Liars in Love

Richard Yates - 1981
    Whether it be in the depiction of the complications of divorced families, grown-up daughters, estranged sisters, office friendships or fleeting love affairs, the pieces in this collection showcase Richard Yates's extraordinary gift for observation and his understanding of human frailty.

PYM: The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket / An Antarctic Mystery

Edgar Allan Poe - 2008
    Poe's work is full of mystery, horror, and a dark imagination, while Verne focuses on action and adventure. It is a fascinating look at two great literary minds as they work on the same subject: the strange voyage of Arthur Gordon Pym to the Antarctic.

The Great Gatsby

Julian Cowley - 1925
    This series has been completely updated to meet the needs of today's A-level and undergraduate students. Written by established literature experts, 'York Notes Advanced' introduce students to sophisticated analysis, a range of critical perspectives and wider contexts.

The Popular Girl

F. Scott Fitzgerald - 2006
    Yet no sooner have they met than her drunken father dies unexpectedly, leaving her impoverished. Too ashamed to admit to Scott her desperate state, she instead creates a fanciful world full of parties and holidays, friends and suitors, to convince him she is still the popular girl he first met. However, as her charade grows ever more fragile, she endangers their friendship and her very hope of salvation. Fitzgerald's beautifully drawn exploration of the interdependency of love and money captures in perfect detail the concerns that pervade so many of his stories.

The Assault on Tony's

John O'Brien - 1996
    Barricaded in a bar called Tony's while a riot rages outside, the characters that people The Assault on Tony's are united by their desire to drink to the end, no matter what the consequences. In this stark and darkly humorous novel, social alliances are forged and challenged as each member of this macabre party ignores his fears in favor of keeping his tumbler full to the brim. As time goes on and the liquor supply starts to dwindle, the novel reaches a gritty intensity as it exposes the highs and lows of the human spirit.

The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls

J.D. Salinger
    This story is available only in the Princeton library. Those who wish to read it must check in with two forms of ID with the librarian, and are then supervised while they read the story behind the closed doors of a special reading room. As per the terms of Salinger's donation of the manuscript to Princeton, it cannot be published until 50 years after his death; thus, the earliest it can be published is January 27, 2060. (Princeton Library guide pg. 2 line 5).

Ethan Frome, Summer, Bunner Sisters

Edith Wharton - 1917
    Summer, also set in rural New England, is often considered a companion to Ethan Frome-Wharton herself called it “the hot Ethan”-in its portrayal of a young woman's sexual and social awakening. Bunner Sisters takes place in the narrow, dusty streets of late nineteenth-century New York City, where the constrained but peaceful lives of two spinster shopkeepers are shattered when they meet a man who becomes the unworthy focus of all their pent-up hopes. All three of these novellas feature realistic and haunting characters as vivid as any Wharton ever conjured, and together they provide a superb introduction to the shorter fiction of one of our greatest writers.

The Man

Bram Stoker - 2006
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The Fall of the House of Usher & Other Stories

Adrian Kelly - 2001
    They are going mad and Usher asks an old friend to help them. Can Usher win the fight against madness? And will Madeline ever be well again? Edgar Allan Poe's short stories are still popular a hundred and fifty years after his death. Other titles featured here include The Barrel of Amontillado and The Murders in the Rue Morgue.

Wittgenstein's Lolita and The Iceman

William Gay - 2006
    He portrays a character looking for love that reaches beyond death--with occasional morbid consequences.

Ernest Hemingway's the Old Man and the Sea (Bloom's Reviews)

Harold Bloom - 1999

The Sea Raiders

H.G. Wells - 1896
    slowly uncoiling their tentacles... and making a soft purring sound to each other'A disgusting account of a school of giant squid attacking a seaside resort, and two other examples of Wells' extraordinary imagination at work - 'The Magic Shop' and 'The Land Ironclads'One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics' huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries - including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants.

The World of Apples

John Cheever - 1946
    Stunned by these encounters, they nevertheless survive. A worn-out poet finds peace in his heart as he lays his Lermontov medal at the foot of the sacred angel; a prosperous suburbanite contemplates his predicament when his wife joins the cast of a nude show; a guileless and romantic well digger, anxious for a bride, visits Russia, falls in love and returns home "singing the unreality blues"; and a miserably married man fantasizes a beautiful lover who comes to him for strength, love and counsel while he tends the charcoal grill in the backyard.

The Penguin Book of American Short Stories

James CochraneHenry James - 1969
    Some will be less familiar to the English reader. Taken as a whole, The Penguin Book of American Short Stories is an excellent and entertaining introduction to the rich diversity of pleasures that the American short story at its best can offer.Contents:- The legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving- Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne- The fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe- Bartleby by Herman Melville- The man that corrupted Hadleyburg by Mark Twain- The outcasts of Poker Flat by Francis Bret Harte- One of the missing by Ambrose Bierce- The real thing by Henry James- An unfinished story by O. Henry- The bride comes to Yellow Sky by Stephen Crane- Neighbor Rosicky by Willa Cather- To build a fire by Jack London- Death in the woods by Sherwood Anderson- Who dealt? by Ring Lardner- Flowering Judas by Katherine Anne Porter- The rich boy by F. Scott Fitzgerald- Delta autumn by William Faulkner- The battler by Ernest Hemingway- The jewbird by Bernard Malamud- Children on their birthdays by Truman Capote- Wife-wooing by John Updike

Billy Budd, Sailor and Selected Tales

Herman Melville - 2009
    Outwardly a compelling narrative of events aboard a British man-of-war during the turmoil of the Napoleonic Wars, Billy Budd, Sailor is a nautical recasting of the Fall, a parable of good and evil, a meditation on justice and political governance, and a searching portrait of three extraordinary men. In this edition are also eight shorter tales, reprinted from the most authoritative recent editions and are supplemented by a penetrating introduction and full notes.About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made vailable the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.