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Collected Works: Volume IV

by Edgar Allan Poe

Collected Works of American author Edgar Allan Poe include many poems, short stories, and one novel. His fiction spans multiple genres, including horror fiction, adventure, science fiction, and detective fiction, a genre he is credited with inventing.

These works are generally considered part of the Dark romanticism movement, a literary reaction to Transcendentalism. Poe’s writing reflects his literary theories: he disagreed with didacticism and allegory. Meaning in literature, he said in his criticism, should be an undercurrent just beneath the surface; works whose meanings are too obvious cease to be art. Poe pursued originality in his works, and disliked proverbs. He often included elements of popular pseudosciences such as phrenology and physiognomy. His most recurring themes deal with questions of death, including its physical signs, the effects of decomposition, concerns of premature burial, the reanimation of the dead, and mourning. Though known as a masterly practitioner of Gothic fiction, Poe did not invent the genre; he was following a long-standing popular tradition.

Poe’s literary career began in 1827 with the release of 50 copies of Tamerlane and Other Poems credited only to “a Bostonian”, a collection of early poems that received virtually no attention. In December 1829, Poe released Al Aaraaf, Tamerlane, and Minor Poems in Baltimore before delving into short stories for the first time with “Metzengerstein” in 1832. His most successful and most widely read prose during his lifetime was “The Gold-Bug”, which earned him a $100 prize, the most money he received for a single work. One of his most important works, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”, was published in 1841 and is today considered the first modern detective story. Poe called it a “tale of ratiocination”. Poe became a household name with the publication of “The Raven” in 1845, though it was not a financial success. The publishing industry at the time was a difficult career choice and much of Poe’s work was written using themes specifically catered for mass market tastes.



Crime and Punishment

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Crime and Punishment is a novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It was first published in the literary journal The Russian Messenger in twelve monthly installments during 1866. It was later published in a single volume. It is the second of Dostoyevsky’s full-length novels following his return from 10 years of exile in Siberia. Crime and Punishment is considered the first great novel of his “mature” period of writing.

Crime and Punishment focuses on the mental anguish and moral dilemmas of Rodion Raskolnikov, an impoverished ex-student in Saint Petersburg who formulates and executes a plan to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker for her cash. Raskolnikov, in an attempt to defend his actions, argues that with the pawnbroker’s money he can perform good deeds to counterbalance the crime, while ridding the world of a vermin. He also commits the murder to test a theory of his that dictates some people are naturally capable of such actions, and even have the right to perform them. Several times throughout the novel, Raskolnikov compares himself with Napoleon Bonaparte and shares his belief that murder is permissible in pursuit of a higher purpose.



Eve: In the Beginning

by H. B. Moore

#1 Amazon Bestseller in Christian Historical Romance

#1 Amazon Bestseller in Christian Historical Fiction

From USA Today bestselling author H. B. Moore, comes . . .

EVE: IN THE BEGINNING

The first love story on earth . . . Haunting . . . Lyrical . . . Unforgettable . . .

In a world where everything is perfect, yet the same day after day, Eve must decide if she wants to live forever in the garden with Adam and never know what lies beyond the walls. When she makes a choice with terrible consequences, the pain of mortality is swift. As she and Adam explore their new world, and her body changes, Eve discovers the sweetness of first love with the man who has always been at her side.



Emma

by Jane Austen

Emma, by Jane Austen, is a novel about youthful hubris and the perils of misconstrued romance. As in her other novels, Austen explores the concerns and difficulties of genteel women living in Georgian-Regency England; she also creates a lively comedy of manners among her characters.

Before she began the novel, Austen wrote, “I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like.” In the first sentence, she introduces the title character as “Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich.” Emma is spoiled, headstrong, and self-satisfied; she greatly overestimates her own matchmaking abilities; she is blind to the dangers of meddling in other people’s lives; and her imagination and perceptions often lead her astray.

This novel has been adapted for several films, many television programs, and a long list of stage plays.

Emma Woodhouse has just attended the wedding of Miss Taylor, her friend and former governess, to Mr Weston. Having introduced them, Emma takes credit for their marriage, and decides that she likes matchmaking. After she returns home to Hartfield with her father, Emma forges ahead with her new interest against the advice of her brother-in-law, Mr Knightley, and tries to match her new friend Harriet Smith to Mr Elton, the local vicar. First, Emma must persuade Harriet to refuse the marriage proposal from Robert Martin, a respectable, educated, and well-spoken young farmer, which Harriet does against her own wishes. However, Mr Elton, a social climber, thinks Emma is in love with him and proposes to her. When Emma tells him that she had thought him attached to Harriet, he is outraged. After Emma rejects him, Mr Elton leaves for a stay at Bath and returns with a pretentious, nouveau-riche wife, as Mr Knightley expected. Harriet is heartbroken and Emma feels ashamed about misleading her.



Silas Marner

by George Eliot

Embittered by a false accusation, disappointed in friendship and love, the weaver Silas Marner retreats into a long twilight life alone with his loom. . . and his gold. Silas hoards a treasure that kills his spirit until fate steals it from him and replaces it with a golden-haired founding child. Where she came from, who her parents were, and who really stole the gold are the secrets that permeate this moving tale of guilt and innocence. A moral allegory of the redemptive power of love, it is also a finely drawn picture of early nineteenth-century England in the days when spinning wheels hummed busily in the farmhouses, and of a simple way of life that was soon to disappear.



Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz

by L. Frank Baum

Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz is the fourth book set in the Land of Oz written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by John R. Neill. It was published on June 18, 1908 and reunites Dorothy with the humbug Wizard from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900). This is one of only two of the original fourteen Oz books (the other being The Emerald City of Oz (1910), to be illustrated with watercolor paintings.

Baum, having resigned himself to writing a series of Oz books, set up elements of this book in the prior Ozma of Oz (1907). He was not entirely pleased with this, as the introduction to Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz opens with the protest that he knows many tales of many lands, and hoped that children would permit him to tell them those tales.

Written shortly after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and around the time Baum moved to California, the book starts with an earthquake in California. Dorothy and others are swallowed up by cracks in the earth, and fall into an underground cavern, where they begin their adventures.

Very little of the story–six of the twenty chapters–actually takes place in Oz. As in Ozma of Oz before it, and in some of the books after, Oz is not the land where the adventures take place, but the land the characters are seeking as a refuge from adventure.

The book was dedicated to Harriet Alvena Baum Neal, the author’s eldest sister.



The Young Haggards (Haggard Chronicles Book 3)

by Christopher Nicole

â??A sensual, passion-packed saga.’ –Publishers Weekly

Roger Haggard has grown older and settled down. He is now divorced from his first wife, the embittered Jane, and married to his new love Rosalind (Lindy).

His legacy rests entirely on Harry Haggard, Roger’s only legitimate son and rightful heir to the Derleth estate.

But matters are complicated as Harry has been forbidden by his mother to set foot on the estate until his father’s death and Lindy’s downfall.

Harry finds himself a pawn in the feud between his parents. With the legacy of the Haggard family at stake, Roger becomes desperate, overlooking Harry because of his mother. As tensions build and other family members complicate affairs, the family becomes divided.

Will Dirk, a distant Haggard relative, be successful in his plot for the heirship?

Will Rosalind’s son, Strolo, cause an upset in the power dynamic?

And can Harry restore the rightly order of the Haggard family by taking his rightful place?

The third and final instalment in Christopher Nicole’s searing Haggard Chronicles, The Young Haggards is a story rich in drama and proves to be a worthy ending to the story of the Haggard family.

Praise for Christopher Nicole:

“His action-packed war story will appeal to squadrons of readers” –Library Journal

Born in 1930, Christopher Nicole spent his early years in British Guiana and the West Indies â?? years that would later strongly influence much of his writing. Many of his fifty novels are historical with a West Indian background. While his well-known Caribee saga tells the history of the British West Indian plantocracy, Haggard tells instead the tale of those West Indian nabobs who returned to England â?? and the difficulties they encountered there.



The Masquerade: A Legacy of Love Novel

by Melanie Dobson

Near the end of the Gilded Age, Elena Bissette’s family has decided to spend one last summer at their fashionable home on Mackinac Island. They’ve lost their family fortune, and Mrs. Bissette hopes to arrange a marriage between Elena and an elusive millionaire named Chester Darrington.

Elena quickly tires of the extravagant dinners and masquerade balls, preferring to spend her evenings watching the stars in an abandoned lighthouse. There she meets Chase, a handsome stranger who shares her love for the night sky. Together they begin working to solve a mystery buried in the pages of a tattered diary until Chase unmasks what seems to be the ultimate masquerade.

Legacy of Love is a series of historical romance novels based on the courageous people and significant events that wove together the rich tapestry of America’s freedom and faith. The print version of Masquerade is available online under its original title of Love Finds You in Mackinac Island, Michigan.



Dead Souls

by Nikolai Gogol

Dead Souls is a novel by Nikolai Gogol, first published in 1842, and widely regarded as an exemplar of 19th-century Russian literature.

The purpose of the novel was to demonstrate the flaws and faults of the Russian mentality and character. Gogol portrayed those defects through Pavel Ivanovich Chichikov (the main character) and the people whom he encounters in his endeavours. These people are typical of the Russian middle-class of the time. Gogol himself saw it as an “epic poem in prose”, and within the book as a “novel in verse”. Despite supposedly completing the trilogy’s second part, Gogol destroyed it shortly before his death. Although the novel ends in mid-sentence (like Sterne’s Sentimental Journey), it is usually regarded as complete in the extant form.

The story follows the exploits of Chichikov, a middle-aged gentleman of middling social class and means. Chichikov arrives in a small town and turns on the charm to woo key local officials and landowners. He reveals little about his past, or his purpose, as he sets about carrying out his bizarre and mysterious plan to acquire “dead souls.”

The government would tax the landowners based on how many serfs (or “souls”) the landowner owned, determined by the census. Censuses in this period were infrequent, so landowners would often be paying taxes on serfs that were no longer living, thus the “dead souls.” It is these dead souls, existing on paper only, that Chichikov seeks to purchase from the landlords in the villages he visits; he merely tells the prospective sellers that he has a use for them, and that the sellers would be better off anyway, since selling them would relieve the present owners of a needless tax burden.

Although the townspeople Chichikov comes across are gross caricatures, they are not flat stereotypes by any means. Instead, each is neurotically individual, combining the official failings that Gogol typically satirizes (greed, corruption, paranoia) with a curious set of personal quirks.



BEGINNINGS: A Womenâ??s Fiction Suffragette Story: Clean Western Historical Romance (The Suffragettes Choice Brides Agency Book 1)

by Kate Cambridge

The Suffragettes Choice Mail Order Brides Agency Series combines Women’s Fiction with Sweet, Clean and Wholesome romance stories that inspire. BEGINNINGS was part of the Bestselling Box Set, “19 Brides for 19 Cowboys”.

Elizabeth Dow is beautiful, loyal, wealthy, and a suffragette. She’s becoming a regular in the Paddy Wagon, much to her father’s chagrin.

When her father hires a former army officer as her bodyguard to protect her, Elizabeth is determined to do everything she can to dissuade him, but has she met her match?

Challenge is something Elizabeth is accustomed to, and nothing will stop her from supporting the Women’s Suffrage movement, not even a handsome army officer… or will he?

When some of her Suffragette sisters begin to experience hardship that threatens their suffragette standing, Elizabeth decides to create a solution to their problem in a most unexpected way.

Read BEGINNINGS free in Kindle Unlimited!

BEGINNINGS is a standalone story, leading to the rest of the series:
Book 2: ELIZABETH
Book 3: MARGARET
Book 4: SUSAN
Book5: LYDIA
Book 6: LUCY



EL TESORO DEL EDÃ?N (Spanish Edition)

by Pilucho

Un original relato de aventuras que le invita a efectuar un excitante viaje a través del mundo y la historia, con un fino sentido del humor y una fresca exposición haciendo muy placentera su experiencia.

Nueva York, Bogotá, Barcelona, Valencia, Jerusalén, Bagdad… únete a este emocionante viaje.



Those who broke the boy: The Sons of Charlemagne Book One

by Richard Hathway

“Doctor Morris, I’m sorry I cannot come to our session today. I am in the hospital wing, having contracted food poisoning yesterday. I hope this will keep you entertained in my absence.
You asked me a long time ago to think about why I felt broken and who had broken me. I chose not to answer you in pieces, communication is difficult without a tongue, but have taken my time to explain it all here. Perhaps reading this will relieve some of the frustration you feel at my silence over the years.”
Summer 1985. An eleven-year old boy with a fractured mind witnesses the murder of a black girl. As she is dragged from the window of the big house she screams “The Sons of Charlemagne!” There are no black people in Ian’s leafy suburb of Bristol so who was she? Who is the man on the driveway? Who are The Sons of Charlemagne? When the crime is covered up Ian decides to investigate.
Ian finds help from Sally, a librarian from New Orleans. They begin to piece together a conspiracy that reaches back through history. Are they strong enough to avenge the murdered girl and bring down The Sons of Charlemagne?
The story begins here.



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