Best of
Fiction

1968

Great Short Works of Fyodor Dostoevsky


Fyodor Dostoyevsky - 1968
    The Gambler chronicles Dostoevsky's own addiction, which he eventually overcame. Many have argued that Notes from the Underground contains several keys to understanding the themes of the longer novels, such as Crime and Punishment and The Idiot.Great Short Works of Fyodor Dostoevsky includes:Notes from the UndergroundThe GamblerA Disgraceful AffairThe Eternal HusbandThe DoubleWhite NightsA Gentle CreatureThe Dream of a Ridiculous Man

The First Circle


Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn - 1968
    At the age of thirty-one, Nerzhin has survived the war years on the German front and the postwar years in a succession of Russian prisons and labor camps. His story is interwoven with the stories of a dozen fellow prisoners - each an unforgettable human being - from the prison janitor to the tormented Marxist intellectual who designed the Dnieper dam; of the reigning elite and their conflicted subordinates; and of the women, wretched or privileged, bound to these men. A landmark of Soviet literature, 'The First Circle' is as powerful today as it was when it was first published, nearly thirty years ago.

The Ear Book (Bright & Early Books)


Al Perkins - 1968
    in full color. A boy and his dog listen to the world around them. "Illustrations are big and simple; the text is in verse form."--School Library Journal.

True Grit


Charles Portis - 1968
    But even though this gutsy 14-year-old is seeking vengeance, she is smart enough to figure out she can't go alone after a desperado who's holed up in Indian territory. With some fast-talking, she convinces mean, one-eyed US Marshal "Rooster" Cogburn into going after the despicable outlaw with her.

Testimony of Two Men


Taylor Caldwell - 1968
    But they could never forgive the truths he told about them.From this compelling story of a doctor at war with the world he has been taught to heal, Taylor Caldwell has fashioned a novel of an unforgettable, angry idealist -- a novel in which the drama of new medical frontiers becomes part of a sweeping chronicle of love, death, desire, and redemption.

2001: A Space Odyssey


Arthur C. Clarke - 1968
    On the Moon, an enigma is uncovered.So great are the implications of this discovery that for the first time men are sent out deep into our solar system.But long before their destination is reached, things begin to go horribly, inexplicably wrong...One of the greatest-selling science fiction novels of our time, this classic book will grip you to the very end.

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark


Jill Tomlinson - 1968
    This is the story of how, with the help of some kind people, he discovers how wonderful the dark can be.

Spring Snow


Yukio Mishima - 1968
    The closed world of the ancient aristocracy is being breached for the first time by outsiders - rich provincial families, a new and powerful political and social elite.Kiyoaki has been raised among the elegant Ayakura family - members of the waning aristocracy - but he is not one of them. Coming of age, he is caught up in the tensions between the old and the new, and his feelings for the exquisite, spirited Satoko, observed from the sidelines by his devoted friend Honda. When Satoko is engaged to a royal prince, Kiyoaki realises the magnitude of his passion.

The Time Machine/The Invisible Man


H.G. Wells - 1968
    G. Wells, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholarsBiographies of the authorsChronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural eventsFootnotes and endnotesSelective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the workComments by other famous authorsStudy questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectationsBibliographies for further readingIndices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. The Time Machine, H. G. Wells’s first novel, is a tale of Darwinian evolution taken to its extreme. Its hero, a young scientist, travels 800,000 years into the future and discovers a dying earth populated by two strange humanoid species: the brutal Morlocks and the gentle but nearly helpless Eloi.The Invisible Man mixes chilling terror, suspense, and acute psychological understanding into a tale of an equally adventurous scientist who discovers the formula for invisibility—a secret that drives him mad.Immensely popular during his lifetime, H. G. Wells, along with Jules Verne, is credited with inventing science fiction. This new volume offers two of Wells’s best-loved and most critically acclaimed “scientific romances.” In each, the author grounds his fantastical imagination in scientific fact and conjecture while lacing his narrative with vibrant action, not merely to tell a “ripping yarn,” but to offer a biting critique on the world around him. “The strength of Mr. Wells,” wrote Arnold Bennett, “lies in the fact that he is not only a scientist, but a most talented student of character, especially quaint character. He will not only ingeniously describe for you a scientific miracle, but he will set down that miracle in the midst of a country village, sketching with excellent humour the inn-landlady, the blacksmith, the chemist’s apprentice, the doctor, and all the other persons whom the miracle affects.” Alfred Mac Adam teaches literature at Barnard College-Columbia University. He is a translator and art critic.

Dance of the Happy Shades


Alice Munro - 1968
    In these dazzling stories she deals with the self-discovery of adolescence, the joys and pains of love and the despair and guilt of those caught in a narrow existence. And in sensitively exploring the lives of ordinary men and women, she makes us aware of the universal nature of their fears, sorrows and aspirations.

More Tales of Pirx the Pilot


Stanisław Lem - 1968
    Translated by Louis Iribarne, assisted by Magdalena Majcherczyk and Michael Kandel. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

His Master's Voice


Stanisław Lem - 1968
    A neutrino message of extraterrestrial origin has been received and the scientists, under the surveillance of the Pentagon, labor on His Master's Voice, the secret program set up to decipher the transmission. Among them is Peter Hogarth, an eminent mathematician. When the project reaches a stalemate, Hogarth pursues clandestine research into the classified TX Effect--another secret breakthrough. But when he discovers, to his horror, that the TX Effect could lead to the construction of a fission bomb, Hogarth decides such knowledge must not be allowed to fall into the hands of the military.

A Fan's Notes


Frederick Exley - 1968
    This fictional memoir, the first of an autobiographical trilogy, traces a self professed failure's nightmarish decent into the underside of American life and his resurrection to the wisdom that emerges from despair.

The Best of Myles


Myles na gCopaleen - 1968
    The great Irish humorist and writer Flann O'Brien, aka Brian O'Nolan,aka Myles na Gopaleen, also wrote a newspaper column called "CruiskeenLawn." The Best of Myles collects the best and funniest, covering suchsubjects as plumbers, the justice system, and improbable inventions.

Tales of the North


Jack London - 1968
    This wonderful compilation includes, in facsimile of the original turn of the century magazines, the complete novels of White Fang, The Sea-Wolf, The Call of the Wild and Cruise of the Dazzler, plus 15 short stories -- all with original illustrations This is an adventure you won't want to miss

The Secrets: Volume One: The Other Statue


Edward Gorey - 1968
    Gathered for the annual charity fete at Backwater Hall in Mortshire, the host Lord Wherewithal is dead, Horace Gallop cavorts with Victoria Scone, and someone has offended decorum by disembowelling a stuffed thisby belonging to the Earl of Thump.

The King with Six Friends


Jay Williams - 1968
    But there is one very bad thing. It's hard to find a job if you're out of work. All that a king can do is rule, and if you have no kingdom then you are out of work. That's what happened to young King Zar.He was a good king, but young and without much experience. A bold, strong king with many soliders had attacked his kingdom. Young Zar found himself with no country, with no palace or house or hut. Zar had twelve gold pieces, a suit of clothes and a sword. So he set out to find work.The road was long and the world was wide. In Zar's search for a kingdom he met six unusual friends along the way. From the author of the Danny Dunn books, magically illustrated by Imero Gobbato.Originally published in 1968.

The Diddakoi


Rumer Godden - 1968
    She has rings in her ears and she sometimes comes to school in a little wagon."Kizzy Lovell is a gypsy girl. She has her gran and her horse, Joe, and she doesn't need anything else. Then Gran dies, her wagon burns, and Kizzy is left all alone - in a community that hates her.

The German Lesson


Siegfried Lenz - 1968
    Soon Siggi is stealing the paintings to keep them safe from his father. Against the great brooding northern landscape. Siggi recounts the clash of father and son, of duty and personal loyalty, in wartime Germany. “I was trying to find out,” Lenz says, "where the joys of duty could lead a people"

Red Sky at Morning


Richard Bradford - 1968
    The classic coming-of-age story set during World War II about the enduring spirit of youth and the values in life that count.

The Raj Quartet (1): The Jewel in the Crown, The Day of the Scorpion


Paul Scott - 1968
    Tolstoyan in scope and  Proustian in detail  but completely individual in effect, it records the encounter between East and West through the experiences of a dozen people caught up in the upheavals of the Second World War and the growing campaign for Indian independence from Britain. The first novel, The Jewel in the Crown, describes the doomed love between an English girl and an Indian boy, Daphne Manners and Hari Kumar. This affair touches the lives of other characters in three subsequent volumes, most of them unknown to Hari and Daphne but involved in the larger social and political conflicts which destroy the lovers. In The Day of the Scorpion, Ronald Merrick, a sadistic policeman who arrested and prosecuted Hari, insinuates himself into an aristocratic British family as World War II escalates. On occasions unsparing in its study of personal dramas and racial differences, the Raj Quartet is at all times profoundly humane, not least in the author’s capacity to identify with a huge range of characters. It is also illuminated by delicate social comedy and wonderful evocations of the Indian scene, all narrated in luminous prose. The other two novels in the Raj Quartet, The Towers of Silence and A Division of the Spoils, are also available from Everyman’s Library. With a new introduction by Hilary Spurling(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: Screenplay


William Goldman - 1968
    Screenplay for the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Rosy Is My Relative


Gerald Durrell - 1968
    To Adrian she represented the chance to get away froma City shop and a suburban lodging by exploiting her theatrical talent and experience. To Rosy their progress towards the gayer South Coast resorts offered undreamed-of opportunities for drink and destruction. So the Monkspepper Hunt is driven to delirium and Lady Fenneltree's stately home reduced to a shambles. In due course the always efficient local constabulary caught up with the pair, whose ensuing trial was a like a triumph of the law and of the author's comic genius. The verdict was--but the story has to be read to be believed, if then. Even though the author does maintain that it is entirely credible, indeed that this, his first novel, is 'an almost true story'.

In Watermelon Sugar


Richard Brautigan - 1968
    Rejecting the violence and hate of the old gang at the Forgotten Works, they lead gentle lives in watermelon sugar. In this book, Richard Brautigan discovers and expresses the mood of the counterculture generation.

Come Spring


Ben Ames Williams - 1968
    It was the way in which towns were founded from the Atlantic seaboard west to the great plains, by stripping off the forest and putting the land to work. The people in this book were not individually as important as George Washington; the town they founded was not as important as New York. But people like them made this country, and towns like ths one were and are the soil in which this country s roots are grounded.ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Ben Ames Williams was born in 1889 in Macon, Mississippi. A graduate of Dartmouth, he became a reporter for the BOSTON AMERICAN, and published short stories in some of the nation s leading magazines. Williams wrote many historical novels before his death in 1953. He carefully researched each book. For COME SPRING, he read the records and diaries of the early settlers; he followed their trails and canoed the same rivers to the sites of their early dwellings. Another important resource was John Langdon Sibley s HISTORY OF UNION written in 1851. Sibley had known those founding families and was able to include accurate details in his history. Ben Ames Williams lived for a time in Union and his famiy still has a residence in the area.

Come Along With Me


Shirley Jackson - 1968
    In her gothic visions of small-town America, Jackson, the author of such masterworks as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, turns an ordinary world into a supernatural nightmare. This eclectic collection goes beyond her horror writing, revealing the full spectrum of her literary genius. In addition to Come Along with Me, Jackson's unfinished novel about the quirky inner life of a lonely widow, it features sixteen short stories and three lectures she delivered during her last years.

The Blue Aspic


Edward Gorey - 1968
    Upon hearing her sing, Jasper Ankle becomes her deepest admirer, undaunted by perilous weather and abject poverty in his quest to hear her sing. As Ortenzia's star rises, Jasper sinks further into despair, until performer and fan collide in true Edward Gorey fashion. Exquisitely illustrated with Gorey's signature pen-and-ink crosshatching, The Blue Aspic is a heart-wrenching and oddly hilarious tale of unrequited love and the dangers of celebrity.Treasured by adoring fans since its original release in 1968, The Blue Aspic remains an iconic masterpiece from the one and only great Mr. Gorey.

Fly-by-Night


K.M. Peyton - 1968
    But having taken possession of him, Ruth was about to discover that her problems had only just begun.

It Happened in Boston?


Russell H. Greenan - 1968
    Greenan’s It Happened in Boston? is the story of a brilliantly talented, unbalanced artist who strives to meet God face-to-face in order to destroy Him. It is “a magic spell of a book—phantasmagoric, lushly written, full of unforgettable characters and brilliant twists of plot,” writes Jonathan Lethem in his Introduction. With a vivid depiction of the art world and a breathtaking narrative that incorporates forgery, time travel, and murder, Greenan’s hilarious and disturbing debut novel—now an underground cult classic—is ripe for rediscovery.

Two Are Better Than One


Carol Ryrie Brink - 1968
    A Christmas package with two miniature dolls reminds Chrystal of the year she and her best friend Cordelia were thirteen and writing a "romantical" novel...

Striped Ice Cream


Joan M. Lexau - 1968
    ‘An exceedingly warm and satisfying story of a [African-American] city family that is true to childhood.' 'NYT."Mama --" Becky said and waited. "My birthday's coming pretty soon. Will we have chicken-spaghetti and striped ice cream?"Mama sighed and said, "I don't know, Becky. Things were a little better last year."Not having something special to look forward to for a birthday was bad enough, but then the whole family seemed to turn against Becky. Life was lonely for the youngest in the family when everyone else started working on a project without her. Brother Abe even tried to keep her out of her own home during the day -- and playing baseball with Abe did not appeal to Becky.This is a story about a very real family -- the ups and downs, the quarrels and making-ups, and it is a story of Becky's happy birthday.

Of Love and Dust


Ernest J. Gaines - 1968
    There he encounters conflict with the overseer, Sidney Bonbon, and a tale of revenge, lust and power plays out between Marcus, Bonbon, Bonbon's mistress Pauline, and Bonbon's wife Louise.

Chancy


Louis L'Amour - 1968
    With the front of his stomach making friends with the back, he was in no position to let an opportunity slip by unnoticed. And when Chancy defended his new herd of cattle with a shotgun, he didn’t miss. The dead man left a pistol on the ground. Chancy needed a spare and, after stowing it in his bedroll, forgot about it. He had a cattle drive to finish and a profit to make.But the gun had a history. Another killing had taken place and Chancy would never know the truth until it was too late. Now, locked in a jail cell with an angry, drunken mob outside and time running out, he must somehow find a way to prove his innocence.

The Bears' Vacation


Stan Berenstain - 1968
    Seuss. “Hooray! Hooray! We’re on our way! Our summer vacation starts today!” School’s out, and the Bear family is ready for a vacation at the beach. Whether the Bears are sailing, swimming, surfing, snorkeling, or having a run-in with an angry whale, Father Bear certainly knows how to find trouble. The Bears' Vacation will leave young readers eager for their very own summer fun! Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.

Shiokari Pass


Ayako Miura - 1968
    The hero of this novel is the young and idealistic Nobuo Nagano, who finds himself forced to make a heart-rending decision, when he must choose between his childhood sweetheart, Fujiko, and his newly found Christian faith. Set in Hokkaido at the turn of the nineteenth century, when for the first time Western culture and ideas were beginning to challenge Japan's long-held traditions, Shiokari Pass takes an intriguing look at Japanese life and thought of a hundred years ago. Filled with drama and featuring a spectacular climax amidst the snows of Hokkaido, the book was a bestseller in Japanese and a successful motion picture as well. Based on the life of a high-ranking railway employee who was revered for his humanitarian deeds, Shiokari Pass offers a revealing glimpse of the long, hard road traveled by Japanese Christians.

Masha


Mara Kay - 1968
    Mara Kay has evoked the sheltered world of Smolni with authenticity and has provided colourful glimpses of St Petersburg and the greater world outside.

In the Heart of the Heart of the Country and Other Stories


William H. Gass - 1968
    In their obsessions, Gass’s Midwestern dreamers are like the "grotesques" of Sherwood Anderson, but in their hyper-linguistic streams of consciousness, they are the match for Joyce’s Dubliners. First published in 1968, this book begins with a beguiling thirty-three page essay and has five fictions: the celebrated novella "The Pedersen Kid," "Mrs. Mean," "Icicles," "Order of Insects," and the title story.

Love Ain't Nothing But Sex Misspelled


Harlan Ellison - 1968
    speculative fiction

Until the Sun Falls


Cecelia Holland - 1968
    This novel follows Psin, a Mongol general, through the military campaigns in Russia and Europe, among his own family and in his own heart.

A Dream in Polar Fog


Yuri Rytkheu - 1968
    It is the story of John MacLennan, a Canadian sailor who is left behind by his ship, stranded on the northeastern tip of Siberia and the story of the Chukchi community that adopts this wounded stranger and teaches him to live as a true human being. Over time, John comes to know his new companions as a real people who share the best and worst of human traits with his own kind. Tragedy strikes, and wounds are healed with compassion and honesty as tensions rise and fall. Rytkheu’s empathy, humor, and provocative voice guide us across the magnificent landscape of the North and reveal all the complexity and beauty of a vanishing world.

Impossible Object


Nicholas Mosley - 1968
    A mirror is held to the back of the head and one's hand has to move the opposite way from what was intended."In these closing lines from Impossible Object, one has embodied both Nicholas Mosley's subject of love and imagination, as well as his unmatched lyric style. In eight carefully connected stories that are joined by introspective interludes on related subjects, the author pursues the notion, through the lives of a couple seen by different narrators, that "those who like unhappy ends can have them, and those who don't will have to look for them."The impossible object of the title, "the triangle that can exist in two dimensions but not in three," is a controlling symbol for the impossibility of realizing the good life unless one recognizes the impossibility of attaining it: only then can it be possible to realize it, through a kind of renunciation, especially in "a sophisticated, corrupt, chaotic world." Such a provocative theme, comic or tragic by turns, was met by critics in 1968 as brilliant, insightful, intense, and moving, but especially original.

The Summerfolk


Doris Burn - 1968
    Joe and Willy have little use for the summerfolk until an eccentric boy befriends Willy.

Sarah's Cottage


D.E. Stevenson - 1968
    Their full entrance into village life is helped by Sarah's delightful grandparents, who have given them the land on which they have built their cottage. They work together, collaborating in translations for a publisher. Charles embarks on more ambitious writing, his autobiography, yet increasingly it is not books but life itself that engrosses him and Sarah. In particular Frederica, the daughter of Sarah's frivolous and pleasure-seeking sister, commands their sympathy and love. One by one the characters of a large attractive family make their appearance but it is through Frederica that the nexus of family problems is finally resolved.

Brown On Resolution


C.S. Forester - 1968
    Alone on the barren island of Resolution in the South Pacific, he fights against the might of a German battleship. This is the first of C.S.Forester's novels about the sea.

Winter Cottage


Carol Ryrie Brink - 1968
    How Pops and his two daughters cope with their misfortunes without losing heart is a very entertaining story.

All About Corduroy


Don Freeman - 1968
    Includes: "Corduroy" and "A Pocket for Corduroy"

MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors


Richard Hooker - 1968
    The doctors who worked in the Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals (MASH) during the Korean War were well trained but, like most soldiers sent to fight a war, too young for the job. In the words of the author, "a few flipped their lids, but most of them just raised hell, in a variety of ways and degrees."For fans of the movie and the series alike, here is the original version of that perfectly corrupt football game, those martini-laced mornings and sexual escapades, and that unforgettable foray into assisted if incompleted suicide--all as funny and poignant now as they were before they became a part of America's culture and heart.

A Kestrel for a Knave


Barry Hines - 1968
    Treated as a failure at school, and unhappy at home, Billy discovers a new passion in life when he finds Kes, a kestrel hawk. Billy identifies with her silent strength and she inspires in him the trust and love that nothing else can, discovering through her the passion missing from his life. Barry Hines's acclaimed novel continues to reach new generations of teenagers and adults with its powerful story of survival in a tough, joyless world.

The Ronin: A Novel Based on a Zen Myth


William Dale Jennings - 1968
    It is the tale of Ronin, a masterless 12th-century samurai knight, who slashes his way up from the gutter to a position of wealth, honour, and status.

Imperial Governor: The Great Novel of Boudicca's Revolt


George Shipway - 1968
    Sent to Wales to capture the gold mines, Paulinus faces the fury of Queen Boudicca's tribes, all united against Nero's corrupt officials. It's a tale packed with fascinating detail of life in Roman Britain and in the Legions in particular.

Pride and the Anguish


Douglas Reeman - 1968
    A gunboat and the two men who commanded her during the dark days of the fall of Singapore (WWII).

Miss One Thousand Spring Blossoms


John Dudley Ball - 1968
    Dick Seaton is a shy, handsome American whose business takes him to Japan to close a very big deal. In violation of a timeless taboo, Dick and Kanno spend slow, tantalizing days falling in love. Then Dick discovers that Kanno’s love was paid for by his businessmen hosts. Sensing his rage and hurt, Kanno flees in confusion. And, too late, Dick realizes the truth—that she really loved him. Now, a stranger in a strange, exotic land, he must find her—and seduce her back into his life. Love her for a night… and you will remember her for a lifetime.

Airport


Arthur Hailey - 1968
    And in the air, a lone plane struggles to reach its destination. Over the course of seven pulse-pounding hours, a tense human drama plays out as a brilliant airport manager, an arrogant pilot, a tough maintenance man, and a beautiful stewardess strive to avert disaster.Featuring a diverse cast of vibrant characters, Airport is both a realistic depiction of the airline industry and a novel of nail-biting suspense.

Jesus Christs


A.J. Langguth - 1968
    Jesus Christs is a collection of vignettes sharing a common character, but in a non-linear fashion. One's idea of "history" or "time" is shoved off-center. Jesus is no longer an isolated figure in history but instead expands into an archetype. He is a recurring character throughout time who shows up in different scenarios or time frames ranging from the era of ancient Judea to Nazi Germany to a radio station in the twentieth century. He is seen as a prisoner, a priest, a teenager, a schoolboy, a talk-show host and, of course, the prophet.

Armitage, Armitage, Fly Away Home


Joan Aiken - 1968
    A collection of short stories, including: Prelude / Yes, But Today Is Tuesday / The Frozen Cuckoo / Sweet Singeing in the Choir / Harriet's Hairloom / The Ghostly Governess / The Land of Trees and Heroes / The Stolen Quince Tree / A Batch of Magic Wands / The Apple of Trouble / The Serial Garden.

The Dong with a Luminous Nose


Edward Lear - 1968
    The end of the story is sad but sweet, and it stars a nose that can light up a forest, light up the sky! The Dong is some kind of hero, certainly, and he can't help but win our hearts with that protuberant proboscis of his.The Dong with a Luminous Nose and The Jumblies (also published by Pomegranate Communications) present two of the most finely rendered suites of drawings ever created by Edward Gorey. With Edward Lear's irresistible verses, the books are timeless classics to be enjoyed through generations, by children of all ages, four to eighty-four.Text by Edward Lear; illustrated by Edward Gorey. 48 pages with 22 black-and-white illustrations. Smyth-sewn casebound book with jacket. Size: 8.5 x 6 inches.

Angel in Heavy Shoes: A Katie Rose Story


Lenora Mattingly Weber - 1968
    Stacy and Bruce begin to have difficulty as Bruce is perplexed by Stacy's desire to associate with people who he considers to be lowlifes. Ben's personality begins to change as he becomes involved with a slinky carhop named Holly.

The Zero Stone


Andre Norton - 1968
    Murdoc Jern, gem trader, finds that possession of the stone has led him to the center of a web of intrigue and murder.With his companion Eet, an inscrutable feline mutant with phenomenal ESP powers, he is hunted through space, coming finally to a long forgotten planet inhabited by apelike "sniffers." There, facing the predatory sniffers, the antagonistic Patrol and the laser-guns of the Thieves' Guild, Murdoc must seek the source of the Zero Stone and bargain for his right to pursue his destiny as a free man.

The Vines of Yarrabee


Dorothy Eden - 1968
    But as Eugenia learns more of the ruthlessly ambitious man she has married and the rugged land he has brought her to, the very elegance and delicacy her husband prized in her soon prove liabilities. She is appalled by many aspects of plantation life - the convict slave laborers, the suffocating summer heat, the merciless winters. It is a maid who seems to be the real mistress of Yarrabee.

The Winter of Enchantment


Victoria Walker - 1968
    Parkin to a magic world of Melissa, Mantari the cat, a wicked Enchanter, and many other exciting people. Melissa, a pretty young girl, has been imprisoned in a large house by the wicked Enchanter. Sebastian first meets Melissa through the magic mirror and resolves to do everything in his power, and with the help of a little magic, to free her. First published in 1968, this wonderful children's classic is back in hardcover!

Twin Spell


Janet Lunn - 1968
    Strangely attracted to an antique doll, twelve-year-old twins buy the toy and soon find themselves haunted by powerful and tragic memories of ancestral twins who had also been owners of the doll.- an award-winning author- an award-winning, best-selling title

The Moon in the Cloud


Rosemary Harris - 1968
    Reuben, an animal trainer, travels to Egypt to collect animals for Noah's ark, in return for a promised place on the ark for himself and his wife.

The Whispering Mountain


Joan Aiken - 1968
    Knowing of the prophesy of the Harp of Teirtu, Owen must prevent the magic harp from falling into the evil clutches of its reputed owner, the sinister and diabolical Lord Mayln. But it won’t be easy. Owen and his friend Arabis are plunged into a hair-raising adventure of intrigue, kidnapping, exotic underground worlds, savage beasts...even murder.For only too late will Owen learn that Lord Mayln will stop at nothing to have the golden harp.

Tales of the Long Bow


G.K. Chesterton - 1968
    At first they are nothing more than that: four whimsical idiots with no sense of responsibility, clowning outrageously for the sake of clowning. But soon they begin to see themselves as men with a mission: for they find that they are the only people left in England who are still defending the individual soul against conformity, wealth, and the super-state.As they find their buffoonery hemmed in more and more by official regulations, their pranks turn into a form of rebellion. The humor remains, but it takes on a purpose. And in the process, the tenuously connected stories turn into a novel. The book ends in a kind of crescendo of madness, which is at once a parable, and a clear call to arms (or at least a thought) for individuals in our Age of Conformity.

Paradise Falls.


Don Robertson - 1968
    Written in the tradition of Raintree County, this giant of a novel encompasses 35 years in the life of the small Ohio town of Paradise Falls, from the end of the Civil War to the tumultuous opening of the 20th century.In this novel, Don Robertson recreates an entire era of American history, an era that saw the stormy end of the profiteer-robber baron and the emergency of the US as an industrial goliath. But it is first and foremost a human and engrossing story for every palate, overflowing with dramatic scenes and memorable characters."

The Furious Flycycle


Jan Wahl - 1968
    In order to rescue his uncle's family from imminent danger, Melvin Spitznagle, kid genius, puts his latest invention to the ultimate test.

Selected Satires of Lucian


Lucian of Samosata - 1968
    He took up law, left it for public speaking, then turned to full-time writing, producing the wide range of subject matter and literary form which is represented in this collection.A master of the vivid scene, Lucian used his pungent style to ridicule the tyrants, prophets, waning gods, and hypocrite philosophers of his own day and the centuries preceding him. His most typical genre is a parody of a Platonic dialogue, but he also excelled in straight narrative, as in the elaborate spoof "A True Story" and the old folk tale outrageously retold, "Lucius, the Ass." His skeptical mind and imaginative irony have influenced generations of artists and writers, and now in Professor Casson's new translations can be freshly enjoyed today.

Light in My Window


Francena H. Arnold - 1968
    The Light in My Window is a dynamic story of searching, discovery, and peace as Hope struggles with herself, God, and her love for Stan.

Bloodline: Five Stories


Ernest J. Gaines - 1968
    As rendered by Gaines, this country becomes as familiar, and as haunted by cruelty, suffering, and courage, as Ralph Ellison's Harlem or Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County.STORIES INCLUDE:A Long Day in NovemberThe Sky Is GrayThree MenBloodlineJust Like a Tree

The God Stealer and Other Stories


F. Sionil José - 1968
    Sionil José's most widely anthologized fiction, is a moving story of a friendship. An American and a Filipino go to the Cordilleras to look at the rice terraces which were built by the Filipino's ancestors. There, they find the meaning of their friendship, how it defines the relationship between the colonizer and the colonized.As the Philippines' most widely translated author, F. Sionil José's reputation rests largely on his epic work—the Rosales novels, which span a hundred years of Philippine history and encompass four generations. His short stories, however, are just as memorable for their unerring depiction of the Filipino condition. This collection includes some of the earliest stories he wrote from the late forties to the early fifties. In these stories, he already maps out the boundaries of his literary geography and plumbs the depths of the Filipino character, at the same time hewing to the continuing theme of almost all of his work: the Filipino's often futile search for social justice and a moral order.F. Sionil José's fiction is now translated into 27 languages including Tagalog. Random House has just completed putting out the Rosales saga. Fayard of France has already released four of his five Rosales novels.

A Cab at the Door & Midnight Oil


V.S. Pritchett - 1968
    S. Pritchett, available for the first time in a single volumeA Cab at the Door, originally published in 1968, recalls his childhood in turn-of-the-century and World War I London with the urbane subtlety and wry humor that have marked his other works. For the wild and eccentric Pritchett family, life is a series of cabs waiting at the door to transport them to a succession of ten-bob-a-week lodgings, in their flight from creditors and the financial disasters of their father. A Cab at the Door also captures the texture and color of the working-class side of Edwardian England.Midnight Oil (which Wilfrid Sheed called a "little Rolls Royce of a book" when it came out in 1972) opens in 1921: Pritchett arrives in Paris to commence with a literary career. Gradually, his creative sensibilities emerge as he travels as a reporter to Ireland, Spain, and America. Midnight Oil provides an intimate and precise record of a writer's discovery of himself and his art. "Pritchett is one of the great pleasure-givers in our language," said Eudora Welty.

The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories


Charles W. Chesnutt - 1968
    Chesnutt writes of the black search for identity in the period between the Civil War and the turn of the century

In Spite of All Terror


Hester Burton - 1968
    In 1940 a fifteen-year-old orphan girl from the London slums is evacuated to the country to live with an aristocratic family.

Elizabeth: A Novel of Elizabeth I


Evelyn Anthony - 1968
    After enduring years of exile following the execution of her mother, Anne Boleyn, the twenty-five-year-old Elizabeth inherits a realm divided by religious turmoil and financial collapse. She has already survived her own personal hell, nearly losing her life after her stepfather seduced her at thirteen. The ambitious Lord Admiral left her virginity intact, but took something far more valuable—her dignity and pride. Elizabeth learned a bitter lesson: There’s no place for love in a royal’s heart.   This novel journeys through the first three decades of the reign of Elizabeth I, including her volatile relationship with Lord Robert Dudley. From bedroom intrigues to affairs of state, Elizabeth brings to life the passion and the power, illuminating the woman who, in spite of herself, still yearned for human connection. She found it with Dudley’s successor, the wealthy, dazzlingly attractive Earl of Leicester. Award-winner Evelyn Anthony chronicles the monarch's long battle with her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots, for the throne, and advances a fascinating theory about who murdered Lord Robert’s first wife, Amy Dudley.

Star Well


Alexei Panshin - 1968
    Due to its location, it is a minor hub of commerce within the Sashuite Empire, and though it is equipped with elegant dining rooms and casinos, luxury suites and expensive shops, Wu and Fabricant's GUIDEBOOK claims that Star Well is a dull place to visit and that travellers should avoid layovers if they can. But Wu and Fabricant had not been shown the secret basements, nor told the nature of the things stored there--if they had been, they might still have advised against layovers, but not because Star Well was dull. When our hero Anthony Villiers and his Traggish friend Torve arrive on the scene, it soon becomes evident that the truth must out: that Star Well has reached the end of an era...(thurb).

Advice to a Young Wife from An Old Mistress


Michael Drury - 1968
    First published in the rampaging sixties and in demand for twenty years, Michael Drury's classic meditation on sex and marriage now appears in a new third edition. There is not a salacious, clinical or scientific word in her book; it is a tender story told from the perspective and discretion of an enduring love affair. Here readers will find aspects of themselves and their relationships that are too often ignored: the pleasures of exclusivity; the influence of money, or lack thereof, over sex and relationships; the healing knowledge that reason and emotion are not at war but allies. In short, this is a book for all seasons of love, and for all lovers, individuals, and partners. Advice to a Young Wife from an Old Mistress explores its timeless themes much as a wise traveler visits a foreign land and brings back knowledge of a kind only possible when one is willing to make the journey. Honest, knowing, and direct, Michael Drury's wife and mistress find that they can learn much from each other, as will readers young and old.

Tigers are Better-Looking: With a selection from The Left Bank


Jean Rhys - 1968
    In them she encompasses within a few pages both the gaiety and charm of youth and love, and an awareness of all that threatens them.Writing in The New York Times, A. Alvarez has called these stories "extraordinary." The early stories have added value in that they illuminate Jean Rhys's development as a writer. Those written later, when her art was mature, are on the level of her novels and demonstrate that she is one of the most distinguished writers of our time, "the best living English novelist," again to quote Alvarez.The title of this collection comes from the opinion which many of Jean Rhys's characters share, that respectable people are as alarming as tigers, but "tigers are better-looking, aren't they?" It also reflects the astringent humor in her work; an explanation that however sad or even sordid her subject, she is never depressing.--From the book jacket

The Soul Brothers and Sister Lou


Kristin Hunter Lattany - 1968
    A fourteen-year-old girl tries to reconcile her dreams and hopes for the future with the harsh and often unpleasant realities of life in the African American section of town.

The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge


Carlos Castaneda - 1968
    Includes The Teachings and A Structural Analysis.

The Adventures of Tintin: Flight 714, Secret of the Unicorn, Red Rackham's Treasure


Hergé - 1968
    Flight 714 - 62p.On their way to Sydney, Tintin and Captain Haddock run into an old friend, a pilot who offers them a ride on a private jet. But when the plane gets hijacked, Tintin and the Captain find themselves prisoners on a deserted volcanic island!Secret of the Unicorn - 62p.Young reporter Tintin, his dog Snowy, and his friend Captain Haddock, discover a riddle left by Haddock's ancestor, the 17th century Sir Francis Haddock, which could lead them to the hidden treasure of the pirate Red Rackham. In order to unravel the riddle, Tintin and Haddock must obtain three identical models of Sir Francis' ship, the Unicorn, but discover that criminals are also after these model ships, and are willing to kill in order to obtain them.Red Rackham's Treasure -62p.Tintin and Captain Haddock set sail aboard the Sirius to find the sunken remains of the Unicorn ship and notorious pirate Red Rackham's treasure.

The Circus in the Attic and Other Stories


Robert Penn Warren - 1968
    A collection of Penn Warren’s best short fiction: two novelettes and twelve stories that skillfully handle a variety of themes and styles.”Worth reading for their craftsmanship and variety” (Charles Poore, New York Times).

Black Douglas


Nigel Tranter - 1968
    The death of young Will Douglas's father plunged him into a world where might prevailed and the end justified the means.

Evergreen Review Reader: 1957-1966: A Ten Year Anthology


Barney Rosset - 1968
    It also happens to bring together some of the world's best writers in one volume, in the company of their peers. 'Evergreen' was more than another literary magazine. It was the voice of a movement that helped to change the attitudes and prejudices of the cuture at large throuhg the language of art -- and succeeded. It was always damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead.

The Inner Room


Robert Aickman - 1968
    ClarkPaperback printed on cream bookwove paper and bound by Biddles.Contents:'The Inner Room' by Robert Aickman'Robert Aickman' by R.B. Russell"The Inner Room" is a classic "strange story" by Robert Aickman and is open to various interpretations. When Lene chooses an odd and awkward dolls house as a present she finds that the dolls inside are inaccessable. Later, her brother works out that the house also harbours an inaccessable "inner room".

Ammie, Come Home


Barbara Michaels - 1968
    But the séance conducted in Ruth's elegant Georgetown home calls something back; something unwelcome ... and palpably evil. Suddenly Sara is speaking in a voice not her own, transformed into a miserable, whimpering creature so unlike her normal, sensible self. No tricks or talismans will dispel the malevolence that now plagues the inhabitants of this haunted place -- until a dark history of treachery, lust, and violence is exposed. But the cost might well be the sanity and the lives of the living.

Ripe to Burst


Frankétienne - 1968
    It's a very generous kind of genius he has, one I can't imagine Haitian literature ever existing without."—Edwidge DanticatShould he scream? Call for help? His mouth was full of saliva. His tongue heavy…The breath and spit of his pursuers were burning his head. The awful stench of their breath, a stinging vapor, was scorching his ears, drying his skin. Smell of sulphur. The acid of their bite. Their forked claws were already lacerating his back.If only I had the time to make it to St. Joseph's Gate where I might find some people. Some help. O agile foot of my rebellious youth! Haven't I always given you the choice morsel of whatever I've eaten? Haven't I given you the longest sip of whatever I've drunk? Run faster nimble foot of the songs of yesteryear! If ill should come to me, I will blame you… My mother will suffer… If I die… And what about my Solange, my sweetheart? Will I never see her again? A portrait of "the extreme bitterness of doom in the face of the blind machinery of power." In vivid, fluid prose, Ripe to Burst follows the lives of two young men and their individual attempts to make sense of the deeply troubled society surrounding them. A biting critique of the "brain drain" prompted by the François Duvalier dictatorship, Frankétienne mirrors the spirit and failings of the 1960s generation.Widely recognized as Haiti's most important literary figure, Frankétienne has written more than thirty plays, poetry collections, and works of fiction, including Dezafi, the first modern novel written entirely in Haitian Creole.

Judas My Brother


Frank Yerby - 1968
    He was born to wealth, power, worldliness. Yet strangely enough, his features closely resembled a youth who was his total opposite-a poverty-stricken carpenter's son from Galilee. and though Nathan chose the path of physical adventure and sensual excess, his life was intertwined with that of the man called Jesus of Nazareth- until their moment of confrontation and truth in the shadow of the cross... Frank Yerby's most magnificent novel- Judas, My brother "brings alive the great, sprawling, barbaric world of the first century...a rousing novel... a great story-teller".

The Novellas of John O'Hara


John O'Hara - 1968
    They are marked by the meticulous attention to detail and veracious dialogue that are habitual to O'Hara. His style of fiction, which often follows one individual or relationship through an unpredictable and unstable course, is frequently better served by the shorter form.The ten stories presented here were written in the sixties, the last decade of O'Hara's life, when he was as prolific as ever and concerned to record as much of what he had seen in his lifetime as possible. They are set during his adulthood and in the places that he knew, lived in, and always wrote about: Gibbsville (the fictionalized Pottsville, where he had grown up), Philadelphia, New York, and Hollywood. The characters are also familiar: O'Hara's alter ego, the writer Jim Malloy, the mismatched couples and disappointed lovers, the rising and fading stars of Hollywood, the socially aspiring, and the criminal fringe of the Prohibition era.As O'Hara's biographer Frank MacShane notes, the stories are "still extraordinarily alive." O'Hara effortlessly crafts stories that are propelled by his beautifully observed dialogue and studded with his placement of people by what they drink and the way they drink it, their cars, and their clothes. The life in the stories is in this detail, and in the universal applicability that his themes have for the latetwentieth century.

Nightshade & Damnations


Gerald Kersh - 1968
    J. Gahagan] · ss Courier Spr ’38 77 · The Ape and the Mystery [“The Mysterious Mona Lisa Smile”] · ss The Saturday Evening Post Jun 26 ’48 89 · The King Who Collected Clocks [“Royal Impostor”] · nv The Saturday Evening Post May 3 ’47 117 · Bone for Debunkers [“The Karmesin Affair”; Karmesin] · ss The Saturday Evening Post Dec 15 ’62 133 · A Lucky Day for the Boar · ss Playboy Oct ’62 143 · Voices in the Dust of Annan · ss The Saturday Evening Post Sep 13 ’47 161 · Whatever Happened to Corporal Cuckoo? · nv The Brighton Monster, London: Heinemann, 1953; Star Science Fiction Stories #3, ed. Frederik Pohl, Ballantine, 1954

Camel Caravan


Arthur Catherall - 1968
    After a surprise attack by raiders they find themselves alone with two wounded camels, little water, and unsure of their whereabouts.

Love, Anger, Madness: A Haitian Trilogy


Marie Vieux-Chauvet - 1968
    In a brilliant translation by Rose-Myriam Réjouis and Val Vinokur, Love, Anger, Madness is a scathing response to the struggles of race, class, and sex that have ruled Haiti. Suppressed upon its initial publication in 1968, this major work became an underground classic and was finally released in an authorized edition in France in 2005.In Love, Anger, Madness, Marie Vieux-Chauvet offers three slices of life under an oppressive regime. Gradually building in emotional intensity, the novellas paint a shocking portrait of families and artists struggling to survive under Haiti’s terrifying government restrictions that have turned its society upside down, transforming neighbors into victims, spies, and enemies.In “Love,” Claire is the eldest of three sisters who occupy a single house. Her dark skin and unmarried status make her a virtual servant to the rest of the family. Consumed by an intense passion for her brother-in-law, she finds redemption in a criminal act of rebellion.In “Anger,” a middle-class family is ripped apart when twenty-year-old Rose is forced to sleep with a repulsive soldier in order to prevent a government takeover of her father’s land.And in “Madness,” René, a young poet, finds himself trapped in a house for days without food, obsessed with the souls of the dead, dreading the invasion of local military thugs, and steeling himself for one final stand against authority. Sympathetic, savage and truly compelling with an insightful introduction by Edwidge Danticat, Love, Anger, Madness is an extraordinary, brave and graphic evocation of a country in turmoil.

Rabbits Rafferty


Gerald Dumas - 1968
    When a peaceful animal community is suddenly faced with defending its freedom against a horde of gangsters, the least likely citizen becomes the town's great hero.

The Curious Facts Preceding My Execution and Other Fictions


Donald E. Westlake - 1968
    Short Stories.

Tim to the Lighthouse


Edward Ardizzone - 1968
    This means danger for ships at sea, who rely on the light to steer clear of the rocks. Foul play is suspected and it's up to Tim and friends to save the day in one of their most exciting, and most dangerous, adventures ever!

Collected Works 3


Antonin Artaud - 1968
    This important volume of "Collected Works" includes one of Artaud's most seminal texts, Theatre and Its Double, and his play The Cenci. Also included are appendices, copious notes and his essay "Seraphim's Theater". The Theatre and Its Double, published here in its entirety, remains one of the most radical texts on performance in print today. The lesser-known "Seraphim's Theater" outlines an actor's application of the Taoist principles of fullness and emptiness, and has provided inspiration to actors and directors in experimental and non-naturalistic areas of the theater. The Cenci remains a landmark in twentieth-century theater as an early production of the "theatre of cruelty".

The Children of Charlecote


Philippa Pearce - 1968
    Despite their privileged background, the children are not always happy - their parents are stern and Tom is sent to boarding school. When the holidays come though, their adventures begin.

The Shrouded Walls & The Dark Shore


Susan Howatch - 1968
    He needed a wife to qualify for a large inheritance; she needed a wealthy husband to escape her impoverished existence. Taking up residence in the Brandson family estate, they greed it was to be a marriage of convenience. But secluded in the rambling old house, Marianne realized she was falling in love with her new husband--despite the dreaded rumors she heard that implicated him in the murder of his father!Suspense, danger, romance and sudden death all blend frighteningly in the high-ceilinged rooms of an 18th-century mansion.The Dark ShoreThe first little accidents didn't bother Sarah Hamilton. She was simply too happy to be worried. After all, having just become the bride of charming, enigmatic Jon Towers, why should she be anything but blissfully content?But the "accidents" became more and more frequent...and Sarah's instincts warned her to run for her life. She knew only that Jon's first wife, Sophia, had plunged to her death from a nearby cliff, under mysterious and very questionable circumstances. Was there some ghastly secret being covered up? Would Sarah be the next to die? If only she could uncover the truth about Sophia's death--before it was too late!

The Dream Watcher


Barbara Wersba - 1968
    He considers himself the "All-American" failure until he meets Mrs. Orpha Woodfin, an eighty-year-old neighborhood eccentric who helps him to see the value of being an individual. Originally published in 1968 - the same year as Paul Zindel's The Pigman and the year after S.E. Hinton's The Outsider - The Dream Watcher heralded the beginning of books written specifically for young adults.

Figures in a Landscape


Barry England - 1968
    Their most important resource being their instinct to survive. Safety is 400 miles away, across savage country but all the time they are pursued by a helicopter which hovers overhead. From the author of NO MAN'S LAND.

Three Giant Stories


Lesley Conger - 1968
    Contains: The Giant and the Cobbler / How Big-Mouth Wrestled the Giant / The Brave Little Tailor.