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Death in Venice: And Other Stories (Dover Thrift Editions Ser.)

by Thomas Mann

The Nobel Prize–winning author&’s masterful novella of eros and obsession, presented alongside other short works of lyrical beauty and psychological depth.In Thomas Mann&’s immortal novella A Death in Venice, renowned author Gustave Aschenbach faces both middle age and a severe case of writer&’s block. He resolves to go on holiday in search of inspiration, only to find himself awestruck by the classical beauty of a fourteen-year-old boy. Submitting to his obsession with the youth, Gustave slowly loses himself, his dignity, and finally his life. This volume includes six short works by Mann, including &“Little Herr Friedmann,&” &“Gladius Dei,&” Tristan,&” and &“Tonio Kroger,&” among others.

Riders of the Purple Sage: Large Print (Barnes And Noble Library Of Essential Reading Ser. #1)

by Zane Grey

The first great Western, a story of courage and adventure in Utah canyon countryWhen Jane Withersteen's father dies, he leaves her in sole possession of the family's cattle ranch, situated on one of the most valuable pieces of land in Utah. The river that runs through the property gives Jane control of the local water supply--and the great power that comes with it. Coveting the property, a local Mormon leader named Tull tries to force Jane into a polygamous marriage--a fate that she resists. As Jane's defiance grows stronger, so does the ire of the townsfolk, and the marriage seems all but inevitable until the infamous gunslinger Lassiter rides into town, bringing a quick trigger and frontier-hardened bravery that just may be Jane's last great hope.Renowned for its rich depiction of the West, Riders of the Purple Sage is an unforgettable adventure story of love, honor, and courage, and perhaps the most popular Western of all time.This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

The Tarzan Series Volume One: Tarzan of the Apes, The Return of Tarzan, The Beasts of Tarzan, and Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar (Tarzan)

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

In the first three adventures of the original Tarzan series, the aristocratic ape man discovers his identity, finds love, and battles his enemies. Tarzan of the Apes: Born to English aristocrats marooned in a West African jungle, John Clayton is soon orphaned—and then adopted by a she-ape. Given the name Tarzan, he grows up among the apes with no memory of civilization. But when a party of white explorers arrives, Tarzan is drawn to them—especially the beautiful Jane Porter. The Return of Tarzan: The aristocratic ape man has given up his quest for Jane&’s hand in marriage, but his adventures have only just begun. On a ship back to Europe, he encounters two criminals attempting to prey on other passengers. When Tarzan thwarts their scheme, the pair is determined to get revenge. The Beasts of Tarzan: A year into their marriage, Tarzan, and Jane, along with their young son, Jack, have returned to their London home while their new family estate is built in Africa. But the city proves dangerous for Tarzan when old foes escape from prison and kidnap Jack.

Gesammelte Werke (Classics To Go)

by Franz Kafka

Das Werk von Franz Kafka ist ein Klassiker der modernen Literatur schlechthin. In sein faszinierendes Erzähluniversum führen keine Abkürzungen und Hintertürchen: Man muss es ganz für sich persönlich entdecken und lesend erkunden. Ein Glück für jeden, der diese große Erfahrung vor sich hat. Dieser Band bietet dazu die beste Gelegenheit. Er umfasst Kafkas Romane 'Der Prozess' und 'Das Schloss', den 'Brief an den Vater' sowie sämtliche Erzählungen, unter ihnen 'In der Strafkolonie' und 'Die Verwandlung'.

The Song of the Lark: Large Print (World Classics Ser. #Vol. 2)

by Willa Cather

A small-town girl becomes a world-famous artist in this powerful coming-of-age novel from one of the twentieth-century's most celebrated authors <P><P>From childhood piano lessons to center stage at the Metropolitan Opera House, The Song of the Lark is the poignant story of an artist discovering herself. <P><P>Fiercely independent and singularly talented, Thea Kronborg realizes at an early age that she is destined to leave her family and the frontier town of Moonstone, Colorado, behind. In Chicago, she studies with the city's best voice teacher and begins the long and arduous process of mastering her craft. <P><P>But ambition alone will not transform Thea into one of the world's greatest opera singers--she must find the courage to set aside her humble origins and romantic illusions and fully dedicate herself to her art. In the ruins of an Arizona cliff dwelling haunted by ancient voices and purified by the desert air, Thea is inspired to embrace her calling once and for all. <P><P> Lyrical, authentic, and brilliantly constructed, The Song of the Lark is a masterwork of American literature. It is the second volume in Willa Cather's acclaimed Prairie Trilogy, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order. <P><P>This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

Tombstone: The Earp Brothers, Doc Holliday, and the Vendetta Ride from Hell

by Tom Clavin

“With a former newsman’s nose for the truth, Clavin has sifted the facts, myths, and lies to produce what might be as accurate an account as we will ever get of the old West’s most famous feud.” —Associated Press The true story of the Earp brothers, Doc Holliday, and the famous Battle at the OK Corral, by the New York Times bestselling author of Dodge City and Wild Bill.On the afternoon of October 26, 1881, eight men clashed in what would be known as the most famous shootout in American frontier history. Thirty bullets were exchanged in thirty seconds, killing three men and wounding three others.The fight sprang forth from a tense, hot summer. Cattle rustlers had been terrorizing the back country of Mexico and selling the livestock they stole to corrupt ranchers. The Mexican government built forts along the border to try to thwart American outlaws, while Arizona citizens became increasingly agitated. Rustlers, who became known as the cow-boys, began to kill each other as well as innocent citizens. That October, tensions boiled over with Ike and Billy Clanton, Tom and Frank McLaury, and Billy Claiborne confronting the Tombstone marshal, Virgil Earp, and the suddenly deputized Wyatt and Morgan Earp and shotgun-toting Doc Holliday.Bestselling author Tom Clavin peers behind decades of legend surrounding the story of Tombstone to reveal the true story of the drama and violence that made it famous. Tombstone also digs deep into the vendetta ride that followed the tragic gunfight, when Wyatt and Warren Earp and Holliday went vigilante to track down the likes of Johnny Ringo, Curly Bill Brocius, and other cowboys who had cowardly gunned down his brothers. That "vendetta ride" would make the myth of Wyatt Earp complete and punctuate the struggle for power in the American frontier's last boom town.

The Tarzan Series Volume Two: Jungle Tales of Tarzan, Tarzan the Untamed, Tarzan the Terrible, and Tarzan and the Ant Men (Tarzan)

by Edgar Rice Burroughs

The ape man battles WWI soldiers and fantastical ant men in these three adventure novels and a volume of short stories from the original Tarzan series.Jungle Tales of Tarzan: This short story collection features twelve thrilling tales of young Tarzan&’s life with a tribe of African apes—from first love to battles with a witchdoctor and more.Tarzan the Untamed: As World War I breaks out in Africa, Tarzan&’s estate is destroyed by German soldiers. Believing Jane to have died in the attack, the ape man seeks his revenge by wreaking havoc on the Imperial German Army. Tarzan the Terrible: Tarzan&’s search for his missing wife, Jane, takes him from the modern threats of tanks and war planes into a land of dinosaurs and other prehistoric dangers. Tarzan and the Ant Men: Tarzan discovers the mysterious land of Minuni, inhabited by a race of tiny, warlike people. When he gets caught up in their conflict, he is shrunk down to their miniature size.

The F. Scott Fitzgerald Collection Volume One: This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, Flappers and Philosophers, and Tales of the Jazz Age

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Four unforgettable works by the author of The Great Gatsby—one of the greatest writers of America&’s Lost Generation. This Side of Paradise: Amory Blain experiences a childhood of worldly sophistication before a medical condition forces him to face reality. From prep school and Princeton University to the horrors of World War I, Blaine searches for his place in the world—a quest that personifies the struggles of his generation. The Beautiful and the Damned: The presumptive heir to an enormous fortune, Anthony Patch is a bon vivant of New York society. He and his wife, Gloria, live a life of extravagant pleasure until Anthony&’s inheritance disappears and the Great War breaks out, sending their glittering marriage on a disastrous downward spiral. Flappers and Philosophers: This collection of short stories includes the Jazz Age classic &“Bernice Bobs Her Hair,&” in which an awkward young woman is transformed into a popular beauty by her jealous cousin. Other gems include &“The Ice Palace,&” &“The Cut-Glass Bowl,&” and &“The Offshore Pirate.&” Tales of the Jazz Age: This short story collection includes &“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,&” the classic tale of a man who ages backwards, as well as &“May Day,&” &“The Diamond as Big as the Ritz,&” and many others.

Hungry Hearts: And Other Stories

by Anzia Yezierska

A collection of ten short stories portraying immigrant life in 1920s New York City by the acclaimed Jewish American author of Bread Givers. Anzia Yezierska, known as the &“Cinderella of the Tenements,&” calls upon her own background as a child of immigrants who worked in sweatshops on Manhattan&’s Lower East Side to bring to life stories of women struggling to survive in similar circumstances. From a hardworking woman who becomes the target of her children&’s scorn and indifference when they find success to the young mother and her family who are subjected to humiliating rules and circumstances when offered a vacation in the country, these are tales of women who strive, dream, and fight to hold on to their dignity and identity in a harsh reality. &“Coping with scholarly dependents and chiseling landlords, chafed by the class system, ravenous for learning and desperate for beauty, Anzia Yezierska&’s protagonists have emotions they express in great, big, attention-getting gestures. . . . Louis B. Mayer was so taken by Yezierska&’s stories he brought her to Hollywood: The film adapted from Hungry Hearts is about as loud as silent cinema gets.&” —Tablet, &“101 Great Jewish Books&” &“Poverty makes no one eloquent, and lack of opportunity to learn leaves its scars. Yezierska, despite her literary faults, is a remarkable writer, a recorder of a history that still is attached to us, that still follows us like a shadow.&” —The Los Angeles Times &“These stories . . . are, in fact, slices of life as much as fiction, in that tradition of American social realism which harks back to Dreiser.&” —The Irish Times

Politics of Religion: A Survey


This title explores some of the key issues which surround the politics of religion, an area which has historically been the cause of great controversy. Today religion is still the cause of a great deal of political debate, be it the teaching of the creationist theory in the United States or the relationship of church and state in Arabic countries. Four sections present a thorough overview of the politics of religion in historical perspective: Essay chapters written by a variety of academic and other experts on the major world religions and their relationship with politics, and on topics including religious fundamentalism, church and state and religious terrorism, providing background analysis of the links between religion and politics. A – Z glossary of religions, religious groups, ideas and issues, including entries on Agnosticism, Bradford Council of Mosques, Muslim Brotherhood, Nirvana, the World Council of Churches, etc. Entries are up-to-date and cross referenced for ease of use, and symbols at the end of each entry denote to which major religion(s) the entry refers. Maps for reference, showing adherents to major religions worldwide, adherents to religions in the Middle East, and adherents to the major sub-types of Christianity. This title offers up-to-date and unbiased information that will provide a wealth of information to students, academics, business people and general researchers.

The Beautiful and Damned: Large Print (The\cambridge Edition Of The Works Of F. Scott Fitzgerald Ser.)

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A brilliant, sharp-edged novel of the Jazz Age by its most famous chroniclerWith his impeccable lineage and Harvard education, twenty-five-year-old Anthony Patch is one of the sparkling lights of New York society. The presumptive heir to an enormous fortune, he marries the tempestuous Kansas City socialite Gloria Gilbert, and the two embark on a life of wild extravagance and profligate pleasure, assuming that whatever they cannot afford today they will be able to pay for tomorrow. But when Anthony's inheritance disappears, so too does his sense of invincibility. A brief tour in the Great War--where he finds comfort in another woman's arms--cannot correct Anthony's downward trajectory, and the marriage that began with such glittering promise ends in shambles.Fitzgerald's next novel, The Great Gatsby, would be his masterwork. But The Beautiful and Damned, with its evocative parallels to his relationship with Zelda and its prescient portrait of a man tumbling from dazzling heights to gloomy depths, is arguably his most personal. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

The Enchanted April (Read-along Ser.)

by Elizabeth von Arnim

A charming Italian castle holds the key to happiness for four English women in this classic by the author of Elizabeth and Her German Garden. It begins on a rainy London afternoon in February. Four ladies, whose only common trait is dissatisfaction with life, answer an ad placed in the advice column of The Times. Addressed &“To Those Who Appreciate Wistaria and Sunshine,&” it offers the opportunity to rent a fully-furnished medieval Italian castle in Portofino along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea for the month of April—servants included. A peaceful holiday is all the ladies are expecting, but the sunny warmth of the Italian spring is about to change their lives . . . &“The Enchanted April sounds as if it would be an appallingly cloying cream puff of a fairy tale, but that would be to ignore that the author habitually kept a pot of lemon juice mixed with vinegar beside her ink-pot. With this bracing element there is additionally what can only be called a feast of flowers, hanging from every wall and pouring scent over the company.&” —The Times Literary Supplement &“[A] restful, funny, sumptuous, and invigorating vacation for the mind and soul.&” —500 Great Books by Women &“[A]n expression of the propensity of people to be blind to the real secret of happiness, and . . . how exquisitely men and women get upon each other&’s nerves and how they suffer from each other&’s egos.&” —National Review &“Lyrical . . . Dry, delicious humor . . . An April does not satisfy my greedy heart. I want all year.&” —Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

Along the Road: Notes and Essays of a Tourist (Paladin Bks.)

by Aldous Huxley

Witty and &“enchanting&” reflections on the experience of travel, with a focus on art, music, and literature, by the author of Brave New World (The Spectator). One of the most renowned and prolific writers of the twentieth century, Aldous Huxley produced not only dystopian fiction like Brave New World and philosophical memoirs like The Doors of Perception, but also insightful travel writing. Here, he discusses his visits to Italy, France, and other European destinations; reflects on cultural landmarks; and ruminates on the benefits and challenges of travel itself, offering a fascinating glimpse into the Europe of a century ago—and the mind of a remarkable author. &“As opposed to those who believe that the best picture is the most famous or expensive one, or the one that wins a prize, Huxley speaks for those prepared to spend contemplative time with works of art.&” —The Sydney Morning Herald

Arrowsmith (The\collected Works Of Sinclair Lewis)

by Sinclair Lewis

This satirical novel by the Nobel Prize–winning author of It Can&’t Happen Here examines medicine in the modern world through the eyes of an idealistic man.The assistant of a small-town midwestern doctor, young Martin Arrowsmith is fascinated with the contents of Gray&’s Anatomy. Eager to pursue an adventurous career in medicine and science, he eventually sets off for medical school, where he hopes to dedicate himself to research. But as Martin progresses through life, he encounters qualities in humans more troublesome than any of the specimens he examines under a microscope.Happiness almost eludes him until his mentor offers him a post at a prestigious institute—which soon sends Martin to a plague ravaged Caribbean island. There he must show what he is truly made of . . .A perennial favorite of medical students to this day, Arrowsmith won author Sinclair Lewis the Pulitzer Prize in 1926, which he declined. &“Beyond doubt the best of Mr. Lewis&’s novels . . . Absorbing and illuminating.&” —The Spectator

Bread Givers: A Novel 3rd Edition (Sparknotes Literature Guide Ser.)

by Anzia Yezierska

The acclaimed novel of Jewish immigrant life on New York City&’s Lower East Side from the literary phenomenon known as the &“Cinderella of the Tenements.&” It is Manhattan in the 1920s, and the Polish American Smolinsky family struggles to survive in their home on Hester Street. At ten years old, Sara, the youngest daughter, is keenly aware of the family&’s precarious financial situation. With food scarce, her unemployed and domineering father, a rabbi who spends his days studying, depends on the wages of his daughters. After years of watching him destroy the hopes and dreams of her three older sisters, Sara runs away, but forging a life for herself is not easy. She faces obstacles due to her background and gender, while working long days in a laundry and studying to become a teacher at night. Constantly rising above her circumstances—and her father&’s grasping reach—Sara finally finds happiness and love. Written in 1925 by Jewish American novelist Anzia Yezierska, Bread Givers describes &“the emotional tone of an immigrant family in the dismal tenement of an overcrowded block of the east side of New York. It is a complex mood of grave joy and bottomless anguish, of Old World standards and New World values of hope and struggle and defeat and achievement&” (The New York Times). &“Paints real trials—and triumph—of immigrant women . . . The story of Sara&’s lonely struggles in an unforgiving world is a classic one. More than eight decades since its publication, this novel is a gem in Jewish-American literature.&” —The Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle

The Common Reader: First Series, Annotated Edition (The Common Reader #1)

by Virginia Woolf

A collection of essays from the acclaimed author of Mrs. Dalloway on such subjects as Jane Austen, Geoffrey Chaucer, and her own literary philosophy. A good essay must have this permanent quality about it; it must draw its curtain round us, but it must be a curtain that shuts us in not out. Not written for scholars or critics, these essays are a collection of Virginia Woolf&’s everyday thoughts about literature and the world—and the art of reading for pleasure. That many of them previously appeared in such publications as the Nation, Vogue, and the Yale Review points to their widespread appeal. Still, her brilliant powers of observation and insatiable curiosity shine through . . . &“After all, Mrs. Woolf is no common reader, try as she may to be one. Her powers of coordination and logical inference are altogether too strong and capable. No common reader would kick the over-praised Robinson Crusoe overboard to float in seas of adolescent adoration for Moll Flanders, as she does. It would take an uncommon common reader to discourse as pithily on Elizabethan drama or the furiously literary Duchess of Newcastle. No idle peruser of the printed page would meditate so beautifully on Greek letters. And when we come to those essays, &‘Modern Fiction&’ and &‘How It Strikes a Contemporary,&’ a note that is altogether professional and the result of intensive study and theorizing is to be discerned.&” —The New York Times &“Woolf&’s provocative collection of essays, reviews and flights of literary imagination assesses both the famous and the obscure.&” —The Times (London)

Emily Climbs: A Virago Modern Classic (The Emily Trilogy #2)

by L. M. Montgomery

Second in the trilogy about an orphan girl with big dreams from the beloved author of Anne of Green Gables and featured in Netflix&’s Russian Doll.Orphaned and sent to live with her stern aunts at New Moon Farm on Prince Edward Island, Emily Byrd Starr lives a solitary life. She finds comfort in language and writing. She loves to read the dictionary and frequently records all of her problems and worries in her journal—much more fun than knitting stockings.Fortunately, Emily has made some friends but they&’re heading off to high school in Shrewsbury. Emily&’s aunt Elizabeth allows her to go on the condition that she stop writing. With the help of her cousin, Emily manages to strike a deal.Once in Shrewsbury, Emily embarks on her climb toward success with her friends—Ilse, Teddy, and Perry—by her side. Everything begins to go so well. Emily starts writing stories and poems—she even writes for the town newspaper. Soon sparks begin to fly between her and Teddy. But when a fantastic opportunity come her way, Emily is forced to make a decision that will alter the course of her life forever . .

The Everlasting Man

by G. K. Chesterton

&“The best modern argument for Christianity I&’ve ever read . . . Be careful—you might just be converted.&” —Ross Douthat, The Week Philosopher and literary critic, as well as creator of the popular detective Father Brown, G. K. Chesterton takes us on a journey through history and human civilization in this classic work of lay theology, arguing—against the views of some of his contemporaries, H. G. Wells notable among them—that Jesus was simply a historical figure, albeit an extraordinary one, and Christianity is no different than any other religion. A book that had profound influence on C. S. Lewis, author of the Chronicles of Narnia series, The Everlasting Man is considered one of the great modern examples of Christian apologetics.

The Fellowship of the Frog (The Inspector Elk Mysteries #1)

by Edgar Wallace

An elusive gang leader and his minions frighten London and frustrate Scotland Yard in this classic crime thriller.The secret organization whose members were known only as &“the Frogs&” was the subject of rumors and jokes—until serious crimes began to occur, one after another. The perpetrators, once caught, were found to bear tattooed frogs on their wrists and kept their mouths firmly shut, and the populace grew terrified of them.The police were frustrated by their fruitless efforts to track down the leader of this strange gang. Then an officer who was working undercover and had finally managed to come face-to-face with the frightening figure was killed.Now it&’s time for Detective Sergeant Elk of Scotland Yard to get involved. Fortunately, despite his shabby clothes, glum demeanor, and utter inability to get himself promoted, he&’s a sharper sleuth than he appears to be . . . From Edgar Wallace, an enormously popular figure in early twentieth-century crime fiction, this is an intriguing tale of a nameless threat and a cop determined to track him down.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: The Illuminating Diary Of A Professional Lady (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics Ser.)

by Anita Loos

&“The Great American Novel (at last!)&” by Hollywood&’s first female scriptwriter, and the basis for the movie starring Marilyn Monroe (Edith Wharton). Meet 1920s flapper Lorelei Lee, aka Mabel Minnow from Little Rock, Arkansas. She has it all: a millionaire &“benefactor,&” a lavish lifestyle, and dazzling good looks. The problem is she may be falling in love with a man who is temporarily married—and permanently poor. Luckily, Lorelei is distracted when her current male companion sends her on an &“educational&” tour of Europe with her plucky friend Dorothy. Gaining admirers and jewelry but never losing her heart, Lorelei eventually returns to New York, where she learns she had better stick with what works: charming men into love—and out of their money. &“A guilty pleasure it may be, but it is impossible to overlook the enduring influence of a tale that helped to define the jazz age. . . . Long before Helen Fielding&’s Bridget Jones, Loos hit on a young woman&’s diary as the perfect medium for satirical romance.&” —The Guardian, &“The 100 Best Novels&” &“Anita Loos has captured an extraordinary voice, and therein lies not only the novel&’s charm, but also its compelling force. . . . The novel resonates today, as it did nearly a century ago.&” —Chicago Tribune, &“Editor&’s Choice&” &“Loos&’ satirical reflection on all her lived experiences—marriages to men who undermined her, strong friendships with glamorous actresses like Constance Talmadge, and her perpetual battle against a patriarchal world that wasn&’t eager to make space for her career ambitions.&” —The A. V. Club

The House Without a Key: A Charlie Chan Mystery (The Charlie Chan Mysteries #1)

by Earl Derr Biggers

The first book in the mystery series that served as the basis for the classic films—inspired by a real-life Chinese-Hawaiian police detective. A young man has traveled from Boston all the way to Hawaii to try to convince his aunt to return to their wealthy New England family. Instead, he too finds himself seduced by the islands. But when his aunt is murdered, a shadow falls over the sunny Pacific paradise. Set against the fascinating backdrop of 1920s Waikiki, this novel introduced readers to Asian sleuth Charlie Chan, who was modeled on a real-life Chinese detective in the Honolulu Police Department and would become one of the most famous crime solvers of twentieth-century popular culture. &“Charlie Chan&’s appeal, which depends on his self-effacing charm and trademark aphorisms, remains constant from one case to the next.&” —Kirkus Reviews

The Keeper of the Bees (Midland Bks. #No.691)

by Gene Stratton-Porter

A wounded veteran discovers the healing power of nature in this classic American novel by the author of A Girl of the Limberlost.Wounded in World War I, Jamie McFarlane is looking for a peaceful place to spend his final days. After escaping the grim confines of a California military hospital, he finds himself at the seaside home of the Bee Master. There, with the help of an impish eleven-year-old called Little Scout, Jamie tends to the hives and flowers while the Bee Master is away. As Jamie learns his new responsibilities, he discovers a source of hope and healing in the natural beauty that surrounds him. He also crosses paths with a mysterious young woman who faces a dilemma as dire as his own. This beloved tale of hardship, nature, and renewal is rich in wisdom and the joy of being alive.

The Layton Court Mystery (The Roger Sheringham Cases)

by Anthony Berkeley

The renowned British crime writer&’s classic locked-room Golden Age mystery that introduced amateur sleuth Roger Sheringham. A party at Layton Court, the country house of Victor Stanworth, is disrupted when the host is found shot through the forehead in his own library, a suicide as far as the police are concerned. After all, the gun is found in his hand, a note has been left, and the room is locked from the inside. But one of the guests, author Roger Sheringham, has his doubts. The bullet wound is not positioned where it could have been easily self-inflicted. With a house full of partygoers and servants, suspects abound. It will take Sheringham&’s sharp wit and fearless investigating to deduce who brought the festivities to a fatal end. The founder of the Detection Club in London, along with Agatha Christie and other writers, Anthony Berkeley wrote numerous novels, sometimes using the pseudonyms Francis Iles and A. Monmouth Platts. The Layton Court Mystery is his first book in the Roger Sheringham Cases, which includes The Poisoned Chocolates Case and The Silk Stocking Murders, among other titles. &“Certainly, Berkeley&’s short and fascinating career deserves to be saluted. For fans of the classic English crime novel, his books remain enjoyable to this day. Nobody has ever done ironic ingenuity better than Anthony Berkeley.&” —Mystery Scene &“He was one of the most influential crime novelists of the 1920s and 1930s, but has languished somewhat in obscurity since. A troubled, dark, incredibly innovative writer . . .&” —Shedunnit

Love

by Elizabeth von Arnim

Romance between a middle-aged widow and a younger man scandalizes 1920s London society in this classic novel by the author of The Enchanted April.Although they thoroughly enjoy watching performances of The Immortal Hour, it is no longer the sole reason Catherine and Christopher continue returning to the theater in King&’s Cross. On Catherine&’s ninth visit, and Christopher&’s thirty-sixth, the two theater lovers finally strike up a conversation, and sparks begin to fly. Christopher is infatuated with Catherine and is relieved to discover that her marriage has dissipated. While Catherine appreciates the attention from the handsome, flame-haired gentleman, there is one complication: she is forty-seven years old, and Christopher is twenty-five. But she cannot resist his charms. Soon their public relationship will shock everyone, including Catherine&’s daughter and son-in-law—who is not much older than Catherine!

Metropolis

by Thea von Harbou

The classic twentieth-century science fiction novel by the screenwriter of the Fritz Lang film, the famed director&’s wife and collaborator. A divided twenty-first-century city sets the stage for this novel of a future dystopia. While the wealthy live in a decadent playground of sex and drugs, workers toil underground operating the machines that keep the city running. When Freder, the son of the leader of Metropolis, sees the horrific conditions the workers are exposed to, he becomes disillusioned with his father&’s vision and captivated by a woman named Maria who is fighting for unity among the classes. Desperate to maintain the status quo, Freder&’s father unleashes a robot that looks like Maria to wreak suspicion and doubt and crush the rebellion, a move that puts Freder and the real Maria&’s love—and lives—at risk. &“The language of the novel is sometimes as thesauric as Shiel, as kaleidoscopic as Merritt, as bone-spare as Ray Bradbury, as poetic as Poe, as macabre as Machen. . . . You will have an experience in reading that will last you all the rest of your life.&” —Forrest J. Ackerman, editor of Spacemen magazine &“The movie&’s status as one of the great dystopian science fiction tales is secure. Thea von Harbou&’s novel deserves to be recognized as an important work of science fiction in its own right. It&’s also a relatively rare and therefore interesting example of German science fiction.&” —Vintage Pop Fictions &“The latent power of the story seems clearer in prose. You can see more clearly the contrast of past and present, of magic and technology, of gods and gadgetry.&” —Black Gate

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