"White men die very suddenly in Falesá."Originally censored by its British publisher, The Beach at Falesá is a scathing critique of colonialism and economic imperialism that bravely takes on many of the 19th Century' s strongest taboos: miscegenation, imperialism, and economic exploitation. It does so with a story that features a surprising and beguiling romance between an adventurous British trader and a young island girl, against a background of increasing--and mysterious--hostility. Are the native islanders plotting against the couple, or is it the other white traders? The result is a denouement that is astonishing in its violence. Told in the unadorned voice of the trader, it is a story that deftly combines the form of the exotic adventure yarn with the moral and psychological questing of great fiction.The Art of The Novella Series Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature's greatest writers. In the Art Of The Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.
A U.S. Space Shuttle has crashed into the ocean. On board is the latest weapons technology. At risk is the fate of the world.
First published in 1885, Stevenson's verses so truly reflect the feelings of young children--about being small, the bliss of going up in a swing so high, discovering one's shadow, happiness and sorrow and dreaming--that they have never ceased to be an essential part of a child's library. Robinson's beautiful pictures originally appeared in 1896 in the first illustrated edition.
The complexity and range of Robert Louis Stevenson's short fiction reveals his genius perhaps more than any other medium. Here, leading Stevenson scholar Barry Menikoff arranges and introduces the complete selection of Stevenson's brilliant stories, including the famed masterpiece Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as well as "The Beach of Falesá" and Stevenson's previously uncollected stories. Arthur Conan Doyle has written that "[Stevenson's] short stories are certain to retain their position in English literature. His serious rivals are few indeed."This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition includes explanatory notes, a Scots' Glossary, and a unique appendix dedicated to Stevenson's influence on the Oxford English Dictionary.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Luego de una vida de aventuras, durante la que se hizo famoso por sus narraciones fantásticas que estremecían a los lectores, Robert Louis se instaló en una isla de Samoa para cuidar su salud. Y como no dejaba de imaginar nuevos relatos, los isleños lo llamaron Tusitala, que significa "el contador de historias", título que para ellos tiene aún más poder que el del mismo rey. La popularidad de Robert L. Stevenson se basa en los emocionantes argumentos de sus relatos, plenos de acción, fantasía y aventura. Es también un maestro de la narración breve, del elaborado suspenso, de la circunstancia sorprendente, de la distancia y la precisión, de la que El Diablo en la Botella constituye una acabada muestra.
The diary which Samuel Pepys kept from January 1660 to May 1669 ...is one of our greatest historical records and... a major work of English literature, writes the renowned historian Paul Johnson. A witness to the coronation of Charles II, the Great Plague of 1665, and the Great Fire of 1666, Pepys chronicled the events of his day. Originally written in a cryptic shorthand, Pepys's diary provides an astonishingly frank and diverting account of political intrigues and naval, church, and cultural affairs, as well as a quotidian journal of daily life in London during the Restoration.In 1825, when Pepys's memoirs were first published, Francis Jeffrey of The Edinburgh Review declared, "We can scarcely say that we wish it a page shorter... it is very entertaining thus to be transported into the very heart of a time so long gone by; and to be admitted into the domestic intimacy, as well as the public councils of a man of great activity and circulation in the reign of Charles II." Edited and abridged by literary critic and author Richard Le Gallienne, this edition features an Introduction by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Here are 2 classic thrillers by a master of suspense. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde explores the split nature of man. Dr. Jekyll, a respectable man, transforms into an alter ego named Mr. Hyde who carries out all the wickedness Dr. Jekyll represses. In the body of Mr. Hyde, Jekyll finds freedom from the bonds of social convention but soon finds himself lured deeper into violence, and ultimately murder. The second tale, Markheim, tells of a robber named Markheim who murders a shopkeeper on Christmas day. Award-winning British narrator Ralph Cosham does justice to these 2 bone-chilling tales.
This book is a condensed Tamil translation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s English novel “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde”. The story, full of suspense and mystery, is about the fate of a Doctor-Scientist with a split personality.
Dr. Jekyll has a double life, but then things spin out of control. Can Jekyll control his dark side, or will his dark side control him?
"Vacilé durante mucho tiempo antes de experimentar esta teoría en la práctica. Sabía muy bien que corría el riesgo de morir, pues cualquier droga que controlara y sacudiera tan potentemente la fortaleza de la identidad podía, por una simple medida de más en la dosis o la menor inadecuación en el momento apropiado de experimentación, borrar por completo ese tabernáculo inmaterial que yo intentaba cambiar. Pero la tentación de un descubrimiento tan singular y profundo venció las sugestiones de alarma. Hacía largo tiempo que tenía la solución preparada, había comprado enseguida en una botica de venta al por mayor una gran cantidad de una sal particular que era, como sabía por mis experimentos, el último ingrediente requerido, y, a altas horas de una maldita noche, mezclé los elementos, los miré bullir y humear juntos en la probeta, y cuando la ebullición se detuvo, me armé de coraje y bebí la poción." "A esto siguió el más agobiante de los tormentos un rechinar en los huesos, náuseas mortales y un horror del espíritu que no puede ser superado al de la hora del nacimiento o de la muerte. Luego esas agonías comenzaron a ceder repentinamente, y volví en mí como si saliera de una grave enfermedad." Este extraño experimento da origen a Edward Hyde, el lado más oscuro y perverso de su personalidad: un ser monstruoso, temido por los habitantes de Londres, que el Dr. Jekyll sera incapaz de controlar. Esta memorable novela de Robert Louis Stevenson es una alegoría moral, un relato de misterio que sucesivas generaciones de lectores han convertido en un clásico de la literatura universal.
A GOTHIC TREASURY OF THE SUPERNATURAL. What sends chills down our spine when we read a good horror story? Contrary to some modern trends, it is not merely how much blood is spilled or how grotesquely an alien creature or monster is portrayed. Rather, the thrill of terror comes in exploring the depths of the human soul and in discovering the capacity for evil that lies hidden there: the monsters that lurk within us are the most frightening ones of all. These six gothic masterpieces of supernatural horror and suspense provide a wealth of such terrors. The first true gothic novel appeared in 1764: Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto. Inspired by a dream in which Walpole saw a huge, armored hand in an ancient castle, the story contains all the elements that have become the earmarks of the gothic novel: a medieval castle, a lost heir who must prove himself in order to claim his fortune, a villain, a love interest, and various supernatural phenomena. The Castle of Otranto influenced countless literary works throughout the nineteenth century. In Geneva during the summer of 1816, Lord Byron, John Polidori, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (later Mary Shelley) amused one another by making up ghost stories. Mary Shelley's tale was the seed from which her timeless novel Frankenstein grew. Subtitled The Modern Prometheus, it is the spellbinding story of Victor Frankenstein, a doctor who plays God by creating a living being from the bodies of the dead; the tragic monster is ultimately seen as Frankenstein's alter ego. A similar theme appears in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. A doctor discovers a potion that has the power to transform him into a fiend whose deeds become more and more horrifying. Awakened by a nightmare, Robert Louis Stevenson feverishly wrote Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in three days, destroyed it, and wrote it again in another three days. In Dracula, Bram Stoker created a monstrous being founded in folklore and legend; it is a tale made the more horrifying by the enduring belief in the possible existence of real vampires. With superhuman power, the vampire Count Dracula lures victims into his clutches and drains them of life until they too join the living dead. Oscar Wilde portrays a beautiful, ever-youthful Adonis who leads a life of decadence in The Picture of Dorian Gray. As Dorian ruins and corrupts those around him, his portrait strangely alters with each new crime he commits. We follow him down this path of decay to a shattering, inevitable climax. In The Turn of the Screw, Henry James, the master of ambiguity, tells the story of a governess, her two charges, and the spiritual presence of a dead valet and a dead governess. If we cannot be sure that these ghosts are real or imagined, there is no doubt about the terror this tangled tale inspires. Complete and together in one volume, these six gothic classics of the supernatural, by great writers who are masters of the macabre, provide new insights--and heightened terrors--with each reading.