Presents a collection of one hundred one best-loved poems from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, including Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven," Robert Burns' "To a Mouse," and four sonnets by William Shakespeare.
Presents a collection of over one hundred American poems spanning more than three hundred fifty years and includes works by Colonial poet Anne Bradstreet, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and T.S. Eliot.
Master storyteller Robert Louis Stevenson possessed remarkable powers of invention, particularly in the genres of horror and the supernatural. His compelling 1866 novel recounts the experiences of a physician whose well-intentioned experiments result in a drug that transforms him into a remorseless killer. A work of deep psychological perception, Stevenson's morality tale is synonymous with incidents of dual personality, and it continues to intrigue generations of readers. Large print edition.
A dark allegorical masterpiece based on the author's own traumatic experiences in the Belgian Congo, recounts the voyage of Marlow up the Congo River in search of the mysterious Mr. Kurtz — a white trader whose domination of the local natives had transformed him into a depraved and abominable tyrant. Large print format.
Few creatures of horror have seized readers' imaginations and held them for so long as the anguished monster of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The story of Victor Frankenstein's terrible creation and the havoc it caused has enthralled generations of readers and inspired countless writers of horror and suspense. Considering the novel's enduring success, it is remarkable that it began merely as a whim of Lord Byron's. "We will each write a story," Byron announced to his next-door neighbors, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin and her lover Percy Bysshe Shelley. The friends were summering on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland in 1816, Shelley still unknown as a poet and Byron writing the third canto of Childe Harold. When continued rains kept them confined indoors, all agreed to Byron's proposal. The illustrious poets failed to complete their ghost stories, but Mary Shelley rose supremely to the challenge. With Frankenstein, she succeeded admirably in the task she set for herself: to create a story that, in her own words, "would speak to the mysterious fears of our nature and awaken thrilling horror — one to make the reader dread to look round, to curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart."
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