"The Canterbury Tales" is a major part of England's literary heritage. From the exuberant Wife of Bath's Arthurian legend to the Miller's worldly, ribald farce, these tales can be taken as a mirror of fourteenth-century London. Incorporating every style of medieval narrative - bawdy anecdote, allegorical fable and courtly romance - the tales encompass a blend of universal human themes. Retold by Joanna Strange.
Joseph Conrad was a Polish-British writer regarded as one of the greatest novelists to write in the English language. The Tales of Hearsay is a posthumous collection of four stories, published in 1911, the year after Conrad died, including The Tale, considered to be the one of his best short stories. Tales of Unrest is the collection of short stories where a reader will find many of Conrad's most frequently explored themes: isolation, distinctions between East and West, between colonial and native, a discernment and critique of civilization.
Arthur Conan Doyle was an English writer best known for his detective stories about Sherlock Holmes. "Tales of Blue Water" is a collection of short stories about the sea. Mixing adventure, romance, and humor, these tales present an interesting view of life in the sea.
Tales of Terror and Mystery is a collection of Arthur Conan Doyle stories including: Tales of Terror: "The Horror of the Heights", "The Leather Funnel", "The New Catacomb", "The Case of Lady Sannox", "The Terror of Blue John Gap", "The Brazilian Cat". Tales of Mystery: "The Lost Special", "The Beetle-Hunter", "The Man with the Watches", "The Japanned Box", "The Black Doctor", "The Jew's Breastplate".
Arthur Conan Doyle was an English writer best known for his detective stories about Sherlock Holmes. "Tales of Adventure" is an astounding collection that anthologizes some of the best short fiction stories of the author outside of the world-famous detective's canon, including excellent tales like "The Surgeon of Gaster Fell," "The Sealed Room," and "The Great Brown-Pericord Motor."
Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu (1814 -1873) was an Irish writer of Gothic novels, one of the most infl uential ghost story writers of the nineteenth century. With the tradition of collecting the best tales about ghosts, "Ghostly Tales" incorporates four brilliant stories, such as "Ghost Stories of Chapelizod" and "The Ghost and the Bone-setter" and "The Mysterious Lodger".
Joseph Thomas Sheridan Le Fanu was an Irish writer of Gothic novels, one of the most infl uential ghost story writers of the nineteenth century. "Ghostly Tales" is the most extensive collection of the author's works, containing eleven atmospheric tales about the supernatural, such as "Stories of Lough Guir", "Dickon the Devil" or mysterious "The Child that went with the Fairies".
Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American novelist, a dark romantic, and short story writer. Twice-Told Tales IV is a volume of rearranged myths in which Hawthorne uses unexpected points of view to deftly twist the themes of classic folktales. These ironic tales introduce complex, emotional topics within a familiar context. The volume contains "The Shaker Brida", "The White Old Maid" and other tales.