Download E-books The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Amazon Classics Edition) PDF

By Mark Twain

Garnished with the main points that Mark Twain collected in the course of his personal travels up and down the plush and changeable Mississippi River, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn presents an unheard of glimpse into the pre-Civil battle South as runaway Huck Finn – a white boy – groups up with fugitive grownup slave Jim as they flee via raft at the river. lengthy probably the most challenged or banned books because of racist language, Twain’s novel may be learn as an indictment of unenlightened nineteenth-century considering or as a heartbreaking coming-of-age novel, yet what’s undisputed is the novel’s place as some of the most influential books in American literature.

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Download E-books What Maisie Knew PDF

By Henry James

After her parents' sour divorce, younger Maisie Farange reveals herself shuttled among her egocentric mom and useless father, who worth her purely as a method for scary one another. And while either take fanatics and remarry, Maisie – solitary, observant and clever past her years – is drawn into an more and more entangled grownup global of intrigue and sexual betrayal, till she is ultimately pressured to decide on her personal destiny. released in 1897 whilst Henry James used to be turning into more and more experimental with narrative strategy and interested by the assumption of the child's-eye view, What Maisie Knew is a refined, complex but devastating portrayal of an blameless adrift in a corrupt society.

Henry James was once born in 1843 in Washington position, long island. Attending colleges in long island, London, Paris and Geneva, he educated for legislations at Harvard in 1862. In 1875 he settled in Paris for a yr, the place he met Flaubert, Turgenev and different literary figures. He moved in London the subsequent yr, and remained in England for the remainder of existence, changing into naturalized in 1915, a yr earlier than his demise.

Paul Theroux used to be born in 1941. After a five-year remain in Africa, he taught on the college of Singapore from 1968 to 1971. He used to be written many novels, brief tales, and shuttle books.

Patricia Crick, one-time pupil of Girton collage, Cambridge, is a instructor of recent languages.

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Download E-books Mark Twain: Man in White: The Grand Adventure of His Final Years PDF

By Michael Shelden

Sooner or later in overdue 1906, seventy-one-year-old Mark Twain attended a gathering on copyright legislation on the Library of Congress. the arriving of the recognized writer triggered the standard stir—but then Twain took off his overcoat to bare a "snow-white" adapted swimsuit and scandalized the room. His surprising outfit appalled and thrilled his contemporaries, yet way over that, as Pulitzer Prize finalist Michael Shelden indicates during this amazing new biography, Twain had brilliantly staged this act of showmanship to cement his photograph, and his own legend, within the public's mind's eye. That afternoon in Washington, lower than 4 years sooner than his loss of life, marked the start of a colourful, tumultuous interval in Twain's existence that will form a lot of the now-famous photograph through which he has emerge as known—America's indomitable icon, the fellow in White.

Although Mark Twain has lengthy been one among our so much cherished literary figures—Time journal has declared him "our unique superstar"—his ultimate years were principally misunderstood. regardless of kinfolk tragedies, Twain's last half- decade used to be one of the such a lot dynamic sessions within the author's lifestyles. With the spirit and vigour of a guy fifty years more youthful, he endured to fire up hassle, perfecting his ability for dwelling huge. Writing without end and continually prepared with one in all his mythical quips, Twain may probability his fortune, develop into the keen sufferer of a lost-at-sea hoax, and decide fights with King Leopold of Belgium and Mary Baker Eddy.

Drawing on a few unpublished assets, together with Twain's personal journals, letters, and a revealing four-hundred-page own account stored less than wraps for many years (and nonetheless but to be published), Mark Twain: guy in White brings the mythical author's twilight years vividly to lifestyles, providing incredible insights, together with an intimate, gentle examine his relatives lifestyles. packed with excellent scholarship, infrequent and never-published Twain photographs, pleasant anecdotes, and noteworthy rates, together with a number of recovered Twainisms, this definitive biography of Twain's final years provides a notable portrait of the guy himself and of the unforgettable period in American letters that, in lots of methods, he helped to create.

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Download E-books Luzhin Defense (Penguin Modern Classics) PDF

By Vladimir Nabokov

Vladimir Nabokov's early novel is the awesome tale of the coarse, unusual but oddly endearing chess-playing genius Luzhin. gaining knowledge of his prodigious reward in boyhood and emerging to the rank of overseas Grandmaster, Luzhin develops a lyrical ardour for chess that renders the genuine international a phantom. As he confronts the fiery, swift-swooping Italian Grandmaster Turati, he brings into play his conscientiously devised defence. Making masterly play of metaphor and imagery, "The Luzhin Defense" is the booklet that, of his early works, Nabokov felt 'contains and diffuses the best warmth'.

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Download E-books Daddy-Long-Legs and Dear Enemy (Penguin Classics) PDF

By Jean Webster, Elaine Showalter

One of many nice novels of yankee girlhood, Jean Webster's Daddy-Long-Legs (1912) follows the adventures of an orphan named Judy Abbott, whose letters to her nameless male benefactor hint her improvement as an self sustaining philosopher and author. Its sequel, Dear Enemy (1915), follows the growth of Judy's former orphanage, now run through her buddy Sallie McBride, who struggles to offer her younger fees desire and a brand new life.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the major writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the easiest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts improved through introductions and notes through extraordinary students and modern authors, in addition to updated translations via award-winning translators.

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Download E-books Anne Sexton: A Self-Portrait in Letters PDF

By Anne Sexton, Linda Gray Sexton

An expression of a rare poet's lifestyles tale in her personal phrases, this publication indicates Anne Sexton as she particularly used to be in inner most, as she wrote approximately herself to kin, neighbors, fellow poets, and scholars. Anne's daughter Linda grey Sexton and her shut confidant Lois Ames have judiciously selected from between millions of letters and supplied statement the place beneficial. Illustrated all through with candid pictures and memorabilia, the letters -- amazing, lyrical, caustic, passionate, offended -- are a continually revealing index to Anne Sexton's quixotic and exuberant character.

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Download E-books The Cambridge Companion to Sam Shepard (Cambridge Companions to Literature) PDF

Few American playwrights have exerted as a lot impact at the modern degree as Sam Shepard. His performs are played "on" and "off" Broadway in addition to in the entire significant local American theaters. also they are extensively played and studied in Europe, relatively in Britain, Germany and France, discovering either a well-liked and a scholarly viewers. This significant other explores a few of the elements of Shepard's profession, delivering interesting first-hand bills and large serious chapters at the performs, poetry, track, fiction, appearing, directing and picture paintings.

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Download E-books Portnoy's Complaint PDF

By Philip Roth

Portnoy's criticism n. [after Alexander Portnoy (1933- )] A disease within which strongly-felt moral and altruistic impulses are forever warring with severe sexual longings, frequently of a perverse nature. Spielvogel says: 'Acts of exhibitionism, voyeurism, fetishism, auto-eroticism and oral coitus are ample; due to the patient's "morality," besides the fact that, neither fable nor act concerns in real sexual gratification, yet fairly in overriding emotions of disgrace and the dread of retribution, fairly within the kind of castration.' (Spielvogel, O. "The questioned Penis," Internationale Zeitschrift für Psychoanalyse, Vol. XXIV, p. 909.) it really is believed by way of Spielvogel that a few of the signs should be traced to the bonds acquiring within the mother-child relationship.

With a brand new Afterword by way of the writer for the twenty fifth Anniversary variation.

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Download E-books William Styron: A Life PDF

At the door to William Styron's writing  studio is a citation from Flaubert:  "Be average and orderly on your existence so you can be violent and unique on your work." Styron has lived by way of that injunction,  addressing significant subjects--slavery, the Holocaust, psychological illness--with an influence that has gripped readers worldwide.

Though reared within the South, Styron spent such a lot of his grownup operating existence within the North. His first booklet, Lie Down in Darkness, was once a super debut, which galvanized him to head in a foreign country for the 1st time. In Paris, he fell in with different younger American writers and helped came upon The Paris evaluate in addition to George Plimpton and Peter Matthiessen. Styron spent a yr in Rome, married, and lower back to the States.

After writing Set This condo on hearth, an bold novel set in Italy, he all started engaged on The Confessions of Nat Turner, the relocating tale of a slave uprising in Virginia. James Baldwin, who lived in a small condominium on Styron's estate in Connecticut in this interval, turned a sounding board, in addition to an concept, for the unconventional. It was once additionally approximately this time that Styron begun lifelong institutions with Philip Roth, Arthur Miller, Carlos Fuentes, Willie Morris, and, particularly, James Jones. Readers can be serious about the total tale of Styron's feud with Norman Mailer, an estrangement so serious that every refused to talk to the opposite for nearly twenty-five years.

Styron's political existence has been energetic, from his presence on the riot-torn l968 Democratic nationwide conference in Chicago to his debatable long term competition to the demise penalty.

The Confessions of Nat Turner made Styron recognized, however it additionally introduced him below assault. At one element, the explosive response to the unconventional led Styron to visualize that his spouse, Rose, were abducted.

In Sophie's selection, Styron became to a different charged subject--the Holocaust--and Auschwitz grew to become the focal point of his lifestyles for numerous years. the outcome used to be a unique that additional an incredible tragic determine, Sophie Zawistowska, to the iconic literature of our time.

In the aftermath of a psychological breakdown, Styron produced the unflinchingly candid Darkness seen, a ebook that dramatically altered the nation's unfavourable belief of scientific depression.

James West has studied William Styron's lifestyles and occupation for over two decades. He has had entire entry not just to Styron's papers, letters, and manuscripts, but additionally to his acquaintances, and has produced a good portrait of 1 of the main arguable and prominent authors of his iteration.

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