Named a "Best Untranslated Writer" by GrantaWinner of the most prestigious Spanish-language award in the world, the Cervantes Prize (in 2005)Author is a major influence on the contemporary generation of Latin American authors such as Roberto Bolaño, Enrique Vila-Matas, and Valeria Luiselli
The Gods of Pegana is the first book by Anglo-Irish fantasy writer Lord Dunsany, published on a commission basis in 1905... The book is a series of short stories linked by Dunsany's invented pantheon of deities who dwell in Pegana. It was followed by a further collection "Time and the Gods" and by some stories in "The Sword of Welleran and Other Stories". (Summary by Jason Mills)
Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937), who wrote as H. P. Lovecraft, was an American writer who achieved posthumous acclaim for his outstanding and influential works of horror fiction."Pickman's Model" is the story of a bizarre painter who has an uncanny genius for painting terrifying, hellish creatures which are extraordinarily lifelike. Indeed, the rendition is so amazing that it seems inconceivable that they could have been painted from anything but a real-life model. But of course that could never be...surely....
“The spirit of a rural town during China's Cultural Revolution is captured” in this Flannery O’Connor Award-winning short story collection (Publishers Weekly). The acclaimed poet Ha Jin was raised in China and emigrated to the United States after the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989. In Under the Red Flag, he writes about loss and moral deterioration with the keen sense of a survivor. His stories examine life in the bleak rural town of Dismount Fort, where privacy is nonexistent and paranoia rules as neighbor turns against neighbor, husband turns against wife, state turns against individual, history turns against humanity. In "A Man-to-Be," an engaged militiaman participates in a gang rape, but finds himself impotent when he looks into the eyes of the victim. His fiancee's family breaks off the engagement, not because of the rape, but because they doubt his virility. In "Winds and Clouds over a Funeral," a Communist leader disobeys his mother's last wish for burial to keep his good standing in the party, but his enemies bring him down for being a bad son. "In Broad Daylight" is the story of the public humiliation of a woman accused of being a whore. Her dignified defiance is gradually stripped away as she is dragged through the streets, cursed and spat upon by strangers and family alike.
Typee is Herman Melville's first book, recounting his experiences after having jumped ship in the Marquesas Islands in 1842, and becoming a captive of a cannibal island tribe. It was an immediate success in America and England, and was Melville's most popular work during his lifetime. It was not until the end of the 1930's that it was surpassed in popularity by Moby Dick, more than thirty years after his death. The story provoked harsh criticism for its condemnation of missionary efforts in the Pacific Islands. Many sought to discredit the book, claiming that it was a work of fiction, but this criticism ended when the events it described were corroborated by Melville's fellow castaway, Richard T. Greene, who appears in the story as the character Toby
John Davys Beresford (1873-1947) was an English writer, now remembered for his early science fiction and short stories in the horror story and ghost story genres."The Hidden Beast" is a strange and evocative tale of superstition, supernatural forces and suspense. Could the rumours about a strange beast, imprisoned and tortured in the lonely house in the woods where the weird man lives really be true?
F.Scott Fitzgerald—The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonO.Henry—The Gift of the MagiMark Twain—On The Decay of the Art of LyingSun Tzu—The Art of WarE.A. Poe—The RavenKahlil Gibran—The MadmanW.W. Jacobs—The Monkey's PawAnonymous—AladdinThe Founding Fathers—The Declaration of IndependencePlato—The Apology of Socrates Lord Alfred Tennyson—Charge of the Light BrigadeT.S. Eliot—The Waste LandWilliam Dean Howells—Wild Flowers of the AsphaltKarl Marx and Friedrich Engels—The Communist ManifestoE.A. Poe—The Pit and the PendulumF. Scott Fitzgerald—The Offshore PirateLeo Tolstoy—A Letter to a HinduWashington Irving—The Legend of Sleepy HollowSamuel Taylor Coleridge—Kubla KhanF. Scott Fitzgerald—Camel's BackBram Stoker—The Judge's HouseLao Tzu—Tao Te ChingPlato—The Allegory of the CaveOscar Wilde—The Happy PrinceOscar Wilde—The Nightingale and the RoseWilliam Blake—Songs of InnocencePatrick Henry—Give Me LibertyH.G. Wells—The Magic ShopSaki—The Music on the HillHerman Melville—Bartleby the scrivenerMark Twain—The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras CountyClement Clarke Moore—Twas the Night Before ChristmasBret Harte—The Luck of Roaring CampO.Henry—The Caballero's WayT.S. Eliot—The Love Song of J. Alfred ProfrockImmanuel Kant—Answering the Question: What is Enlightenment?Jack London—To Build a FireEdgar Allan Poe—The Fall of the House of UsherHenry Ford—The Terror of the MachineG.K. Chesterton—The Blue CrossCharles Perrault—CinderellaAnton Chekhov—Difficult PeopleD.H. Lawrence—The Prussian OfficerFyodor Dostoevsky—The Dream of A Ridiculous ManFranz Kafka—The JudgementJames Joyce—The DeadSaki—The Unrest CureJohn Muir—Steep TrailsAnton Chekhov—Lady with a DogAnton Chekhov—The Wife
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