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A Celtic Miscellany: Translations from the Celtic Literatures
A Celtic Miscellany
Translations from the Celtic Literatures
Paperback      ISBN: 0140442472
An anthology of prose and poetry from all six Celtic languages and all literary periods up to the nineteenth century
Beat to Quarters
Beat to Quarters
Paperback      ISBN: 0316289329
With rations running dangerously low, Captain Horatio Hornblower fears that the lure of the South Sea islands may entice his unhappy crew to mutiny. Reissue. 10,000 first printing.
The Portable Conrad
The Portable Conrad
Paperback      ISBN: 0140150331
The Complete Stories
The Complete Stories
Paperback      ISBN: 0374515360
Thirty-one tales depicting the humorous, if near tragic conditions of life in the Deep South during the fifties
Burmese Days: A Novel
Burmese Days
A Novel
Paperback      ISBN: 0156148501
A corrupt Burmese politician uses the powers of his office to win membership in a British club
Early Novels and Stories: The Troll Garden, O Pioneers! the Song of the Lark, My Antonia, One of Ours
Early Novels and Stories
The Troll Garden, O Pioneers! the Song of the Lark, My Antonia, One of Ours
Hardcover      ISBN: 0940450399
“Let your fiction grow out of the land beneath your feet.” Willa Cather’s remark describes her own reasons for re-creating in her works the Nebraska frontier of her youth. Set on the vast northern Great Plains, where the earth has only recently come beneath the plow, the stories and novels in this Library of America volume partake of an impressive physical space and a uniquely American ethnic. Panoramas of lonely prairie and open sky reflect the heroic aspirations and stoicism of her characters and the rebelliousness of their spirit. The Troll Garden (1905) was Cather’s first book of fiction. It contains seven stories, including the justly famous “Paul’s Case,” a study of a young man who escapes the world of the ordinary and briefly tastes the life of romance. Also included is “The Sculptor’s Funeral,” about a world-famous young artist who remains without honor in his native town. O Pioneers! (1913) is the story of a young Swedish-American girl, Alexandra Bergson, who is left to manage the homestead farm when her father dies. Although she must contend with the shiftlessness of two brothers and the brutal murder of a third, her instinctive identification with the forces of nature helps bring the land to abundant fruition, and she finds her own happiness in a kindred spirit—an engraver, gold prospector, and fellow dreamer. In her lyrical novel The Song of the Lark (1915), Cather’s love of music and theater and her faith in the spiritual influence of the Western landscape find expression in the ardent and talented Thea Kronborg. Moving from Colorado to Chicago to the primitive Southwest, Thea finds her destiny not in romance, but as a great Wagnerian soprano in the Metropolitan Opera. Her success, and that of all Cather’s heroines, derives from what the author calls “the naïve, generous country that gave on its joyous force.” A masterpiece at once austere and exuberant, historical and mythical, My Ántonia (1918) portrays a family of Bohemian emigrants on the Nebraska frontier. Despite the suicide of her father and the desertion of the father of her child, Ántonia Shimerda retains an unselfish nature that allows her to undergo years of drudgery and still affirm a courageous passion for life and motherhood—a dauntlessness intrinsically rooted in the awesome wonder of the prairie. One of Ours, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1922, portrays the blighting effects of twentieth-century progress on a free spirit from the American frontier. Claude Wheeler, its hero, is an imaginative, restless young man who leaves his claustrophobic small town to become a soldier in France during World War I. The Old World shows him culture, art, generosity, and appreciation, and also the horror, waste, and tragedy of war. LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation’s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America’s best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.
Overcoat and Other Tales of Good and Evil
Overcoat and Other Tales of Good and Evil
Paperback      ISBN: 0393003043
Six short stories probe the mind of man to reveal his hidden motives
Songs of Innocence
Songs of Innocence
Paperback      ISBN: 0486227642
Blake's original color plates are faithfully reproduced in this illuminated edition of his early poems
Thirteen Stories
Thirteen Stories
Paperback      ISBN: 0156899698
Stories written over a period of twenty-five years include The Wide Net, Lily Daw and the Three Ladies, and The Bride of the Innisfallen
Run Silent, Run Deep
Run Silent, Run Deep
Hardcover      ISBN: 0870215574
A narrative with the drama of war, love, and jealousy during submarine service in World War II