19th Century American Novel and Short Story
Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy
The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters
Hardcover ISBN: 0393254739
A 150th anniversary tribute describes the cultural significance of Alcott's classic, exploring how its relatable themes and depictions of family resilience, community and female resourcefulness have inspired generations of writers.
Paperback ISBN: 0062085646
Call me Ishmael. Thus begins one of the most famous journeys in literaturethe voyage of the whaling ship Pequod and its embattled, monomaniacal Captain Ahab. Ishmael quickly learns that the Pequods captain sails for revenge against the elusive Moby Dick, a sperm whale with a snow-white hump and mottled skin that destroyed Ahabs former vessel and left him crippled. As the Pequod sails deeper through the nights and into the sea, the divisions between man and nature begin to blurso do the lines between good and evil, as the fates of the ships crewmen become increasingly unclear.... Melvilles classic tale of obsession and the sea, one of the most important and enduring masterworks of nineteenth-century literature, Moby Dick is a riveting drama, exploring rage, hope, destiny, and the deepest questions of moral truth.
Written By Himself
Paperback ISBN: 1590172299
Originally published in 1836. Sheppard Lee, Written By Himself is a work of dark satire from the early years of the American Republic. Published as an autobiography and praised by Edgar Allan Poe, this is the story of a young idler who goes in search of buried treasure and finds instead the power to transfer his soul into other men's bodies. What follows is one increasingly practiced body snatcher's picaresque journey through early American pursuits of happiness, as each new form Sheppard Lee assumes disappoints him anew while making him want more and more. When Lee's metempsychosis draws him into the marriage market, the money market, and the slave market, Bird's fable of American upward mobility takes a more sinister turn. Lee learns that everything in America, even virtue and vice, are interchangeable; everything is an object and has its price. Looking forward to Melville's The Confidence-Man and beyond that to William Burroughs’s Naked Lunch, this strange and compelling story is a penetrating critique of American life and values as well as a crucial addition to the canon of American literature.