At Fault (Dover Thrift Editions)

By Kate Chopin

In her personal time, the works of Kate Chopin (1851–1904) surprised readers and critics with their problem to modern mores. Her tales and novels show unsparing truths in regards to the inside lives of ladies, a few of whom skilled profound disillusionment with the inflexible yoke of marriage, mixed with an unfulfilled eager for self-realization. Celebrated this present day as a precursor of twentieth-century feminism, Chopin's fiction is taken into account to be one of the masterpieces of yankee literature.
True to the writer's intrepid explorations of taboo topics and resonating with autobiographical components, At Fault masterfully portrays a posh love triangle amid the tensions of the agricultural post-Reconstruction South. Thérèse Lafirme is a tender Creole widow in love with a divorced St. Louis businessman, David Hosmer. the ethical and spiritual constraints thrust upon Thérèse hinder her reputation of Hosmer's marriage ceremony inspiration, atmosphere the 2 on a treacherous course that contains Hosmer's former spouse, Fanny. initially released in 1890, the radical is marked via an analogous fearless exam of society and sexuality that distinguish Chopin's later works.

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Beautiful Maria of My Soul

By Oscar Hijuelos

The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love is a Pulitzer Prize-winning modern American vintage, a ebook that also captivates and conjures up readers 20 years after its first booklet. Now, in Beautiful Maria of My Soul, Oscar Hijuelos returns to this indelible tale, to inform it from the perspective of its cherished heroine, Maria.

She's the good Cuban good looks who stole musician Nestor Castillo's middle and broke it, inspiring him to put in writing the Mambo Kings' largest hit, ''Beautiful Maria of My Soul.'' Now in her sixties and dwelling in Miami together with her pediatrician daughter, Teresa, Maria is still a good looks, nonetheless able to turning heads. yet she hasn't ever forgotten Nestor, and as she thinks again to her days--and nights--in Havana, a wholly new viewpoint at the Mambo Kings tale unfolds.

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The Ides of March: A Novel

By Thornton Wilder

Drawing on such designated resources as Thornton Wilder's unpublished letters, journals, and choices from the large annotations Wilder made years later within the margins of the e-book, Tappan Wilder's Afterword provides a different measurement to the reissue of this the world over acclaimed novel.

The Ides of March, first released in 1948, is an excellent epistolary novel set in Julius Caesar's Rome. Thornton Wilder known as it "a fantasia on definite occasions and people of the final days of the Roman republic." via vividly imagined letters and records, Wilder brings to lifestyles a dramatic interval of worldwide heritage and one among history's such a lot magnetic, elusive personalities.

In this artistic narrative, the Caesar of heritage turns into Caesar the individual. Wilder additionally resurrects the arguable figures surrounding Caesar -- Cleopatra, Catullus, Cicero, and others. All Rome comes crowding via those pages -- the Rome of villas and slums, appealing ladies and brawling youths, spies and assassins.

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Dear Mark Twain: Letters from His Readers (Jumping Frogs: Undiscovered, Rediscovered, and Celebrated Writings of Mark Twain)

By R. Kent Rasmussen

A voracious pack-rat, Mark Twain hoarded his readers' letters as did few of his contemporaries. Dear Mark Twain collects two hundred of those letters written by means of a various cross-section of correspondents from round the world—children, farmers, schoolteachers, businessmen, preachers, railroad clerks, inmates of psychological associations, con artists, or even a former president. it's a designated and groundbreaking book—the first released selection of reader letters to any author of Mark Twain's time. Its contents come up with the money for a unprecedented and exhilarating glimpse into the sensibilities of nineteenth-century humans whereas revealing the impression Samuel L. Clemens had on his readers. Clemens’s personal and sometimes startling reviews and replies also are included.

R. Kent Rasmussen’s huge study presents interesting profiles of the correspondents, whose own tales are usually as fascinating as their letters. starting from gushing fan appreciations and requests for support and recommendation to feedback for writing initiatives and stinging criticisms, the letters are jam-packed with perceptive insights, pathos, and accidental yet usually riotous humor. Many are deeply relocating, various are hilarious, a few should be stunning, yet none are dull.

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Redburn: His First Voyage, Being the Sailor-Boy, Confessions and Reminiscences of the Son-of-a-Gentleman, In the Merchant Service

By Herman Melville

Wellington Redburn is a fifteen-year-old from the kingdom of recent York, with just one dream - to run away to sea. despite the fact that, whilst he does fulfil this long-held myth, he fast reveals that fact as a cabin boy is much harsher than he ever imagined. Mocked by means of the team on board the Highlander for his weak point and bullied by means of the vicious and cruel sailor Jackson, Wellington needs to fight to suffer the lengthy trip from ny to Liverpool. but if he does succeed in England, he's both horrified by way of what he reveals there: poverty, desperation and ethical corruption. encouraged by way of Melville's personal younger reports on board a shipment boat, this can be a compelling story of innocence remodeled, via sour adventure, into disillusionment. a desirable sea magazine and coming-of-age story, Redburn presents a different perception into the brain of 1 of America's maximum novelists.

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The Cambridge Companion to the African American Novel (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

Combining scholarship masking 150 years of novel writing within the united states, newly commissioned essays learn 80 African American novels. They comprise famous works in addition to writings lately recovered or stated. the gathering positive factors essays at the slave narrative, coming of age, vernacular modernism, and the post-colonial novel to aid readers achieve a greater appreciation of the African American novel's variety and complexity.

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The House of the Seven Gables (The Penguin American Library)

By Nathaniel Hawthorne

First released in 1851, the home of the Seven Gables is one in every of Hawthorne's defining works, a shiny depiction of yankee existence and values replete with brilliantly etched characters. the story of a cursed residence with a "mysterious and poor previous" and the generations associated with it, Hawthorne's chronicle of the Maule and Pyncheon households over centuries unearths, in Mary Oliver's phrases, "lives stuck within the universal fireplace of history."

This smooth Library Paperback Classics variation makes use of the definitive textual content as ready for The Centenary variation of the Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne; this can be the authorized version of the heart for Scholarly variants (Modern Language Association). It comprises newly commissioned notes at the textual content.

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Run River

By Joan Didion

Joan Didion's electrifying first novel is a haunting portrait of a wedding whose flawed turns and betrayals are immediately totally idiosyncratic and a razor-sharp statement at the background of California. Everett McClellan and his spouse, Lily, are the great-grandchildren of pioneers, and what occurs to them is a sad epilogue to the pioneer adventure, a narrative of homicide and betrayal that simply Didion may well inform with such nuance, sympathy, and suspense.

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Herland, the Yellow Wall-Paper, and Selected Writings

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) used to be an American sociologist, writer, poet, and lecturer whose influential paintings and unorthodox way of life made her an icon for destiny generations of feminists. a lot of her paintings criticized universal perceptions of the position of ladies in marriage and society, and encouraged academic, monetary, and cultural equality for ladies. This variation gains "Herland", a utopian novel concerning the exploration of an remoted, solely lady, society via 3 American males. additionally integrated is her most famed paintings, "The Yellow Wall-Paper", a semi-autobiographical tale written through Gilman in 1890 after a critical bout of post-partum melancholy. the tale of a lady who's pushed insane after 3 months trapped in her domestic, disadvantaged of any psychological stimulation, used to be a right away feedback of the general practitioner who "treated" Gilman's melancholy. The tales and poems during this assortment have been taken from newspapers, periodicals and Gilman's self-published journal, "The Forerunner".

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