Montserrat literature, fiction books

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Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

Robert Louis Stevenson - Treasure Island artwork Treasure Island
Robert Louis Stevenson
Genre: Action & Adventure
Publish Date: 01 January 1920
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Treasure Island is an adventure novel, a thrilling tale of "buccaneers and buried gold". Traditionally considered a coming of age story, it is an adventure tale of superb atmosphere, character and action, and also a wry commentary on the ambiguity of morality—as seen in Long John Silver—unusual for children's literature then and now.


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Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson

Charles Dickens - A Tale of Two Cities artwork A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens
Genre: Fiction & Literature
Publish Date: 01 January 2000
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralised by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same time period. It follows the lives of several characters through these events.


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A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

Daniel Defoe - Robinson Crusoe artwork Robinson Crusoe
Daniel Defoe
Genre: Fiction & Literature
Publish Date: 31 December 1718
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The book is a fictional autobiography of the title character, whose birth name is Robinson Kreutznaer, a castaway who spends years on a remote tropical island near Trinidad, encountering cannibals, captives, and mutineers before being rescued.


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Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe

Robert Browning - Dramatic Romances artwork Dramatic Romances
Robert Browning
Genre: Poetry
Publish Date: 31 December 1888
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Weakness of will in the case of the lovers in this poem wrecked their lives; for they were not strong enough to follow either duty or love. Another glimpse is caught of this period when husbands and brothers and fathers meted out what they considered justice to the women in "In a Gondola". "The Grammarian's Funeral" gives also an aspect of Renaissance life the fervor for learning characteristic of the earlier days of the Renaissance when devoted pedants, as Arthur Symons says in referring to this poem, broke ground in the restoration to the modern world of the civilization and learning of ancient Greece and Rome.


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Dramatic Romances - Robert Browning

Charlotte Brontë - The Professor artwork The Professor
Charlotte Brontë
Genre: Fiction & Literature
Publish Date: 31 December 1856
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The Professor is Charlotte Brontes first novel, in which she audaciously inhabits the voice and consciousness of a man, William Crimsworth. Like Jane Eyre he is parentless; like Lucy Snowe in Villette he leaves the certainties of England to forge a life in Brussels. But as a man, William has freedom of action, and as a writer Bronte is correspondingly liberated, exploring the relationship between power and sexual desire. William's first person narration reveals his attraction to the dominating directress of the girls' school where he teaches, played out in the school's 'secret garden'. Balanced against this is his more temperate relationship with one of his pupils, Frances Henri, in which mastery and submission interplay.


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The Professor - Charlotte Brontë

Ben Jonson - The Alchemist artwork The Alchemist
Ben Jonson
Genre: Fiction & Literature
Publish Date: 31 December 2014
Publisher: Project Gutenberg
Seller: Public Domain

The greatest of English dramatists except Shakespeare, the first literary dictator and poet-laureate, a writer of verse, prose, satire, and criticism who most potently of all the men of his time affected the subsequent course of English letters: such was Ben Jonson, and as such his strong personality assumes an interest to us almost unparalleled, at least in his age.


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The Alchemist - Ben Jonson

Charles Perrault - The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault artwork The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault
Charles Perrault
Genre: Fiction & Literature
Publish Date: 15 May 1703
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Charles Perrault must have been as charming a fellow as a man could meet. He was one of the best-liked personages of his own great age, and he has remained ever since a prime favourite of mankind. We are fortunate in knowing a great deal about his varied life, deriving our knowledge mainly from D'Alembert's history of the French Academy and from his own memoirs, which were written for his grandchildren, but not published tillsixty-six years after his death. We should, I think, be more fortunate still if the memoirs had not ceased in mid-career, or if their author had permitted himself to write of his family affairs without reserve or restraint, in the approved manner of modern autobiography. We should like, for example, to know much more than we do about the wife and the two sons to whom he was so devoted.


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The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault - Charles Perrault

Stephen Crane - The Red Badge of Courage artwork The Red Badge of Courage
Stephen Crane
Genre: Fiction & Literature
Publish Date: 30 December 1899
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

On a cold day the fictional 304th New York Regiment awaits battle beside a river. Eighteen-year-old Private Henry Fleming, remembering his romantic reasons for enlisting as well as his mother's resulting protests, wonders whether he will remain brave in the face of fear, or turn and run. He is comforted by one of his friends from home, Jim Conklin, who admits that he would run from battle if his fellow soldiers also fled. During the regiment's first battle, Confederate soldiers charge, but are repelled. The enemy quickly regroups and attacks again, this time forcing some of the unprepared Union soldiers to flee. Fearing the battle is a lost cause, Henry deserts his regiment. It is not until after he reaches the rear of the army that he overhears a general announcing the Union's victory. Ashamed, Henry escapes into a nearby forest, where he discovers a decaying body in a peaceful clearing. In his distress, he hurriedly leaves the clearing and stumbles upon a group of injured men returning from battle. One member of the group, a "tattered soldier", asks Henry where he is wounded, but the youth dodges the question. Among the group is Jim Conklin, who has been shot in the side and is suffering delirium from blood-loss. Jim eventually dies of his injury, defiantly resisting aid from his friend, and an enraged and helpless Henry runs from the wounded soldiers. He next joins a retreating column that is in disarray. In the ensuing panic, a man hits Henry on the head with his rifle, wounding him. Exhausted, hungry, thirsty, and now wounded, Henry decides to return to his regiment regardless of his shame. When he arrives at camp, the other soldiers believe his injury resulted from a grazing bullet during battle. The other men care for the youth, dressing his wound.


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The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane

Jean de La Fontaine - Fables de La Fontaine artwork Fables de La Fontaine
Jean de La Fontaine
Genre: Fiction & Literature
Publish Date: 31 December 1694
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

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Fables de La Fontaine - Jean de La Fontaine

Robert Bloomfield - The Farmer's Boy artwork The Farmer's Boy
Robert Bloomfield
Genre: Fiction & Literature
Publish Date: 31 December 1799
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

They Having the satisfaction of introducing to the Public this very pleasing and characteristic Poem, the Farmer's boy, I think it will be agreeable to preface it with a short Account of the manner in which it came into my hands: and, which will be much more interesting to every Reader, a little History of the Author, which has been communicated to me by his Brother, and which I shall very nearly transcribe as it lies before me.


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The Farmer's Boy - Robert Bloomfield

Guy de Maupassant - Mlle Fifi artwork Mlle Fifi
Guy de Maupassant
Genre: Classics
Publish Date: 31 December 1881
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Maupassant fut le meilleur élève de Flaubert. Ils étaient, tous deux, normands et réalistes. Les nouvelles de Maupassant : des instantanés ou des petits morceaux de vie inoubliables. Mademoiselle Fifi est, en réalité, un jeune officier prussien, occupant la France en 1870, blond, à la taille fine, fier et brutal, surnommé ainsi parce qu’il méprise tout et tout le monde et répète sans cesse : « Fi, fi donc ». Il trouvera plus fort que lui. Provinciales inassouvies, amants surpris, prostituées, femmes de notaires, nobles ruinés, amis pêcheurs, chacun a son portrait juste et émouvant. Ces nouvelles sont brèves, ainsi l’exigeait la presse quotidienne qui les publiait avec succès. Brèves mais exprimant l’essentiel. Chaque personnage, à un moment décisif, touche le fond et reste marqué à jamais. Maupassant affirmait appartenir à la famille des écorchés. « J’ai froid de la solitude de la vie », disait-il.


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Mlle Fifi - Guy de Maupassant

Charles Kingsley - The Water-Babies artwork The Water-Babies
Charles Kingsley
Genre: Classics
Publish Date: 31 December 1862
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The protagonist is Tom, a young chimney sweep, who falls into a river after encountering an upper-class girl named Ellie and being chased out of her house. There he drowns and is transformed into a "water baby",[2] as he is told by a caddisfly—an insect that sheds its skin—and begins his moral education. The story is thematically concerned with Christian redemption, though Kingsley also uses the book to argue that England treats its poor badly, and to question child labour, among other themes.


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The Water-Babies - Charles Kingsley

Lucretia Peabody Hale - The Peterkin papers artwork The Peterkin papers
Lucretia Peabody Hale
Genre: Fiction & Literature
Publish Date: 31 December 1899
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This book in detail the Peterkin Papers is a book-length collection of humorous stories by Lucretia Peabody Hale, and is her best-known work. The first of the Peterkin stories appeared in 1867 in a magazine named Our Young Folks, later named St. Nicholas Magazine. The series continued for nine years, and made the Peterkins a household word.


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The Peterkin papers - Lucretia Peabody Hale


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