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The Crown in the Heather: The Bruce Trilogy: Book I: Volume 1

In 1290, Scotland is without a king. Two families-the Bruces and the Balliols-vie for the throne. Ro....

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Wisehouse Classics Edition)

A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN is the first novel of Irish writer James Joyce. A Kunstlerroman in a modernist style, it traces the religious and intellectual awakening of young Stephen Dedalus, a fictional alter ego of Joyce and an allusion to Daedalus, the consummate craftsman of Greek mythology. Stephen questions and rebels against the Catholic and Irish conventions under which he has grown, culminating in his self-exile from Ireland to Europe. The work uses techniques that Joyce developed more fully in Ulysses (1922) and Finnegans Wake (1939).

A PORTRAIT began life in 1903 as Stephen Hero-a projected 63-chapter autobiographical novel in a realistic style. After 25 chapters, Joyce abandoned Stephen Hero in 1907 and set to reworking its themes and protagonist into a condensed five-chapter novel, dispensing with strict realism and making extensive use of free indirect speech that allows the reader to peer into Stephen's developing consciousness. American modernist poet Ezra Pound had the novel serialised in the English literary magazine The Egoist in 1914 and 1915, and published as a book in 1916 by B. W. Huebsch of New York. The publication of A PORTRAIT and the short story collection Dubliners (1914) earned Joyce a place at the forefront of literary modernism.

In 1998, the Modern Library named the novel third on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.

Bracebridge Hall - The Humorists, A Medley (Illustrated): Satirical Novel from the Author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle, Letters of Jonathan ... York, Tales of the Alhambra and many m

This carefully crafted ebook: "Bracebridge Hall - The Humorists, A Medley (Illustrated)" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists, A Medley was written by Washington Irving in 1821, while he lived in England. This episodic novel is actually a location-based series of character sketches and short stories and it was originally published under his pseudonym Geoffrey Crayon. The tales revolve around the occupants of an English manor, which was occupied by members of the Bracebridge family and which Irving visited. Washington Irving (1783-1859) was an American author, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. He is best known for his short stories "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" both of which appear in his book The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. His historical works include biographies of George Washington and Oliver Goldsmith, and several histories of 15th-century Spain, dealing with subjects such as the Moors and the Alhambra. Irving served as the U.S. ambassador to Spain from 1842 to 1846. Table of Contents: The Hall The Busy Man Family Servants The Widow The Lovers Family Reliques An Old Soldier The Widow's Retinue Ready-Money Jack Bachelors A Literary Antiquary The Farmhouse Horsemanship Love Symptoms Falconry Hawking Fortune-Telling Love-Charms A Bachelor's Confessions Gipsies Village Worthies The Schoolmaster The School A Village Politician The Rookery May-Day The Culprit Lover's Troubles The Wedding The Stout Gentleman The Student of Salamanca Annette Delarbre Dolph Heyliger

The Garden on Sunset: A Novel of Golden-Era Hollywood (Hollywood's Garden of Allah novels Book 1)

HOLLYWOOD...as seen through the eyes of its most infamous garden.When Marcus Adler's father runs him out of Pennsylvania, he can think of only one place to go: 8152 Sunset Boulevard, the home of luminous silent screen star Alla Nazimova, who visited him on his sickbed when he was a child. But when Marcus gets to Hollywood, Madame Nazimova's home has been converted to a hotel. Marcus checks into The Garden of Allah and starts his new life. He soon finds friends in Kathryn Massey, who ran away from her overbearing stage mother to become a journalist, and Gwendolyn Brick, a hopeful actress from the Other Hollywood-Hollywood, Florida-who wants to try her luck in Glitter City. The three naive hopefuls band together to tread water against a tidal wave of threadbare casting couches, nervous bootleggers, human billboards, round-the-world zeppelins, sinking gambling boats, waiters in blackface, William Randolph Hearst, the Long Beach earthquake, starlets, harlots, Harlows and Garbos. But how will they get their feet inside Hollywood's golden door?THE GARDEN ON SUNSET is the first in a series of novels following Marcus, Kathryn and Gwendolyn as they leap and lurch, win and lose their way through Hollywood's golden years. If you love Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City books, you'll want to get lost in The Garden of Allah.

The Princess Of Egypt Must Die

Before she became one of Egypt's greatest queens, she was a lonely princess who ached to belong...

Princess Arsinoe came of age in the glittering court of Ptolemaic Egypt. Abused by her ruthless sister, a pawn in the dynastic ambitions of her father, and dismissed by the king who claimed her for a bride, young Arsinoe finds herself falling in love with a young man forbidden to her. She dreams of a great destiny, but if she is ever to rule Egypt, she must first survive the nest of vipers otherwise known as her family.

(This novelette by the acclaimed author of LILY OF THE NILE and SONG OF THE NILE originally appeared in the ETERNAL SPRING anthology of Young Adult Fiction. It is approximately 11k words long.)

Good Morning Rome

A short story by the Italian author Michele Ponte, Good Morning Rome will surprise you.

They come to Rome by plane, boat, train, coach. They hitchhike or they come on foot. They come looking for success, hope, or God. They come for art, for Roman antiquity, for museums, exhibitions, History. They come to Rome because it's the Eternal City.

They come looking for work. They come so they can study and then find work. They come. 'And it's a good thing they do come,' says the Ancient Roman soldier standing outside the Coliseum. 'Please! Just think about it, will you? If these people didn't come, how would anyone ever find the dough to keep this city afloat?'

This is one guy who really does get it, one of the few guys of his age who gets it. Without all these people coming and churning the money around, we'd have nothing. Not a damn thing. Crumbling walls is all.

They come to Rome to get close to power.

They come to Rome to feel they're artists.

They come to gamble or to deal drugs. But the main thing - you may as well admit it - is that they come. All of them.

Old New York: 4 novellas about historical NYC by Edith Wharton (False Dawn + The Old Maid + The Spark + New Year's Day)

This carefully crafted ebook: "Old New York: 4 novellas about historical NYC by Edith Wharton (False Dawn + The Old Maid + The Spark + New Year's Day)" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Old New York (1924) is a collection of four novellas by Edith Wharton, revolving around upper-class New York City society in the 1840s, 1850s, 1860s, and 1870s. The novellas reveal the tribal codes and customs that ruled society, portrayed with the keen style that is uniquely Edith Wharton's. Originally published in 1924 and long out of print, these tales are vintage Wharton, dealing boldly with such themes as infidelity, illegitimacy, jealousy, the class system, and the condition of women in society Included in this remarkable quartet are False Dawn, The Old Maid, The Spark, and New Year's Day. The decades indicated in the subtitles to the stories make them prequels, after a fashion, to The Age of Innocence. All five might as well be cut from the same bolt of cloth, sharing settings, characters, social insight, a similar knowing eye for a telling detail. Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, short story writer, and designer. She became known for her psychological examination of characters faced with changes in the moral and social values of middle-class and upper-class society. Her novels and short stories provide numerous expert characterizations of complex men and women.

The Collected Posthumous Stories: 13 previously uncollected posthumous stories!

This carefully crafted ebook: "The Collected Posthumous Stories" contains 13 previously uncollected stories in one volume and is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Content: On an Ocean Wave. The Woman from "21". Three Hours Between Planes. The Broadcast We almost Heard last September. News of Paris--Fifteen Years Ago. Discard [Director's Special]. The World's Fair. Last Kiss. That Kind of Party. Dearly Beloved. Lo, the Poor Peacock! On Your Own. A Full Life. Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (1896 - 1940) was an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the paradigmatic writings of the Jazz Age, a term he coined. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century.

The Collected Stories of 1926 - 1934: 38 previously uncollected stories!

This carefully crafted ebook: The Collected Stories of 1935 - 1940" contains 25 previously uncollected stories in one volume and is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Content: Shaggy's Morning. The Intimate Strangers. The Passionate Eskimo. Zone of Accident. Fate in Her Hands. Too Cute for Words. Image on the Heart. Three Acts of Music. The Ants at Princeton. Inside the House. An Author's Mother. Afternoon of an Author. "I Didn't Get Over". "Send Me In, Coach". An Alcoholic Case. "Trouble". The Honor of the Goon. The Long Way Out. The Guest in Room Nineteen. In the Holidays. Financing Finnegan. Design in Plaster. The Lost Decade. Strange Sanctuary. The End of Hate. Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (1896 - 1940) was an American writer of novels and short stories, whose works have been seen as evocative of the Jazz Age, a term he himself allegedly coined. He is regarded as one of the greatest twentieth century writers. Fitzgerald was of the self-styled "Lost Generation," Americans born in the 1890s who came of age during World War I. He finished four novels, left a fifth unfinished, and wrote dozens of short stories that treat themes of youth, despair, and age. He was married to Zelda Fitzgerald.

I love myself ok?: A Berlin Trilogy

Young, angry and articulate, the narrator of Chloe Zeegen's Berlin Trilogy moves to Berlin (drugs, clubs, parks and politics), outs herself on Facebook and tests her luck. Fast-paced and in your face.

Chloe Zeegen's trilogy of short stories requires a genre all of its own. Social commentary? The Facebook generation's sexual awakening? Zeegen's spontaneous and conversational style reads like online chat intersected by passages of poetry. Her narrator experiences Berlin's parties and private views, meets random people, assembles her Ikea bed, paces through history and turns an intellectual eye to pop architecture. Kreuzberg and Neukolln feature, as does the 'Spati' - the trusty Berlin 7-11. An original and striking voice that you have certainly not heard the last of at mikrotext.

The Closet Trip

What would you do if you were a man living a gay lifestyle and discovered you liked women?

In a unique reversal of the usual "coming out" story, a man living a gay lifestyle finds himself increasingly attracted to women.

At thirty-seven, Jerry Seivers has never been with a woman. Aside from a brief childhood crush on a neighbor girl - quickly quashed by his misogynistic father - he has never felt drawn to the opposite sex. He now resides securely within a circle of gay friends which include his partner of the last eight years, a real estate broker named Tom Martin.

His growing friendship with his female martial arts instructor challenges everything Jerry believes about himself, but when he meets Alyssa Guisti, owner of an unjolly green mansion he's been hired to renovate, Jerry's carefully constructed gay world comes undone.

"Special Note from the Author*

My former agent told me: "This is a novel written for no one: gays will be offended and straights won't be interested." I hope she's wrong. I believe this is a novel for anyone who's discovered something unexpected about themselves, and for anyone who simply enjoys a good story and interesting, intelligent, sympathetic characters. This is not a "MM" novel; if anything, it is a straight romance, arrived at through an unconventional route. Perhaps one reviewer put it best: "It's a testament to how well the author portrays his characters that you focus more on them than the clever handling of Jerry's reverse coming-out, which becomes an added bonus!"

Geordie Selwyn and the Farewell Tour (The Selwyn Files Book 3)

Veteran rock star and accidental national treasure Geordie Selwyn has been on the road for over 40 years with his seminal heavy metal band, Church. When Eva, his scary wife and manager, announces that Church are finally saying farewell is it really what Geordie wants? And why is their estranged drummer, Dougie Slater, demanding an impossible fee for appearing on the band's swan song tour?

The latest extract from Geordie's memoirs (The Selwyn Files).

Tuning the World: The Johann-Sebastian Bach-Novel (Excerpt)

The free excerpt of the first German novel about Johann Sebastian Bach contains the Content, and 4 of 48 chapters of the novel.

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Push Not the River (The Poland Trilogy Book 1)

A panoramic and epic novel, Push Not the River recounts the rich story of Poland in the....

Climb Up the Steel Mountain

Kay was still alive and he had to save her now, right away. That was his duty as a cardiologist. He had read about the latest surgical procedures and went over them in his mind, but he had never really done one. Dr. Louis Stafford accomplished his first heart transplant and he prayed to God that it would be completely successful and his patient would live to a ripe old age.