American Classics (Omnibus Edition) (Diversion Classics)

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Featuring an appendix of discussion questions, the Diversion Classics edition is ideal for use in book groups and classrooms.

In this collection of classics, five seminal tales come together to form a picture of America in its youth, but on the cusp of growing up. These stories defined and challenged the standards of American literature, and their influence is immeasurable. Including Nathaniel Hawthorne's THE SCARLET LETTER, Herman Melville's MOBY DICK, James Fenimore Cooper's THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS, Washington Irving's THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW, and Jack London's THE CALL OF THE WILD, this anthology edition is perfect for the voracious reader.
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Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts. When he was four years old, his father died. Years later, with financial help from his maternal relatives who recognized his literary talent, Hawthorne was able to enroll in Bowdoin College. Among his classmates were the important literary and political figures Horatio Bridge, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Franklin Pierce. These friends supplied Hawthorne with employment during the early years after graduation while Hawthorne was still establishing himself as a legitimate author. Hawthorne's first novel, Fanshawe, which he self-published in 1828, wasn't quite the success that he had hoped it would be. Not willing to give up, he began writing stories for Twice-Told Tales. These stories established Hawthorne as a leading writer. In 1842, Hawthorne moved to Concord, Massachusetts, where he wrote a number of tales, including "Rappaccini's Daughter" and "Young Goodman Brown," that were later published as Mosses from an Old Manse. The overall theme of Hawthorne's novels was a deep concern with ethical problems of sin, punishment, and atonement. No one novel demonstrated that more vividly than The Scarlet Letter. This tale about the adulterous Puritan Hester Prynne is regarded as Hawthorne's best work and is a classic of American literature. Other famous novels written by Hawthorne include The House of Seven Gables and The Blithedale Romance. In 1852, Hawthorne wrote a campaign biography of his college friend Franklin Pierce. After Pierce was elected as President of the United States, he rewarded Hawthorne with the Consulship at Liverpool, England. Hawthorne died in his sleep on May 19, 1864, while on a trip with Franklin Pierce.

Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 - September 28, 1891) was born into a seemingly secure, prosperous world, a descendant of prominent Dutch and English families long established in New York State. That security vanished when first, the family business failed, and then, two years later, in young Melville's thirteenth year, his father died. Without enough money to gain the formal education that professions required, Melville was thrown on his own resources and in 1841 sailed off on a whaling ship bound for the South Seas. His experiences at sea during the next four years were to form in part the basis of his best fiction. Melville's first two books, Typee (1846) and Omoo (1847), were partly romance and partly autobiographical travel books set in the South Seas. Both were popular successes, particularly Typee, which included a stay among cannibals and a romance with a South Sea maiden. During the next several years, Melville published three more romances that drew upon his experiences at sea: Redburn (1849) and White-Jacket (1850), both fairly realistic accounts of the sailor's life and depicting the loss of innocence of central characters; and Mardi (1849), which, like the other two books, began as a romance of adventure but turned into an allegorical critique of contemporary American civilization. Moby Dick (1851) also began as an adventure story, based on Melville's experiences aboard the whaling ship. However, in the writing of it inspired in part by conversations with his friend and neighbor Hawthorne and partly by his own irrepressible imagination and reading of Shakespeare and other Renaissance dramatists Melville turned the book into something so strange that, when it appeared in print, many of his readers and critics were dumbfounded, even outraged. By the mid-1850s, Melville's literary reputation was all but destroyed, and he was obliged to live the rest of his life taking whatever jobs he could find and borrowing money from relatives, who fortunately were always in a position to help him. He continued to write, however, and published some marvelous short fiction pieces Benito Cereno" (1855) and "Bartleby, the Scrivener" (1853) are the best. He also published several volumes of poetry, the most important of which was Battle Pieces and Aspects of the War (1866), poems of occasionally great power that were written in response to the moral challenge of the Civil War. His posthumously published work, Billy Budd (1924), on which he worked up until the time of his death, became Melville's last significant literary work, a brilliant short novel that movingly describes a young sailor's imprisonment and death. Melville's reputation, however, rests most solidly on his great epic romance, Moby Dick. It is a difficult as well as a brilliant book, and many critics have offered interpretations of its complicated ambiguous symbolism. Darrel Abel briefly summed up Moby Dick as "the story of an attempt to search the unsearchable ways of God," although the book has historical, political, and moral implications as well. Melville died at his home in New York City early on the morning of September 28, 1891, at age 72. The doctor listed "cardiac dilation" on the death certificate. He was interred in the Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx, New York, along with his wife, Elizabeth Shaw Melville.

Washington Irving, one of the first Americans to achieve international recognition as an author, was born in New York City in 1783. His A History of New York, published in 1809 under the name of Diedrich Knickerbocker, was a satirical history of New York that spanned the years from 1609 to 1664. Under another pseudonym, Geoffrey Crayon, he wrote The Sketch-book, which included essays about English folk customs, essays about the American Indian, and the two American stories for which he is most renowned--"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle." Irving served as a member of the U.S. legation in Spain from 1826 to 1829 and as minister to Spain from 1842 to 1846. Following his return to the U.S. in 1846, he began work on a five-volume biography of Washington that was published from 1855-1859. Washington Irving died in 1859 in New York.

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Publisher
Diversion Books
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Published on
Jun 30, 2015
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Pages
1680
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ISBN
9781626819740
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Anthologies (multiple authors)
Fiction / Classics
Fiction / General
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CONTENTS:
The Novels Precaution The Spy The Pioneers The Pilot Lionel Lincoln The Last Of The Mohicans The Prairie The Red Rover The Wept Of Wish-ton-wish The Water-witch The Bravo The Heidenmauer The Headsman: The Abbaye Des Vignerons The Monikins Homeward Bound Home As Found The Pathfinder Mercedes Of Castile The Deerslayer The Two Admirals The Wing-and-wing Wyandotté Afloat And Ashore Miles Wallingford Satanstoe The Chainbearer The Redskins The Crater Jack Tier The Oak Openings The Sea Lions The Ways Of The Hour The Shorter Fiction Tales For Fifteen: Or Imagination And Heart No Steamboats An Execution At Sea Autobiography Of A Pocket-handkerchief The Lake Gun The Play Upside Down: Or Philosophy In Petticoats Selected Non-fiction A Residence In France Recollections Of Europe The Chronicles Of Cooperstown Ned Myers New York The Criticism Discourse On The Life, Genius, And Writings Of James Fenimore Cooper By W. C. Bryant Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offences By Mark Twain Books Necessary For A Liberal Education By Wilkie Collins Tales Of The Sea, 1898 By Joseph Conrad Various Reviews By Carl Van Doren The Biographies James Fenimore Cooper By Thomas R. Lounsbury James Fenimore Cooper By Mary E. Phillips
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