Seven Gothic Tales


Author: Isak Dinesen
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307791807
Category: Fiction
Page: 448
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Originally published in 1934, Seven Gothic Tales, the first book by "one of the finest and most singular artists of our time" (The Atlantic), is a modern classic. Here are seven exquisite tales combining the keen psychological insight characteristic of the modern short story with the haunting mystery of the nineteenth-century Gothic tale, in the tradition of writers such as Goethe, Hoffmann, and Poe.

Winter's Tales


Author: Isak Dinesen
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307791823
Category: Fiction
Page: 320
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In Isak Dinesen's universe, the magical enchantment of the fairy tale and the moral resonance of myth coexist with an unflinching grasp of the most obscure human strengths and weaknesses. A despairing author abandons his wife, but in the course of a long night's wandering, he learns love's true value and returns to her, only to find her a different woman than the one he left. A landowner, seeking to prove a principle, inadvertently exposes the ferocity of mother love. A wealthy young traveler melts the hauteur of a lovely woman by masquerading as her aged and loyal servant. Shimmering and haunting, Dinesen's Winter's Tales transport us, through their author's deft guidance of our desire to imagine, to the mysterious place where all stories are born.

Gothic Tales


Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0192571664
Category: Literary Collections
Page: N.A
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'There was a rumour, too, that he was a devil-worshipper, or something of that sort, and also that he had the evil eye...' Arthur Conan Doyle was the greatest genre writer Britain has ever produced. Throughout a long writing career, he drew on his own medical background, his travels, and his increasing interest in spiritualism and the occult to produce a spectacular array of Gothic Tales. Many of Doyle's writings are recognised as the very greatest tales of terror. They range from hauntings in the polar wasteland to evil surgeons and malevolent jungle landscapes. This collection brings together over thirty of Conan Doyle's best Gothic Tales. Darryl Jones's introduction discusses the contradictions in Conan Doyle's very public life - as a medical doctor who became obsessed with the spirit world, or a British imperialist drawn to support Irish Home Rule - and shows the ways in which these found articulation in that most anxious of all literary forms, the Gothic.

Last Tales


Author: Isak Dinesen
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780140180725
Category: English fiction
Page: 341
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Isak Dinesen

The Life of a Storyteller
Author: Judith Thurman
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312135256
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 512
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Winner of the National Book Award A brilliant literary portrait, Isak Dinesen remains the only comprehensive biography of one of the greatest storytellers of our time. Her magnificent memoir, Out of Africa, established Isak Dinesen as a major twentieth-century author, who was twice nominated for the Nobel Prize. With exceptional grace, Judith Thurman's classic work explores Dinesen's life. Until the appearance of this book, the life and art of Isak Dinesen have been--as Dinesen herself wrote of two lovers in a tale-- "a pair of locked caskets, each containing the key to the other." Judith Thurman has provided the master key to them both.

Daguerreotypes and Other Essays


Author: Isak Dinesen
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226153063
Category: Fiction
Page: 229
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Eight occasional pieces originally published in Danish in 1965 record Dinesen's reflections on topics ranging from clothing and social classes to ornithology and include her recollections of a 1940 visit to Nazi Germany

Out of Africa


Author: Isak Dinesen
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0307799581
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 400
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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time In this book, the author of Seven Gothic Tales gives a true account of her life on her plantation in Kenya. She tells with classic simplicity of the ways of the country and the natives: of the beauty of the Ngong Hills and coffee trees in blossom: of her guests, from the Prince of Wales to Knudsen, the old charcoal burner, who visited her: of primitive festivals: of big game that were her near neighbors--lions, rhinos, elephants, zebras, buffaloes--and of Lulu, the little gazelle who came to live with her, unbelievably ladylike and beautiful. The Random House colophon made its debut in February 1927 on the cover of a little pamphlet called "Announcement Number One." Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer, the company's founders, had acquired the Modern Library from publishers Boni and Liveright two years earlier. One day, their friend the illustrator Rockwell Kent stopped by their office. Cerf later recalled, "Rockwell was sitting at my desk facing Donald, and we were talking about doing a few books on the side, when suddenly I got an inspiration and said, 'I've got the name for our publishing house. We just said we were go-ing to publish a few books on the side at random. Let's call it Random House.' Donald liked the idea, and Rockwell Kent said, 'That's a great name. I'll draw your trademark.' So, sitting at my desk, he took a piece of paper and in five minutes drew Random House, which has been our colophon ever since." Throughout the years, the mission of Random House has remained consistent: to publish books of the highest quality, at random. We are proud to continue this tradition today. This edition is set from the first American edition of 1937 and commemorates the seventy-fifth anniversary of Random House. From the Hardcover edition.

Carnival

Entertainments and Posthumous Tales
Author: Isak Dinesen
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226153049
Category: Fiction
Page: 345
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Spanning every stage of Isak Dinesen's career, this collection of tales includes Carnival, The Proud Lady, Second Meeting, and other works that have not previously appeared in book form in English

The Vampyre, the Werewolf and Other Gothic Tales of Horror


Author: John William Polidori,Rochelle Kronzek
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486471926
Category: Fiction
Page: 118
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Lock the doors and turn on the lights! These seven blood-chilling tales of the macabre are a showcase of the supernatural that is sure to haunt your dreams. Includes John Polidori's genre-defining "The Vampyre," Edward Bulwer-Lytton's "Monos and Daimonos," Clemence Housman's "The Werewolf," plus 4 anonymous tales, including "The Curse" and "The Victim."

Japanese Gothic Tales


Author: Ky?ka Izumi
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 9780824817893
Category: Fiction
Page: 202
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The four stories presented here are among Kyoka's best-known works.

The Stepsister Scheme


Author: Jim C. Hines
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780756405328
Category: Fiction
Page: 344
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Danielle Whiteshore, aka Cinderella, reveals what really happens after the "happily ever after" as she, along with Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, race against time to rescue her husband, Prince Armand, from the clutches of some of fantasyland's most nefarious villains. Original.

Shadows on the Grass


Author: Isak Dinesen,Karen Blixen
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141961465
Category: Fiction
Page: 144
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Isak Dinesen takes up the absorbing story of her life in Kenya begun in the unforgettable Out of Africa, which she published under the name of Karen Blixen. With warmth and humanity these four stories illuminate her love both for the African people, their dignity and traditions, and for the beauty and wildness of the landscape. The first three were written in the 1950s and the last, 'Echoes from the Hills', was written especially for this volume in the summer of 1960 when the author was in her seventies. In all they provide a moving final chapter to her African reminiscences.

Babette's Feast


Author: Isak Dinesen
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141970014
Category: Fiction
Page: 64
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'And it happened when Martine or Philippa spoke to Babette that they would get no answers, and would wonder if she had even heard what they said ... Orshe would sit immovable on the three-legged kitchen chair, her strong hands in her lap and her dark eyes wide open, as enigmatical and fatal as a Pythia upon her tripod. At such moments, they realised that Babette was deep, and that in the soundings of her being there were passions, there were memories and longings of which they knew nothing at all.' Babette's Feast is a sublime celebration of eating, drinking and sensual pleasure. In Isak Dinesen's life-affirming short story, two elderly sisters living in a remote, god-fearing Norwegian community take in a mysterious refugee from Paris one night - and are rewarded for their kindness with the most decadent, luxurious feast of a lifetime.

Dark Tales


Author: Shirley Jackson
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0143132008
Category: FICTION
Page: 208
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For the first time in one volume, a collection of Shirley Jackson's scariest stories, with a foreword by PEN/Hemingway Award winner Ottessa Moshfegh After the publication of her short story "The Lottery" in the New Yorker in 1948 received an unprecedented amount of attention, Shirley Jackson was quickly established as a master horror storyteller. This collection of classic and newly reprinted stories provides readers with more of her unsettling, dark tales, including the "The Possibility of Evil" and "The Summer People." In these deliciously dark stories, the daily commute turns into a nightmarish game of hide and seek, the loving wife hides homicidal thoughts and the concerned citizen might just be an infamous serial killer. In the haunting world of Shirley Jackson, nothing is as it seems and nowhere is safe, from the city streets to the crumbling country pile, and from the small-town apartment to the dark, dark woods. There's something sinister in suburbia. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses


Author: Lucy Corin
Publisher: McSweeney's
ISBN: 1944211101
Category: Fiction
Page: 192
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Lucy Corin's "eye popping, enlightening read" (Publishers Weekly), now in paperback. At the heart of Lucy Corin’s dazzling collection are one hundred apocalypses: visions of loss and destruction, vexation and crisis, revelation and revolution, sometimes only a few lines long. In these haunting and wickedly funny stories, an apocalypse might come in the form of the end of a relationship or the end of the world, but they all expose the tricky landscape of our longing for a clean slate. In three longer stories, contemporary American life is playfully, if disturbingly, distorted: the rite of passage for adolescent girls involves choosing the madman who will accompany them into adulthood; California burns to the ground while, on the east coast, life carries on; and a soldier returns home broke from war to encounter a witch who extends a dangerous offer. At once mournful and explosively energetic, One Hundred Apocalypses and Other Apocalypses is "deeply rooted in the politics and upheaval of our times" (Lambda Literary).

The Angelic Avengers


Author: Isak Dinesen,Karen Blixen
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780140180701
Category:
Page: 304
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Lucan has been orphaned, Zosine has been deserted, and London in the 1840s is a hostile place for two young girls without a home. Bound together by poverty, isolation and a shared childhood, they set out to make a future for themselves in new surroundings. The austere, puritanical Reverend Pennhallow and his wife adopt them, inviting them to live on their French estate. There, in the large, gloomy house, the two innocents become immersed in a studious, ascetic life and are taught history, literature and the classics. But their suspicions are aroused by a chain of disturbing events, and before long they realize that the cleric and his wife are not all that they seem to be.

The Masque of the Red Death


Author: Edgar Allan Poe
Publisher: Charles River Editors via PublishDrive
ISBN: 1629213853
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
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Edgar Allan Poe was one of the most famous authors in American history.Much of Poes work is incomparably dark and bizarre yet he also wrote the classic poem The Raven and is often credited as the inventor of detective fiction.This edition of Poes The Masque of the Red Death includes a table of contents.