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Life at Blandings

P.G. Wodehouse - 1981
    Wodehouse entices us into the demesne of Blandings Castle - an apparent paradise where it is eternal high summer, with jolly parties, tea on the lawn and love trysts in the rose garden. But for Clarence, ninth Earl of Emsworth, there is always something to disturb this tranquil scene.This omnibus contains Something Fresh, Summer Lightning and three short stories (The Custody of the Pumpkin, Lord Emsworth Acts for the Best and Pig-hoo-o-o-o-ey).

A Fortunate Life

Albert B. Facey - 1981
    It is the story of Albert Facey, who lived with simple honesty, compassion and courage. A parentless boy who started work at eight on the rough West Australian frontier, he struggled as an itinerant rural worker, survived the gore of Gallipoli, the loss of his farm in the Depression, the death of his son in World War II and that of his beloved wife after sixty devoted years - yet he felt that his life was fortunate.Facey's life story, published when he was eighty-seven, has inspired many as a play, a television series, and an award-winning book that has sold over half a million copies.

The Thompson-Chain Reference Study Bible-KJV

Anonymous - 1981
    This black genuine-leather KJV Bible employs the Thompson Topical Study System, acclaimed for more than six decades as the most helpful study system available, and which now has been completely updated and expanded.

The Genius

Theodore Dreiser - 1981
      Driven to experience life beyond the small Illinois town of his youth, Eugene Witla makes his way to Chicago, where he is immediately drawn to the buzz of the city and the sexual freedom of bohemian life. At the Chicago Art Institute, he studies painting, soon making a name for himself as a gifted urban realist. Throughout his life, Witla’s commitment to his art is rivaled only by his need for erotic adventure. In love and marriage, and from Chicago to New York to the cities of Europe, Witla finds himself at odds with convention and pays a profound cost for his struggle.   First published in 1915, The “Genius”, Theodore Dreiser’s most personal and provocative novel, was declared obscene by the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, and under threat of legal action, it was recalled from bookstores. Rereleased in 1923, it went on to establish Dreiser’s reputation as a writer ahead of his time, giving unparalleled insight into the mind of a prodigy.  This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.

Selected Poems

Sylvia Plath - 1981
    This classic selection of her work, made by her former husband Ted Hughes, provides the perfect introduction to this most influential of poets. The poems are taken from Sylvia Plath's four collections Ariel, The Colossus, Crossing the Water and Winter Trees, and include many of her most celebrated works, such as 'Daddy', 'Lady Lazarus' and 'Wuthering Heights'.

The Penguin Complete Father Brown

G.K. Chesterton - 1981
    Chesterton's endearing amateur sleuth has entertained countless generations of readers. For, as his admirers know, Father Brown's cherubic face and unworldly simplicity, his glasses and his huge umbrella, disguise a quite uncanny understanding of the criminal mind at work.This Penguin omnibus edition contains* The Innocence of Father Brown* The Wisdom of Father Brown* The Incredulity of Father Brown* The Secret of Father Brown* The Scandal of Father Brown

The Unabridged Jack London

Jack London - 1981
    Included here, in addition to his classic novels and short story collections, is a group of "uncollected" short stories, some of which have never appeared in book form. We have sought, wherever possible, to use only first editions of London's work - the only way, we feel, to convey the truly original spirit of London's boundless imagination, his insight into humankind's passion for adventure, and his gripping life view.Three novels...and 54 short stories, some of them never available in book form, that exemplify two sides of Jack London (1876-1916): the quiet, contemplative writer of San Francisco and the bruising, lusty adventurer of the Yukon and the Pacific. - THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWCover Illustration: Gill Cohen

The Celebrated Cases of Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle - 1981
    The adventures of Sherlock Holmes The memoirs of Sherlock Holmes The return of Sherlock Holmes A study in scarlet The sign of four The hound of the Baskervilles.

The Adventures of Mr. Toad: From The Wind in the Willows

Kenneth Grahame - 1981
    This beautiful companion volume to The River Bank features the second half of Kenneth Grahame's treasured children's classic.

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle - 1981
    Shreffler, long-time member of the famous Sherlock Holmes society known as 'The Baker Street Irregulars'.

On Golden Pond

Ernest Thompson - 1981
    He is a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel, ten years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé.


Vera Southgate - 1981
    A series of popular, traditional tales written in a simply way for children who are learning to read.

The Bhagavadgita in the Mahabharata

J.A.B. Van Buitenen - 1981
    Philosophers such as Emerson and the other New England Transcendentalists were deeply affected by its insights, a dozen or more scholars, including Annie Besant and Mahatma Gandhi, have attempted its translation, and thousands of individuals struggling with the problems divided loyalties have found comfort and wisdom in its pages.The Bhagavadgita ("Song of the Lord") tells of the young and virtuous Prince Arjuna who is driven to lead his forces into battle against an opposing army composed of close relatives and others whom he loves. The Lord Krsna, appearing in the poem as Arjuna's friend and charioteer, persuades him that he must do battle, and we see Arjuna changing from revulsion at the thought of killing members of his family to resignation and awareness of duty, to manly acceptance of his role as warrior and defender of his kingdom.The Bhagavadgita is a self-contained episode in the Mahabharata, a vast collection of epics, legends, romances, theology, and metaphysical doctrine that reflects the history and culture of the whole of Hindu civilization. The present edition forms a part of J. A. B. van Buitenen's widely acclaimed translation of this great work. Here English and Sanskrit are printed on facing pages, enabling those with some knowledge of Sanskrit to appreciate van Buitenen's accurate rendering of the intimate, familial tone and directness of the original poem.

An All-Round Ministry

Charles Haddon Spurgeon - 1981
    In 1865 he began an annual conference for them, and during his life delivered 27 Presidential Addresses. The very best of them are contained in this convenient paperback.


Hermann Hesse - 1981
    In this story of a wealthy Indian Brahmin who casts off a life of privilege to seek spiritual fulfillment. Hesse synthesizes disparate philosophies--Eastern religions, Jungian archetypes, Western individualism--into a unique vision of life as expressed through one man's search for true meaning.

Edgar Allan Poe: The Complete Tales of Mystery and Imagination. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym. The Raven and Other Poems

Edgar Allan Poe - 1981
    Librarian's Note: this is an alternate cover edition - ISBN 10: 0706415523This edition first published in the United States of America in 1984 by Octopus Books LImited.This edition reprinted 1985.Copyright (c) 1981 Introduction, arrangement and illustrations Octopus Books Limited.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Book One

Catherine Edwards Sadler - 1981
    A Study in ScarletThe Red-headed LeagueThe Man with the Twisted Lip

Waiting Father

Helmut Thielicke - 1981
    Great scholars are often poor preachers, and great preachers are sometimes indifferent scholars, but the author of this remarkable book is both an outstanding scholar - a former rector of Hamburg University - and a preacher of world renown. This is great preaching; Biblical, relevant, urgent, reminiscent of Luther and of Kierkegaard. Thielicke's challenging interpretation of the parables brings them to life and gives them a new relevance for today.

A Book of Witches

Ruth Manning-Sanders - 1981
    The Old Witch (England) 2. Rapunzel (Germany) 3. Lazy Hans (Germany) 4. The Twins and the Snarling Witch (Russia) 5. Esben and the Witch (Denmark) 6. Prunella (Italy) 7. The Donkey Lettuce (Germany) 8. Hansel and Gretel (Germany)9. Tatterhood (Norway) 10. The White Dove (Denmark) 11. Johnny and the Witch Maidens (Bohemia) 12. The Blackstairs Mountains (Ireland)

Michael Hague's Favourite Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales

Hans Christian Andersen - 1981
    A collection of tales including The Snow Queen, The Little Mermaid, The Little Match girl, Thumbelina, The Elfin Hill, Little Ida's Flower, The Ugly Duckling, The Wild Swans, and The Emperor's New Clothes..

The Catalog

Jasper Tomkins - 1981
    Studying the offerings, one mountain decides to order 43 giraffes; the second sends for 61 turtles; and the third decides on 52 bears. The animals arrive in due time, kicking off blithe happenings that grow out of the hosts' ideas for making the company feel at home and the guests' generous reciprocation of favors. The mountains order refrigerators full of food, decks of playing cards, records for dancing and (of course) a record player, and other things the animals delight in. Their gifts to the mountains are depicted in the last pages of Tomkins' exhilaration flight of fancy, a love of a book with pictures so cleverly drawn that the author makes one eager to believe his tale."

The Penguin Book of Russian Short Stories

D.J. Richards - 1981
    20 Russian writers are represented in this collection, beginning with Pushkin, the founder of modern Russian literature, and concluding with contributions from such modern writers as Vladimir Nabokov and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Sherlock Holmes Illustrated

Arthur Conan Doyle - 1981
    Here is Sherlock Holmes as he’s never been seen before, with an introduction and notes by Dr. Mary Eichbauer of Stanford University’s Discovering Sherlock Holmes Project. This ebook includes more than 800 illustrations, 200 in full color—it could never have been published in print. Here are the gloomy, deeply moving original illustrations by Sidney Paget, the darker, more modern drawings of Frederic Dorr Steele, and the occasional art by other contemporary illustrators. Here, too, are the original magazine covers from The Strand in London and Colliers in America, as well as book covers from around the world, contemporary paintings, birdseye maps of London at the time, and even a map of the Underground. See Sherlock in all his disguises. Study for yourself the dancing men, the floor plan of 221B Baker Street, a map of the Baskerville moors, a postcard from the Hôtel du Sauvage at Reichenbach Falls, a drawing of the Bruce-Partington submarine, Holmes’ diagram of the crime scene at the Priory School, the position of the professor’s study in the Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez, and the photograph of Irene Adler that Sherlock requested as his only fee for saving the King’s marriage. Follow Holmes and Watson down the boulevards and back alleys of Victorian London, see what they saw, and marvel again at adventures of the greatest detective who ever lived. Does not include the last stories from The Case-book of Sherlock Holmes, for which rights are unavailable in the US.


Varlam Shalamov - 1981
    Varlam Shalamov, considered by many to be Russia's greatest living writer, spent seventeen years there and set down the Kolyma experience in powerful short stories. This is the second, more extensive collection which presents a somewhat different view of the camps and the lives of ordinary people caught up in terrible circumstances.

Peter Pan and Wendy

Walt Disney Company - 1981
    The classic J M Barrie story retold by the Walt Disney Studios, using the characters from the 1953 Walt Disney film 'Peter Pan'.

Envy, and Other Works

Yury Olesha - 1981
    CONTENTSIntroduction viiEnvy (1927) 1The Chain (1929) 123Love (1928) 131Lyompa (1928) 141The Cherry Stone (1929) 147Aldebaran (1931) 159From the Secret Notebook ofFellow-Traveler Sand (1931) 167Natasha (1936) 181I Look into the Past (1928) 185Human Material (1928) 195Jottings of a Writer (1930) 201Speech to the First Congress ofSoviet Writers (1934) 213A List of Assets (1931) 221

Just Like Always

Elizabeth-Ann Sachs - 1981
    The two girls share a room and, after overcoming their initial hostility, become friends".--School Library Journal.

Laughing to Keep from Crying

Langston Hughes - 1981

Stories for Children

Leo Tolstoy - 1981
    This volume includes several of Tolstoy's stories for children.

The Invention of Athens: The Funeral Oration in the Classical City

Nicole Loraux - 1981
    Arguing that the ceremony of public burial began circa 508-460 BCE, Loraux demonstrates that the institution of the funeral oration developed under Athenian democracy. A secular, not a religious phenomenon, a literary genre with fixed rhetoric effects, the funeral oration was inextricably linked to the epainos--praise of the city--rather than to a ritualized lament for the dead as is commonly assumed. Above all, the funeral oration celebrated the city of Athens and the Athenian citizen.Loraux interprets the speeches from literary, anthropological, and political perspectives. She explains how these acts of secular speech invented an image of Athens often at odds with the presumed ideals of democracy. To die in battle for the city was presented as an act of civic choice--the -fine- death that defined the citizen-soldier's noble, aristocratic ethos. At the same time, the funeral oration cultivated an image of democracy at a time when there was, for example, no formal theory of a respect for law and liberty, the supremacy of the collective and public over the individual and the private, or freedom of speech.This new edition of The Invention of Athens includes significant revisions made by Nicole Loraux in 1993. Her aim in editing the original text was to render this groundbreaking work accessible to nonspecialists. Loraux's introduction to this revised volume, as well as important revisions to the 1986 English translation, make this publication an important addition to scholarship in the humanities and the social sciences.

Billy Mink

Thornton W. Burgess - 1981
    These farmyard fables by a beloved storyteller offer valuable lessons about friendship and cooperation. Illustrations by Harrison Cady.

Selected Plays

William Shakespeare - 1981
    Here are seven selected plays.

The Wind In The Willows (Ladybird Children's Classics)

Kenneth Grahame - 1981
    These charming, exciting and humorous tales of the riverbank and its life featuring the wonderfully imagined Ratty, Mole, Badger and the irrepressible but conceited Toad of Toad Hall — whose passion for motor cars ("The only way to travel! Here today — in next week tomorrow") lands him in many scrapes — still continue exert their charm over adults as well as children.Kenneth Grahame was born in Edinburgh in 1859. He was educated at St Edward's School, Oxford but because of family circumstances he was unable to enter Oxford University. He joined the Bank of England as a gentleman clerk in 1879, rising to become Secretary to the Bank in 1898. He wrote a series of short stories published in such collections as The Golden Age (1895) and Dream Days (1898). These featured a fictional family of five children. In 1899 he married Elspeth Thomson and their only child, Alistair, was born a year later. He left the Bank in 1908 on health grounds. The same year, The Wind in the Willows was published. The book was not an immediate success, and he never attempted to write fiction again. However, the popularity of the novel grew steadily and by the time of Grahame's death in 1932 it was recognized as a children's classic.

Midnight's Children

Salman Rushdie - 1981
    He is one of 1,001 children born at the midnight hour, each of them endowed with an extraordinary talent - and whose privilege and curse it is to be both master and victims of their times. Through Saleem's gifts - inner ear and wildly sensitive sense of smell - we are drawn into a fascinating family saga set against the vast, colourful background of the India of the 20th century.

A Karamazov Companion: Commentary on the Genesis, Language, and Style of Dostoevsky's Novel

Victor Terras - 1981
    Victor Terras’s companion work provides readers with a richer understanding of the Dostoevsky novel as the expression of a philosophy and a work of art.     In his introduction, Terras outlines the genesis, main ideas, and structural peculiarities of the novel as well as Dostoevsky’s political, philosophical, and aesthetic stance. The detailed commentary takes the reader through the novel, clarifying aspects of Russian life, the novel’s sociopolitical background, and a number of polemic issues. Terras identifies and explains hundreds of literary and biblical quotations and allusions. He discusses symbols, recurrent images, and structural stylistic patterns, including those lost in English translation.

Mary Cassatt: Oils and Pastels (Watson-Guptill Famous Artists)

E. John Bullard - 1981
    The text and accompanying chronology traces Mary Cassatt's career from her academic art studies in Philadelphia, through her discovery of the works of Manet, Degas, and other impressionists to her highly successful one-woman shows at Gallerie Durand-Ruel, the impressionist's loyal art dealer. Excerpts from the correspondence between Mary Cassatt and her closest friend, Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, help to illuminate the artist's personality. Most of the quotations from these letters appear in print for the first time in this volume.

Custer Legends

Lawrence A. Frost - 1981
    The older officers over whom he had jumped in rank soon displayed their animosity. From them, and many others, a series of charges against him were circulated; from these grew the innumerable Custer legends. This volume includes many interesting and unusual Custer legends, which include the alleged fathering of Monahseetah’s Indian son; the Annie Jones story buried in the National Archives; Custer’s capture of Lee’s supply trains at Appomattox Court House that caused Lee to surrender—and much more.

A Christmas Carol / The Cricket on the Hearth

Charles Dickens - 1981
    A Christmas CarolRenowned for his penny-pinching ways, Scrooge's magical encounters with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future result in a delightful surprise for Tiny Tim and the whole Crachit family.The Cricket on the HearthThe fairy-like influence of the cricket helps solve a misunderstanding that threatens to upset the happiness of John Peerybingle, and his young wife Dot.