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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.

Cult Sci-Fi Movies: Discover the 10 Best Intergalactic, Astonishing, Far-Out, and Epic Cinema Classics

Cult Sci-Fi Movies is a collection of 10 essays that examine, dissect, defend, and exalt the greats of classic cult sci-fi films. Film geeks, cinema snobs, VHS collectors, and anyone else who likes their entertainment a little on the weird side will appreciate author Danny Peary’s in-depth approach to their favorite sci-fi films ranging from Barbarella to Liquid Sky.

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.

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

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

So Who's Your Mother

Tarquin Olivier grew up as the son of the most famous British actor of the last century - and one of the most famous men in the world.Laurence Olivier.'So Who’s Your Mother' tells his story. Growing up, Olivier mingled with legendary figures from ‘The Golden Generation’ of British theatre. From his father Laurence Olivier to his step-mother Vivien Leigh, from Joan Plowright to Sybil Thorndike, they all can be found in Tarquin’s charismatic, deeply personal storyBut as well as fascinating collection of character sketches, Tarquin Olivier describes his own personal journey, and his work in the third world. From his expedition with Quentin Keyes tracing Livingstone’s footsteps, to his work with De La Rue, Tarquin tells his story with warmth, honesty and good humour. His career has been varied and global from his employment at the Common Wealth Development Corporation to his successful publication of the memoir My Father Laurence Olivier which only serves to add richness and colour to his story. So Who’s Your Mother explores the life of the son of one of the most highly respected actors in British theatrical history. Philip Ziegler writes in his Foreword, ‘Tarquin has greatly enjoyed his life. Fortunately he knows how to communicate that pleasure. The reader will enjoy it too.’‘It can’t be much fun being the child of a world-famous figure – how can you escape the shadow of, say, Chaplin, or Picasso, or Laurence Olivier? Tarquin Olivier, whose godparents were Noel Coward, Ralph Richardson and Sybil Thorndike, succeeded.’ - Roger Lewis, The Daily Mail.

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

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

A Talent to Amuse: A Life of Noel Coward

“Forty years ago he was Slightly in Peter Pan, and you might say that he has been wholly in Peter Pan ever since.” Kenneth Tynan (writing in 1953)Noel Coward, ‘the master’, is one of the most remarkable figures in the history of twentieth century entertainment. Prodigiously talented, he blazed a trail through theatre, film and song on both sides of the Atlantic. In the theatre he wrote hit plays like The Vortex, Private Lives, Hay Fever, Cavalcade and Blithe Spirit. On film he wrote the war classic In Which We Serve and the timeless love story Brief Encounter. His songs, which number into the hundreds, include ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen’, ‘I’ll See You Again’, ‘A Room with a View’, ‘The Stately Homes of England’ and ‘Mrs Worthington’.His greatest creation may even have been himself – what Time called ‘a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise’. This led to his increasing celebrity on American television in the 1950s and in a series of wildly successful one-man shows in Las Vegas, not to mention his popularity as a character actor in the last decade of his life. But as this shrewd biography shows, Coward also suffered, throughout his career, from accusations that he was squandering his gifts for the sake of superficial acclaim. Was his merely ‘a talent to amuse’? Rather than allowing such a claim to stand, this biography reveals the man as an innovator, enduring influence and immortal in the worlds which he sought to conquer.‘Highly readable … a valuable addition to the growing body of Cowardiana.’ Los Angeles Times‘Admiring but judicious’ New York Times

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, Amazon.com“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, Amazon.co.ukIt’s time to start your novel.Download your copy of How To Write A Novel The Easy Way today.

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

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

Bruce Lee: A Life From Beginning to End (Biographies of Actors)

Bruce Lee* * *Download for FREE on Kindle Unlimited + Free BONUS Inside!* * *Read On Your Computer, MAC, Smartphone, Kindle Reader, iPad, or Tablet.The name Bruce Lee is synonymous with martial arts superstar. Lee’s movie career was cut tragically short by his death aged just 32 years. Starring in six big release feature movies, Lee revolutionized martial arts movie making and challenged western prejudices against the east. Inside you will read about...✓ Growing Up in Post-War Hong Kong✓ A New Life in America✓ The One-Inch Punch✓ Jeet Kune Do, the Way of the Intercepting Fist✓ Enter the Dragon✓ Health Issues and Sudden DeathAnd much more!Challenging the status quo of martial arts practice, Lee created his own unique system, Jeet Kune Do. More than a martial art, Jeet Kune Do is a philosophy for life that is founded on the art of fighting without fighting. Lee’s life may have been short, but it burned bright and continues to illuminate today.

Beer, Sweat & Blood: On Tour With The Macc Lads

Two weeks from my 18th birthday and I had been into 'nice' bands for all of my life. The most rebellious thing I had ever done was put a poster of Adam Ant on my bedroom wall. I'd been raised to believe that being 'nice' was the way forward. Foul language, burping, farting, and being scruffy would get me nowhere.But being 'nice' was very boring.And then came The Macc Lads.This frustrating world had now been lit up brightly by a trio of crass musicians from the north of England. They were my heroes, mainly for their complete lack of inhibitions.From 1988 to 1994. Following them on tour and eventually getting backstage and helping out at gigs.Violence at concerts, silly practical jokes, elaborate wind ups and the legendary roadie that was Sandbach.Absolutely nothing else had the effect on my adolescence that this band did.100% UNOFFICIALCONTAINS WORDS STRONGER THAN 'LAVATORY'

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