Since their first publication in the 1830s and 1840s, Edgar Allan Poe’s extraordinary Gothic tales have established themselves as classics of horror fiction and have also created many of the conventions which still dominate the genre of detective fiction. As well as being highly enjoyable, Poe’s tales are works of very real intellectual exploration. Attentive to the historical and political dimensions of these very American tales, this new selection places the most popular – ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’, ‘The Masque of the Red Death’, ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’ and ‘The Purloined Letter’ – alongside less well-known travel narratives, metaphysical essays and political satires.
Edgar Allan Poe - Elfeledett történetek / Forgotten Tales
Az Edgar Allan Poe összes műveit felölelő kétnyelvű sorozat nyolcadik kötete a szinte teljesen ismeretlen, "elfeledett" Poe-novellákból válogat. Kalandos utazás a Sziklás-hegységen keresztül, az újságírás és az irodalmi élet furcsaságai, egy nevetséges félreértés, különös találmányok, metafizikai és természetfilozófiai ötletek vetnek fényt Poe nyelvi játékokban is gazdag vizionárius világára. Az eredeti és a fordítás egymás melletti közlése a könyvet a nyelvtanulók számára is hasznossá teszi. "Poe elsősorban intellektuális és kívülálló alkotó, magányos zseni, nem besorolható sehová sem, inkább az ő művei alapján sorolnak be később másokat. Mindaz, amiről írt, elsősorban életéből fakadt, még akkor is (mint ahogyan azt néhány mai amerikai irodalomtörténész kiderítette), amikor azt állítja, hogy tudatosan hozta létre műveit. Olyan életet élt és életművet hagyott hátra, amely - Borges szavaival élve - több árnyékot is vet egyszerre. Tény, hogy több rosszabb és jobb követő mellett egy a mai napig eleven szubkultúrát is inspirált. Helyüket nem találók, kirekesztettek találják meg újra és újra vigasznyújtó elődjüket benne, órákra, hetekre, évekre is talán. Sokukat lenyűgözi, de sokukat egyszerűen csak szórakoztatja, amit Poe garabonciás köpönyege alatt találnak. Egy mélyre nyúló konklúzió azonban csak a "visszatérőkben" fogalmazódik meg leginkább, akik később, az innen származó fontos lökés után magukra nézve is fontosnak találják a miért sokat emlegetett kérdését. Nekik és azoknak is, akik újra és újra szembe akarnak találkozni azokkal a félelmekkel és kínokkal, amelyeket sokáig elrejteni tartottak jobbnak, mindig hálás és tisztelt zugot jelent majd Poe árnyéka."
Stephen King - Nightmares and Dreamscapes
A solitary finger pokes out of a drain. Novelty teeth turn predatory. The Nevada desert swallows a Cadillac. This collection of Stephen King stories takes a roller-coaster ride through the macabre and monstrous, via explorations of good and evil.
Thomas Pynchon - Slow Learner
Thomas Pynchon's literary career was launched not with the release of his widely acclaimed first novel, V., but with the publication in literary magazines of the five stories collected here. In his introduction to Slow Learner the author reviews his early work with disarming candor and recalls the American cultural landscape of the early post-Beat era in which the stories were written. Time magazine described this introductory essay as "Pynchon's first public gesture toward autobiography. /Synopsis from barnesandnoble.com/
Stephen King - Everything's Eventual
A new Stephen King book is always an event and Everything's Eventual--a collection of short stories that will be already familiar to King's die-hard fans--is a nicely timed appetiser for his next novel From a Buick 8. Collected here are the stories published in the New Yorker and King's highly successful e-book Riding the Bullet and for those of you who haven't already seen them, it will be no surprise to learn that King explores a multitude of emotions and themes, from pure horror to simple everyday life. It's a very mixed bag but each and every one hits the mark as vignettes of a master storyteller who is equally at home with a short story as with 700-page blockbuster. Particular standouts include the previous audio-only tales "LT's Theory of Pets" and "1408". Twists and turns abound and there are plenty of characters to love and loathe in equal measure. But King is at his best when writing about the nature of the human spirit and its enduring capacity for both good and evil--there is plenty here that explores both.
Mark Twain - The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain
For deft plotting, riotous inventiveness, unforgettable characters, and language that brilliantly captures the lively rhythms of American speech, no American writer comes close to Mark Twain. This sparkling anthology covers the entire span of Twain’s inimitable yarn-spinning, from his early broad comedy to the biting satire of his later years. Every one of his sixty stories is here: ranging from the frontier humor of “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” to the bitter vision of humankind in “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg,” to the delightful hilarity of “Is He Living or Is He Dead?” Surging with Twain’s ebullient wit and penetrating insight into the follies of human nature, this volume is a vibrant summation of the career of–in the words of H. L. Mencken–“the father of our national literature.”
Edgar Allan Poe - The Cask of Amontillado
The story is set in a nameless Italian city in an unspecified year (possibly in the 18th century) and is about the narrator's deadly revenge on a friend whom he believes has insulted him. Like several of Poe's stories, and in keeping with the 19th-century fascination with the subject, the narrative revolves around a person being buried alive—in this case, by immurement.
Edgar Allan Poe - The Complete Tales and Poems
All of the tales by the master of the detective and the macabre story. 53 of his best-known poems plus essays and criticisms. Edgar Allan Poe self-published his first book, Tamerlane and Other Poems, in 1827. In 1830, Poe embarked on a career as a writer and began contributing reviews and essays to popular periodicals. He also wrote sketches and short fiction and in 1833 published his only completed novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. Over the next five years he established himself as a master of the short story form through the publication of "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Masque of the Red Death," "The Tell-tale Heart" and other well-known works. In 1841, he wrote "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," generally considered the first modern detective story. The publication of The Raven and Other Poems in 1845 brought him additional fame as a poet.
Edgar Allan Poe - The complete illustrated works of Edgar Allan Poe
Here in one superb volume are tales, adventures and poems from the world's master of the mysterious - Edgar Allan Poe. Famous for his horror stories and brooding poetry, Poe is credited with the invention of the modern detective story and a distinctive style of science fiction writing. Included in this collection are: _The Complete Tales of Mystery and Imagination_ - contains all 70 of the remarkable stories of terror and fantasy that established Poe as the supreme craftsman of the short story and a great American author. _The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket_ - is Poe's only full-length work and a masterful blending of science and romance. W.H. Auden described it as 'one of the finest adventure stories ever written'. _The Raven and Other Poems_ - reflects Poe's obsession with the macabre and solitude. The stories are complemented with illustrations by Arthur Rackham, Aubrey Beardsley, Edouard Manet and others.
Stephen King - Skeleton Crew
'Grab onto my arm now. Hold tight. We are going into a number of dark places, but I think I know the way.' Unrivalled monarch of the macabre Stephen King again takes the unsuspecting reader on a fantastic journey through the dark, shadowy areas of our innermost fears. In a bumper collection of tales guaranteed to chill the spine and freeze the blood, we meet GRAMMA - who only wanted to hug little George, even after she was dead; THE RAFT - a primeval sea creature with an insatiable appetite; THE MONKEY - an innocent-looking toy with sinister powers; the unspeakable horror of other stories, each with the distinctive blend of unimaginable terror and realism that typifies King's writing. 'Liable to leave the reader in a state of shock' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH STEPHEN KING'S BESTSELLERS: FIRESTARTER, THE DEAD ZONE, CUJO, DIFFERENT SEASONS, DANSE MACABRE AND EYES OD THE DRAGON ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FROM FUTURA
Mark Twain - Taming the Bicycle
American life comes under the scrutiny of Mark Twain's wit in this delightful collection of short stories. Here, he comments on politics, education, the media, religion, and literature. The true subject of Twain's satire and burlesque is that strangest of all animals, the human being. In his novels, travel narratives, stories, essays, and sketches, Twain exposes such a variety of human foibles that one is left either laughing at the folly of human enterprise, blushing with shame at human behavior, or cursing the gods that would create such a silly animal. Twain does all three, often at the same time.
Ian McEwan - First Love, Last Rites
Ian McEwan's Somerset Maugham Award-winning collection First Love, Last Rites brought him instant recognition as one of the most influential voices writing in England today. Taut, brooding, and densely atmospheric, these stories show us the ways in which murder can arise out of boredom, perversity can result from adolescent curiosity, and sheer evil might be the solution to unbearable loneliness. These tales are as horrifying as anything written by Clive Barker or Stephen King, but they are crafted with a lyricism and intensity that compel us to confront our secret kinship with the horrifying.
Edgar Allan Poe - Great Tales and Poems
Born to an unfortunate heritage, orphaned, unsympathetically raised, and then abandoned, Edgar Allan Poe struggled for greatness in an adverse social and economic climate -- a setting not improved by his fiery temperament and caustic criticism of others. Poe's melancholy brilliance, his passionate lyricism, and his tormented soul would make him one of the most widely read and original writers in American literature. Here, in one volume, are his classic short works: masterpieces of horror, terror, humor, and adventure -- and the finest lyric and narrative poetry of this ill-fated genius whose influence on both prose and verse continues to this day. Pocket Books' Enriched Classics present the great works of world literature enhanced for the contemporary reader. This edition of Great Tales And Poems Of Edgar Allan Poe contains the original Pocket Books introduction, first published in 1951, along with an updated selection of critical excerpts, and suggestions for further readings.
Neil Gaiman - Fragile Things
Let me tell you a story. No, wait, one's not enough. I'll begin again... Let me tell you stories of the months of the year, of ghosts and heartbreak, of dread and desire. Of after-hours drinking and unanswered phones, of good deeds and bad days, of trusting wolves and how to talk to girls. There are stories within stories, whispered in the quiet of the night, shouted above the roar of the day, and played out between lovers and enemies, strangers and friends. But all, all are fragile things made of just 26 letters arranged and rearranged to form tales and imaginings which will dazzle your senses, haunt your imagination and move you to the very depths of your soul.
Aimee Bender - Willful Creatures
Aimee Bender’s Willful Creatures conjures a fantastical world in which authentic love blooms. This is a place where a boy with keys for fingers is a hero, a woman’s children are potatoes, and a little boy with an iron for a head is born to a family of pumpkin heads. With her singular mix of surrealism, musical prose, and keenly felt emotion, Bender once again proves herself to be a masterful chronicler of the human condition.
John Cheever - Thirteen Uncollected Stories by John Cheever
They have been called "the best kept secret of American letters" and "a virtual literary treasure trove." Originally published in the 1930s and '40s in often obscure magazines, these stories will undoubtedly surprise those readers familiar only with Cheever's post-1947 work.
F. Scott Fitzgerald - Flappers and Philosophers
Flappers and Philosophers was F. Scott Fitzgerald's initial encore - his first collection of short fiction, published in 1920 to capitalize on the success of This Side of Paradise, the novel that had made him famous at the age of twenty-three. Flappers and Philosophers contains some of Fitzgerald's best early stories: 'The Offshore Pirate' 'Bernice Bobs Her Hair', 'The Ice Palace', and 'Benediction'. In these narratives Fitzgerald presented his prototypical Jazz-Age heroines, beautiful and willful young women who later became trademarks of his fiction.
Charles Bukowski - Tales of Ordinary Madness
In these tales of ordinary madness, Charles Bukowski ingeniously mixes high and low culture, from prostitutes and the philosophy of Kant to despair and classical music, to create his modern dystopia. Inspired by D.H. Lawrence, John Fante and Hemingway, Bukowski’s writing is passionate, extreme and relentlessly realistic. These are angry yet tender, humorous and haunting portrayals of life in the underbelly of America. Charles Bukowski was one of America’s best-known and most prolific writers. During his lifetime he published more than forty-five books of poetry and prose including the novels Post Office (1971), Factotum (1975), Women (1978), and Pulp (1994) all available from Virgin Books.
Edgar Allan Poe - Rejtelmes történetek / Mystery stories
A sötét éjszaka mesterében, Poe-ban minden együtt van: ő a kánon, a kinyilatkoztatás, ő a törvény, s ami azon felül van benne, az az ördögtől való. A fantasztikus elbeszélés és a bizarr rémtörténet legnagyobb képviselője mellesleg megteremtette a logikára alapított detektívtörténetek később oly divatossá vált műfaját. Bár a krimiszerzők névsora lassan körbeéri az egyenlítőt, a mesterség alapjait mindenki Poe-tól tanulta. A detektívregény minden lényeges eleme együtt van a történeteiben: a titokzatos bűntény, a több gyanúsított, a remek logikával és emberismerettel rendelkező amatőr detektív, akinek a hivatalos nyomozás képviselőivel is meg kell küzdenie. Az általa megteremtett leltár azóta sem igen bővült. Poe a detektívregényt az általa művelt rémmese örökségével keresztelte meg. Ő nem a világban megjelenő gonosztett külső valóságát ragadja meg, hanem a lélek mélységében gyökerező bűntett belső valóságát. "A detektívregényt - mondja Van Doren Stern - éppúgy, mint a könyvnyomtatást, csupán technikailag tökéletesítették. Mint művészi alkotást sem Gutenberg bibliáját, sem Poe A Morgue utcai kettős gyilkosság című művét nem múlták felül soha."