Download E-books The Beetle Leg (New Directions Paperback) PDF

By John Hawkes

After years of underground lifestyles, this wonderful novel is rising as a vintage of visionary writing and nonetheless continues to be Hawkes's simply paintings dedicated completely to American life.

The Beetle Leg, John Hawkes's moment full-length novel, used to be first released by way of New instructions in 1951. After years of underground life, this superb novel is rising as a vintage of visionary writing and nonetheless continues to be Hawkes's merely paintings dedicated exclusively to American existence. As a 'surrealist Western" (Newsweek), and a violent and poetic portrayal of "a panorama of sexual apathy" (Albert J. Guerard), The Beetle Leg is a wealthy flight into the distinctive vein of comedy that Hawkes had all started to use a decade prior to the preferred attractiveness of "black humor."

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By John Hawkes

After years of underground lifestyles, this wonderful novel is rising as a vintage of visionary writing and nonetheless continues to be Hawkes's simply paintings dedicated completely to American life.

The Beetle Leg, John Hawkes's moment full-length novel, used to be first released by way of New instructions in 1951. After years of underground life, this superb novel is rising as a vintage of visionary writing and nonetheless continues to be Hawkes's merely paintings dedicated exclusively to American existence. As a 'surrealist Western" (Newsweek), and a violent and poetic portrayal of "a panorama of sexual apathy" (Albert J. Guerard), The Beetle Leg is a wealthy flight into the distinctive vein of comedy that Hawkes had all started to use a decade prior to the preferred attractiveness of "black humor."

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Download E-books The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories PDF

By Rosemary Herbert

Edgar Allan Poe's "Murders within the Rue Morgue" introduced the detective tale in 1841. The style all started as a intellectual kind of leisure, a puzzle to be solved by means of a rational sifting of clues. In Britain, the tales turned decidedly top crust: the crime usually devoted in an international of manor houses and formal gardens, the blood at the Persian carpet often blue. yet from the start, American writers labored very important alterations on Poe's easy formulation, particularly in use of language and locale. As early as 1917, Susan Glaspell evinced a poignant knowing of reason in a homicide in an remoted farmhouse. And with global conflict I, the Roaring '20s, the increase of equipped crime and corrupt police with Prohibition, and the nice melancholy, American detective fiction branched out in all instructions, led by way of writers comparable to Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, who introduced crime out of the drawing room and into the "mean streets" the place it truly occurred.
In The Oxford booklet of yank Detective Stories, Tony Hillerman and Rosemary Herbert collect thirty-three stories that remove darkness from either the evolution of crime fiction within the usa and America's specified contribution to this hugely renowned style. Tracing its development from based "locked room" mysteries, to the hard-boiled realism of the '30s and '40s, to the good diversity of types visible this present day, this very good assortment contains the best crime writers, together with Erle Stanley Gardner, Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, Rex Stout, Ellery Queen, Ed McBain, Sue Grafton, and Hillerman himself. There also are many pleasant surprises: Bret Harte, for example, bargains a Sherlockian pastiche with a hero named Hemlock Jones, and William Faulkner blends neighborhood colour, actual discussion, and darkish, twisted satisfaction in "An blunders in Chemistry." We meet quite a lot of sleuths, from armchair detective Nero Wolfe, to Richard Sale's journalist Daffy Dill, to Robert Leslie Bellem's wise-cracking Hollywood detective Dan Turner, to Linda Barnes's six-foot tall, red-haired, taxi-driving girl P.I., Carlotta Carlyle. And we pattern a large choice of kinds, from stories with a strongly nearby style, to hard-edged pulp fiction, to tales with a feminist standpoint. maybe most vital, the ebook bargains an excellent summation of America's sign contribution to crime fiction, highlighting the myriad ways that we have now reshaped this style. The editors convey how Raymond Chandler used crime, no longer as a puzzle to be solved, yet as a focus with which he may possibly remove darkness from the human situation; how Ed McBain, in "A Small Homicide," unearths a prepared wisdom of police paintings in addition to of the human sorrow which so usually motivates crime; and the way Ross Macdonald's Lew Archer solved crime now not via blood stains and footprints, yet via mental perception into the broken lives of the victim's relations. And all through, the editors offer hugely a professional introductions to every piece, written from the point of view of fellow writers and reflecting a life-long interest--not to assert love--of this quintessentially American genre.
American crime fiction is as diverse and as democratic as the US itself. Hillerman and Herbert deliver us a gold mine of wonderful tales that may be learn for sheer excitement, yet that still light up how the crime tale developed from the drawing room to the again alley, and the way it got here to discover each nook of our kingdom and each part of our lives.

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By Rosemary Herbert

Edgar Allan Poe's "Murders within the Rue Morgue" introduced the detective tale in 1841. The style all started as a intellectual kind of leisure, a puzzle to be solved by means of a rational sifting of clues. In Britain, the tales turned decidedly top crust: the crime usually devoted in an international of manor houses and formal gardens, the blood at the Persian carpet often blue. yet from the start, American writers labored very important alterations on Poe's easy formulation, particularly in use of language and locale. As early as 1917, Susan Glaspell evinced a poignant knowing of reason in a homicide in an remoted farmhouse. And with global conflict I, the Roaring '20s, the increase of equipped crime and corrupt police with Prohibition, and the nice melancholy, American detective fiction branched out in all instructions, led by way of writers comparable to Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, who introduced crime out of the drawing room and into the "mean streets" the place it truly occurred.
In The Oxford booklet of yank Detective Stories, Tony Hillerman and Rosemary Herbert collect thirty-three stories that remove darkness from either the evolution of crime fiction within the usa and America's specified contribution to this hugely renowned style. Tracing its development from based "locked room" mysteries, to the hard-boiled realism of the '30s and '40s, to the good diversity of types visible this present day, this very good assortment contains the best crime writers, together with Erle Stanley Gardner, Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald, Rex Stout, Ellery Queen, Ed McBain, Sue Grafton, and Hillerman himself. There also are many pleasant surprises: Bret Harte, for example, bargains a Sherlockian pastiche with a hero named Hemlock Jones, and William Faulkner blends neighborhood colour, actual discussion, and darkish, twisted satisfaction in "An blunders in Chemistry." We meet quite a lot of sleuths, from armchair detective Nero Wolfe, to Richard Sale's journalist Daffy Dill, to Robert Leslie Bellem's wise-cracking Hollywood detective Dan Turner, to Linda Barnes's six-foot tall, red-haired, taxi-driving girl P.I., Carlotta Carlyle. And we pattern a large choice of kinds, from stories with a strongly nearby style, to hard-edged pulp fiction, to tales with a feminist standpoint. maybe most vital, the ebook bargains an excellent summation of America's sign contribution to crime fiction, highlighting the myriad ways that we have now reshaped this style. The editors convey how Raymond Chandler used crime, no longer as a puzzle to be solved, yet as a focus with which he may possibly remove darkness from the human situation; how Ed McBain, in "A Small Homicide," unearths a prepared wisdom of police paintings in addition to of the human sorrow which so usually motivates crime; and the way Ross Macdonald's Lew Archer solved crime now not via blood stains and footprints, yet via mental perception into the broken lives of the victim's relations. And all through, the editors offer hugely a professional introductions to every piece, written from the point of view of fellow writers and reflecting a life-long interest--not to assert love--of this quintessentially American genre.
American crime fiction is as diverse and as democratic as the US itself. Hillerman and Herbert deliver us a gold mine of wonderful tales that may be learn for sheer excitement, yet that still light up how the crime tale developed from the drawing room to the again alley, and the way it got here to discover each nook of our kingdom and each part of our lives.

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Download E-books The Octopus: A Story of California: The Epic of Wheat v. 1 (Twentieth Century Classics) PDF

By Frank Norris

Just like the tentacles of an octopus, the tracks of the railroad reached out throughout California, as though to know every little thing of price within the kingdom in line with a precise, bloody dispute among wheat farmers and the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1880, The Octopus is a beautiful novel of the waning days of the frontier West. To the tough-minded and self-reliant farmers, the monopolistic, land-grabbing railroad represented every thing they despised: consolidation, association, conformity. yet Norris idealizes nobody during this epic depiction of the unstable state of affairs, for the farmers themselves ruthlessly exploited the land, and of their starvation for greater holdings they resorted to an identical strategies utilized by the railroad: subversion, coercion and outright violence. In his advent, Kevin Starr discusses Norris's debt to Zola for the novel's striking sweep, scale and abundance of characters and info.

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By Frank Norris

Just like the tentacles of an octopus, the tracks of the railroad reached out throughout California, as though to know every little thing of price within the kingdom in line with a precise, bloody dispute among wheat farmers and the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1880, The Octopus is a beautiful novel of the waning days of the frontier West. To the tough-minded and self-reliant farmers, the monopolistic, land-grabbing railroad represented every thing they despised: consolidation, association, conformity. yet Norris idealizes nobody during this epic depiction of the unstable state of affairs, for the farmers themselves ruthlessly exploited the land, and of their starvation for greater holdings they resorted to an identical strategies utilized by the railroad: subversion, coercion and outright violence. In his advent, Kevin Starr discusses Norris's debt to Zola for the novel's striking sweep, scale and abundance of characters and info.

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Download E-books The Age of Innocence PDF

By Edith Wharton

The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton's 12th novel, in the beginning serialized in 4 components within the Pictorial overview journal in 1920, and later published through D. Appleton and corporate as a publication in long island and in London. It gained the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, making it the 1st novel written through a lady to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and hence Wharton the 1st lady to win the prize.The tale is determined in upper-class manhattan urban within the 1870s.

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By Edith Wharton

The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton's 12th novel, in the beginning serialized in 4 components within the Pictorial overview journal in 1920, and later published through D. Appleton and corporate as a publication in long island and in London. It gained the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, making it the 1st novel written through a lady to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and hence Wharton the 1st lady to win the prize.The tale is determined in upper-class manhattan urban within the 1870s.

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Download E-books Portraits and Observations: The Essays of Truman Capote (Modern Library Paperbacks) PDF

By Truman Capote

Possibly no twentieth-century author was once so observant and swish a chronicler of his occasions as Truman Capote. Portraits and Observations is the 1st quantity committed completely to the entire essays ever released through this such a lot loved of writers. integrated are such masterpieces of narrative nonfiction as “The Muses Are Heard” and the quick nonfiction novel “Handcarved Coffins,” in addition to many long-out-of-print essays, together with photographs of Mae West, Humphrey Bogart, and Marilyn Monroe. From his shuttle sketches of Brooklyn, New Orleans, and Hollywood, written while he was once twenty-two, to the author’s final written phrases, composed the day sooner than his dying in 1984, the lately came across “Remembering Willa Cather,” Portraits and Observations places on exhibit the complete spectrum of Truman Capote’s brilliance. definitely Capote used to be, as Somerset Maugham famously known as him, “a stylist of the 1st quality.” yet because the items amassed right here remind us, he used to be additionally an artist of exceptional substance.

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NAMED the most effective BOOKS OF THE yr by way of THE WASHINGTON POST e-book WORLD

“A must-have treasure for Capote enthusiasts . . . those are scrumptious, dramatic, and delicate nonfiction images and tales.”
–NPR’s Morning Edition

“A incredible quantity . . . approximately each web page may be learn with actual excitement. . . . it doesn't matter what his topic, [Capote’s] canny, cautious artwork offers it hot and respiring lifestyles”  
The Washington publish ebook World

“Every piece is a treasure. . . . Pages and pages of remarkably evocative, cautious and well-observed prose [delineate,] in a measured and stylish demeanour, essentially the most awesome American literary lives of the 20th century.”
–Jane Smiley, Los Angeles instances ebook Review

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By Truman Capote

Possibly no twentieth-century author was once so observant and swish a chronicler of his occasions as Truman Capote. Portraits and Observations is the 1st quantity committed completely to the entire essays ever released through this such a lot loved of writers. integrated are such masterpieces of narrative nonfiction as “The Muses Are Heard” and the quick nonfiction novel “Handcarved Coffins,” in addition to many long-out-of-print essays, together with photographs of Mae West, Humphrey Bogart, and Marilyn Monroe. From his shuttle sketches of Brooklyn, New Orleans, and Hollywood, written while he was once twenty-two, to the author’s final written phrases, composed the day sooner than his dying in 1984, the lately came across “Remembering Willa Cather,” Portraits and Observations places on exhibit the complete spectrum of Truman Capote’s brilliance. definitely Capote used to be, as Somerset Maugham famously known as him, “a stylist of the 1st quality.” yet because the items amassed right here remind us, he used to be additionally an artist of exceptional substance.

Praise for Portraits and Observations

NAMED the most effective BOOKS OF THE yr by way of THE WASHINGTON POST e-book WORLD

“A must-have treasure for Capote enthusiasts . . . those are scrumptious, dramatic, and delicate nonfiction images and tales.”
–NPR’s Morning Edition

“A incredible quantity . . . approximately each web page may be learn with actual excitement. . . . it doesn't matter what his topic, [Capote’s] canny, cautious artwork offers it hot and respiring lifestyles”  
The Washington publish ebook World

“Every piece is a treasure. . . . Pages and pages of remarkably evocative, cautious and well-observed prose [delineate,] in a measured and stylish demeanour, essentially the most awesome American literary lives of the 20th century.”
–Jane Smiley, Los Angeles instances ebook Review

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Download E-books Agap? Agape (Penguin Classics) PDF

By William Gaddis

"Either the final actual masterpiece of the twentieth century or the 1st of our new millenium" —San Francisco Chronicle

William Gaddis released 4 novels in the course of his lifetime, enormous and intricate books that helped inaugurate a brand new flow in American letters. Now comes his ultimate paintings of fiction, a refined, centred fruits of his paintings and concepts. For greater than fifty years Gaddis accrued notes for a ebook concerning the mechanization of the humanities, advised when it comes to a social historical past of the participant piano in the USA. within the years earlier than his dying in 1998, he distilled the entire mass right into a fiction, a dramatic monologue via an aged guy with a terminal ailment. carrying on with Gaddis's career-long mirrored image on these elements of company technological tradition which are uniquely harmful of the humanities, Agape Agape is a beautiful fulfillment from one of many undeniable masters of postwar American fiction.

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By William Gaddis

"Either the final actual masterpiece of the twentieth century or the 1st of our new millenium" —San Francisco Chronicle

William Gaddis released 4 novels in the course of his lifetime, enormous and intricate books that helped inaugurate a brand new flow in American letters. Now comes his ultimate paintings of fiction, a refined, centred fruits of his paintings and concepts. For greater than fifty years Gaddis accrued notes for a ebook concerning the mechanization of the humanities, advised when it comes to a social historical past of the participant piano in the USA. within the years earlier than his dying in 1998, he distilled the entire mass right into a fiction, a dramatic monologue via an aged guy with a terminal ailment. carrying on with Gaddis's career-long mirrored image on these elements of company technological tradition which are uniquely harmful of the humanities, Agape Agape is a beautiful fulfillment from one of many undeniable masters of postwar American fiction.

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Download E-books Look at the Harlequins! PDF

By Vladimir Nabokov

'Look on the harlequins ...Play! Invent the realm! Invent reality'. this is often the adolescence recommendation given by way of an aunt to Russian born author Vadim Vadimovich, who emigrates to England, then Paris, then Germany after which the USA, and, now demise, reconstructs his previous. He recalls Iris his first spouse, Annette his long-necked typist and Bel his daughter, in addition to his personal strange 'numerical nimbus syndrome'.

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By Vladimir Nabokov

'Look on the harlequins ...Play! Invent the realm! Invent reality'. this is often the adolescence recommendation given by way of an aunt to Russian born author Vadim Vadimovich, who emigrates to England, then Paris, then Germany after which the USA, and, now demise, reconstructs his previous. He recalls Iris his first spouse, Annette his long-necked typist and Bel his daughter, in addition to his personal strange 'numerical nimbus syndrome'.

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Download E-books This Side of Paradise (Dover Thrift Editions) PDF

By F. Scott Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald's first novel, This aspect of Paradise (1920) was once an instantaneous, remarkable luck and proven his literary acceptance. possibly the definitive novel of that "Lost Generation," it tells the tale of Amory Blaine, a good-looking, filthy rich Princeton pupil who halfheartedly includes himself in literary cults, "liberal" pupil actions, and a sequence of empty flirtations with younger ladies. while he eventually does fall really in love, although, the younger girl rejects him for another.
After serving in France through the warfare, Blaine returns to embark on a profession in ads. nonetheless younger, yet already cynical and world-weary, he exemplifies the younger women and men of the '20s, defined through Fitzgerald as "a new release grown as much as locate all gods lifeless, all wars fought, all faiths in guy shaken."

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By F. Scott Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald's first novel, This aspect of Paradise (1920) was once an instantaneous, remarkable luck and proven his literary acceptance. possibly the definitive novel of that "Lost Generation," it tells the tale of Amory Blaine, a good-looking, filthy rich Princeton pupil who halfheartedly includes himself in literary cults, "liberal" pupil actions, and a sequence of empty flirtations with younger ladies. while he eventually does fall really in love, although, the younger girl rejects him for another.
After serving in France through the warfare, Blaine returns to embark on a profession in ads. nonetheless younger, yet already cynical and world-weary, he exemplifies the younger women and men of the '20s, defined through Fitzgerald as "a new release grown as much as locate all gods lifeless, all wars fought, all faiths in guy shaken."

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Download E-books CliffsNotes on Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter (Cliffsnotes Literature Guides) PDF

By Susan Van Kirk

The unique CliffsNotes research publications supply specialist observation on significant topics, plots, characters, literary units, and historic heritage. the most recent new release of titles during this sequence additionally characteristic glossaries and visible components that supplement the vintage, regularly occurring format.

In CliffsNotes on Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, you discover existence in 17th-century Massachusetts as you persist with the ordeal of Hester Prynne, who has been came upon in charge of adultery and sentenced to put on a scarlet letter A on her costume as an indication of disgrace. The Scarlet Letter is taken into account to be Hawthorne's best paintings, depicting a global the place the true meets the substitute, the particular meets the imaginary — in a vintage tale that's tough to forget.

This research consultant rigorously walks you thru each step of Hester's trip via supplying summaries and demanding analyses of every bankruptcy of the radical. you will additionally discover the existence and historical past of the writer, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and achieve perception into how he got here to jot down The Scarlet Letter. different positive factors that assist you research include

  • Character analyses of significant players
  • A personality map that graphically illustrates the relationships one of the characters
  • Critical essays at the novel's surroundings and constitution, symbolism, and type as a gothic romance
  • A evaluate part that checks your knowledge
  • A source middle jam-packed with books, articles, motion pictures, and net sites

Classic literature or glossy modern day treasure — you are going to know it all with specialist info and perception from CliffsNotes learn guides.

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By Susan Van Kirk

The unique CliffsNotes research publications supply specialist observation on significant topics, plots, characters, literary units, and historic heritage. the most recent new release of titles during this sequence additionally characteristic glossaries and visible components that supplement the vintage, regularly occurring format.

In CliffsNotes on Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, you discover existence in 17th-century Massachusetts as you persist with the ordeal of Hester Prynne, who has been came upon in charge of adultery and sentenced to put on a scarlet letter A on her costume as an indication of disgrace. The Scarlet Letter is taken into account to be Hawthorne's best paintings, depicting a global the place the true meets the substitute, the particular meets the imaginary — in a vintage tale that's tough to forget.

This research consultant rigorously walks you thru each step of Hester's trip via supplying summaries and demanding analyses of every bankruptcy of the radical. you will additionally discover the existence and historical past of the writer, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and achieve perception into how he got here to jot down The Scarlet Letter. different positive factors that assist you research include

  • Character analyses of significant players
  • A personality map that graphically illustrates the relationships one of the characters
  • Critical essays at the novel's surroundings and constitution, symbolism, and type as a gothic romance
  • A evaluate part that checks your knowledge
  • A source middle jam-packed with books, articles, motion pictures, and net sites

Classic literature or glossy modern day treasure — you are going to know it all with specialist info and perception from CliffsNotes learn guides.

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