American Literature

Download E-books A Draft of Light: Poems PDF

By John Hollander

A wonderful new assortment from one in every of our such a lot exceptional poets.

Here are poems that discover the ways that usual items open doorways to the extra hidden, unconscious truths of our internal selves: a chook of “countless colors” calls to brain “the echo . . . / of an internal occasion / From my forgotten past”; a subway bee sting evokes speedy not likely visits by way of the muses—a non permanent wisdom that's “as a lot of a / present from these 9 sisters as / Is ever given.”

Other poems lay naked the imperfect nature of our stories: truth altered by means of our unavoidably much less actual yet possibly “truer” keep in mind of prior occasions (“memory— / As jam-packed with random holes as any / Uncleaned window is of spots / Of blur and dimming—begins right now / To interfere”). nonetheless others research the dramatic adjustments in standpoint we endure over the process a life-time as, within the poem “When We Went Up,” John Hollander describes the numerous responses he has to mountain climbing an identical mountain at diversified issues in his life.

In the entire poems Hollander illuminates the fluid nature of actual and emotional adventure, the connections among the easy issues we come across each day and the ways that the that means we characteristic to them shapes our lives. just like the harmonious coming jointly of bandstand tools on a summer time afternoon, he writes, so much of what we come to understand on the planet is “A demise second / Of lastingness thenceforth / Ever to not be.”

Throughout this thought-provoking assortment, Hollander finds the ways that we're continuously developing specified worlds of our personal, “a draft of light” of our personal making, and the way those worlds, in flip, consistently form our most simple identities and truest selves.

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Download E-books Favorite Poems (Dover Thrift Editions) PDF

By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Selection assortment displays the poet's mastery of a wealthy number of poetic varieties and meters. incorporated is one in every of his top narrative poems, "The Courtship of Miles Standish," besides such well-known works as "The Village Blacksmith," "The spoil of the Hesperus," and "Paul Revere's Ride." Alphabetical lists of titles and primary strains.

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Download E-books On the Yard (New York Review Books Classics) PDF

By Malcolm Braly

An immense American novel, and arguably the best paintings of literature ever to emerge from a US felony, at the backyard is a booklet of penetrating mental realism within which Malcolm Braly paints an unforgettable photograph of the advanced and scary global of the detention center. At its middle are the violently intertwined tales of cold Willy, in hassle with the legislations from his earliest years and now the top of the prison's flourishing black marketplace in medications and intercourse, and of Paul, wracked with guilt for the homicide of his spouse and determined for a few form of redemption. instantly brutal and smooth, clear-eyed and rueful, at the backyard provides the detention center no longer as an unique situation, an exception to daily truth, yet as a standard position, one each reader will realize, American to the middle.

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Download E-books Bronx amer. Treize nouvelles PDF

By Jerome Charyn

Longtemps je n’ai pas pu retourner dans le Bronx. C’était dans mon crâne comme un cri strident, ou une blessure que m’aurait recousue quelque chirurgien fou et dont je n’osais pas retirer un seul element. C’était un will pay dépourvu de tout, un monde sans livres, sans librairies, sans musées, où les pères rentraient à pas pesants de los angeles crèmerie ou de l’usine à chaussures qui les employaient, les épaules ployant sous une monumentale tristesse, où les mères comptaient le moindre sou chez le boucher... alors que leurs enfants, tous tools du désordre, garçons comme filles, volaient, mordaient, brimaient à tort et à travers…

Et voilà qu'aujourd’hui, au fil de treize nouvelles, Jerome Charyn revient dans ce "Bronx amer" où il est né et où il dit avoir tout appris à l. a. dure école de l. a. rue. Très jeune, il y a connu les guerres de gangs, mafiosi, albanais ou cubains et fréquenté des escrocs et des voyous qu'un gamin pouvait trouver magnifiques, des femmes faciles mais si séduisantes, des truands sympathiques – bref les personnages qui hantent tous ses romans.

Mais désormais, le ton s’est durci, los angeles tonalité est plus sombre, 'j’entends des cris de guerre au loin', nous dit-il. Ce qui par contre n’a pas changé, c’est ce kind inimitable, syncopé, "jazzy" – bref los angeles merveilleuse musique de Jerome Charyn.

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Download E-books When Patty Went to College PDF

PAPER-WEIGHTS," saw Patty, sucking an injured thumb, "were obviously no longer made for using in tacks. I want I had a hammer." This comment referred to as forth no reaction, and Patty peered down from the head of the step-ladder at her room-mate, who used to be sitting at the flooring dragging sofa-pillows and curtains from a dry-goods field. "Priscilla," she begged, "you are usually not doing something helpful. cross down and ask Peters for a hammer." Priscilla rose reluctantly. "I dare say fifty ladies have already been after a hammer."

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Download E-books The Coup: A Novel PDF

By John Updike

The Coup describes violent occasions within the imaginary African state of Kush, a wide, landlocked, drought-ridden, sub-Saharan nation led by means of Colonel Hakim Félix Ellelloû. (“A leader,” writes Colonel Ellelloû, “is person who, out of insanity or goodness, takes upon himself the woe of a humans. There are few males so foolish.”) Colonel Ellelloû has 4 other halves, a silver Mercedes, and a enthusiast aversion—cultural, ideological, and personal—to the U.S.. however the U.S. retains creeping into Kush, and the repercussions of this incursion constitute the occasions of the unconventional. Colonel Ellelloû tells his personal story—always elegantly, and infrequently within the 3rd person—from an undisclosed situation within the South of France.

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Download E-books The Children PDF

By Edith Wharton

A bestseller while it was once first released, the kids is a comic book, bittersweet novel concerning the misadventures of a bachelor and a band of precocious kids. The seven Wheater kids, stepbrothers and stepsisters grown weary of being shuttled from mother or father to mum or dad are longing for their mom and dad' most up-to-date reconciliation to final. an opportunity assembly among the youngsters and the solitary 46-year outdated Martin Boyne ends up in a chain of unforgettable encounters.

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Download E-books The Stone Diaries: 15th Anniversary Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) PDF

By Carol Shields

In occasion of the 15th anniversary of its unique e-book, Carol Shields's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is now to be had in a Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition

essentially the most winning and acclaimed novels of our time, this fictionalized autobiography of Daisy Goodwill Flett is a refined yet affecting portrait of an everywoman reflecting on an unconventional existence. What transforms this probably usual story is the richness of Daisy's vividly defined internal life--from her earliest thoughts of her adoptive mom to her information of imminent loss of life.

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Download E-books Wolf: The Lives of Jack London PDF

By James L. Haley

Jack London was once born a working-class, fatherless Californian in 1876. In his formative years he used to be a boundlessly lively adventurer at the bustling West Coast—by turns taking part in the position of hobo, sailor, prospector, and oyster pirate. He spent his short lifestyles speedily amassing the stories that may tell his acclaimed, best-selling books: The name of the Wild, White Fang, and The Sea Wolf.

London was once affected by contradictions. He chronicled nature at its such a lot savage, yet wept helplessly on the deaths of his favourite animals. At his height the highest-paid author in the United States, he was once however regularly broke. An irrepressibly positive crusader for social justice, he burned himself out at 40: ailing, indignant, and upset, yet forsaking a voluminous literary legacy, a lot of it ripe for rediscovery.

In Wolf, award-winning writer James L. Haley explores the forgotten Jack London—at as soon as a hard-living globetrotter and a guy alive with principles, whose ardour for social justice roared until eventually the day he died. Returning London to his right position within the American pantheon, Wolf resurrects a massive American novelist in his complete hearth and glory.

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