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Mayne Reid - The Headless Horseman

Mayne Reid

The Headless Horseman

The Headless Horseman is a story about an Irish adventurer and hero in the War with Mexico. This novel was written in 1865 or 1866 and is based on the author's adventures in the United States. Vladimir Nabokov recalled The Headless Horseman as a favorite adventure novel of his childhood years: which had given him a vision of the prairies and the great open spaces and the overarching sky.

Arthur Conan Doyle - The Tragedy of the Korosko

Arthur Conan Doyle

The Tragedy of the Korosko

A group of European tourists are enjoying their trip to Egypt in the year 1895. They are sailing up the River Nile in a "a turtle-bottomed, round-bowed stern-wheeler", the Korosko. They intend to travel to Abousir at the southern frontier of Egypt, after which the Dervish country starts. They are attacked and abducted by a marauding band of Dervish warriors.

William Shakespeare - The Tragedy of Macbeth

William Shakespeare

The Tragedy of Macbeth

The Tragedy of Macbeth is among the most popular of William Shakespeare's plays, as well as his shortest tragedy. It is frequently performed at professional and community theatres around the world. This play is seen as an archetypal tale of the dangers of the lust for power and betrayal of friends. It is loosely based upon the historical account of King Macbeth of Scotland by the Scottish philosopher Hector Boece. Boece's account flattered the antecedents of his patron, King James VI of Scotland (also known as King James I of England), and greatly maligned the real-life Macbeth, the King of Scots

Herman Melville - Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

Herman Melville

Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

This novel describes the ill-fated voyage of the whaling ship Pequod to find and destroy the eponymous white whale, driven by the obsessive Captain Ahab. The language is highly symbolic and many themes run throughout the work. The narrator's reflections, along with complex descriptions of the grueling work of whaling and personalities of his shipmates, are woven into a profound meditation on hubris, providence, nature, society, and the human struggle for meaning, happiness and salvation. Moby-Dick is often considered the epitome of American Romanticism.

Wilkie Collins - The Woman in White

Wilkie Collins

The Woman in White

This book considered to be among the first mystery novels. The various strands of the plot combine to produce a thrilling story, leading this particular type of fiction to be described as 'sensation'. A strong theme in the novel is that of marriage and its impact on women (in particular on Laura Fairlie). The plot revolves around men stealing women's identities.

William Shakespeare - The Tragedy of King Lear

William Shakespeare

The Tragedy of King Lear

King Lear is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1603 and 1606, and is considered one of his greatest works. The play is based on the legend of King Leir of Britain. It has been widely adapted for stage and screen, with the part of Lear being played by many of the world's most accomplished actors.

Walter Scott - Ivanhoe

Walter Scott

Ivanhoe

Ivanhoe is a novel by Sir Walter Scott. It was written in 1819 and set in 12th century England, an example of historical fiction. Ivanhoe is sometimes given credit for helping to increase popular interest in the middle ages in 19th century Europe and America.


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