By Theodore Dreiser
Carrie Meeber leaves her domestic in rural Wisconsin for big-city existence in Chicago, and faces a chain of struggles -- specialist, ethical, and romantic -- ahead of reaching good fortune within the long island theater scene.
This Enriched vintage edition includes:
• A concise advent that provides the reader vital heritage information
• A chronology of the author's lifestyles and work
• A timeline of vital occasions that offers the book's historic context
• an overview of key subject matters and plot issues to lead the reader's personal interpretations
• targeted explanatory notes
• serious research, together with modern and smooth views at the work
• dialogue inquiries to advertise vigorous lecture room and ebook crew interaction
• a listing of steered similar books and flicks to expand the reader's experience
By Quobna Ottobah Cugoano
A freed slave's bold statement of the evils of slavery
Born in present-day Ghana, Quobna Ottobah Cugoano used to be abducted on the age of 13 and bought into slavery by way of his fellow Africans in 1770; he labored within the brutal plantation chain gangs of the West Indies earlier than being freed in England. His Thoughts and Sentiments at the Evil of Slavery is the main direct feedback of slavery via a author of African descent. Cugoano refutes pro-slavery arguments of the day, together with slavery's meant divine sanction; the idea that Africans gladly bought their very own households into slavery; that Africans have been specially fitted to its rigors; and that West Indian slaves led larger lives than ecu serfs. Exploiting his twin id as either an African and a British citizen, Cugoano daringly asserted that every one these below slavery's yoke had an ethical legal responsibility to insurgent, whereas whilst he appealed to white England's greater self.
By J. M. Barrie
Peter Pan first flew throughout a London degree in 1904, overwhelming audiences with its story of a mystical boy who by no means grows up, who lures younger Wendy and her brothers to Neverland the place they meet pirates, Indians, fairies, and the misplaced Boys. Following the play’s spectacular good fortune, J. M. Barrie revised and accelerated the tale and released it as this novel, initially titled Peter and Wendy when it seemed in 1911. for kids, it is still a wonderful mixture of fable and event, that includes specific, inventive characters, who frisk and frolic in a fascinating land.
For adults, the tale of Peter and the misplaced Boys works on a miles deeper point, chatting with them in regards to the inevitable lack of early life and the power to fly.” The climactic duel among the proud and insolent youth” (Peter Pan) and the dark and sinister man” (Captain Hook) is either a swashbuckling romp and a relocating metaphor for the advanced, poignant fight among blameless yet irresponsible formative years and tainted yet responsible adulthood. Neither facet wins, for the only unavoidably turns into the opposite. in fact, the ageless Peter Pan is the chuffed exception.
By Dante Alighieri
The Inferno continues to be literature’s so much hallowed and photograph imaginative and prescient of Hell. Dante plunges readers into this unforgettable global with a deceptively simpleand now legendarytercet:
Midway upon the adventure of our life
I stumbled on myself inside a woodland dark
For the simple pathway have been lost.
With those phrases, Dante plunges readers into the unforgettable international of the Infernoone of the main image visions of Hell ever created. during this first a part of the epic The Divine Comedy, Dante is led through the poet Virgil down into the 9 circles of Hell, the place he travels via nightmare landscapes of fetid cesspools, viper pits, frozen lakes, and boiling rivers of blood and witnesses sinners being crushed, burned, eaten, defecated upon, and torn to items by means of demons. alongside the best way he meets the main attention-grabbing characters recognized to the classical and medieval worldthe silver-tongued Ulysses, lustful Francesca da Rimini, the heretical Farinata degli Uberti, and rankings of different interesting and infamous figures.
This variation of the Inferno revives the well-known Henry Wadsworth Longfellow translation, which first brought Dante’s literary genius to a wide American viewers. Opening the ebook we stand nose to nose with the poet,” wrote William Dean Howells of Longfellow’s Dante, and whilst his voice ceases we may perhaps wonder if he has now not sung to us in his personal Tuscan.” Lyrically swish and brimming with startlingly shiny pictures, Dante’s Inferno is a ceaselessly engrossing vintage that ranks with the best works of Homer and Shakespeare.
Features a map of Hell and illustrations through Gustave Doré.
By Henry James
While timid and simple Catherine Sloper acquires a speeding and made up our minds suitor, her father, confident that the younger guy is not anything greater than a fortune-hunter, makes a decision to place a cease to their romance. Torn among her wish to win her father's love and approval and her ardour for the 1st guy who has ever declared his love for her, Catherine faces an agonising hindrance, and turns into all too conscious of the constraints that others search to put on her freedom. James's masterly novel deftly interweaves the private and non-private faces of nineteenth-century ny society; it's also a deeply relocating examine of innocence destroyed.
By Vladimir Nabokov
'Of all my novels this shiny brute is the gayest', Nabokov wrote of King, Queen, Knave. comedian, sensual and cerebral, it dramatizes an Oedipal love triangle, a tragi-comedy of husband, spouse and lover, via Dreyer the wealthy businessman, his ripe-lipped advert mercenary spouse Martha, and their bespectacled nephew Franz. 'If a resolute Freudian manages to slide in' - Nabokov darts a look to the reader - 'he or she will be warned variety of merciless traps were set right here and there...'
By J. R. R. Tolkien
The loved children's vintage, now repackaged with a brand new disguise to compare that of the reset illustrated Lord of the earrings and Silmarillion hardbacks. J.R.R. Tolkien's nice vintage paintings, The Hobbit, celebrated its sixtieth 12 months of book (1937) with a stunning illustrated variation through artist Alan Lee, winner of the Kate Greenaway medal for representation, and author of the fabulously profitable Centenary version of The Lord of the jewelry. Containing 22 complete color illustrations depicting key scenes from this all-time vintage (scenes reminiscent of Gollum and Bilbo, The Wargs, Smaug the Dragon and The conflict of the 5 Armies), this superbly designed quantity additionally encompasses a wealth of built-in pencil drawings which exhibit completely Alan's genius at paintings. Alan Lee's paintings in this ebook, in addition to the illustrated Lord of the earrings, ended in him being approached through Peter Jackson to hitch the movie trilogy as Conceptual Artist. an analogous inventive imaginative and prescient, found in his appealing work and drawings, performed an important function within the glance of the movies, and his paintings got the final word accolade with an Academy Award for most sensible paintings path at the go back of the King.
By Elizabeth Gaskell
Mary Smith, a common customer to the small city of Knutsford (Cranford), retains abreast of the goings-on of a few of the townsfolk via her a variety of correspondences with neighborhood acquaintances. via her letters, the relationships of the numerous citizens are dropped at existence, illuminating the difficult social textile of this small English town.
Along with North and South, Cranford is one among Elizabeth Gaskell's best-known works. it's been tailored thrice for tv via the BBC, the latest, in 2007, starring Dame Judi Dench and Dame Eileen Atkins as leave out Matty and leave out Deborah Jenkyns.
By Robert Graves
Claudius has survived the murderous intrigues of his predecessors to develop into, reluctantly, Emperor of Rome. the following he recounts his strangely winning reign: how he cultivates the loyalty of the military and the typical humans to fix the wear and tear as a result of Caligula; his kinfolk with the Jewish King Herod Agrippa; and his invasion of england. however the growing to be paranoia of absolute strength and the infidelity of his promiscuous younger spouse Messalina suggest that his success won't final eternally. during this moment a part of Robert Graves's fictionalized autobiography, Claudius - wry, rueful, constantly inquisitive - brings to lifestyles one of the most scandalous and violent occasions in background.
By Jennifer T. Roberts
Hailed via Cicero as "the father of history," Herodotus used to be either a severe philosopher and a full of life storyteller, a visitor who was once either vacationer and anthropologist. Like Homer, he got down to memorialize nice deeds in phrases, specifically, the wars among Greece and Persia. In his arms, the Greeks' unforeseeable defeat of the Persian kings Darius and Xerxes with their tremendous hosts made for attention-grabbing storytelling.
Influenced by way of the paintings of the average scientists and philosophers of his personal and previous eras, Herodotus additionally introduced his literary skills to undergo on an unlimited, unruly mass of ancient info, abandoning him the longest paintings that had ever been written in Greek. This Very brief creation introduces readers to what little is understood of Herodotus's existence and discusses all facets of his paintings, together with his travels; his curiosity in seeing the realm and studying approximately non-Greek civilizations; the habitual subject matters of his paintings; his ideals in desires, oracles, and omens; the prominence of ladies in his paintings; and his account of the battles of the Persian Wars.