Contains five stories by Louisa May Alcott: "Obtaining Supplies" and "A Night," both from Hospital Sketches; "My Contraband," "Happy Women," and "How I Went to Service." Provides a different view than you may have had of Louisa.Dover Thrift Editions, 2018. Paperback, 55 pp.
Three years after losing his wife and daughter to a tragic car accident, Stan Carter abandons his life and retreats to his cabin in northern Michigan. But no sooner than he discovers life again, the real world intrudes on his seclusion, forcing him to return to human society. Thus Stan's odyssey begins. Part cosmic vision quest, part farcical return to high school social dating, Stan's story will touch anyone who's shaken his head in digust or dismay at the modern world.March Street Press, 2006. Paperback, 161 pp.
Originally published in 1868. This classic has remained enduringly popular, becoming the inspiration for a whole genre of family stories. It tells of the March family: Marmee, who looks after her four daughters while her husband serves in the Civil War; and the girls Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy who experience domestic trails and triumphs as they attempt to supplement the family's small income. In the second part of the book (sometimes known as Good Wives), the girls grow up and fall in love. Highly autobiographical! With an introduction by Valerie Alderson.Oxford University Press, 1994, 2008. Paperback, 489 pp.
First published in 1852. The first American novel to become an international best-seller, Stowe's book charts the progress from slavery to freedom of fugitives who escape the chains of American chattel slavery, and of a martyr who transcends all earthly ties. This edition firmly located the book within the context of African-American writing, and considers issues of race and the role of women. Includes Frederick Douglass's The Heroic Slave.Oxford University Press, 1998, 2008. Paperback, 536 pp.
Hawthorne's famous novel. In the final years of the seventeenth century in a small New England town, the venerable Colonel Pyncheon decides to erect a ponderously oak-framed and spacious family mansion. It occupies the spot where Matthew Maule, "an obscure man," had lived in a log hut until his execution for witchcraft. From the scafford, Maule points his finger at the Colonel and cries, "God will give him blood to drink!" The Colonel's fate exerts a heavy influence on his descendants in the crumbling mansion for the next century and a half.Oxford World's Classics, 2009. Paperback, 319 pp.
Originally published in 1873. Bronson Alcott -- along with his wife and four daughters, and an odd assortment of friends who knew more about philosophy than they did about farming -- set out to make a utopian dream come true. Would their experiment at Fruitlands last through the hard New England winter? Louisa May Alcott's classic satire on her father's Transcendental commune is for readers of all ages who love Alcott, history, or just a good story told with huor and sensitivity.Applewood Books, 1981. Paperback, 92 pp.
A handy volume containing 24 of Edgar Allan Poe's stories. Includes the most popular ones as well as lesser-known travel narratives, metaphysical essays, and political satires. Contents: MS. Found in a Bottle ; Berenice ; Morella ; Ligeia ; The Man that was Used Up ; The Fall of the House of Usher ; William Wilson ; The Man of the Crowd ; The Murders in the Rue Morgue ; Eleonora ; The Masque of the Red Death ; The Pit and the Pendulum ; The Mystery of Marie Roget ; The Tell-Tale Heart ; The Gold-Bug ; The Black Cat ; A Tale of the Ragged Mountains ; The Purloined Letter ; The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether ; The Imp of the Perverse ; The Cask of Amontillado ; The Domain of Arnheim ; Hop-Frog ; and Von Kempelen and his Discovery. With an introduction, bibliography, and chronology by David Van Leer.Oxford University Press, 1998. Paperback, 338 pp.
This novel by John Pipkin centers around the episode in 1844 when 26-year-old Henry Thoreau accidentally burned 300 acres of Walden Woods. This book was reviewed in Thoreau Society Bulletin 268, Fall 2009, p. 10.Doubleday, 2009. Hardcover, 365 pp. May also be available in paperback.
Now a classic play, first published and performed in 1971. A celebrated dramatic presentation of Thoreau's famous act of civil disobedience and its consequences. Its poignant, lively, and accessible scenes offer a compelling exploration of Thoreau's philosophy and life.Hill and Wang, 2001 103 pp. Paperback.
This classic of twentieth-century literature chronicles the spiritual evolution of a man living in India at the time of the Buddha -- a spiritual journey that has inspired generations of readers. Here is a fresh translation from Sherab Chodzin Kohn, a gifted translator and longtime student of Buddhism and Eastern philosophy. Kohn's flowing, poetic translation conveys the philosophical and spiritual nuances of Hesse's text, paying special attention to the qualities of meditative experience. This edition also includes an introduction exploring Hesse's own spiritual journey as evidenced in his journals and personal letters.Shambala, 2000. Paperback, 119 pp.
Captain Ahab binds his crew to fulfill his obsession: the destruction of the great white whale. Under his lordly but maniacal command, the Pequod's commercial mission is perverted to one of vengeance. Uncowed by natural disasters, ill omens, and even death, Ahab urges his ship towards "the undeliverable, nameless perils of the whale." This edition includes key letters from Herman Melville to his friend Nathaniel Hawthorne.Oxford University Press, 1988, 2008. Paperback, 527 pp.
Brings to life the writers of Concord's literary past. The author's story is also told. She is a writer with a psychic sensibility who sets out to record the impressions that she has while living in Concord. What results is a weave of ficton and fact that includes extraordinary moments from her own life, as well as poignant images that she draws from Concord's literary past, like that of Thoreau in his final days struggling to complete his essay, "Walking;" Hawthorne "drifting into the sea of infinity" as he writes; and Martha Hunt's act of "purification" in the waters of the Concord River. It is through this mix of reality and imagination that we see the link that exists between the present and the past, and we are reminded of the presence of spirit in our lives.AuthorHouse, 2008. Paperback, 219 pp.
This novel by John Pipkin centers around the episode in 1844 when 26-year-old Henry Thoreau accidentally burned 300 acres of Walden Woods. This book was reviewed in Thoreau Society Bulletin 268, Fall 2009, p. 10.Anchor Books, 2009. Paperback, 365 pp. May also be available in hardcover.
A novel for teen-age readers. Seventeen-year-old 'Hank,' who can't remember his identity, finds himself in Penn Station with a copy of Thoreau's Walden as his only possession and must figure out where he's from and why he ran away.Albert Whitman and Company, 2013. Hardcover, 304 pp. 5 x 8 inch format
Selections from the 1846 book of short stories. Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne lived at the Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts, from 1842-1845, during the first years of their marriage. These 17 stories were written during their Old Manse time. Applewood Books, 2012. Paperback, 385 pp.
A representative selection of writings from the work of a great American artist.
Edited by William C. Spengemann
Includes the complete "The Scarlet Letter", excepts from his three subsequently published romances, as well as passages from his European Journals and a sampling of his last unfinished works.
Penguin 2005. Paperback, 5 x 8 inch format, 432 pp.
Three of Stowe's books in one handy volume: Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Minister's Wooing, and Oldtown Folks. Includes chronology.Library of America, 1982. Hardcover, 1478 pp.
This lavish four-color edition of Louisa May Alcott's classic family novel features more than 220 illustrations, as well as Alcott scholar John Matteson's annotations and expertise in approach. His introductory essays examine Little Women's pivotal place in children's literature and tell the story of Louisa herself -- a tale every bit as captivating as her fiction.W. W. Norton and Company, 2016. Hardcover, 652.