amp L I amp amp R amp amp LI amp amp R amp amp L I amp amp Rseries which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader including new scholarship thoughtful design and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of amp amp LI amp amp RBarnes amp Noble Classics amp amp L I amp amp R amp amp LDIV amp amp R br New introductions commissioned from today s top writers and scholars br Biographies of the authors br Chronologies of contemporary historical biographical and cultural events br Footnotes and endnotes br Selective discussions of imitations parodies poems books plays paintings operas statuary and films inspired by the work br Comments by other famous authors br Study questions to challenge the reader s viewpoints and expectations br Bibliographies for further reading br Indices amp Glossaries when appropriate br All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest amp amp LI amp amp RBarnes amp Noble Classics amp amp L I amp amp Rpulls together a constellation of influences biographical historical and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works amp amp L DIV amp amp R amp amp L DIV amp amp R amp amp L DIV amp amp R amp amp LDIV amp amp R amp amp L DIV amp amp R amp amp LDIV amp amp ROne of the most haunting stories ever written amp amp LB amp amp RJoseph Conrad amp amp L B amp amp R s amp amp LI amp amp RHeart of Darkness amp amp L I amp amp R follows Marlow a riverboat captain on a voyage into the African Congo at the height of European colonialism Astounded by the brutal depravity he witnesses Marlow becomes obsessed with meeting Kurtz a famously idealistic and able man stationed farther along the river What he finally discovers however is a horror beyond imagining Heart of Darkness is widely regarded as a masterpiece for its vivid study of human nature and the greed and ruthlessness of imperialism amp amp LP amp amp RThis collection also includes three of Conrad s finest short stories Youth the author s largely autobiographical tale of a young man s ill fated sea voyage in which Marlow makes his first appearance The Secret Sharer and Amy Forster amp amp L P amp amp R amp amp LDIV amp amp R amp amp LB amp amp RFeatures a map of the Congo Free State amp amp L B amp amp R amp amp LBR amp amp R amp amp L DIV amp amp R amp amp LDIV amp amp R amp amp LP style MARGIN in in pt amp amp R amp amp LSTRONG amp amp RA Michael Matin amp amp L B amp amp R amp amp L B amp amp R is a professor in the English Department of Warren Wilson College in Asheville North Carolina He has published articles on various twentieth century British and postcolonial writers amp amp L P amp amp R amp amp L DIV amp amp R amp amp L DIV amp amp R


The Odyssey: Illustrated Platinum Edition (Classic Bestselling Fiction Books)

How is this book unique br Illustrations are included br Short Biography is also included br Original amp Unabridged Edition br Tablet and e reader formatted br Best fiction books of all time br One of the best books to read br Classic historical fiction books br Best Odyssey by Homer edition br The Odyssey d si Greek Od sseia pronounced o d s sej ja in Classical Attic is one of two major ancient Greek epic poems attributed to Homer It is in part a sequel to the Iliad the other work ascribed to Homer The poem is fundamental to the modern Western canon and is the second oldest extant work of Western literature the Iliad being the oldest Scholars believe it was composed near the end of the th century BC somewhere in Ionia the Greek coastal region of Anatolia br br The poem mainly centers on the Greek hero Odysseus known as Ulysses in Roman myths and his journey home after the fall of Troy It takes Odysseus ten years to reach Ithaca after the ten year Trojan War In his absence it is assumed he has died and his wife Penelope and son Telemachus must deal with a group of unruly suitors the Mnesteres Greek or Proci who compete for Penelope s hand in marriage br br It continues to be read in the Homeric Greek and translated into modern languages around the world Many scholars believe that the original poem was composed in an oral tradition by an aoidos epic poet singer perhaps a rhapsode professional performer and was more likely intended to be heard than read The details of the ancient oral performance and the story s conversion to a written work inspire continual debate among scholars The Odyssey was written in a poetic dialect of Greek a literary amalgam of Aeolic Greek Ionic Greek and other Ancient Greek dialects and comprises lines of dactylic hexameter Among the most noteworthy elements of the text are its non linear plot and the influence on events of choices made by women and serfs besides the actions of fighting men In the English language as well as many others the word odyssey has come to refer to an epic voyage br The Odyssey began ten years after the end of the ten year Trojan War the subject of the Iliad and Odysseus has still not returned home from the war Odysseus son Telemachus is about years old and is sharing his absent father s house on the island of Ithaca with his mother Penelope and a crowd of boisterous young men the Suitors whose aim is to persuade Penelope to marry one of them all the while enjoying the hospitality of Odysseus household and eating up his wealth br br Odysseus protectress the goddess Athena discusses his fate with Zeus king of the gods at a moment when Odysseus enemy the god of the sea Poseidon is absent from Mount Olympus Then disguised as a Taphian chieftain named Mentes she visits Telemachus to urge him to search for news of his father He offers her hospitality they observe the suitors dining rowdily while the bard Phemius performs a narrative poem for them Penelope objects to Phemius theme the Return from Troy because it reminds her of her missing husband but Telemachus rebuts her objections br br That night Athena disguised as Telemachus finds a ship and crew for the true Telemachus The next morning Telemachus calls an assembly of citizens of Ithaca to discuss what should be done with the suitors


The Red Badge of Courage and Selected Short Fiction

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Ethan Frome and Other Short Fiction

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Fiction, Classics

My father s family name being Pirrip and my Christian name Philip my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip So I called myself Pip and came to be called Pip I give Pirrip as my father s family name on the authority of his tombstone and my sister but this is my tale not my father s It is the tale of how I lived my life and thrived how I lost my all and found something again praiise God a thing I love Listen and you dll hear


The Scarlet Letter: Illustrated Platinum Edition (Classic Bestselling Fiction Books)

How is this book unique br Illustrations are included br Short Biography is also included br Original amp Unabridged Edition br Tablet and e reader formatted br The Scarlet Letter is an romantic work of fiction in a historical setting written by Nathaniel Hawthorne and is considered to be his magnum opus Set in th century Puritan Boston Massachusetts during the years to it tells the story of Hester Prynne who conceives a daughter through an affair and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity Throughout the book Hawthorne explores themes of legalism sin and guilt br br In June in the Puritan town of Boston a crowd gathers to witness the punishment of Hester Prynne a young woman found guilty of adultery She is required to wear a scarlet A A standing for adulterer on her dress to shame her She must stand on the scaffold for three hours to be exposed to public humiliation As Hester approaches the scaffold many of the women in the crowd are angered by her beauty and quiet dignity When demanded and cajoled to name the father of her child Hester refuses br br Several days later Hester meets Dimmesdale in the forest and tells him of her husband and his desire for revenge She convinces Dimmesdale to leave Boston in secret on a ship to Europe where they can start life anew Renewed by this plan the minister seems to gain new energy On Election Day Dimmesdale gives what is declared to be one of his most inspired sermons But as the procession leaves the church Dimmesdale climbs upon the scaffold and confesses his sin dying in Hester s arms Later most witnesses swear that they saw a stigma in the form of a scarlet A upon his chest although some deny this statement Chillingworth losing his will for revenge dies shortly thereafter and leaves Pearl a substantial inheritance br br Several years later Hester returns to her cottage and resumes wearing the scarlet letter When she dies she is buried near the grave of Dimmesdale and they share a simple slate tombstone engraved with an escutcheon described as On a field sable The letter A gules


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, Fiction, Classics

Most people easily picture Twain s long white handlebar moustache and can practically hear his riverman s drawl Readers know he s Samuel Langhorne Clemens and he s Mark Twain and they ve painted fences right alongside Tom Sawyer Any number of young men have had crushes on Becky Thatcher and any number of young women have laughed at Huck Finn s way of threading a needle But none of Twain s eleven novels nine travel books and countless short stories and essays would have achieved their status had he not first paid attention himself to everyone and everything that lived in his world from Amy Sterling Casil s Introduction


Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction Vol. 18 (Crime and Punishment)

Set in Russia in the midst of its troubled transition to the modern age this classic novel is the profound human drama of Raskolnikov a sensitive intellectual driven by poverty and the belief of his exemption from moral law Through his unforgettable gallery of characters Dostoyevsky provides a provocative look at the human motivations of obsession and possession with unflinching philosophical and moral insight A masterpiece of dramatic literature by one of the greatest novelist of all time


The Art of Fiction

In this classic essay which originally appeared in his collection i Partial Portraits i Henry James argues against rigid proscriptions on the novelist s choice of subject and method of treatment He maintains that the widest possible freedom in content and approach will help ensure narrative fiction s continued vitality


How Fiction Works


Macbeth: Illustrated Platinum Edition (Classic Bestselling Fiction Books)

How is this book unique br Illustrations are included br Short Biography is also included br Original amp Unabridged Edition br Tablet and e reader formatted br Best fiction books of all time br One of the best books to read br Classic historical fiction books br Bestselling William Shakespeare book br Macbeth full title The Tragedy of Macbeth is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare and is considered one of his darkest and most powerful works Set in Scotland the play illustrates the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake br br The play is believed to have been written between and and is most commonly dated The earliest account of a performance of what was probably Shakespeare s play is the Summer of when Simon Forman recorded seeing such a play at the Globe Theatre It was first published in the Folio of possibly from a prompt book It was most likely written during the reign of James I who had been James VI of Scotland before he succeeded to the English throne in James was a patron of Shakespeare s acting company and of all the plays Shakespeare wrote during James s reign Macbeth most clearly reflects the playwright s relationship with the sovereign br br Macbeth is Shakespeare s shortest tragedy and tells the story of a brave Scottish general named Macbeth who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia and he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler as he is forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of arrogance madness and death br br Shakespeare s source for the tragedy is the account of Macbeth King of Scotland Macduff and Duncan in Holinshed s Chronicles a history of England Scotland and Ireland familiar to Shakespeare and his contemporaries although the events in the play differ extensively from the history of the real Macbeth In recent scholarship the events of the tragedy are usually associated more closely with the execution of Henry Garnett for complicity in the Gunpowder Plot of br br In the backstage world of theatre some believe that the play is cursed and will not mention its title aloud referring to it instead as the Scottish play Over the course of many centuries the play has attracted some of the most renowned actors to the roles of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth It has been adapted to film television opera novels comic books and other media


Persuasion by Jane Austen, Fiction, Classics

Vanity was the beginning and the end of Sir Walter Elliot s character vanity of person and of situation He had been remarkably handsome in his youth and at fifty four was still a very fine man Few women could think more of their personal appearance than he did nor could the valet of any new made lord be more delighted with the place he held in society He considered the blessing of beauty as inferior only to the blessing of a baronetcy and the Sir Walter Elliot who united these gifts was the constant object of his warmest respect and devotion His good looks and his rank had one fair claim on his attachment since to them he must have owed a wife of very superior character to anything deserved by his own


The Metamorphosis: The Bestselling Science Fiction Novel

The Metamorphosis German Die Verwandlung also sometimes translated The Transformation is a novella by Franz Kafka first published in It is often cited as one of the seminal works of fiction of the th century and is widely studied in colleges and universities across the Western world The story begins with a traveling salesman Gregor Samsa waking to find himself transformed into a monstrous vermin It is never explained in the story why Samsa transforms nor did Kafka ever give an explanation It is a pleasure to publish this new high quality and affordable edition of this timeless novel This edition is translated by Ian Johnston


Anna et le french kiss (Fiction J)

Anna avait pr vu de passer son ann e de terminale chez elle Atlanta avec ses copines son r cent petit copain et son job au cin ma d art et essai de la ville Mais ses parents ont d cid qu elle devait voyager et l ont envoy e pour un an au lyc e am ricain de Paris Fra chement d barqu e en France Anna r serv e maladroite et ne parlant pas un mot de fran ais se sent compl tement perdue Et quand elle tombe sous le charme d tienne un jeune franco anglais totalement craquant c est la panique D autant plus que celui ci a d j une petite amie Un instant tent e de se replier sur elle m me Anna ne pourra rester longtemps insensible la vie autour d elle Sa gourmandise sa curiosit et sa g n rosit l emportant sur sa timidit elle devra faire face au bel tienne quels que soient les sentiments que ce dernier prouve pour elle Stephanie perkins n a pas son pareil pour d crire la valse des motions Publisher weekly Un d licieux roman avec des personnages plein d esprit School Library Journal


A Christmas Carol (Classic Fiction)

This has become the most famous Christmas story of all with the miserly figure of Scrooge the epitome of the callous employer sadly crippled Tiny Tim and the three specters the ghost of Christmas Past Christmas Present and Christmas Future


Look at the Birdie: Unpublished Short Fiction

b Look at the Birdie b is a collection of fourteen previously unpublished short stories from one of the most original writers in all of American fiction In this series of perfectly rendered vignettes written just as he was starting to find his comic voice Kurt Vonnegut paints a warm wise and funny portrait of life in post World War II America a world where squabbling couples high school geniuses misfit office workers and small town lotharios struggle to adapt to changing technology moral ambiguity and unprecedented affluence br br Here are tales both cautionary and hopeful each brimming with Vonnegut s trademark humor and profound humanism A family learns the downside of confiding their deepest secrets into a magical invention A man finds himself in a Kafkaesque world of trouble after he runs afoul of the shady underworld boss who calls the shots in an upstate New York town A quack psychiatrist turned murder counselor concocts a novel new outlet for his paranoid patients While these stories reflect the anxieties of the postwar era that Vonnegut was so adept at capturing and provide insight into the development of his early style collectively they have a timeless quality that makes them just as relevant today as when they were written It s impossible to imagine any of these pieces flowing from the pen of another writer each in its own way is unmistakably quintessentially Vonnegut br br Featuring a Foreword by author and longtime Vonnegut confidant Sidney Offit and illustrated with Vonnegut s characteristically insouciant line drawings b Look at the Birdie b is an unexpected gift for readers who thought his unique voice had been stilled forever and serves as a terrific introduction to his short fiction for anyone who has yet to experience his genius br br Read Hello Red and The Petrified Ants two of the stories from the collection as single story e books before b Look at the Birdie b goes on sale Available wherever e books are sold


The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, Fiction, Classics

Wells touches gently on time travel as a notion but mostly The Time Machine is about the terminal future he sees for mankind His nameless time traveler ventures to the world that will be A D And there he finds mankind divided among the Eloi and the Morlocks The Eloi are a gentle winsome idle race who do not labor the Morlocks in contrast are a barbaric race who use the Eloi for food It s a grim vision and a gripping one There s a reason that The Time Machine has become a classic