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By Joseph Lincoln, Freeman Lincoln. 2018
In this novel which was first published in 1939 author Joseph C Lincoln collaborated with his son… Freeman to produce the sort of fresh and salty tale of Cape Cod that has made him so famous and well-loved Dick Clarke in disgrace because of the theft of a valuable book from the Knowlton Library finds himself on old Sepatonk Island staying at the Ownley Inn run by Seth Hammond Ownley who when asked the reason for the cannon on the front lawn invariably replies To repel boarders Then things begin to happen A hurricane isolates the island and a wrecked cruising launch starts a train of events which keeps Anne Francis a charming girl who has quarrelled with Clarke Perry Hale a none-too-scrupulous book collector and most of the other boarders in a state of commotion and at times fear
By Edgar Masters. 1991
The memoirs of one of Illinois great poets author of Spoon River Anthology with many… vignettes of the Chicago Renaissance This intimate and provocative autobiography first published in 1936 reveals the innermost thoughts of a great American poet Edgar Lee Masters was a transitional figure in American literature with one foot planted in the nineteenth century and the other firmly placed on the path of what we now think of as the modern period Richly illustrated throughout with black and white photographs Across Spoon River An Autobiography is blunt and cranky about a life Masters saw as largely scrappy and unmanageable Emphasizing life on his grandfather s farm his school days his political battles the workday world and the growth of a poet s mind through wide reading the book is a valuable record of Masters s work habits and offers considerable insight on his position as a critic and his place in American literature Ronald Primeau American National Biography
By F Wilson. 2018
William Butler Yeats 1865-1939 was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature… A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments he helped to found the Abbey Theatre and in his later years served as an Irish Senator for two terms Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923 Yeats along with Lady Gregory Edward Martyn and others was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival This study is a sequel to my W B Yeats And Tradition and the Yeats scholar may like to take all my work in conjunction but I have tried to make it possible for the two books to be read independently The aim of this book is to interpret what Yeats meant by the symbolism of five of his plays Four Plays for Dancers and The Cat and the Moon also by that of a number of related lyrics I should stress once and for all that I am concerned primarily with what the symbols meant for the poet himself Yeats of course hoped that the words on the page would work for him and he also believed in a collective unconscious which would operate to suggest his archetypal meanings to all readers but it can of course be maintained that communication fails I myself doubt whether this ever happens but I cannot prove this statement in a book not concerned with technique and this is why I define my field as I have done What Yeats believed his plays and poems to mean is a valid field for scholarship and the meaning he attached is certainly the archetypal meaning which is therefore my main preoccupation F A C Wilson
By James Hilton. 2001
Full of enthusiasm, young English schoolmaster Mr. Chipping came to teach at Brookfield in 1870. It was a time when… dignity and a generosity of spirit still existed, and the dedicated new schoolmaster expressed these beliefs to his rowdy students. Nicknamed Mr. Chips, this gentle and caring man helped shape the lives of generation after generation of boys. He became a legend at Brookfield, as enduring as the institution itself. And sad but grateful faces told the story when the time came for the students at Brookfield to bid their final goodbye to Mr. Chips.There is not another book, with the possible exception of Dickens's A Christmas Carol, that has quite the same hold on readers' affections. James Hilton wrote Goodbye, Mr. Chips in loving memory of his schoolmaster father and in tribute to his profession. Over the years it has won an enduring place in world literature and made untold millions of people smile--with a catch in the throat."Warming to the heart and nourishing to the spirit...The most profoundly moving story that has passed this way."--So said usually cynical critic Alexander Woollcott when GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS was first published in 1934, and his openhearted welcome to this delightful, memorable, moving novel has been echoed through the years by millions of readers as well as two generations of film-goers.The gentle, lovable, tough English schoolmaster is one of America's favorite people. Who can forget the image of "Chips" on the day when he took a young and radical bride; the sad April Fools' Day when he lost her; the little jokes his classes came to expect; the boy whose father sailed on the Titanic; the intrusion of World War I into the peace and seclusion of Brookfield...all the pleasures and pains of a lifetime rich in teaching with love.GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS is one of the most beloved books of our time.
By Ethel C. Brill. 2016
WORKING with feverish haste, Madeleine selected muskets, pistols, powder and bullets. The sight of a man's hat, an old one… that had belonged to her father, lying on a powder cask, gave her an idea. She pulled off her linen cap and put on the hat. It was not too large over her heavy hair, and, seen above the pickets, it would deceive the Indians. She was adjusting powder horn and bullet pouch when Louis and Alexandre ran in with Laviolette at their heels."Arm yourselves quickly," Madeleine ordered."What is your plan, Ma'm'selle?" the old soldier inquired."To defend the seigneury to the last. The little children must stay in the blockhouse and their mothers with them. That leaves only six of us to guard the palisades. We must try to make the Mohawks believe that we have a strong garrison. If they attack, we can only do our best. We are fighting for our people--what there are left of them--for our country and our faith. Let us fight to the death if need be."AND SO MADELEINE and her small force begin their harrowing vigil--hoping against all hope that help will come in time.
By Merle Miller. 2016
First published in 1948, Merle Miller's first novel, That Winter, is a book of disillusioned youth, of veterans in the… post-war world, in a story of personal despair, individual tragedy. It is the winter after the war has ended. Peter lets his inaction lead to writing for a magazine in which he has no faith. Lew renounces his Jewish name and family. Ted realizes that his only home was the Army. Through Westing, a phony novelist, who serves as catalytic agent, Ted suicides, Peter throws up his job, Lew realizes he cannot pass as a Christian.Widely considered to be one of the best novels about the post-war readjustment of World War II veterans, this classic novel will have you captivated from the first page."Here is the clarification of unresolved drives, problems, incidents, of the push and pull of Fitzgerald, in the recording of the cracking of foundations, security, personal affairs, of hard reality edged with the passion of beliefs, with the gentleness of characterization."--Kirkus Review
By Paul Bowles. 2016
First published in 1950, this book is a collection of exemplary short stories that reveal the bizarre, the disturbing, the… perilous, and the wise in other civilizations--from one of America's most important writers of the twentieth century."Paul Bowles has opened the world of Hip. He let in the murder, the drugs, the incest, the death of the Square...the call of the orgy, the end of civilization."--NORMAN MAILER"Paul Bowles's sense of what can go wrong is as acute as that of any American writer since Poe....Bowles's sensibility is classical in its aloofness, his prose as hard-edged and dazzling as a desert landscape at noon."--JAY McINERNEY"The Delicate Prey is in fact one of the most profound, beautifully wrought, and haunting collections in our literature....Bowles's tales arc at once austere, witty, violent, and sensuous. They move with the inevitability of myth."--TOBIAS WOLFF
By James Hilton. 2016
First published in 1933, this novel by award-winning author James Hilton tells the story of Hugh Conway, a veteran member… of the British diplomatic service who finds inner peace, love, and a sense of purpose in Shangri-La, an Eden-like valley high in the Himalayas in Tibet.Said to have been inspired by reading the National Geographic Magazine articles of a botanist and ethnologist who explored the southwestern Chinese provinces and Tibetan borderlands, the name "Shangri-La" has become a by-word for a mythical utopia, a permanently happy land, isolated from the world, and one that captivated the world's imagination--from Roosevelt naming his Maryland presidential retreat "Shangri-La" to the Zhongdian mountain region of Southwest China being renamed Shangri-La (Xianggelila).The novel won James Hilton the Hawthornden Prize in 1934 and was also immortalized in a movie version in 1937 by influential director Frank Capra."Hilton's premise strikes a deep chord in today's 'everything is relative' society. His utopia retains all its charm and, in his creation of Shangri-La, he added something permanently to the language"--Guardian"Lost Horizon introduced the world to a Tibetan paradise where people live extraordinarily long lives of peace, harmony and wisdom. Expertly plotted and deftly written, Hilton's book suggests mysteries without spelling them out - and leaves us wanting more"--New York Times"James Hilton invented the name Shangri-La for a paradise on earth in a book that captured the imagination of a public dealing with financial hardships and the threat of Nazism"--Observer"The important thing to note about this very fine novel--the tale of an adventure in Tibet--is that it is unusual and the product of a first-class mind...a wildly exciting story, nightmare, fantasy, or what you will"--Daily Express
By Jessamyn West. 2016
The tenderly funny story of a modern girl's growing up.Cress Delahanty, growing up on a California ranch, might have been… you at sixteen, your teenage daughter or niece, or the girl next door. You will watch her progress, as her parents did, with amusement and an occasional touch of exasperation and a twinge of heartache at the memory of your own growing pains.She's the girl who invented Delahanty's Law for Saving Time. The high-school kid who decided craziness would be her trademark. The love-smitten adolescent who found a unique way to attract the boys.Not since Penrod--that classic by another Indiana author--has the magic, the humor and the seriousness of adolescence been so warmly and sympathetically portrayed in an American novel."An enchanting novel...those still capable of feeling the absurdity and the beauty of growing up will find it a book well worth treasuring in that library of libraries, the heart."--CLIFTON FADIMAN, The book-of-the-Month Club News"Cress Delahanty has all the makings of a classic."--Hartford Courant"An extraordinarily engaging, humorous and touching book about a teenage girl."--The New York Times"It does for an adolescent girl what Salinger's Catcher in the Rye did for her male counterpart."--Los Angeles Mirror
By Jessie Bennett Sams. 2016
Into the lives of two ragged little Negro girls came an angel--a white angel. So it seemed to Veanie and… Mingie Bennett, seven-year-old twins in a Florida town, half-savage, motherless, caring for their paralyzed and dying father. Alone they fought for their lives, stole food, and struggled against a hostile world. Then chance led them to the white side of town and the door of Mrs. Rossie Lee. It proved to be the door to a new life."It was not at first intended to be an autobiography, but I found that I could do it no other way and still reveal and convey my full purpose--to write the story of a most gracious lady--a Southern white lady--to whom my sister and I attribute all that is sweet in our lives. I discovered that my sister and I were so intricately woven into the background, setting, and the story itself that we had to fulfill our inherent parts in this beautiful memory. Thus I ventured to tell the story as we lived it then and remember it now."--Jessie Bennett Sams ("Veanie")
By Reginald Arkell. 2016
"Old Herbaceous," they called him when they thought he wasn't listening. But crusty Bert Pinnegar, head gardener at the Manor,… didn't care what liberties they took. His first love had always been his lady's garden, throughout his eighty years on God's green earth; and if he had made it a little greener, why, that was all that mattered.This is the story of a gardener, from the day when he won a prize for wild flowers at the village show, to the day when he himself was judging flower shows all over the county; from the day when he refused to follow his schoolmates to a job as a farmhand and won the post of garden boy at the Big House, to the day when he could sit back among his cushions in his little cottage and criticize the younger generation's attitude towards tulips.Old Herbaceous is more than a story of gardeners and gardening. Times changed in England, and even a village institution like Old Herbaceous found himself--the symbol of a more gracious era--with no place to go; for even gardens can change hands.Anyone who loved the England of Goodbye Mr. Chips and Mrs. Miniver will love Mr. Arkell's England, too. But the central character is not peculiar to the English countryside; wherever there is a garden, there you will find Old Herbaceous."Old Herbaceous is delightful. A book to warm the heart of anyone who loves earth or gardens!"--Loui Bromfield"Old Herbaceous is enchanting--fresh as an English spring, fragrant as sweet lavender!"--A. J. Cronin"What a great pair of cronies Old Herbaceous and Mr. Chips would make! There are chuckles and heart-tugs in these pages. The perfect book to give your friends!"--John Kieran
By John Keats. 2016
In this amusingly written yet serious report about housing developments, author John C. Keats discusses every aspect of life in… a development. His account is supported by solid facts and figures and presented in personal terms to convey an existence that combines all of the worst aspects and none of the advantages of suburban living."If you ever wondered what goes on under those regimented roofs, this book will tell you. And if you already know, it will make you want to get up and break something. Fortunately the book also tells you how to put the pieces back together."
By Robert Ruark. 2016
The year 1957 marked the publication of Robert Ruark's best seller, The Old Man and the Boy, a tale of… "infinite warmth and wisdom, love and understanding " It told of the Boy, Ruark himself, and the Old Man, his grandfather, as they roamed the North Carolina outdoors together, savoring the sights, sounds, and smells of the earth. As they explored the woods and fished the streams, the Old Man talked and the Boy listened. And as he listened, the Boy learned.The Old Man is now gone from the earth, but not from the memory of the Boy. In the pages of the present book, THE OLD MAN'S BOY GROWS OLDER, the Boy has grown up to new adventures, to college, to a seaman's berth on a North Atlantic freighter, to African safaris, and treks to the world's far corners--and to other dogs and boys who now follow him. But the Old Man is still there. He is there in anecdotal memories awakened by the sight of a tiger in Africa, a dog in Spain, or by the tantalizing smell of a hearty meal prepared over an outdoor fire. The echoes of the Old Man's patient instruction, his gentle humor, and his warm companionship are here again, guiding the Boy as he meets his adult problems and adventures.Today Robert Ruark is world famous as a newspaper columnist and author, big-game hunter and world traveler. His eight books, ranging from the hilarious Grenadine Etching to the realism of his best-selling novels, Something of Value and Poor No More, have won him a wide and faithful audience. Those who are already familiar with the "outdoor Ruark" will again find a wealth of entertaining and instructive lore, a poetic and nostalgic reliving of the seasons on these pages. Those readers, young and old, who have not yet looked into this corner of Ruark's world are new in for a delightful discovery.
By James Hilton. 2016
This completes the trilogy of classic James Hilton novels (the other two being "Lost Horizon" and "Goodbye Mr. Chips") which… were all made into movies during Hollywood's Golden Era. It is the lesser known of the three novels, although "Random Harvest" is his most complete work.The story is a romance, a mystery, a critique of England's class structure, and a parable. Hilton uses the lost years of Charles Rainier as a metaphor for the lost years of the 1920/1930's when England failed to prepare for the next war. Told in flashbacks and bookended by World War I and World War II, the resolution is only revealed in its final sentence that will shock you and change everything that you have just read & thought you understood. You will go back and re-read the book as your perception of all the characters are altered by the surprise ending...
By Italo Svevo, Beryl De Zoete. 2016
Not so long ago Emilio Brentani was a promising young author. Now he is an insurance agent on the fast… track to forty. He gains a new lease on life, though, when he falls for the young and gorgeous Angiolina--except that his angel just happens to be an unapologetic cheat. But what begins as a comedy of infatuated misunderstanding ends in tragedy, as Emilio's jealous persistence in his folly--against his friends' and devoted sister's advice, and even his own best knowledge--leads to the loss of the one person who, too late, he realizes he truly loves.Marked by deep humanity and earthy humor, by psychological insight and an elegant simplicity of style, As a Man Grows Older (Senilità, in Italian; the English title was the suggestion of Svevo's great friend and admirer, James Joyce) is a brilliant study of hopeless love and hapless indecision. It is a masterwork of Italian literature, here beautifully rendered into English in Beryl de Zoete's classic translation.-Print ed."The poem of our complex modern madness."--EUGENIO MONTALE"Svevo has the capacity--so rare as to be almost unknown in the English novel--of handling emotional relationships with a combined tenderness, humour and realism."--THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
"Time did not exist; or if it did it did not mater. Our world then was both wide and narrow--wide… in the immensity of the sea and mountain; narrow in that the boat was very small, and we lived and camped, explored and swam in a little realm of our own making..."This is the fascinating true adventure story of a woman who packed her five children onto a twenty-five-foot boat and explored the coastal waters of British Columbia summer after summer in the 1920s and 1930s. Acting single-handedly as skipper, navigator, engineer and of course, mother, Muriel Wylie Blanchet saw her crew through exciting--and sometimes perilous--encounters with fog; rough seas, cougars, bears and whales, and did so with high spirits and courage. On these pages an independent woman with a deep respect for the native cultures of a region, and a refreshing wonderment about the natural world, comes to life. In The Curve of Time, she has left us with a sensitive and lyrically written account of their journeys and a timeless travel memoir not to be missed.
By Richard Ellmann. 2016
"The book helps fill in the picture of a complex and fascinating man...indispensable for the serious study of the subject."--Edmund… Wilson, The New Yorker<P><P> The most influential poet of his age, Yeats eluded the grasp of many who sought to explain him. In this classic critical examination of the poet, Richard Ellmann strips away the masks of his subject: occultist, senator of the Irish Free State, libidinous old man, and Nobel Prize winner.
By Lawrence Lipton. 2015
Mr. Lipton's book is the first complete and unbiased survey of the beat generation and its role in our society.… Here are the intimate facts about these people and their attitudes toward sex, dope, jazz, art, religion, parents, landlords, employers, politicians, draft boards, the law and, most important, toward the "square". The author presents a picture of their way of life, their individual backgrounds, the language they have appropriated, in terms made clear for the first time to those of us who have been confused and puzzled about them. He also provides a balanced discussion of their literature, art and music, of what they produce and fail to produce in the arts they practice.--Print Ed.
By Bonnye Matthews. 2016
"America's preeminent writer of prehistoric history [writes] ... . a book of hearts and minds." Grace Cavalieri, award-winning author, host… of The Poet and the Poem from the US Library of Congress.After years of abuse from his father, Wing leaves the only home he's ever known. As the male lion leaves its pride, he must find a new home or die. He is sixteen, frail, injured, and alone in the mountainous untamed and untouched wilderness of Mexico of 250,000 BC. Wing struggles to survive, proving himself against a bear, where he learns elementary freedom. Award-winning writer of prehistoric fiction Bonnye Matthews' novella, Freedom, 250,000 BC, brings to life primitive early Americans through Wing's growing understanding of what freedom is and its importance for life.Freedom, 250,000 BC is dedicated to the archaeological site south of Puebla, Mexico at the Valsequillo Reservoir. The site is an amazingly rich prehistoric view of the glory and infamy of human life in the Americas, specifically Mexico, in 250,000 BC. "The outstanding Winds of Change series is highly and enthusiastically recommended for personal reading lists, as well as both community and academic library historical fiction collections." Midwest Book Review
By Cleo Dawson. 2018
Originally published in 1943, SHE CAME TO THE VALLEY by Cleo Dawson became an instant bestseller. It is a story… of the visions and successes, the heartbreaks and joys of pioneers who established the Texas-Mexican Border town of Mission Texas. Many of the incidents recounted in this book actually happened in the area at the time when thousands of “homeseekers” found in the rich Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas a place to start a new and challenging life for their families in the first decade and a half of the Twentieth Century.One such family was that of Ed and Willy Dawson and their two little girls who arrived by covered wagon through the brush country between “the Valley” and Laredo. At that time, Mission was near the end of the western end of the railroad whose beacon attracted those pioneer dreamers. Markets would now be possible for the fruits and vegetables growing in the lush Delta formed by thousands of years in the flow of the Rio Grande on its way to the Gulf of Mexico.A delightful read, SHE CAME TO THE VALLEY aims to provide a new generation an appreciation of their heritage from those early pioneers.