Suddenly Last Summer and Other Plays (Penguin Modern Classics)

By Tennessee Williams

Those 3 dramatic works by way of Tennessee Williams discover the darker part of human nature and are haunted via a feeling of isolation and remorse. 'Suddenly final Summer' is the starkly advised tale of Catherine, who doubtless is going insane after her cousin Sebastian dies in grisly situations on a visit to Europe. 'The Milk teach Doesn't cease the following Anymore' is a passionate exam of a prosperous outdated lady as she recounts her stories within the face of loss of life, whereas in 'Small Craft Warnings' a motley team of individuals - together with a blowsy beautician, a discredited alcoholic health care professional, a weak waif and homosexual males - take a seat round a seedy bar at the Californian coast, every one considering their very own determined destiny.

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Whites

By Norman Rush

During this significant number of tales, Rush produces indelible photos of Euro-American ex-patriates at free results in the black African republic of Botswana. The author's characters are unforgettable, whereas their predicaments are humorous, improbably logical, and virtually affecting as Africa itself. strong and original.--New York occasions.

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Leaves of Grass: The Original 1855 Edition (Dover Thrift Editions)

By Walt Whitman

In 1855, Walt Whitman released — at his personal cost — the 1st version of Leaves of Grass, a visionary quantity of twelve poems. exhibiting the effect of a uniquely American type of mysticism often called Transcendentalism, which eschewed the final society and tradition of the time, the writing is extraordinary by an explosively cutting edge unfastened verse variety and formerly unmentionable subject material. Exalting nature, celebrating the human physique, and praising the senses and sexual love, the enormous paintings used to be condemned as "immoral." Whitman persisted evolving Leaves of Grass regardless of the debate, turning out to be his influential paintings a long time after its first visual appeal through including new poems with every one new printing.
This version provides the original twelve poems from Whitman's superior 1855 booklet of Leaves of Grass. integrated are a few of the maximum poems of contemporary occasions: "Song of Myself," "I Sing the physique Electric," and "There used to be a baby Went Forth," works that proceed to upset traditional notions of attractiveness and originality even today.

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Moby Dick

Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is a singular via Herman Melville, during which Ishmael narrates the monomaniacal quest of Ahab, captain of the whaler Pequod, for revenge at the albino sperm whale Moby Dick, which on a prior voyage destroyed Ahab's send and severed his leg on the knee. even supposing the unconventional used to be a advertisement failure and out of print on the time of the author's demise in 1891, its attractiveness grew immensely through the 20th century. D. H. Lawrence referred to as it "one of the strangest and so much significant books within the world," and "the maximum publication of the ocean ever written." Moby-Dick is taken into account an exceptional American Novel and an excellent paintings of the Romantic interval in the United States and the yankee Renaissance. "Call me Ishmael" is one among global literature's most renowned commencing sentences. The made from a 12 months and a 1/2 writing, the booklet is devoted to Nathaniel Hawthorne, "in token of my admiration for his genius," and attracts on Melville's adventure at sea, on his examining in whaling literature, and on literary inspirations corresponding to Shakespeare and the Bible. The unique and reasonable descriptions of whale searching and of extracting whale oil, in addition to lifestyles aboard send between a culturally assorted group, are combined with exploration of sophistication and social prestige, solid and evil, and the lifestyles of God. as well as narrative prose, Melville makes use of kinds and literary units starting from songs, poetry and catalogs to Shakespearean level instructions, soliloquies and asides. the writer replaced the name on the final second in September 1851. The paintings first seemed because the Whale in London in October 1851, after which below its definitive name Moby-Dick in long island in November. The whale, besides the fact that, looks in either the London and big apple versions as "Moby Dick," without hyphen. The British variation of 5 hundred copies used to be no longer reprinted in the course of the author's existence, the yank of just about 3 thousand was once reprinted 3 times at nearly 250 copies, the final reprinting in 1871. those figures are exaggerated simply because 300 copies have been destroyed in a hearth at Harper's; merely 3,200 copies have been truly bought throughout the author's lifestyles.

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Racconti

I personaggi di Poe, o meglio il personaggio di Poe, cioè l'uomo dalle facoltà sovracute, l'uomo dai nervi allentati, l'uomo che lancia una sfida alle difficoltà con l. a. volontà ardente e paziente, colui il cui sguardo è teso con l. a. rigidità di una spada su oggetti che ingrandiscono quando li fissa, quest'uomo è Poe stesso. E le sue donne? Tutte luminose ed ammalate, morenti di strani mali, dalla voce simile alla musica?... (Charles Baudelaire)I racconti più belli e famosi di Edgar Allan Poe, in una interpretazione a voce alta misurata, e nello stesso pace sapientemente evocativa.

Please be aware: This audiobook is in Italian.

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William Styron: A Life

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

Though reared within the South, Styron spent such a lot of his grownup operating lifestyles within the North. His first booklet, Lie Down in Darkness, used to be a super debut, which galvanized him to move out of the country for the 1st time. In Paris, he fell in with different younger American writers and helped came upon The Paris evaluation besides George Plimpton and Peter Matthiessen. Styron spent a 12 months in Rome, married, and again to the States.

After writing Set This condominium on fireplace, an formidable 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 condo on Styron's estate in Connecticut in this interval, grew to become a sounding board, in addition to an concept, for the radical. It used to be additionally approximately this time that Styron started lifelong institutions with Philip Roth, Arthur Miller, Carlos Fuentes, Willie Morris, and, particularly, James Jones. Readers should be occupied with the complete tale of Styron's feud with Norman Mailer, an estrangement so critical that every refused to talk to the opposite for nearly twenty-five years.

Styron's political existence has been lively, from his presence on the riot-torn l968 Democratic nationwide conference in Chicago to his arguable long term competition to the loss of life penalty.

The Confessions of Nat Turner made Styron well-known, however it additionally introduced him lower than 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 grew to become to a different charged subject--the Holocaust--and Auschwitz turned the point of interest of his existence for numerous years. the end result used to be a unique that additional a tremendous 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 booklet that dramatically altered the nation's damaging conception of scientific depression.

James West has studied William Styron's existence and occupation for over 20 years. He has had entire entry not just to Styron's papers, letters, and manuscripts, but in addition to his associates, and has produced a very good portrait of 1 of the main arguable and well-liked authors of his new release.

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White Fang

By Jack London

Born within the wilds of the freezing chilly Yukon, White Fang – half-dog, half-wolf – is the one animal within the muddle to outlive. He quickly learns the tough legislation of nature, but buried deep within him are the far away thoughts of love and love. Will this fiercely self reliant creature of the wild learn how to belief guy again?

Richard Adams, prize-winning writer of Watership Down, introduces this chilling, attractive story of the wild.

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Fidelity: Poems

By Grace Paley

Just prior to her loss of life in 2007 on the age of eighty-four, Grace Paley accomplished this clever and poignant booklet of poems. filled with stories of family and friends and incisive observations of lifestyles in either her cherished native land, ny urban, and rural Vermont, the poems are sober and playful, experimenting with shape whereas ultimate eminently readable. They discover the beginnings and ends of relationships, the binds that bind siblings, the workings of goals, the surreal strangeness of the getting older body―all imbued together with her detailed viewpoint and voice. Mournful and mawkish, but in addition ruefully humorous and entire of affection, Fidelity is Grace Paley's passionate and haunting elegy for the lifestyles she used to be leaving behind.

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