Paradise lost

In this classic and timeless poem, we encounter an epic and ground-breaking work of poetry written in blank verse during the 17th century. Paradise Lost was originally published in 1667 in ten books, with a total of over ten thousand individual lines of verse. A second edition, published in 1674, divided the poem into twelve books (in the manner of the division of Virgil’s Aeneid) with minor revisions throughout. The poem concerns the Biblical story of the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Milton’s purpose, stated in Book I, is to “justify the ways of God to men.” Paradise Lost is widely considered one of the greatest literary works in the English language.

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Through the looking-glass

In this classic and timeless story, which is also the sequel to one of the greatest stories of all time, Alice in Wonderland, we now follow Alice and her adventures in a fantastic land where everything is reversed–a mirror image of itself. Alice encounters talking flowers, madcap kings and queens, and becomes a pawn in a bizarre chess game involving Humpty Dumpty, Tweedledum, and Tweedledee, as well as other amusing characters. This edition features original illustrations by the famous John Tenniel. Tenniel is most noted for two major accomplishments: he was the principal political cartoonist for England’s Punch magazine for over 50 years, and he was the artist who illustrated Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.

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The Monk

Screen Shot 2015-12-29 at 4.39.02 PMIn this classic and timeless novel, we encounter a tale of lust, struggle, and violence, in what became the most famous work of Matthew Lewis. In its day, the novel was chastized by critics for its supposed profanity and obscenity, and bought in large numbers by readers eager to see whether it lived up to its reputation. The story is set in the sinister monastery of the Capuchins in Madrid, Spain. The Monk recounts the diabolical decline of Ambrosio, a Capuchin superior, who succumbs first to temptations offered by a young girl who has entered his monastery disguised as a boy, and continues his descent with increasingly depraved acts of sorcery, murder, incest, and even torture. The Monk is also violent tale of ambition, murder, and incest. The novel showcases the great struggles between maintaining monastic vows and fulfilling personal ambitions a well as the personal demons that overcome personal virtue. A major theme prevalent in gothic novels contemporaneous to The Monk is that of the morality tale juxtaposed onto a horrific and often violent plot, laden with real or perceived supernaturalism. The Monk is also the first book to successfully feature a priest as the villain.

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The call of the wild

In this classic and timeless novel, we experience the extreme conditions of the Yukon during the 19th century and the famous Klondike Gold Rush. In the story, Buck, a domesticated dog, is snatched from a pastoral ranch in California, and thereafter sold into a brutal life as a sled dog. At the time, strong sled dogs were in high demand and considered vital for the conquest of the ice. After Buck’s arrival into his new environment, Buck struggles to adjust and to accept the cruel treatment he receives from humans, other dogs, and the forces of nature. Buck eventually sheds all ties with his past and relies on primordial instincts. Throughout his ordeal and forced reality, he becomes a respected and feared leader in the wild.

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Way of the lawless

In this classic and timeless Western novel, the young Andrew Lanning, following dangerous feelings instead of rational thoughts, makes a mistake that will forever haunt him. And mistakes have consequences. Following Lanning’s footsteps is the most feared lawman and gunslinger in the mountain desert, Hal Dozier, who will stop at nothing to bring the outlaw Lanning to justice. Yet, not everyone believes that Lanning should face justice, including the beautiful Sally. But, is Lanning’s fate already sealed and is he facing certain doom?

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Trailin’!

In this classic and timeless Western novel, hero Anthony Bard overcomes all obstacles to track down the killer of his father across the mighty wild west. The wheels of the story are set in motion when, one night, Bard’s father is mysteriously murdered in cold blood. Bard, without any experience riding in the tough west, begins his journey to seek justice. Soon enough, Bard learns that a ruthless and legendary outlaw who has never been defeated in a gunfight, one Steve Nash, is behind the death of Bard’s father. Facing great odds and surviving many challenges, Bard keeps getting closer and closer to getting justice. In the midst of Bard’s revenge, he meets the beautiful Sally Fortune, a young businesswoman who tries to change his mind. But fate has a few surprises awaiting to our hero as well as to the ruthless outlaws seeking revenge in the plains and mountains of the unforgiving wild west.

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The Untamed

In this classic and timeless Western novel, we are introduced to the mighty, Whistlin’ Dan Berry, one of the most charismatic characters in Western fiction. The one and only Whistlin’ Dan Berry has an extraordinary ability to control a wild stallion named Satan, and a terrifying wolf dog called Black Bart. Whistlin’ Dan Berry will start his saga of fame as a relentless gunslinger and justice seeker after being assaulted by the feared and vicious outlaw, Jim Silent. Whistlin’ Dan Berry is relentless in his vengeful search for the outlaw Silent and his gang, taking justice wherever he goes. The is the first book in the “Whistlin’ Dan” series.

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