Emma, by Jane Austen, is a novel about youthful hubris and the perils of misconstrued romance. The story takes place in the fictional village of Highbury and the surrounding estates of Hartfield, Randalls, and Donwell Abbey and involves the relationships among individuals in those locations consisting of "3 or 4 families in a country village".
Pride and Prejudice is an 1813 romantic novel of manners written by Jane Austen. The novel follows the character development of Elizabeth Bennet, the dynamic protagonist of the book, who learns about the repercussions of hasty judgments and eventually comes to appreciate the difference between superficial goodness and actual goodness. A classic piece filled with comedy, its humor lies in its honest depiction of manners, education, marriage and money during the Regency era in Great Britain.
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is an 1851 novel by American writer Herman Melville. The book is sailor Ishmael's narrative of the obsessive quest of Ahab, captain of the whaling ship Pequod, for revenge on Moby Dick, the giant white sperm whale that on the ship's previous voyage bit off Ahab's leg at the knee.
Mr. F. Hadland Davis narrates the stories of Japanese folklore in the most charming of ways that attract both adults and children alike. like all folklore and myths, it contains the primal factors of the civilization and environments like gods, heroes, and warriors; legends of Buddha, and of the goddess Benten and the god Daikoku; tales of the sea and of Mount Fuji; accounts of superstitions and supernatural beings; observations on the spiritual properties of fans, flowers, dolls and butterflies and much more.
Middlemarch, A Study of Provincial Life is a novel by the English author George Eliot, first published in eight instalments in 1871–1872. The novel is set in the fictitious Midlands town of Middlemarch during 1829–1832 and follows several distinct, intersecting stories with a large cast of characters.
The Iliad is an ancient Greek epic poem in dactylic hexameter, traditionally attributed to Homer. Set during the Trojan War, the ten-year siege of the city of Troy by a coalition of Greek states, it tells of the battles and events during the weeks of a quarrel between King Agamemnon and the warrior Achilles.
Anne Beddingfeld was a newly-orphaned nice English girl looking for a bit of adventure in London. One day at Hyde Park Corner tube station a man falls onto the track where Anne was on the platform, dying instantly. The doctor examines who pronounced the man dropped a note saying “17.1 22 Kilmorden Castle” before he disappeared. Meanwhile a beautiful ballet dancer was brutally strangulated to death and valuable diamonds vanished. On the luxury liner Kilmorden Castle, people tried to kill her as well while rummaging her possessions for something. She can’t fathom what. She is the last person suitable to crack this mystery yet she accepted this daunting challenge that takes her as far as Africa while the tension builds. She must uncover the faceless killer known as “The Colonel”.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. It was first published on 14 October 1892; the individual stories had been serialised in The Strand Magazine between July 1891 and June 1892.
If Haggard–one of the greatest adventure writers of all time–is remembered now, it is for his novels featuring Allan Quatermain, a hero whose exploits form the most important sequence of his books. Quatermain's life is chronicled in such novels as King Solomon's Mines, Allan Quatermain, She, and many others. However, despite the importance of the Quaterman books, many of Haggard's other novels are interesting in their own right. Nada the Lily is the first of four books about the Zulus, all of which are excellent. Eric Brighteyes is rich, fantasy-laden Icelandic saga. The World's Desire (written by Andrew Lang) is a fantasy about the characters in The Odyssey. And there are numerous other titles (many of them reprinted by Wildside Press as part of the Wildside Fantasy Classics series) that bring undeservingly lost Haggard books back into print. The Yellow Idol, originally published in 1908, is another of Haggard's African novels, and it features many elements of the region.
H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines has entertained generations of readers since its first publication in 1885. Following a mysterious map of dubious reliability, a small group of men treks into southern Africa in search of a lost friend-and a lost treasure, the fabled mines of King Solomon. Led by the English adventurer and fortune hunter Allan Quartermain, they discover a frozen corpse, survive untold dangers in remote mountains and deserts, and encounter the merciless King Twala en route to the legendary hoard of diamonds.
The Modern Traveller is an excellent satire (in verses), published in 1898. It highlights the effects of British colonialism and white savior complex with irony and sarcasm. It parodied a contemporary adventure book called “In Darkest Africa” (1890) by Henry Morton Stanley. The entire poem is an interview between a journalist of the daily Menace (probably poking at the daily Mail) and a dishonest adventurer. The so-called adventurer explained how his own heroism saves the day and the untold hardship is suffered by the natives and how unacceptably unrefined and gullible they were. The other characters who were involved in this expedition Commander Sin and Captain Blood, (fictional as well) conveniently did not survive to give their individual testimony of this whole adventure. It ends with the narrator bragging about how much he is offered for his upcoming book on this expedition.
All persons like stories. Children call for them from their earliest years. The purpose of this book is to provide children and youth with stories worth reading; stories relating incidents of history, missionary effort, and home and school experiences. These stories will inspire, instruct, and entertain the readers. Nearly all of these have appeared in print before, and are reprinted in this form through the courteous permission of their writers and publishers.
A Journal of the Plague Year is an account of one man's experiences of the year 1665 when the bubonic plague hit the city of London and it is known as the Great Plague of London. It was first published in March 1722. The narrative is quite chronological although without sections or chapter headings, and with frequent parentheses and recurrences. The author was an eyewitness of the accounts during this time and wrote it in the previous era of its publication. Defoe was only five years old in 1665. So, the book is most likely based on his uncle, Henry Foe’s journals. In the book, Defoe goes to great lengths to represent a real picture of the pandemic by identifying specific neighbourhoods, streets, and even houses in which events took place. Moreover, it provides tables of fatality figures and describes the reliability of various accounts and stories found by the narrator. The book is often paralleled to the authentic, contemporary accounts of the plague in the record of Samuel Pepys.
"The Fall of the House of Usher" is a narrative short story by American writer Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1839 in Burton's Gentleman's Magazine before being included in the collection Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque in 1840. The short story is a work of gothic fiction and includes themes of madness, family, isolation, and metaphysical identities.
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The novel begins with a lawyer named Mr. Utterson going for a walk with his friend and relative Mr. Enfield. They walk past a door, which somehow prompts Mr. Enfield to tell a sad story: a brute of a man knocked down a little girl, everyone yelled at the rude man, and the man offered to pay a lot of money. He then disappeared through the door, only to return with a large check drawn from Dr. Jekyll’s bank account. The nasty man? None other than Mr. Hyde. Mr. Utterson, it turns out, is Dr. Jekyll’s lawyer, and we find out that in the event of Dr. Jekyll’s death or disappearance, his entire estate is to be turned over to Mr. Hyde. Mr. Utterson, who thinks highly of Dr. Jekyll, is extremely suspicious of this whole arrangement. He resolves to get to the bottom of this mystery.
"The Dunwich Horror" is a horror short story by American writer H. P. Lovecraft. Written in 1928, it was first published in the April 1929 issue of Weird Tales. It takes place in Dunwich, a fictional town in Massachusetts. It is considered one of the core stories of the Cthulhu Mythos.
Originally published in 1908 and out of print for more than half a century, this collection of stories presents Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at his finest. These are seventeen tales of suspense and adventure, of the mysterious and the fantastic, meant to be read "round the fire" upon a winter's night. Murder, madness, ghosts, unsolved crimes, diabolical traps, and inexplicable disappearances abound in these exciting accounts narrated by doctors, lawyers, genetlemen, teachers, burglars, dilettantes, and convicted criminals.
Nature stories, legends, and poems appeal to the young reader’s interest in various ways. Some of them suggest or reveal certain facts which stimulate a spirit of investigation and attract the child’s attention to the beauty and mystery of the world. Others serve an excellent purpose by quickening his sense of humor. Seedtime and harvest have always been seasons of absorbing interest and have furnished the story-teller with rich themes. The selections in “The Emerald Story Book” emphasize the hope and the premise of the spring; the stories, legends, and poems in this volume, “The Topaz Story Book,” express the joy and blessing which attend the harvest-time when the fields are rich in golden grain and the orchard boughs bend low with mellow fruit. “The year’s work is done. She walks in gorgeous apparel, looking upon her long labor and her serene eye saith, ‘It is good.
Solomon Northup is deceived, kidnapped, abused, removed from family, deprived of identity, and beaten into a long, weary, unjustified submission. Yet he is never broken. 12 Years a Slave is a testament to the supremacy of the human spirit and the persistent resilience of hope. Even in his worst days of sorrow, he endured the brutalities of Edwin Epps, he never gives in to disappear, and he always knew deep in his heart that one day he will be free. He never loses faith in his friends, constantly assured that if he can only get word to the North then they will indeed come to his rescue. And they do. In the end, Solomon Northup’s tear-jerking journey uplifts because in his testimony is evidence that faith and hope can withstand—and triumph.
Journey to the Center of the Earth (French: Voyage au centre de la Terre, also translated under the titles A Journey to the Centre of the Earth and A Journey to the Interior of the Earth) is an 1864 science fiction novel by Jules Verne. The story involves German professor Otto Lidenbrock who believes there are volcanic tubes going toward the centre of the Earth. He, his nephew Axel, and their guide Hans descend into the Icelandic volcano Snæfellsjökull, encountering many adventures, including prehistoric animals and natural hazards, before eventually coming to the surface again in southern Italy, at the Stromboli volcano. The genre of subterranean fiction already existed long before Verne. However, Journey considerably added to the genre's popularity and influenced later such writings. For example, Edgar Rice Burroughs explicitly acknowledged Verne's influence on his own Pellucidar series.
you are looking for some over the top pulp action, however, this book aims to please. The premises take place after “The Return of Tarzan” where we find, Tarzan now as Lord Greystoke -is settling down in civilized London. However, his old enemies Nikolas Rokoff and henchman Alexis Paulvitch are still on his heel. They kidnap his only wife, Jane and son, Jack and left Tarzan in a stranded island. As always Tarzen used his dexterity and primal aptitude with the help of a tribe of Gorillaz led by clever Akut, a vicious panther Sheeta and Mugambi, giant chief of the Wagambi tribe. Finally, Tarzen reached the mainland and finds Jane who was planning her own escape from the kidnappers. The group confronts the kidnappers and Tarzan unleashes his vengeance. The irony here is Tarzan had come from the jungle into civilization, and his son was taken from civilization into the wilderness.
A posthumous story of immense power, written by a master of weird fiction—a tale of a revolting horror in the cellar of an old house in New England From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent. Sometimes it enters directly into the composition of the events, while sometimes it relates only to their fortuitous position among persons and places. The latter sort is splendidly exemplified by a case in the ancient city of Providence, where in the late forties Edgar Allan Poe used to sojourn often during his unsuccessful wooing of the gifted poetess, Mrs. Whitman. Poe generally stopped at the Mansion House in Benefit Street—the renamed Golden Ball Inn whose roof has sheltered Washington, Jefferson, and Lafayette—and his favorite walk led northward along the same street to Mrs. Whitman's home and the neighboring hillside churchyard of St. John's, whose hidden expanse of Eighteenth Century gravestones had for him a peculiar fascination.