In The Sketch-Book of Geoffrey Crayon (1820-21), Irving explores the uneasy relationship of an American writer to English literary traditions. In two sketches, he experiments with tales transplanted from Europe, thereby creating the first classic American short stories: "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".
In this collection of essays, Walter Isaacson reflects on the lessons to be learned from Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Henry Kissinger, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton, and various other interesting characters he has chronicled as a biographer and journalist. The people he writes about have an awesome intelligence, in most cases, but that is not the secret of their success.
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Perhaps the ultimate in TV comedy madness and absurdity, this cult series, which began in 1969, has inspired many of today's writers and performers. Its sketches, songs, and catchphrases are legendary: the dead parrot, the Ministry of Silly Walks, The Lumberjack Song, And Now for Something Completely Different, and many more. Sketches are now available as individual downloads.
The ‘sketches’ in this... volume are more the substance and length of short stories illustrating the development of the tools of the Masters trade: farce, parody, irony, black humour and wonderful one liners which unerringly hit the mark. The ensuing narrative, however, brings the listener bumpily back to earth with a reminder of the mean and often tragic lives that were being endured in the busy, uncaring metropolis.
David Timson talks about Charles Dickens, much loved for his great contribution to classic English Literature.
Comedy from the lopsided world of David Mitchell and Robert Webb, with Olivia Colman and James Bachman. The radio sketch series which spawned BBC TV’s That Mitchell and Webb Look returns with five brand new episodes.
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This is the classic account of Francis Parkman’s rugged trip over the eastern part of the Oregon Trail with his cousin Quincy Adams Shaw in the spring and summer of 1846. They left St. Louis by steamboat and traveled on horseback, in company with guides and occasionally other travelers. They encountered storms and buffalo hunts, meeting Indians, soldiers, sportsmen, and emigrants.
This is the autobiographical novel by Harriet Wilson, the first African-American to publish a novel in North America. Originally published in 1859, it was rediscovered in 1982.
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Charles Dickens started his literary career as a journalist reporting for ‘The Morning Chronicle,’ a profession which encouraged his observing eye. This collection of essays and short stories was first published in that journal and anticipates, and frequently demonstrates, the genius that was to come.
Written in 1831, Irving's dreamlike description of the Alhambra, the beautiful Moorish castle that defined the height of Moorish civilization, and the surrounding territory of Granada remains one of the best guidebooks to the region and one of the most entertaining travelogues ever written.
Eti ocherki, poluchivshie po tradicii nazvanie “Sevastopol'skie rasskazy”, smelo ob'edinili dokument, reportazh i syuzhetnoe povestvovanie; oni proizveli ogromnoe vpechatlenie na russkoe obschestvo. Vojna predstala v nih bezobraznoj krovavoj bojnej, protivnoj chelovecheskoj prirode. Zaklyuchitel'nye slova odnogo iz ocherkov, chto edinstvennym ego geroem yavlyaetsya pravda, stali devizom vsej dal'nejshej literaturnoj deyatel'nosti pisatelya.
Depuis l'Antiquité, les scènes comiques sont un des ressorts de nombreuses pièces de théâtre, mettant aux prises le plus souvent deux personnages antagonistes (le maître et le valet, le riche et le pauvre, le poète et le paysan, le mari et l'amant de sa femme,...), formule particulièrement employée par Molière. Cette forme de confrontation reste encore aujourd'hui la recette des duos comiques.
Prominent theosophist leader, writer, and publisher William Q. Judge outlines the 13 major points of what define the Rosicrucian movement, from selflessly working for the greater good of humanity to the importance of the four powers of the sphinx.
In Little Women, Mr. March went off to war. But in real life it was Jo (Louisa May Alcott herself, an avowed abolitionist) who traveled to Washington to nurse Northern soldiers. Despite the subject matter, her account is full of amusing anecdotes as she makes her way alone from Concord to DC, trying to finagle a free ticket and convinced she will drown during the journey.
Queen Victoria... and Prince Albert were married in 1840. Dickens uses this event as an ingenious ploy to salute and promote domestic felicity, advising young ladies upon several examples of the different types of male available as partners. There follows a section describing various married couples from whom the young ladies could possibly learn a lesson. The author then entertains with a tale of Nicholas Tulrumble, newly appointed Mayor of Mudfog, with ideas above his station.
The Avenger targets prominent, wealthy men accused of sexual crimes, for a gruesome death. The Special Crimes Team is formed to catch a killer who has eluded three police departments.
An ancient evil awakens in the Southern Ocean, inspiring madness in all who sense its coming. The stars are right again in this audio adaptation of the classic story by H. P. Lovecraft that has inspired millions through literature, games, movies, comics, and the horror of their own imaginations. That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange aeons even death may die.
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"The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" is a wild yarn involving a case of mistaken identity, a gambler who’d bet on anything, and a very unusual frog named Daniel Webster. First published in The Saturday Press in 1865, the tale was immensely popular, and in 1867 an expanded version was published with 26 additional short stories, told as only Mark Twain could tell them.
Dickens’ renowned skill for keen social observation and, more specifically, his incredibly detailed knowledge of London and its theatres, prisons and inns is perfectly released in Sketches by Boz. Many of the themes he goes on to explore in his great novels are foreshadowed in this early collection of short accounts that center on London and its inhabitants.