Les Misérables by Victor Hugo is widely regarded one of the best novels of the 19th century. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo traces the experiences of an ex-convict, Jean Valjean during a tempestuous period in France ending with the June Revolution. The story, centered around Paris, deals with politics and moral philosophy. Les Misérables has been adapted to numerous productions for the theatre, and motion pictures. Recently a musical adaptation went from the stage to the movies, and won Oscar acclaim.
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Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson wrote this “coming of age” novel about a buried treasure and the buccaneers who search for it. Originally published in the children’s magazine Young Folks between 1881–82 under the title Treasure Island or, The Mutiny of the Hispaniola with R.L. Stevenson adopting the pseudonym Captain George North. The adventure novel about finding pirate treasure has been made into various films. “X” marks the spot takes the young character Jim Hawkins on a truly strange journey, fraught with danger and life lessons.
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Henry Ketcham wrote this book in 1901, a mere 36 years after Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Henry, a legislator himself, Henry Ketcham had quite a unique opportunity to write the book so close to President Lincoln’s life. He based much of his biography on firsthand information about this truly unique president.
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This anthology is an introduction to the work of American author, poet, editor and literary critic, Edgar Allan Poe. Poe’s tales of mystery and the macabre are famous today. Poe was one of the earliest American practitioners of the short story, and is generally considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre. A little known fact about Edgar Allen Poe: he also wrote popular songs under an alias.
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A Christmas Carol is a novella by English author Charles Dickens. Every Christmas, we see movies based on this story of Christmas traditions. Published in December of 1843, A Christmas Carol focused on the plight of the poor and children in Victorian England. Ebenezer Scrooge, the protagonist, enjoys a tortured Christmas and becomes a changed man. Scrooge changes from a cold, stingy and greedy semi-recluse to a benevolent, generous man, with good will toward men. Dickens was making a statement about his observations of the lives of the men, women, and children in the most impoverished areas of London, and witnessed the social injustices they suffered.
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