Mark Twain’s masterpiece and the greatest of American novels Tom Sawyer’s best friend, Huckleberry Finn, takes center stage in this classic tale of boyhood adventure. Fleeing his drunken father and the civilizing influence of the Widow Douglas, Huck and the runaway slave Jim pilot a log raft down the mighty Mississippi River. The colorful characters and dramatic situations they encounter along the way—from bloodthirsty thieves lurking in an abandoned steamboat to a pair of aristocratic conmen dead set on robbing Arkansas blind—draw the two escapees closer together, until Huck is forced to make a fateful choice between Jim’s freedom and his own salvation. One of the first major novels written in an American vernacular, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an essential part of the national identity. Its sophisticated treatment of serious themes such as the evils of slavery, the individual versus society, and the conflicting impulses of human nature, make it as vital and important today as when it was first published more than one hundred and thirty years ago. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
Barry Eric Odell Pain (1864-1928) was an English journalist, poet, and writer best known for his ghost and horror stories."The Missing Years" is the haunting tale of Sylvia Hetheril, who goes out to post letters one day and fails to return. All enquiries and advertisements fail to trace her, and eventually her family are forced to abandon the search.On the same day that Sylvia Hetheril disappears, a mysterious woman named Sylvia arrives at a remote house near the coast. She is suffering from amnesia and remembers nothing about her past, her family or where she came from. She only knows that she is needed at this house...and indeed her arrival saves a man's life.Two years later Sylvia Hetheril's brother, Charles, receives a letter from his missing sister, announcing that she is about to re-enter their lives. Her return is perhaps even stranger than her disappearance.
Edward Frederic Benson (1867-1940) was an English novelist, biographer, memoirist, archaeologist, and short story writer, best known for his evocative and beautifully narrated ghost stories."The Dust-Cloud" tells the story of a very unusual ghost. The apparition is a reconstruction of a dreadful car accident in which a child is run over and the driver subsequently crashes and is killed. But what actually happened that night? And could it have been something more sinister than a simple accident?
Perhaps Blackwood's most celebrated story, The Willows was influenced heavily by his own trips down the Danube River. It tells the story of two campers who pick the wrong place to sleep for the night, a place where another dimension impinges on our own. H.P. Lovecraft considered this the finest supernatural tale in English literature.
Terry Malloy is a hoodlum, caught between the beginnings of a conscience and the racketeers for whom he works. Katie is t hat conscience. But she is torn between her love for him and her belief he killed her brother. Together with a slum-reared Catholic priest, Father Pete Barry, Terry and Katie take on the gangster-ridden waterfront unions of Johnnie Friendly. After writing the award-winning film of On The Waterfron, Budd Schulberg developed the story of Terry Malloy into a novel. An exceptionally talented and experienced reader, William Hootkins captures the mood of this stark, realistic, story of brutality, corruption and tender love with great force and energy.
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