The third installment of the best-selling A Touch of Classics series delivers an invaluable gift to the reader: the ability to comprehend over 100 of the most renown works of literary genius in the time it would normally take you to devour one complete book. It's basically literary time travel!
Complete with comprehensive summaries and stimulating commentary from classic novels like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Catcher in the Rye, and War and Peace, A Touch of Classics: Volume 3 offers efficient literary knowledge for practical people. Infuse your conversations with a little more intellectual sparkle with a well-timed anecdote regarding the symbolic nature of bullfighting in The Sun Also Rises, or by comparing and contrasting the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe and Mark Twain. Replete with trivia, quotes, and facts, this comprehensive source of knowledge can transform you from "ehh alright" to "erudite" in no time!
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The ancients … The Oresteia: Agamemnon (Aeschylus), Antigone (Sophocles), The Cyclops, The Trojan Women and Medea (Euripides), The Birds (Aristophanes)
Plays of William Shakespeare … The Life of King Henry, Henry VIII, Richard II, Richard III, Antony and Cleopatra, Troilus and Cressida, All’s Well That Ends Well, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Comedy of Errors, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Winter’s Tale
Operas … The Barber of Seville (Gioacchino Rossini), The Marriage of Figaro (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart), Carmen (Georges Bizet), Aida (Giuseppe Verdi), La Boheme and Madame Butterfly (Giacomo Puccini), The Pirates of Penzance (Sir William Schwenck Gilbert and Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan)
Plays … Saint Joan and Pygmalion (George Bernard Shaw), Cyrano de Bergerac (Edmond Rostand), A Doll’s House (Henrik Ibsen), The Crucible (Arthur Miller), Desire under the Elms (Eugene O’Neill), Equus (Peter Shaffer), The Lesson (Eugene Ionesco), The Glass Menagerie (Tennessee Williams), Murder in the Cathedral (T.S. Eliot)
Short stories by ... O. Henry, John Updike, Katherine Mansfield, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Eudora Welty, John Cheever, Brete Harte, Shirley Jackson, Anton Pavlovitch Chekhov, Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Edith Wharton, Ray Bradbury, Joyce Carol Oates, Flannery O’Connor, Isak Dinesen, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Heinrich Boll
Novels … Twenty-Thousand Leagues under the Sea (Jules Verne), Treasure Island (Robert Louis Stevenson), War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy), Sense and Sensibility (Jane Austen), A Room with a View (E.M. Forster), The Sea-Wolf (Jack London), Shane (Jack Schaefer), Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Victor Hugo), Billy Budd (Herman Melville), Long Day’s Journey into Night (Eugene O’Neill), The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton), The Devil’s Dictionary(Ambrose Bierce), The Screwtape Letters (C.S. Lewis), Life with Father and Life with Mother (Clarence Day), Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson), Dracula (Bram Stoker), Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie), The War of the Worlds and The Invisible Man (H.G. Wells), The Caves of Steel (Isaac Asimov), Dune (Frank Herbert), Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury), The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway), Crime and Punishment (Fedor Dostoevski), The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger), Exodus (Leon Uris), The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank), Getting Used to Dying (Zhang Xianliang), All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria Remarque), Jurassic Park (Michael Crichton), Patriot Games (Tom Clancy), The Stand (Stephen King), Crossing to Safety (Wallace Stegner), The Bonfire of the Vanities (Tom Wolfe), The Firm (John Grisham)
Children’s classics … Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White), The Jungle Book (Rudyard Kipling), The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame), A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L’Engle), The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum), The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett), Matilda (Roald Dahl), Stone Fox (John Reynolds Gardner), Ramona the Pest (Beverly Cleary), Where the Red Fern Grows (Wilson Rawls), Hatchet (Gary Paulsen), Anpao An American Odyssey (Jamake Highwater), Sounder (William H. Armstrong), Island of the Blue Dolphins (Scott O’Dell), Zeely (Virginia Hamilton), A Day No Pigs Would Die (Robert Newton Peck), The Witch of Blackbird Pond (Elizabeth George Speare), The Education of Little Tree (Forrest Carter), Sing Down the Moon (Scott O’Dell)
And quotations, thoughts, witticisms, stories, plus quizzes and trivia to learn from
Type of work Science fiction
Setting A city in the future
Guy Montag, a book-burning “fireman”
Mildred, his wife
Captain Beatty, Montag’s supervisor
Faber, an old man – an advocate of book
Returning home from work early one morning, Guy Montag saw a young woman walking toward him. Drawing nearer, he realized that it was his new teenage neighbor, Clarisse, so he stopped and introduced himself. Catching the scent of kerosene on him, she said, “And you must be – the fireman.” Something in her voice troubled Montag. But fireman was a perfectly good profession; both his father and grandfather had been firemen. After all, burning forbidden books and the homes of those who harbored them was a civic service,
“Is it true,” Clarisse asked, “that long ago firemen put fires out instead of going to start them?” No, Guy answered. Then she stared at the “451” stitched on his char-colored sleeve. 451: the temperature at which books burn.
Clarisse was a strange girl, Guy decided. She admitted to rarely watching the 3-D television “parlor walls.” And she asked unexpected questions. “Are you happy?” she shot at Guy as he turned to take his leave.
When he entered his darkened bedroom, Guy sensed something wrong. Then he stumbled over a pill bottle – and realized that Mildred, his wife, had overdosed on sleeping pills. He called for help, then watched as the arriving technicians inserted big snake-like tubes into her body to pump her stomach. The technicians assured him that this was a routine situation, one they handled many times each night.
In the morning Mildred remember nothing that had happened. As usual, her only desire was to sit in the middle of the living room with its three “parlor walls,” seashell earphones plastered to her ears, and live out the painless fantasies of plotless soap operas. It seemed that her only ambition was to be able to afford a fourth parlor wall – then her life would be complete.
As the days passed, Guy often caught glimpses of Clarisse – usually doing something very strange, such as tasting the rain.
At work, meanwhile, the book-burner stayed increasingly clear of the Mechanical Hound. This robot hunter could be calibrated to discern the scent of any person, then chase them down and rip them to shreds. For some reason the hound kept sniffing at the nervous Montag and extending its silver sensor needle. When he complained to Captain Beatty about the harassment, Beatty only laughed.
Then one day while they were playing cards at the firehouse, the firemen heard a squadron of planes flying overhead. They were greatly surprised by the subsequent news report that another war was imminent.
One night a tip came in that books were hidden in the attic of a nearby house. And, sure enough, when the firemen sped to the address and chopped their way into the attic, they found it stacked with books and magazines. While Guy stood by the staircase with the woman whose home they had invaded, his colleagues started to throw books down from the attic. Suddenly Guy had a strange urge. Without thinking, he reached down and picked up one of the books. “His hand had done it all, his hand, with a brain of its own, with a conscience and a curiosity in each trembling finger, had turned thief. Now it pressed the book back under his arm, pressed it tight to a sweating armpit ... with a magician’s flourish!”
Guy was shocked by what he had done. He joined the other firemen as they doused the pile of books with kerosene and prepared to ignite the house. The woman, however, planted herself on the front porch in an astonishing act of defiance, then calmly struck a match and set herself aflame. Along with her belongings, she was soon reduced to ashes.
At home that night, Guy hid the filched book under his pillow. Visions of the woman on the porch of the burning house flooded his head. He tried to talk to Mildred about his uneasiness, but she had long since been conditioned to stay in the safe world of her parlor wall melodramas; she simply was not programmed to face or share real-life sensitivities and feelings. But at one point during the evening she did casually remark that the girl next door – Clarisse – had been run over and killed several days earlier.
Chapter 1 – INTRO
Chapter 2 – PERSONAL ODYSSEYS – LIFE’S STRUGGLES
Chapter 3 – The Scarlet Letter
Chapter 4 – Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Chapter 5 – Anna Karenina
Chapter 6 – Tess of the d’Urbervilles
Chapter 7 – The Invisible Man
Chapter 8 – Lord of the Flies
Chapter 9 – Seize the Day
Chapter 10 – Cold Sassy Tree
Chapter 11 – ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE – DRAMA THROUGH THE AGES
Chapter 12 – The Oresteia Agamemnon
Chapter 13 – Medea
Chapter 14 – Oedipus Rex
Chapter 15 – Macbeth
Chapter 16 – Cyrano de Bergerac
Chapter 17 – Our Town
Chapter 18 – Long Day’s Journey into Night
Chapter 19 – Death of a Salesman
Chapter 20 – WORLDS AWAY – A MODERN MULTICULTURAL MIX
Chapter 21 – The Sound of Waves
Chapter 22 – Black Elk Speaks
Chapter 23 – The Short Stories of Vladimir Nabokov
Chapter 24 – Things Fall Apart
Chapter 25 – One Hundred Years of Solitude
Chapter 26 – The Joy Luck Club
Chapter 27 – The Painted Bird
Chapter 28 – The Chosen
Chapter 29 – SCIENCE FICTION CLASSICS – WHAT COULD THE FUTURE HOLD?
Chapter 30 – The War of the Worlds
Chapter 31 – Childhood’s End
Chapter 32 – 1984
Chapter 33 – The Day of the Triffids
Chapter 34 – On the Beach
Chapter 35 – The Stand
Chapter 36 – The Short Stories of Ray Bradbury
Chapter 37 – The Handmaid’s Tale
Chapter 38 – OUTRO