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Another Nice Mess - The Laurel & Hardy Story

Arguably the greatest comedy duo in show business history, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy delighted filmgoers and theatregoers for over thirty years. The public not only found Laurel's serene simpleton and Hardy's pompous buffoon hilarious, but they also thought of them as friends. Laurel and Hardy may have been nitwits, but they were loveable nitwits.Another Nice Mess: The Laurel and Hardy Story explores the lives and careers of Laurel and Hardy. The book examines how the comedians teamed up and it explains why, nearly half a century after their deaths, their films continue to enchant people all over the world.Raymond Valinoti, Jr.. is a resident of Berkeley Heights, NJ. He has a Master's in Library Science from Rutgers University and is a freelance researcher. His articles on film have been published in the magazines Midnight Marquee and Films of the Golden Age. He also writes film reviews for an online news publication, The Alternative Press.

Moll Flanders

Born in Newgate prison and abandoned six months later, Moll's drive to find and hold on to a secure place in society propels her through incest, adultery, bigamy, prostitution and a resourceful career as a thief ('the greatest Artist of my time') before she is apprehended and returned to Newgate.If Moll Flanders is on one level a Puritan's tale of sin and repentance, through self-made, self-reliant Moll its rich subtext conveys all the paradoxes and amoralities of the struggle for property and power in Defoe's newly individualistic society.

Tom Sawyer: The Complete Collection (The Greatest Fictional Characters of All Time)

Here you will find the complete 'Tom Sawyer' novels in the chronological order of their original publication.- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn- Tom Sawyer Abroad- Tom Sawyer, Detective

My A?ntonia

“My Ántonia” evokes the Nebraska prairie life of Willa Cather’s childhood, and commemorates the spirit and courage of immigrant pioneers in America. One of Cather’s earliest novels, written in 1918, it is the story of Ántonia Shimerda, who arrives on the Nebraska frontier as part of a family of Bohemian emigrants. Her story is told through the eyes of Jim Burden, a neighbor who will befriend Ántonia, teach her English, and follow the remarkable story of her life.Working in the fields of waving grass and tall corn that dot the Great Plains, Ántonia forges the durable spirit that will carry her through the challenges she faces when she moves to the city. But only when she returns to the prairie does she recover her strength and regain a sense of purpose in life. In the quiet, probing depth of Willa Cather’s art, Ántonia’s story becomes a mobbing elegy to those whose persistence and strength helped build the American frontier.Willa Cather was a great artist. —Truman CapoteNo romantic novel ever written in America, by man or woman, is one half so beautiful as “My Ántonia”. —H. L. MenckenThe time will come when Willa Cather will be ranked above Hemingway. —Leon Edel

Write Write Write

If you're thinking about a life in screenwriting, you've come to the right place. This is not a how-to book, this book is about being happy and staying sane in the mad, mad world of making films. Daniel Martin Eckhart has been a professional screenwriter for twenty years - find out about his screenwriting principles, learn how to grow your writing muscle, discover what counts ... and what doesn't.In his account, Eckhart takes you through sanity checks and gives you no-frills insights into the writing, the business, agents, gurus, readers, networking, pitching and much, much more. Jump in, discover what it takes - and discover whether you're cut out for a life in screenwriting. Here's hoping - the world needs your stories!

How To Write A Novel The Easy Way Using The Pulp Fiction Method To Write Better Novels: Writing Skills

Want to write a novel?What’s holding you back? Lack of confidence? Not sure where to start?There has never been a better time to be a writer, provided you know how best to go about it.In this short but to-the-point introduction, publisher, editor and writer, Jim Driver reveals the secrets the experts use to write bestselling novels.Taking inspiration from the classic Pulp Fiction writers of the golden era, Jim shows how to banish writers’ block forever and reveals the easiest ways you can create and plot commercial novels.Don’t let your doubts hold you back: let Jim show you how you can take action and start writing your profitable novel today.NEW 2019 EDITIONReviews of Previous Editions“Right to the point, no fluff or filler, just what I was looking for as a starter guide to writing. Will definitely read Jim's other books in the future.” Amazon Customer,“I loved this book, I really did. I found it refreshing, full of no-nonsense honest advice that tells it like it is, a book in which the author likens the old pulp fiction books to modern Kindle short novels.” Poet’s Wife,’s time to start your novel.Download your copy of How To Write A Novel The Easy Way today.

The Scarlet Letter

First published in 1850, “The Scarlet Letter” is Nathaniel Hawthorne’s masterpiece and one of the greatest American novels. Its themes of sin, guilt, and redemption, woven through a story of adultery in the early days of the Massachusetts Colony, are revealed with remarkable psychological penetration and understanding of the human heart.Hester Prynne is the adulteress, forced by the Puritan community to wear a scarlet letter A on the breast of her gown. Arthur Dimmesdale, the minister and the secret father of her child, Pearl, struggles with the agony of conscience and his own weakness. Roger Chillingworth, Hester’s husband, revenges himself on Dimmesdale by calculating assaults on the frail mental state of the conscience-stricken cleric. The result is an American tragedy of stark power and emotional depth that has mesmerized critics and readers for nearly a century and a half.The finest piece of imaginative writing yet put forth in the country. —Henry James[Nathaniel Hawthorne] recaptured, for his New England, the essence of Greek tragedy. —Malcolm CowleyThere could be no more perfect work of the American imagination than “The Scarlet Letter”. —D. H. LawrenceThe style of Hawthorne is purity itself. His tone is singularly effective — wild, plaintive, thoughtful, and in full accordance with his themes... We look upon him as one of the few men of indisputable genius to whom our country has as yet given birth. —Edgar Allan Poe

The Red Badge of Courage

First published in 1895, this small masterpiece set the pattern for the treatment of war in modern fiction. The novel is told through the eyes of Henry Fleming, a young soldier caught up in an unnamed Civil War battle who is motivated not by the unselfish heroism of conventional war stories, but by fear, cowardice, and finally, egotism. However, in his struggle to find reality amid the nightmarish chaos of war, the young soldier also discovers courage, humility, and perhaps, wisdom. Although Crane had never been in battle before writing The Red Badge of Courage, the book was widely praised by experienced soldiers for its uncanny re-creation of the sights, sounds, and sense of actual combat. Its publication brought Crane immediate international fame and established him as a major American writer. Today, nearly a century later, the book ranks as an enduring landmark of American fiction.If there were in existence any books of a similar character, one could start confidently by saying that it was the best of its kind. But it has no fellows. It is a book outside of all classification. So unlike anything else is it that the temptation rises to deny that it is a book at all. —Harold FredericA masterpiece. —George Wyndham[“The Red Badge of Courage”] is one of the finest books of our literature, and I include it entire because it is all as much of a piece as a great poem is. —Ernest Hemingway

How to Write a Book in Ten Minutes a Day

Focused. Driven. Creative. Got a message but need guidance on how to harness thoughts and channel words to paper.Sound like you? If you have a story idea in mind, whether it be fact or fiction, but you have little time to sit down and get those words recorded, this book is for you. With a long list of series and standalone novels, plus a couple of memoirs, but a full-time job, a family and a house to contend with, I’ve found ways to beat the clock, to grasp all that creative energy and put it on paper, and this book shares all my secrets in that department.Topics included:Basic Formatting (things you need to know before you start writing to save you time and frustration)ToolsCreating a Reference DocumentHookingReview and Writer’s BlockTense and POVWriting TechniquesWhat Do You Do When Your Book is Done?The LullBack MatterEditing (basic)10 Common Mistakes Made in Your First DraftWhat Do You Do When You’re Stuck Writing a Scene?Luck is What You Have Left After You Give 100%This book will not show you how to get rich quick by writing, nor will it show you how to write a book in ten minutes. FYI, there is NO get rich quick in writing, unless you’re a celebrity, know important people in the world, or you’re one in a zillion writers who have overnight success. With a writing background that began in 2010 and still working a full-time job, I can attest that the literary world is not a goldmine, otherwise everyone would be doing it and sticking to it.‘How to Write a Book in Ten Minutes a Day’ is for those who love to write, want to see their book published, but need guidance on how to get that pen to paper on a daily basis, even if they only have ten minutes a day to do it in. There are no gimmicks in here, no fluff, just quick, easy, concise actions a writer can take to get that book done!

The First Hollywood: Florida and the Golden Age of Silent Filmmaking

Jacksonville, Florida, was the king of the infant film industry. Devastated by fire in 1901, rebuilt in a wide variety of architectural styles, sharing the same geographic and meteorological DNA as southern California, the city was an ideal location for northern film production companies looking to relocate.In 1908, New York-based Kalem Studios sent its first crew to Jacksonville. By 1914, fifteen major companies--including Fox and Metro Pictures--had set up shop there. Oliver Hardy, D. W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, and the Barrymores all made movies in the Florida sunshine. In total, nearly 300 films, including the first Technicolor picture ever made, were completed in Jacksonville by 1928.But the city couldn't escape its past. Even as upstart Hollywood boosters sought to discredit Jacksonville, the latter imploded from a combination of political upheaval, simmering racial tensions, disease, and World War I. Shawn Bean uses first-person accounts, filmmaker biographies, newspaper reports, and city and museum archives to bring to light a little-known aspect of film history. Filled with intrigue, backroom shenanigans, and missed opportunities, The First Hollywood is just the kind of drama we've come to expect from the big screen.

Tess of the d'Urbervilles

Hardy tells the story of Tess Durbeyfield, a beautiful young woman living with her impoverished family in Wessex, the southwestern English county immortalized by Hardy. After the family learns of their connection to the wealthy d’Urbervilles, they send Tess to claim a portion of their fortune. She meets and is seduced by the dissolute Alec d’Urberville and secretly bears a child, Sorrow, who dies in infancy. A very different man, Angel Clare, seems to offer Tess love and salvation, but he rejects her — on their wedding night — after learning of her past. Emotionally bereft, financially impoverished, and victimized by the self-righteous rigidity of English social morality, Tess escapes from her vise of passion through a horrible, desperate act.Like the greatest characters in literature, Tess lives beyond the final pages of the book as a permanent citizen of the imagination. —Irving HoweWhat a commonplace genius he has; or a genius for the commonplace — I don’t know which. —D. H. LawrenceThe greatest tragic writer among English novelists. —Virginia WoolfA singular beauty and charm. —Henry James

Rudyard Kipling : The Complete Novels and Stories

discover or rediscover all the classics of literature.Contains Active Table of Contents (HTML)This book contains the Complete Works of Rudyard KiplingNOVELSThe Light that Failed (1891)The Naulahka (1892)'Captains Courageous' (1896)Kim (1901)STORIES Plain Tales From the Hills (1888)Soldiers Three (1888)The Story of the Gadsbys (1888)In Black and White (1888)Under the Deodars (1888)The Phantom Rickshaw and Other Tales (1888)Wee Willie Winkie and Other Stories (1888)Life's Handicap (1891)Many Inventions (1893)The Jungle Book (1894)The Second Jungle Book (1895)The Day's Work (1898)Stalky & Co. (1899)Just So Stories (1902)Traffics and Discoveries (1904)Puck of Pook's Hill (1906)Actions and Reactions (1909)Abaft the Funnel (1909)Rewards and Fairies (1910)A Diversity of Creatures (1917)The Eyes of Asia (1918)