Containing 29 stories all originally published in the "Strand", this collection provides a rich mix of horror and the supernatural for all lovers of the macabre. In addition to ghost stories, there are tales of unnatural disasters, of horrifying monsters, of madness and revenge, and even comic fantasies. As well as chilling contributions from Graham Greene, Conan Doyle, H.G.Wells, Villiers de l'Isle Adam, and Sapper, there are unsettling stories from the more unlikely pens of Beverley Nichols, D.H.Lawrence, and children's writer E.Nesbit.
"Father Brown" was G K Chesterton's most famous invention, the pudding-faced priest who solves crimes by using his knowledge of human evil and his ability to enter the mind of the criminal. First created in 1910, he was Chesterton's encapsulation of the atmosphere of that age, and his protest against its complacency and materialism. Later stories reflect the tensions preceding the Great War, the brittle sensationalism of the 1920s, and the ideological challenges of inter-war Europe. But the quiet Sussex priest inhabits his own world above all, a world of masterfully created characters and landscapes. His simplicity cuts through the complex and often bizarre puzzles which seem at first to defy all explanation. This edition presents 28 of the stories, chosen and introduced by their finest critic, W W Robson. His work brings together a lifetime's critical appreciation of Chesterton and includes the establishment of new texts for some of the stories. This book is intended for general readers; students from A-level upwards of short story and of early twentieth-century literature.
The best detective stories of Agatha Christie shows the author's tendencies. Contrived and very good writer formed an interesting and readable stories in a book. Moreover, the book contains seven entertaining collection of stories which deal with robberies or murders.
This is an anthology of writings which aims to reflect all the various moods of the sea. It covers many aspects of seafaring over hundreds of years including accounts of and by sailors of all kinds and dealing with the exploits of great captains like Anson, Drake, Nelson and Vian as well as Robin Knox Johnston, Bill King and David Lewis. Also well represented is the Golden Age of sail, with its clippers which often covered 2500 miles a week, while their much larger successors sometimes took two months weathering Cape Horn. The author has had a lifelong passion for the sea and is chairman of the panel of judges for the Best Book of the Sea Award. He has written "The Shell Guide to Yacht Navigation" and "The Shell Pilot to the English Channel".
These tightly written and popular short stories introduce key issues that are to feature even more prominently in Henry James’ later and more substantial fiction: social attitudes and class, the conflict between American and European cultures - or at least the dilemmas that the two worlds present to his central characters, and the presence of strong, sometimes wayward, but intelligent young women. "Daisy Miller" dominates this small collection and although it is nothing like so ambitious a work as for example the full blown novels, “The Portrait of a Lady” and “The Wings of the Dove” and several others, it is a sharply observed miniature with much to admire and enjoy. James’ penchant for long, involved sentences can be off-putting to the modern reader in particular, but I’d suggest that it’s well worth the effort to persevere. The Wordsworth editions of the classics are wonderful value and often include, as here, most illuminating introductions. It is only a shame that to justify the price rather a small font is almost invariably met with.
DH Lawrence is famous, or infamous depending on your point of view, for the novel Lady Chatterly's Lover. "England my England" is a most enjoyable collection of short stories investigating human emotions with some quite unexpected twists and turns that keeps you guessing to the end. The stories are generally around a dozen pages each and as such make excellent bedtime reading.
The stories in this book are in fact one story, that of a society adrift, like a shipwrecked crew upon a raft: fifty million people upon a wet and windy island in the Atlantic Ocean. Half of the inhabitants of Great Britain have been sold a patent medicine of peculiar austerity. Some of the characters in these stories complain of this medicine: but there is a far worse corrective others maintain, namely the Red Pills of Old Uncle Joe. The social medicines of the 'kindly' British spare you from the necessity of taking Old Uncle Joe's Red Pills.
"Longman Originals" is a series of graded readers in four stages. All the stories are original - that is to say, written especially for the series. Originated from the "Longman Structural Readers", the series aims to offer a stimulating range of modern stories, including detective stories, adventure and romance.
A collection of short stories from Alan Sillitoe, chosen to contrast and reflect the continuing appeal of his storytelling. The stories include his earliest story, "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner".
Gilbert Pinfold is a reclusive Catholic novelist suffering from acute inertia. In an attempt to keep insomnia at bay he has been imbibing an unappetizing cocktail of bromide, chloral and creme de menthe. He books a passage on the SS Caliban, and as it cruises towards Rangoon, he slips into madness.
With selections ranging from Aristophanes, Sappho and Catullus to Jonathan Swift, William Wycherley, Samuel Butler, Anais Nin and Joe Orton, this juicy, eclectic anthology of erotica celebrates the mysteries, pleasures, shortcomings and humor of sex. Benjamin Franklin's advice on taking a mistress, Alexandre Kuprin's expose of prostitution in pre-revolutionary Russia, Lisa Alther's hilarious tale of love gone awry under an automobile and Molly Parkin's oedipally charged poem about a mother raising a teenage son with raging hormones are among the serendipitous finds that share space in this collection with more familiar works from Philip Roth, Henry Miller, Andrew Marvell and Frank Harris. Pitt-Kethley, who writes a column for the British Guardian on sex in the arts, has chosen appetizing tidbits from the likes of Petronius's Satyr i con , Casanova's Memoirs and Erica Jong's Fear of Flying , but she also includes curious lore and sexy passages from Milton, Shakespeare, Defoe and other authors less immediately associated with erotic facets of human endeavor.
An original story that suits the needs of learners of English at elementary level. A large number of full-colour illustrations facilitate understanding. The activity section contains a variety of tasks on each chapter.