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Le Journal d'Anne Frank (Biographies, Autobiographies)

Ce volume pr sente la version d finitive en langue fran aise du journal d Anne Frank Ainsi que l a montr l dition critique publi e par Calmann L vy en Anne Frank avait en effet r dig successivement deux versions de son journal retravaillant son propre texte pour qu il r ponde ses ambitions d crivain br La pr sente dition comporte c t de la version du journal retouch e par Anne Frank des extraits de sa premi re r daction repris sans aucun changement L tablissement de cette dition a t confi e l crivain et traductrice allemande Mirjam Pressler l initiative de em l Anne Frank Fonds em de B le Mirjam Pressler en a profit pour r tablir les passages supprim s par Otto Frank pour des raisons de d cence ou de discr tion Traduit en fran ais par Philippe Noble et Isabelle Rosselin Bobulesco le teste est pr c d d un avant propos ditorial d em l Anne Frank Fonds em de B le et suivi d un pilogue retra ant le destin d Anne et de ses compagnons de clandestinit et de d portation br br br br


Romeo and Juliet: (Annotated with short biography)

No Fear Shakespeare gives you the complete text of i Romeo and Juliet i on the left hand page side by side with an easy to understand translation on the right br br br br Each No Fear Shakespeare contains br br br The b complete text b of the original play br A b line by line translation b that puts Shakespeare into everyday language br A complete list of b characters b with descriptions br Plenty of b helpful commentary b


Jane Eyre - Classis Version (Annotated, Quotes, Author's Biography, Other Features)

This edition including br Introduction by JYM RATCHA br Charlotte Bronte Biography br br Jane Eyre br Charlotte s first manuscript named The Teacher didn t secure a writer though she was heartened by an encouraging reaction she obtained from Smith Parent amp Co of Cornhill who indicated a pastime in virtually any longer functions which Currer Bell may desire to deliver Jane Eyre originally received great opinions and was successful Accompanying this speculation was a big change within the crucial response to the function in Charlotte allegations started to be produced that the publishing in Charlotte was rough a reasoning that was created more easily once it had been thought that Currer Bell was a lady Nevertheless revenue of Jane Eyre stayed powerful and could have improved due to the developing status being a of the story incorrect guide br Following a achievement of Jane Eyre Charlotte started work about the manuscript of that which was to become her next book Shirley in Once the Bront home experienced a sad change of occasions that great deaths of three household members inside an amount of just ten weeks nevertheless the manuscript was just partly finished Branwell was an alleged opium eater i e Emily became critically ill soon after Branwell s memorial dying in December of tuberculosis Anne died in May of the exact same illness Charlotte was not able to continue publishing during this time period br br After the demise of Anne Charlotte resumed publishing of coping with her suffering as a means and Shirley was printed in October Shirley handles the part of ladies in culture and also the styles of unrest Unlike Jane Eyre that will be created of the primary character in the first person viewpoint Shirley is created of the narrator in the third person viewpoint It therefore lacks Jane Eyre s psychological immediacy and testers observed it less surprising br


Wuthering Heights - Classic Version (Annotated, Quotes, Author's Biography, Other Features)

In this classic novel written in the epistolary style popular in the th century the tragic love story of Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw plays out against the backdrop of a gloomy manor called Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte s masterpiece has gone on to become required reading among most high school students yet the passionate individuals who populate Bronte s landscape and charge the book s atmosphere with their brooding intense personalities personalities which are commonplace in fiction now but repulsed readers and critics alike in Victorian times have ensured the novel s popularity up to the present day on its own merits


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: annotated with author biography

In Missouri during the s young Huck Finn fearful of his drunkard father and yearning for adventure leaves his foster family and joins with runaway slave Jim in a voyage down the Mississippi River toward slavery free states br At first this book intended to be a simple story of a boy s adventures in the Mississippi Valley a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer the book grew and matured under Twain s hand into a work of immeasurable richness and complexity More than a century after its publication the critical debate over the symbolic significance of Huck s and Jim s voyage is still fresh and it remains a major work that can be enjoyed at many levels as an incomparable adventure story and as a classic of American humor


Frankenstein: (Annotated with short biography)

Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by British author Mary Shelley about eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein who creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment Shelley started writing the story when she was eighteen and the novel was published when she was twenty The first edition was published anonymously in London in Shelley s name appears on the second edition published in France in br br Shelley had travelled in the region of Geneva where much of the story takes place and the topics of galvanism and other similar occult ideas were themes of conversation among her companions particularly her future husband Percy Shelley The storyline emerged from a dream Mary Percy Lord Byron and John Polidori decided to have a competition to see who could write the best horror story After thinking for days about what her possible storyline could be Shelley dreamt about a scientist who created life and was horrified by what he had made She then wrote Frankenstein br br Frankenstein is infused with some elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement and is also considered to be one of the earliest examples of science fiction Brian Aldiss has argued that it should be considered the first true science fiction story because unlike in previous stories with fantastical elements resembling those of later science fiction the central character makes a deliberate decision and turns to modern experiments in the laboratory to achieve fantastic results It has had a considerable influence across literature and popular culture and spawned a complete genre of horror stories films and plays br br Since publication of the novel the name Frankenstein is often used to refer to the monster itself as is done in the stage adaptation by Peggy Webling This usage is sometimes considered erroneous but usage commentators regard the monster sense of Frankenstein as well established and an acceptable usage In the novel the monster is identified via words such as creature monster fiend wretch vile insect daemon being and it Speaking to Victor Frankenstein the monster refers to himself as the Adam of your labors and elsewhere as someone who would have been your Adam but is instead your fallen angel


Steve Jobs: A Biography

Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members friends adversaries competitors and colleagues Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries personal computers animated movies music phones tablet computing and digital publishing br br At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge and when societies around the world are trying to build digital age economies Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty first century was to connect creativity with technology He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering br br Although Jobs cooperated with this book he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published He put nothing off limits He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly And Jobs speaks candidly sometimes brutally so about the people he worked with and competed against His friends foes and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions perfectionism obsessions artistry devilry and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted br br Driven by demons Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair But his personality and products were interrelated just as Apple s hardware and software tended to be as if part of an integrated system His tale is instructive and cautionary filled with lessons about innovation character leadership and values br br About the Author br Walter Isaacson the CEO of the Aspen Institute has been chairman of CNN and the managing editor of Time magazine He is the author of Benjamin Franklin An American Life and of Kissinger A Biography and the coauthor of The Wise Men Six Friends and the World They Made He lives in Washington D C with his wife and daughter


Dracula: (With Bram Stoker's Biography)

Dracula is an Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker Famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula the novel tells the story of Dracula s attempt to move from Transylvania to England so he may find new blood and spread the undead curse and the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing Dracula has been assigned to many literary genres including vampire literature horror fiction the gothic novel and invasion literature The novel touches on themes such as the role of women in Victorian culture sexual conventions immigration colonialism and post colonialism Although Stoker did not invent the vampire he defined its modern form and the novel has spawned numerous theatrical film and television interpretations This edition includes a short biography of Bram Stoker and an analysis for quick resarch


Night: A Memoir

b A memorial edition of Elie Wiesel s seminal memoir of surviving the Nazi death camps with tributes by President Obama and Samantha Power b br br When Elie Wiesel died in July the White House issued a memorial statement in which President Barack Obama called him the conscience of the world The whole of the president s eloquent tribute will appear as a foreword to this memorial edition of i Night i Like millions of admirers I first came to know Elie through his account of the horror he endured during the Holocaust simply because he was Jewish wrote the president br br In when Wiesel received the Nobel Peace Prize the Norwegian Nobel Committee wrote Elie Wiesel was rescued from the ashes of Auschwitz after storm and fire had ravaged his life In time he realized that his life could have purpose that he was to be a witness the one who would pass on the account of what had happened so that the dead would not have died in vain and so the living could learn i Night i which has sold millions of copies around the world i i is the very embodiment of that conviction It is written in simple understated language yet it is emotionally devastating never to be forgotten br br Born in the town of Sighet Transylvania Wiesel was a teenager when he and his family were deported to Auschwitz and then Buchenwald i Night i is the shattering record of his memories of the death of his mother father and little sister Tsipora the death of his own innocence and his despair as a deeply observant Jew confronting the absolute evil of man Never shall I forget that night the first night in camp that turned my life into one long night writes Wiesel Never shall I forget even were I condemned to live as long as God Himself These words are etched into the wall of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington Far more than a chronicle of the sadistic realm of the camps i Night i also addresses many of the philosophical and personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of the Holocaust br br The memorial edition of i Night i includes the unpublished text of a speech that Wiesel delivered before the United Nations General Assembly on the sixtieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz entitled Will the World Ever Know These remarks powerfully resonate with i Night i and with subsequent acts of genocide


The Count of Monte Cristo: (Annotated with short biography)

The Count of Monte Cristo is an adventure novel by French author Alexandre Dumas p re completed in It is one of the author s most popular works along with The Three Musketeers Like many of his novels it is expanded from plot outlines suggested by his collaborating ghostwriter Auguste Maquet br br The story takes place in France Italy islands in the Mediterranean and in the Levant during the historical events of It begins from just before the Hundred Days period when Napoleon returned to power after his exile and spans through to the reign of Louis Philippe of France The historical setting is a fundamental element of the book An adventure story primarily concerned with themes of hope justice vengeance mercy and forgiveness it focuses on a man who is wrongfully imprisoned escapes from jail acquires a fortune and sets about getting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment However his plans have devastating consequences for the innocent as well as the guilty In addition it is a story that involves romance loyalty betrayal and selfishness shown throughout the story as characters slowly reveal their true inner nature br br The book is considered a literary classic today According to Luc Sante The Count of Monte Cristo has become a fixture of Western civilization s literature as inescapable and immediately identifiable as Mickey Mouse Noah s flood and the story of Little Red Riding Hood


The Glass Castle: A Memoir

The second child of a scholarly alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family s nomadic upbringing from the Arizona desert to Las Vegas to an Appalachian mining town during which her siblings and she fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities


Anna Karenina: (Annotated with short biography)

Anna Karenina is a novel by the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy published in serial installments from to in the periodical The Russian Messenger Tolstoy clashed with editor Mikhail Katkov over political issues that arose in the final installment Tolstoy s unpopular views of volunteers going to Serbia therefore the novel s first complete appearance was in book form br br Widely regarded as a pinnacle in realist fiction Tolstoy considered Anna Karenina his first true novel when he came to consider War and Peace to be more than a novel br br Fyodor Dostoyevsky declared it to be flawless as a work of art His opinion was shared by Vladimir Nabokov who especially admired the flawless magic of Tolstoy s style and by William Faulkner who described the novel as the best ever written The novel is currently enjoying popularity as demonstrated by a recent poll of contemporary authors by J Peder Zane published in in The Top Ten in Time which declared that Anna Karenina is the greatest novel ever written


On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

On Writing begins with King s childhood and his uncannily early focus on writing to tell a story King next turns to the basic tools of his trade and culminates with a profoundly moving account of how King s overwhelming need to write spurred him toward recovery br br If you don t have the time to read you don t have the time or the tools to write br br In Stephen King began to write about his craft and his life By midyear a widely reported accident jeopardized the survival of both And in his months of recovery the link between writing and living became more crucial than ever br br Rarely has a book on writing been so clear so useful and so revealing On Writing begins with a mesmerizing account of King s childhood and his uncannily early focus on writing to tell a story A series of vivid memories from adolescence college and the struggling years that led up to his first novel Carrie will afford readers a fresh and often very funny perspective on the formation of a writer King next turns to the basic tools of his trade how to sharpen and multiply them through use and how the writer must always have them close at hand He takes the reader through crucial aspects of the writer s art and life offering practical and inspiring advice on everything from plot and character development to work habits and rejection br br Serialized in the New Yorker to vivid acclaim On Writing culminates with a profoundly moving account of how King s overwhelming need to write spurred him toward recovery and brought him back to his life br br Brilliantly structured friendly and inspiring On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it


The Secret Garden [with Biography on Frances Hodgens Burnett]

Mary Lennox is born in India to British parents She is unwanted by her mother and taken care of primarily by servants who pacify her as much as possible to keep her out of the way Spoiled and with a temper she is unaffectionate angry and rude A cholera breakout in the manor kills her parents and many servants and she is discovered alone but alive after the house is abandoned She is sent to England to live with her Uncle Archibald Craven br br At first Mary is her usual self and is sour disliking the large house the people within and most of all the vast stretch of moor which seems scrubby and gray after the winter She is told that she must stay to her two rooms and that nobody will bother much with her and she must amuse herself Martha Sowerby her good natured maidservant tells Mary a story of the late Mrs Craven and how she would spend hours in a private garden growing roses an untimely accident kills her and Mr Craven has the garden locked and the key buried Mary is roused by this story and starts to soften her ill manner despite herself Soon she begins to lose her disposition and gradually comes to enjoy the company of Martha Ben Weatherstaff the gardener and also that of a friendly robin redbreast to whom she attaches human qualities Her appetite increases and she finds herself getting stronger as she plays by herself on the moor Martha s mother buys Mary a skipping rope in order to expedite this and she takes to it immediately Mary s time is occupied by wondering about the secret garden and a strange crying that can sometimes be heard around the house which the servants ignore or deny br br While skipping around the walls housing the various gardens Mary comes across a badger hole and finds a key Thinking it must be to the door of the secret garden she spends days wandering around the outside wall looking for the door Finally by chance she finds it and steps inside the garden nobody has tended for over ten years She chances to ask Martha if she can have some garden tools and Martha suggests that Dickon her twelve year old brother deliver them Mary and Dickon meet and immediately take a liking to each other as Dickon has a soft way with animals and a good nature Eager to absorb his gardening knowledge she reluctantly lets him into the secret of the garden which he agrees to keep br br That night Mary hears the crying again She follows the noise and to her surprise finds a small boy her age thin and weak They introduce each other and she finds out her uncle has a son Colin Colin is in deep fear of becoming a hunchback and for years has heard whispers of him dying and he s come to believe it Mary quickly convinces him otherwise and visits almost every day that week distracting him from his troubles with stories of the moor of Dickon and his animals and of the garden though she doesn t admit that she s found it yet When he throws a tantrum after she refuses to be ordered by him she throws his attitude back and surprises him out of his fit They reconcile and it is decided what he needs is fresh air and the secret garden which Mary finally admits she has access to Colin is put into his chair and brought outside into the garden the first time he s been outdoors in years br br While in the garden the children are surprised to see Ben Weatherstaff looking over the wall on a ladder Startled and angry to find the kids there in his late mistress garden he starts to yell at Mary when he notices Colin Taken completely by surprise he accidentally lets slip that he thought Colin was a cripple with a hunch back and twisted legs Colin stands out of his chair to prove him wrong and finds that his legs are fine though weak from misuse br br From then on Colin spends every day in the garden and gets stronger The children conspire to keep Colin s health a secret so he can surprise his father who is still away traveling and mourning over his late wife As Colin s health improves his father s mood does as well and he has a dream of his wife calling him into the garden that makes him immediately pack his bags and head home He walks the outer wall in memory but hears voices inside finds the door unlocked and is shocked to not only see the garden in full bloom with children in it but his son running br br The servants watch as Mr Craven walks back to the manor and all are stunned that Colin runs beside him looking happy


Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir

For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris Internet star Jenny Lawson aka The Bloggess makes her literary debut br br Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives the ones we d like to pretend never happened are in fact the ones that define us In the N i ew York Times i bestseller i Let s Pretend This Never Happened i Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas her devastatingly awkward high school years and her relationship with her long suffering husband Victor Chapters include Stanley the Magical Talking Squirrel A Series of Angry Post It Notes to My Husband My Vagina Is Fine Thanks for Asking And Then I Snuck a Dead Cuban Alligator on an Airplane Pictures with captions no one would believe these things without proof accompany the text


Hamlet: (Annotated with short biography)

The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare between and Set in the Kingdom of Denmark the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet exacts on his uncle Claudius for murdering King Hamlet who is Claudius s brother and Prince Hamlet s father and then succeeding to the throne and taking as his wife Gertrude the old king s widow and Prince Hamlet s mother The play vividly portrays both true and feigned madness from overwhelming grief to seething rage and explores themes of treachery revenge incest and moral corruption br br Hamlet is Shakespeare s longest play and among the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature with a story capable of seemingly endless retelling and adaptation by others The play was one of Shakespeare s most popular works during his lifetime and still ranks among his most performed topping the Royal Shakespeare Company s performance list since It has inspired writers from Goethe and Dickens to Joyce and Murdoch and has been described as the world s most filmed story after Cinderella br br Shakespeare based Hamlet on the legend of Amleth preserved by th century chronicler Saxo Grammaticus in his Gesta Danorum as subsequently retold by th century scholar Fran ois de Belleforest He may also have drawn on or perhaps written an earlier hypothetical Elizabethan play known today as the Ur Hamlet He almost certainly created the title role for Richard Burbage the leading tragedian of Shakespeare s time In the years since the role has been performed by highly acclaimed actors from each successive age br br Three different early versions of the play are extant the First Quarto Q the Second Quarto Q and the First Folio F Each version includes lines and even entire scenes missing from the others The play s structure and depth of characterisation have inspired much critical scrutiny One such example is the centuries old debate about Hamlet s hesitation to kill his uncle which some see as a mere plot device to prolong the action but which others argue is a dramatization of the complex philosophical and ethical issues that surround cold blooded murder calculated revenge and thwarted desire More recently psychoanalytic critics have examined Hamlet s unconscious desires and feminist critics have re evaluated and rehabilitated the often maligned characters of Ophelia and Gertrude


Great Expectations (Illustrated with Notes and Biography)

Great Expectations is Charles Dickens s thirteenth novel and his penultimate completed novel a bildungsroman which depicts the personal growth and personal development of an orphan nicknamed Pip It is Dickens s second novel after David Copperfield to be fully narrated in the first person


Crime and Punishment: (Annotated with short biography)

On an exceptionally hot evening early in July a young man came out of the garret in which he lodged in S Place and walked slowly as though in hesitation towards K bridge


Emma (Illustrated with Notes and Biography)

Emma by Jane Austen is a novel about youthful hubris and the perils of misconstrued romance The novel was first published in December As in her other novels Austen explores the concerns and difficulties of genteel women living in Georgian Regency England she also creates a lively comedy of manners among her characters


The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne (With Notes)(Biography)(Illustrated)

The Scarlet Letter A Romance is an work of fiction in a historical setting written by Nathaniel Hawthorne and is considered to be his masterwork 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


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Complete Version (ANNOTATED & UNABRIDGED with Exclusive Features, Author's biography, Adaptations, Reviews)

b The Adventures of Tom Sawyer b br br b The Adventures of Tom Sawyer b With an introduction by Robert Maniquis Mark Twain s novel is one of the first American literary masterpieces embracing local vernacular to personify the unique small town culture of this fledgling nation Twain drew the adventures of the mischievous yet heroic Tom Sawyer from his own youth in a riverside Missouri town in the s and created perhaps the finest book about boyhood ever writtten The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is at once a comic and poignant story about the fears and fantasies of a boy s world and a brilliant satire of the culture and institutions of the times One of this beloved author s most widely read works it is hailed as an American classic


Macbeth (Annotated with Biography and Critical Essay)

This complete line by line Macbeth translation makes the language of Shakespeare s play more modern while preserving the metrical rhythm complexity and poetic qualities of the original The aim is to capture the sound and sense of Shakespeare s tragedy without the need for glosses or notes to use contemporary language without simplifying or modernizing the play in any other way


Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

From a former Marine and Yale Law School Graduate a poignant account of growing up in a poor Appalachian town that offers a broader probing look at the struggles of America s white working class Part memoir part historical and social analysis J D Vance s i Hillbilly Elegy i is a fascinating consideration of class culture and the American dream br br Vance s grandparents were dirt poor and in love They got married and moved north from Kentucky to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them Their grandchild the author graduated from Yale Law School a conventional marker of their success in achieving upward mobility for their family But Vance cautions that is only the short version The slightly longer version is that his grandparents aunt uncle and mother struggled to varying degrees with the demands of their new middle class life and they and Vance himself still carry around the demons of their chaotic family history br br Delving into his own personal story and drawing on a wide array of sociological studies Vance takes us deep into working class life in the Appalachian region This demographic of our country has been slowly disintegrating over forty years and Vance provides a searching and clear eyed attempt to understand when and how hillbillies lost faith in any hope of upward mobility and in opportunities to come br br At times funny disturbing and deeply moving this is a family history that is also a troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large portion of this country


Persuasion (Full Text with Biography, Chapter Summary, Examination of Themes, and Character Summary)

Jane Austen s classic novel complete with short biography of Austen plot summary examination of major themes and character summary br br More than seven years prior to the events in the novel Anne Elliot falls in love with a handsome young naval officer named Frederick Wentworth who is intelligent and ambitious but poor Sir Walter Anne s father and lord of the family estate of Kellynch and her older sister Elizabeth are dissatisfied with her choice maintaining that he is not distinguished enough for their family Her older friend and mentor Lady Russell acting in place of Anne s deceased mother persuades her to break off the match br br Persuasion is connected with Northanger Abbey not only by the fact that the two books were originally bound up in one volume and published together two years later but also because both stories are set partly in Bath a fashionable health resort with which Jane Austen was well acquainted having lived there from to


The Metamorphosis: (Annotated with short biography)

La metamorfosis o La transformacion Die Verwandlung en su titulo original en aleman es un relato de Franz Kafka que narra la historia de Gregorio Samsa un comerciante de telas que vive con su familia a la que el mantiene con su sueldo quien un dia amanece convertido en un enorme insecto


Angela's Ashes: A Memoir of a Childhood

i When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all It was of course a miserable childhood the happy childhood is hardly worth your while Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood i br br So begins the luminous memoir of Frank McCourt born in Depression era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick Ireland Frank s mother Angela has no money to feed the children since Frank s father Malachy rarely works and when he does he drinks his wages Yet Malachy exasperating irresponsible and beguiling does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide a story Frank lives for his father s tales of Cuchulain who saved Ireland and of the Angel on the Seventh Step who brings his mother babies br br Perhaps it is story that accounts for Frank s survival Wearing rags for diapers begging a pig s head for Christmas dinner and gathering coal from the roadside to light a fire Frank endures poverty near starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence exuberance and remarkable forgiveness br br i Angela s Ashes i imbued on every page with Frank McCourt s astounding humor and compassion is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic


A Christmas Carol with full biography

In his Ghostly little book Charles Dickens invents the modern concept of Christmas Spirit and offers one of the world s most adapted and imitated stories We know Ebenezer Scrooge Tiny Tim and the Ghosts of Christmas Past Present and Future not only as fictional characters but also as icons of the true meaning of Christmas in a world still plagued with avarice and cynicism br br This book includes a full author s biography by G K Chesterton


Alice in Wonderland & Through the Lookung-Glass: The stories, important background information and a biography of Lewis Carroll

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson alias Lewis Carroll was an interesting and idiosyncratic character to say the least He was a mathematics lecturer at Cambridge University and a deacon in the Anglican Church Obviously a very bright man he suffered from physical impairments such as partial deafness and a stammer which perhaps made him reserved and slightly aloof from the society of the day He also had a predilection for young female companionship which would seem highly contentious to us today but was perhaps more acceptable and possibly entirely innocent in the latter part of the th century The books can be read on a number of levels They originally emerged from a boat trip that Dodgson took with a family he knew the Liddells including their three daughters and he told them a tale to while away the journey The children were so taken with it that they asked him to write it down and so the legend began It is quite possible that initially Dodgson has simply intended the tale to be a children s story for their amusement but when he set about writing it down expanding and structuring it he introduced some darker perhaps even sinister elements to the tale His penchant for logic dry humour and nonsense pervades the stories but there is also a suggestion of themes running through the books Inevitably the states of childhood and maturity feature strongly given Dodgson s own situation and the nature of his relationships with both adults and children The topsyturvy nature of Wonderland could be seen as a commentary on the outside world where the child Alice seems to be the only sane and sensible person around Dodgson himself seemed to live more in a child s world than adults The nature of his occupations in academia the church and finally writing would all serve to contain him in an unreal existence somewhat separate from the harsh truths of the world around him Perhaps it was all an acting out of his own fantasy a world full of conundrum


War and Peace: (Annotated with short biography)

War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy first published in The work is epic in scale and is regarded as one of the most important works of world literature It is considered Tolstoy s finest literary achievement along with his other major prose work Anna Karenina br br War and Peace delineates in graphic detail events surrounding the French invasion of Russia and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society as seen through the eyes of five Russian aristocratic families Portions of an earlier version of the novel then known as The Year were serialized in the magazine The Russian Messenger between and The novel was first published in its entirety in Newsweek in ranked it first in its list of the Top Books In the novel was listed at number on the BBC s survey The Big Read br br Tolstoy himself somewhat enigmatically said of War and Peace that it was not a novel even less is it a poem and still less a historical chronicle Large sections of the work especially in the later chapters are philosophical discussion rather than narrative He went on to elaborate that the best Russian literature does not conform to standard norms and hence hesitated to call War and Peace a novel Instead Tolstoy regarded Anna Karenina as his first true novel


A Midsummer Night's Dream (Annotated with Biography and Critical Essay)

Shakespeare s intertwined love polygons begin to get complicated from the start Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia but she only has eyes for Lysander Bad news is Hermia s father wants Demetrius for a son in law On the outside is Helena whose unreturned love burns hot for Demetrius Hermia and Lysander plan to flee from the city under cover of darkness but are pursued by an enraged Demetrius who is himself pursued by an enraptured Helena In the forest unbeknownst to the mortals Oberon and Titania King and Queen of the faeries are having a spat over a servant boy The plot twists up when Oberon s head mischief maker Puck runs loose with a flower which causes people to fall in love with the first thing they see upon waking Throw in a group of labourers preparing a play for the Duke s wedding one of whom is given a donkey s head and Titania for a lover by Puck and the complications become fantastically funny


Le Journal d'Anne Frank (Biographies, Autobiographies)

Ce volume pr sente la version d finitive en langue fran aise du journal d Anne Frank Ainsi que l a montr l dition critique publi e par Calmann L vy en Anne Frank avait en effet r dig successivement deux versions de son journal retravaillant son propre texte pour qu il r ponde ses ambitions d crivain br La pr sente dition comporte c t de la version du journal retouch e par Anne Frank des extraits de sa premi re r daction repris sans aucun changement L tablissement de cette dition a t confi e l crivain et traductrice allemande Mirjam Pressler l initiative de em l Anne Frank Fonds em de B le Mirjam Pressler en a profit pour r tablir les passages supprim s par Otto Frank pour des raisons de d cence ou de discr tion Traduit en fran ais par Philippe Noble et Isabelle Rosselin Bobulesco le teste est pr c d d un avant propos ditorial d em l Anne Frank Fonds em de B le et suivi d un pilogue retra ant le destin d Anne et de ses compagnons de clandestinit et de d portation br br br br


Romeo and Juliet: (Annotated with short biography)

No Fear Shakespeare gives you the complete text of i Romeo and Juliet i on the left hand page side by side with an easy to understand translation on the right br br br br Each No Fear Shakespeare contains br br br The b complete text b of the original play br A b line by line translation b that puts Shakespeare into everyday language br A complete list of b characters b with descriptions br Plenty of b helpful commentary b


Jane Eyre - Classis Version (Annotated, Quotes, Author's Biography, Other Features)

This edition including br Introduction by JYM RATCHA br Charlotte Bronte Biography br br Jane Eyre br Charlotte s first manuscript named The Teacher didn t secure a writer though she was heartened by an encouraging reaction she obtained from Smith Parent amp Co of Cornhill who indicated a pastime in virtually any longer functions which Currer Bell may desire to deliver Jane Eyre originally received great opinions and was successful Accompanying this speculation was a big change within the crucial response to the function in Charlotte allegations started to be produced that the publishing in Charlotte was rough a reasoning that was created more easily once it had been thought that Currer Bell was a lady Nevertheless revenue of Jane Eyre stayed powerful and could have improved due to the developing status being a of the story incorrect guide br Following a achievement of Jane Eyre Charlotte started work about the manuscript of that which was to become her next book Shirley in Once the Bront home experienced a sad change of occasions that great deaths of three household members inside an amount of just ten weeks nevertheless the manuscript was just partly finished Branwell was an alleged opium eater i e Emily became critically ill soon after Branwell s memorial dying in December of tuberculosis Anne died in May of the exact same illness Charlotte was not able to continue publishing during this time period br br After the demise of Anne Charlotte resumed publishing of coping with her suffering as a means and Shirley was printed in October Shirley handles the part of ladies in culture and also the styles of unrest Unlike Jane Eyre that will be created of the primary character in the first person viewpoint Shirley is created of the narrator in the third person viewpoint It therefore lacks Jane Eyre s psychological immediacy and testers observed it less surprising br


Wuthering Heights - Classic Version (Annotated, Quotes, Author's Biography, Other Features)

In this classic novel written in the epistolary style popular in the th century the tragic love story of Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw plays out against the backdrop of a gloomy manor called Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte s masterpiece has gone on to become required reading among most high school students yet the passionate individuals who populate Bronte s landscape and charge the book s atmosphere with their brooding intense personalities personalities which are commonplace in fiction now but repulsed readers and critics alike in Victorian times have ensured the novel s popularity up to the present day on its own merits


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: annotated with author biography

In Missouri during the s young Huck Finn fearful of his drunkard father and yearning for adventure leaves his foster family and joins with runaway slave Jim in a voyage down the Mississippi River toward slavery free states br At first this book intended to be a simple story of a boy s adventures in the Mississippi Valley a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer the book grew and matured under Twain s hand into a work of immeasurable richness and complexity More than a century after its publication the critical debate over the symbolic significance of Huck s and Jim s voyage is still fresh and it remains a major work that can be enjoyed at many levels as an incomparable adventure story and as a classic of American humor


Frankenstein: (Annotated with short biography)

Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by British author Mary Shelley about eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein who creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment Shelley started writing the story when she was eighteen and the novel was published when she was twenty The first edition was published anonymously in London in Shelley s name appears on the second edition published in France in br br Shelley had travelled in the region of Geneva where much of the story takes place and the topics of galvanism and other similar occult ideas were themes of conversation among her companions particularly her future husband Percy Shelley The storyline emerged from a dream Mary Percy Lord Byron and John Polidori decided to have a competition to see who could write the best horror story After thinking for days about what her possible storyline could be Shelley dreamt about a scientist who created life and was horrified by what he had made She then wrote Frankenstein br br Frankenstein is infused with some elements of the Gothic novel and the Romantic movement and is also considered to be one of the earliest examples of science fiction Brian Aldiss has argued that it should be considered the first true science fiction story because unlike in previous stories with fantastical elements resembling those of later science fiction the central character makes a deliberate decision and turns to modern experiments in the laboratory to achieve fantastic results It has had a considerable influence across literature and popular culture and spawned a complete genre of horror stories films and plays br br Since publication of the novel the name Frankenstein is often used to refer to the monster itself as is done in the stage adaptation by Peggy Webling This usage is sometimes considered erroneous but usage commentators regard the monster sense of Frankenstein as well established and an acceptable usage In the novel the monster is identified via words such as creature monster fiend wretch vile insect daemon being and it Speaking to Victor Frankenstein the monster refers to himself as the Adam of your labors and elsewhere as someone who would have been your Adam but is instead your fallen angel


Steve Jobs: A Biography

Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members friends adversaries competitors and colleagues Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries personal computers animated movies music phones tablet computing and digital publishing br br At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge and when societies around the world are trying to build digital age economies Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty first century was to connect creativity with technology He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering br br Although Jobs cooperated with this book he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published He put nothing off limits He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly And Jobs speaks candidly sometimes brutally so about the people he worked with and competed against His friends foes and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions perfectionism obsessions artistry devilry and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted br br Driven by demons Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair But his personality and products were interrelated just as Apple s hardware and software tended to be as if part of an integrated system His tale is instructive and cautionary filled with lessons about innovation character leadership and values br br About the Author br Walter Isaacson the CEO of the Aspen Institute has been chairman of CNN and the managing editor of Time magazine He is the author of Benjamin Franklin An American Life and of Kissinger A Biography and the coauthor of The Wise Men Six Friends and the World They Made He lives in Washington D C with his wife and daughter


Dracula: (With Bram Stoker's Biography)

Dracula is an Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker Famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula the novel tells the story of Dracula s attempt to move from Transylvania to England so he may find new blood and spread the undead curse and the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing Dracula has been assigned to many literary genres including vampire literature horror fiction the gothic novel and invasion literature The novel touches on themes such as the role of women in Victorian culture sexual conventions immigration colonialism and post colonialism Although Stoker did not invent the vampire he defined its modern form and the novel has spawned numerous theatrical film and television interpretations This edition includes a short biography of Bram Stoker and an analysis for quick resarch


Night: A Memoir

b A memorial edition of Elie Wiesel s seminal memoir of surviving the Nazi death camps with tributes by President Obama and Samantha Power b br br When Elie Wiesel died in July the White House issued a memorial statement in which President Barack Obama called him the conscience of the world The whole of the president s eloquent tribute will appear as a foreword to this memorial edition of i Night i Like millions of admirers I first came to know Elie through his account of the horror he endured during the Holocaust simply because he was Jewish wrote the president br br In when Wiesel received the Nobel Peace Prize the Norwegian Nobel Committee wrote Elie Wiesel was rescued from the ashes of Auschwitz after storm and fire had ravaged his life In time he realized that his life could have purpose that he was to be a witness the one who would pass on the account of what had happened so that the dead would not have died in vain and so the living could learn i Night i which has sold millions of copies around the world i i is the very embodiment of that conviction It is written in simple understated language yet it is emotionally devastating never to be forgotten br br Born in the town of Sighet Transylvania Wiesel was a teenager when he and his family were deported to Auschwitz and then Buchenwald i Night i is the shattering record of his memories of the death of his mother father and little sister Tsipora the death of his own innocence and his despair as a deeply observant Jew confronting the absolute evil of man Never shall I forget that night the first night in camp that turned my life into one long night writes Wiesel Never shall I forget even were I condemned to live as long as God Himself These words are etched into the wall of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington Far more than a chronicle of the sadistic realm of the camps i Night i also addresses many of the philosophical and personal questions implicit in any serious consideration of the Holocaust br br The memorial edition of i Night i includes the unpublished text of a speech that Wiesel delivered before the United Nations General Assembly on the sixtieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz entitled Will the World Ever Know These remarks powerfully resonate with i Night i and with subsequent acts of genocide


The Count of Monte Cristo: (Annotated with short biography)

The Count of Monte Cristo is an adventure novel by French author Alexandre Dumas p re completed in It is one of the author s most popular works along with The Three Musketeers Like many of his novels it is expanded from plot outlines suggested by his collaborating ghostwriter Auguste Maquet br br The story takes place in France Italy islands in the Mediterranean and in the Levant during the historical events of It begins from just before the Hundred Days period when Napoleon returned to power after his exile and spans through to the reign of Louis Philippe of France The historical setting is a fundamental element of the book An adventure story primarily concerned with themes of hope justice vengeance mercy and forgiveness it focuses on a man who is wrongfully imprisoned escapes from jail acquires a fortune and sets about getting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment However his plans have devastating consequences for the innocent as well as the guilty In addition it is a story that involves romance loyalty betrayal and selfishness shown throughout the story as characters slowly reveal their true inner nature br br The book is considered a literary classic today According to Luc Sante The Count of Monte Cristo has become a fixture of Western civilization s literature as inescapable and immediately identifiable as Mickey Mouse Noah s flood and the story of Little Red Riding Hood


The Glass Castle: A Memoir

The second child of a scholarly alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family s nomadic upbringing from the Arizona desert to Las Vegas to an Appalachian mining town during which her siblings and she fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities


Anna Karenina: (Annotated with short biography)

Anna Karenina is a novel by the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy published in serial installments from to in the periodical The Russian Messenger Tolstoy clashed with editor Mikhail Katkov over political issues that arose in the final installment Tolstoy s unpopular views of volunteers going to Serbia therefore the novel s first complete appearance was in book form br br Widely regarded as a pinnacle in realist fiction Tolstoy considered Anna Karenina his first true novel when he came to consider War and Peace to be more than a novel br br Fyodor Dostoyevsky declared it to be flawless as a work of art His opinion was shared by Vladimir Nabokov who especially admired the flawless magic of Tolstoy s style and by William Faulkner who described the novel as the best ever written The novel is currently enjoying popularity as demonstrated by a recent poll of contemporary authors by J Peder Zane published in in The Top Ten in Time which declared that Anna Karenina is the greatest novel ever written


On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

On Writing begins with King s childhood and his uncannily early focus on writing to tell a story King next turns to the basic tools of his trade and culminates with a profoundly moving account of how King s overwhelming need to write spurred him toward recovery br br If you don t have the time to read you don t have the time or the tools to write br br In Stephen King began to write about his craft and his life By midyear a widely reported accident jeopardized the survival of both And in his months of recovery the link between writing and living became more crucial than ever br br Rarely has a book on writing been so clear so useful and so revealing On Writing begins with a mesmerizing account of King s childhood and his uncannily early focus on writing to tell a story A series of vivid memories from adolescence college and the struggling years that led up to his first novel Carrie will afford readers a fresh and often very funny perspective on the formation of a writer King next turns to the basic tools of his trade how to sharpen and multiply them through use and how the writer must always have them close at hand He takes the reader through crucial aspects of the writer s art and life offering practical and inspiring advice on everything from plot and character development to work habits and rejection br br Serialized in the New Yorker to vivid acclaim On Writing culminates with a profoundly moving account of how King s overwhelming need to write spurred him toward recovery and brought him back to his life br br Brilliantly structured friendly and inspiring On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it


The Secret Garden [with Biography on Frances Hodgens Burnett]

Mary Lennox is born in India to British parents She is unwanted by her mother and taken care of primarily by servants who pacify her as much as possible to keep her out of the way Spoiled and with a temper she is unaffectionate angry and rude A cholera breakout in the manor kills her parents and many servants and she is discovered alone but alive after the house is abandoned She is sent to England to live with her Uncle Archibald Craven br br At first Mary is her usual self and is sour disliking the large house the people within and most of all the vast stretch of moor which seems scrubby and gray after the winter She is told that she must stay to her two rooms and that nobody will bother much with her and she must amuse herself Martha Sowerby her good natured maidservant tells Mary a story of the late Mrs Craven and how she would spend hours in a private garden growing roses an untimely accident kills her and Mr Craven has the garden locked and the key buried Mary is roused by this story and starts to soften her ill manner despite herself Soon she begins to lose her disposition and gradually comes to enjoy the company of Martha Ben Weatherstaff the gardener and also that of a friendly robin redbreast to whom she attaches human qualities Her appetite increases and she finds herself getting stronger as she plays by herself on the moor Martha s mother buys Mary a skipping rope in order to expedite this and she takes to it immediately Mary s time is occupied by wondering about the secret garden and a strange crying that can sometimes be heard around the house which the servants ignore or deny br br While skipping around the walls housing the various gardens Mary comes across a badger hole and finds a key Thinking it must be to the door of the secret garden she spends days wandering around the outside wall looking for the door Finally by chance she finds it and steps inside the garden nobody has tended for over ten years She chances to ask Martha if she can have some garden tools and Martha suggests that Dickon her twelve year old brother deliver them Mary and Dickon meet and immediately take a liking to each other as Dickon has a soft way with animals and a good nature Eager to absorb his gardening knowledge she reluctantly lets him into the secret of the garden which he agrees to keep br br That night Mary hears the crying again She follows the noise and to her surprise finds a small boy her age thin and weak They introduce each other and she finds out her uncle has a son Colin Colin is in deep fear of becoming a hunchback and for years has heard whispers of him dying and he s come to believe it Mary quickly convinces him otherwise and visits almost every day that week distracting him from his troubles with stories of the moor of Dickon and his animals and of the garden though she doesn t admit that she s found it yet When he throws a tantrum after she refuses to be ordered by him she throws his attitude back and surprises him out of his fit They reconcile and it is decided what he needs is fresh air and the secret garden which Mary finally admits she has access to Colin is put into his chair and brought outside into the garden the first time he s been outdoors in years br br While in the garden the children are surprised to see Ben Weatherstaff looking over the wall on a ladder Startled and angry to find the kids there in his late mistress garden he starts to yell at Mary when he notices Colin Taken completely by surprise he accidentally lets slip that he thought Colin was a cripple with a hunch back and twisted legs Colin stands out of his chair to prove him wrong and finds that his legs are fine though weak from misuse br br From then on Colin spends every day in the garden and gets stronger The children conspire to keep Colin s health a secret so he can surprise his father who is still away traveling and mourning over his late wife As Colin s health improves his father s mood does as well and he has a dream of his wife calling him into the garden that makes him immediately pack his bags and head home He walks the outer wall in memory but hears voices inside finds the door unlocked and is shocked to not only see the garden in full bloom with children in it but his son running br br The servants watch as Mr Craven walks back to the manor and all are stunned that Colin runs beside him looking happy


Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir

For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris Internet star Jenny Lawson aka The Bloggess makes her literary debut br br Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives the ones we d like to pretend never happened are in fact the ones that define us In the N i ew York Times i bestseller i Let s Pretend This Never Happened i Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas her devastatingly awkward high school years and her relationship with her long suffering husband Victor Chapters include Stanley the Magical Talking Squirrel A Series of Angry Post It Notes to My Husband My Vagina Is Fine Thanks for Asking And Then I Snuck a Dead Cuban Alligator on an Airplane Pictures with captions no one would believe these things without proof accompany the text


Hamlet: (Annotated with short biography)

The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare between and Set in the Kingdom of Denmark the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet exacts on his uncle Claudius for murdering King Hamlet who is Claudius s brother and Prince Hamlet s father and then succeeding to the throne and taking as his wife Gertrude the old king s widow and Prince Hamlet s mother The play vividly portrays both true and feigned madness from overwhelming grief to seething rage and explores themes of treachery revenge incest and moral corruption br br Hamlet is Shakespeare s longest play and among the most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature with a story capable of seemingly endless retelling and adaptation by others The play was one of Shakespeare s most popular works during his lifetime and still ranks among his most performed topping the Royal Shakespeare Company s performance list since It has inspired writers from Goethe and Dickens to Joyce and Murdoch and has been described as the world s most filmed story after Cinderella br br Shakespeare based Hamlet on the legend of Amleth preserved by th century chronicler Saxo Grammaticus in his Gesta Danorum as subsequently retold by th century scholar Fran ois de Belleforest He may also have drawn on or perhaps written an earlier hypothetical Elizabethan play known today as the Ur Hamlet He almost certainly created the title role for Richard Burbage the leading tragedian of Shakespeare s time In the years since the role has been performed by highly acclaimed actors from each successive age br br Three different early versions of the play are extant the First Quarto Q the Second Quarto Q and the First Folio F Each version includes lines and even entire scenes missing from the others The play s structure and depth of characterisation have inspired much critical scrutiny One such example is the centuries old debate about Hamlet s hesitation to kill his uncle which some see as a mere plot device to prolong the action but which others argue is a dramatization of the complex philosophical and ethical issues that surround cold blooded murder calculated revenge and thwarted desire More recently psychoanalytic critics have examined Hamlet s unconscious desires and feminist critics have re evaluated and rehabilitated the often maligned characters of Ophelia and Gertrude


Great Expectations (Illustrated with Notes and Biography)

Great Expectations is Charles Dickens s thirteenth novel and his penultimate completed novel a bildungsroman which depicts the personal growth and personal development of an orphan nicknamed Pip It is Dickens s second novel after David Copperfield to be fully narrated in the first person


Crime and Punishment: (Annotated with short biography)

On an exceptionally hot evening early in July a young man came out of the garret in which he lodged in S Place and walked slowly as though in hesitation towards K bridge


Emma (Illustrated with Notes and Biography)

Emma by Jane Austen is a novel about youthful hubris and the perils of misconstrued romance The novel was first published in December As in her other novels Austen explores the concerns and difficulties of genteel women living in Georgian Regency England she also creates a lively comedy of manners among her characters


The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne (With Notes)(Biography)(Illustrated)

The Scarlet Letter A Romance is an work of fiction in a historical setting written by Nathaniel Hawthorne and is considered to be his masterwork 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


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Complete Version (ANNOTATED & UNABRIDGED with Exclusive Features, Author's biography, Adaptations, Reviews)

b The Adventures of Tom Sawyer b br br b The Adventures of Tom Sawyer b With an introduction by Robert Maniquis Mark Twain s novel is one of the first American literary masterpieces embracing local vernacular to personify the unique small town culture of this fledgling nation Twain drew the adventures of the mischievous yet heroic Tom Sawyer from his own youth in a riverside Missouri town in the s and created perhaps the finest book about boyhood ever writtten The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is at once a comic and poignant story about the fears and fantasies of a boy s world and a brilliant satire of the culture and institutions of the times One of this beloved author s most widely read works it is hailed as an American classic


Macbeth (Annotated with Biography and Critical Essay)

This complete line by line Macbeth translation makes the language of Shakespeare s play more modern while preserving the metrical rhythm complexity and poetic qualities of the original The aim is to capture the sound and sense of Shakespeare s tragedy without the need for glosses or notes to use contemporary language without simplifying or modernizing the play in any other way


Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

From a former Marine and Yale Law School Graduate a poignant account of growing up in a poor Appalachian town that offers a broader probing look at the struggles of America s white working class Part memoir part historical and social analysis J D Vance s i Hillbilly Elegy i is a fascinating consideration of class culture and the American dream br br Vance s grandparents were dirt poor and in love They got married and moved north from Kentucky to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them Their grandchild the author graduated from Yale Law School a conventional marker of their success in achieving upward mobility for their family But Vance cautions that is only the short version The slightly longer version is that his grandparents aunt uncle and mother struggled to varying degrees with the demands of their new middle class life and they and Vance himself still carry around the demons of their chaotic family history br br Delving into his own personal story and drawing on a wide array of sociological studies Vance takes us deep into working class life in the Appalachian region This demographic of our country has been slowly disintegrating over forty years and Vance provides a searching and clear eyed attempt to understand when and how hillbillies lost faith in any hope of upward mobility and in opportunities to come br br At times funny disturbing and deeply moving this is a family history that is also a troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large portion of this country


Persuasion (Full Text with Biography, Chapter Summary, Examination of Themes, and Character Summary)

Jane Austen s classic novel complete with short biography of Austen plot summary examination of major themes and character summary br br More than seven years prior to the events in the novel Anne Elliot falls in love with a handsome young naval officer named Frederick Wentworth who is intelligent and ambitious but poor Sir Walter Anne s father and lord of the family estate of Kellynch and her older sister Elizabeth are dissatisfied with her choice maintaining that he is not distinguished enough for their family Her older friend and mentor Lady Russell acting in place of Anne s deceased mother persuades her to break off the match br br Persuasion is connected with Northanger Abbey not only by the fact that the two books were originally bound up in one volume and published together two years later but also because both stories are set partly in Bath a fashionable health resort with which Jane Austen was well acquainted having lived there from to


The Metamorphosis: (Annotated with short biography)

La metamorfosis o La transformacion Die Verwandlung en su titulo original en aleman es un relato de Franz Kafka que narra la historia de Gregorio Samsa un comerciante de telas que vive con su familia a la que el mantiene con su sueldo quien un dia amanece convertido en un enorme insecto


Angela's Ashes: A Memoir of a Childhood

i When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all It was of course a miserable childhood the happy childhood is hardly worth your while Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood i br br So begins the luminous memoir of Frank McCourt born in Depression era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick Ireland Frank s mother Angela has no money to feed the children since Frank s father Malachy rarely works and when he does he drinks his wages Yet Malachy exasperating irresponsible and beguiling does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide a story Frank lives for his father s tales of Cuchulain who saved Ireland and of the Angel on the Seventh Step who brings his mother babies br br Perhaps it is story that accounts for Frank s survival Wearing rags for diapers begging a pig s head for Christmas dinner and gathering coal from the roadside to light a fire Frank endures poverty near starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence exuberance and remarkable forgiveness br br i Angela s Ashes i imbued on every page with Frank McCourt s astounding humor and compassion is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic


A Christmas Carol with full biography

In his Ghostly little book Charles Dickens invents the modern concept of Christmas Spirit and offers one of the world s most adapted and imitated stories We know Ebenezer Scrooge Tiny Tim and the Ghosts of Christmas Past Present and Future not only as fictional characters but also as icons of the true meaning of Christmas in a world still plagued with avarice and cynicism br br This book includes a full author s biography by G K Chesterton


Alice in Wonderland & Through the Lookung-Glass: The stories, important background information and a biography of Lewis Carroll

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson alias Lewis Carroll was an interesting and idiosyncratic character to say the least He was a mathematics lecturer at Cambridge University and a deacon in the Anglican Church Obviously a very bright man he suffered from physical impairments such as partial deafness and a stammer which perhaps made him reserved and slightly aloof from the society of the day He also had a predilection for young female companionship which would seem highly contentious to us today but was perhaps more acceptable and possibly entirely innocent in the latter part of the th century The books can be read on a number of levels They originally emerged from a boat trip that Dodgson took with a family he knew the Liddells including their three daughters and he told them a tale to while away the journey The children were so taken with it that they asked him to write it down and so the legend began It is quite possible that initially Dodgson has simply intended the tale to be a children s story for their amusement but when he set about writing it down expanding and structuring it he introduced some darker perhaps even sinister elements to the tale His penchant for logic dry humour and nonsense pervades the stories but there is also a suggestion of themes running through the books Inevitably the states of childhood and maturity feature strongly given Dodgson s own situation and the nature of his relationships with both adults and children The topsyturvy nature of Wonderland could be seen as a commentary on the outside world where the child Alice seems to be the only sane and sensible person around Dodgson himself seemed to live more in a child s world than adults The nature of his occupations in academia the church and finally writing would all serve to contain him in an unreal existence somewhat separate from the harsh truths of the world around him Perhaps it was all an acting out of his own fantasy a world full of conundrum


War and Peace: (Annotated with short biography)

War and Peace is a novel by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy first published in The work is epic in scale and is regarded as one of the most important works of world literature It is considered Tolstoy s finest literary achievement along with his other major prose work Anna Karenina br br War and Peace delineates in graphic detail events surrounding the French invasion of Russia and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society as seen through the eyes of five Russian aristocratic families Portions of an earlier version of the novel then known as The Year were serialized in the magazine The Russian Messenger between and The novel was first published in its entirety in Newsweek in ranked it first in its list of the Top Books In the novel was listed at number on the BBC s survey The Big Read br br Tolstoy himself somewhat enigmatically said of War and Peace that it was not a novel even less is it a poem and still less a historical chronicle Large sections of the work especially in the later chapters are philosophical discussion rather than narrative He went on to elaborate that the best Russian literature does not conform to standard norms and hence hesitated to call War and Peace a novel Instead Tolstoy regarded Anna Karenina as his first true novel


A Midsummer Night's Dream (Annotated with Biography and Critical Essay)

Shakespeare s intertwined love polygons begin to get complicated from the start Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia but she only has eyes for Lysander Bad news is Hermia s father wants Demetrius for a son in law On the outside is Helena whose unreturned love burns hot for Demetrius Hermia and Lysander plan to flee from the city under cover of darkness but are pursued by an enraged Demetrius who is himself pursued by an enraptured Helena In the forest unbeknownst to the mortals Oberon and Titania King and Queen of the faeries are having a spat over a servant boy The plot twists up when Oberon s head mischief maker Puck runs loose with a flower which causes people to fall in love with the first thing they see upon waking Throw in a group of labourers preparing a play for the Duke s wedding one of whom is given a donkey s head and Titania for a lover by Puck and the complications become fantastically funny