The town of Sleepy Hollow is told to be haunted by a headless huntsman. Ichabod Crane, a lanky, superstitious schoolmaster in the little town competes for the hand of young Katrina Van Tassel. But the morning after the Van Tassel's harvest party, someone has disappeared... Among the countless adaptions of Irving's gothic Halloween classic, Disney's animated "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad" stands out, as well as Tim Burton's 1999 "Sleepy Hollow" starring Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci.
Tales of the White Mountains. An engaging and satisfying collection of four short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, revolving around the mountains of New Hampshire, from 1850 when the Old Man of the Mountain still stood. Contains the following stories: "The Great Stone Face", "The Ambitious Guest", "The Great Carbuncle", and "Sketches From Memory".
Three young girls wander into an enchanted forest at meet a fairy woman, who is bored with her perfect, immortal life. She convinces them to turn her into a human and decides to become a prince because boys have more fun. His/her new existence exploring the surrounding kingdoms is fast and adventurous from the get-go. What unfolds in an interesting story of problems solved by a woman's mind in the luxury of a man's body. `The Enchanted Island of Yew` (1903) was written by L. Frank Baum, the author of `The Wonderful Wizard of Oz', but is separate from the Oz series. This story clearly comes from the same imagination, however, with the added bonus of some interesting gender-bender elements.
Oscar Wilde supposedly said that these fables were "intended neither for the British child nor the British public". A follow-up to his first popular fairy-tale collection (`The Happy Prince and Other Tales'), `A House of Pomegranates' (1891) is indeed decidedly darker and more adult. The collection includes "The Young King", "The Birthday of the Infanta, "The Fisherman of his Soul", and "The Star Child". While similar, in some ways, to the fairy-tales of Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm these have a certain interesting Wilde flair to them that is hard to pinpoint.
When Harvey, the spoiled fifteen-year-old son of a railroad tycoon, falls overboards, he is saved by a fishing boat. The gruff and hearty crew teach him about fishing and life on the boat. A fun, thrilling adventure on the sea, "Captains Courageous" from 1897 is Kipling's only novel set entirely in America.
"There is no doubt they intend to kill us as dead as possible in a short time," said the Wizard.
"As dead as poss'ble would be pretty dead, wouldn't it?" asked Dorothy." During an earthquake in California Dorothy and her friends are swallowed up by cracks in the earth and find themselves in a whole new land - the Land of Mangaboos. The Mangaboos are a vegetable people, and they accuse Dorothy and her friends of causing the earthquake and sentence them to death. The 1939 movie, `The Wizard of Oz' starring Judy Garland, perfectly told the story of a little girl's first adventure, but the story of Oz and Dorothy far from ended then. With his trademark inventions on display, author L. Frank Baum delivers another imaginative and delightful book in the Oz series, though many will agree that this fourth one is darker and more troubling than its predecessors.
"Off with her head!" yells the Queen of Hearts, one of the many peculiar creatures Alice encounters after falling down a rabbit hole and into an absurd fantasy world of Mad Tea Parties, nonsensical trials, and talking animals. Published In 1865, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland became an instant success, and author Lewis Carroll broke ground with his unique take on children's stories: Instead of the overly simplistic and sometimes dry tales that characterized the genre in the Victorian age, Carroll introduced a book that didn't look down on its audience, and one that - to this day - is enjoyed by children and adults alike. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has been translated into 176 languages, and adapted to the screen close to 20 times, most notably by Tim Burton in the 2010 feature film that saw Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Helena Bonham Carter as the unforgettable Queen of Hearts.
Anne of Green Gables is a children's classic by Canadian author L. M. Montgomery and recently adapted by Netflix in the hit series Anne with an E. 11-year-old Anne is mistakenly sent away from her orphanage to live on Prince Edward Island with brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert who need help on their farm. Wild and imaginative Anne learns to find her place in the little town of Avonlea, makes friends, and strives to be the best in school. A children and adults' favourite Anne's tale of is one of love, individuality, and (mis)adventures.
The roaming vigilante Solomon Kane comes upon a bleeding girl. As she lay dying in his arms, he vows to avenge her death and destroy the evil Le Loup. This gothic classic from Robert E. Howard is filled with suspense, horror and memorable monsters and villains. The action-packed "Red Shadows" is the first Solomon Kane story ever published. The 2009 film "Solomon Kane", starring James Purefoy and Max von Sydow, is based on Howard's famous hero.
On her deathbed, Mathilda writes a letter to her only friend, revealing the dark secret of her past, a secret so shameful, she can only manage it now because her time is running out. Written between 1819 and 1820, author Mary Shelley unfortunately never saw this novella published. Though he enjoyed the writing, her father, William Godwin, refused to return the manuscript to her after she asked him to get it published in England, because he found the theme "disgusting and detestable". The world was, therefore, deprived of this beautifully written story about love and despair until 1959.
Determined to make his mark on Science, young student Victor Frankenstein fabricates a creature out of old body parts. His dreams are crushed, however, when he realizes he has created a monster. He runs to the streets, horrified, but when he returns the monster is gone. In time, their paths will cross again, at the price of several innocent lives. Mary Shelley famously started writing `Frankenstein' (1818) for a contest when she was on a rainy holiday with other writers in Lord Byron's villa in Switzerland. Two years later at the age of 20 she had it published. Since the novel's publication, the name "Frankenstein" has often mistakenly been used to refer to the monster itself, who is, in fact, nameless.
Recently orphaned 17-year-old David leaves his home on the Scottish countryside to seek out a rich uncle he has never met. The uncle, as it turns out, is paranoid and unpleasant, and before David can claim his inheritance he is knocked out and taken to sea to be sold as a slave in America. So begins Robert Louis Stevenson's adventure novel, Kidnapped (1886), a breathlessly exciting story for fans of action and suspense, and a story about two very different types of Scotsmen.
A young girl from the city, Ruth Thorne, visits her spinster aunt's house in the New England countryside. While exploring the attic, Ruth discovers a chest of mementos from her aunt's romantic past. Journalist Carl Winfield helps her unravel the past, and soon she finds herself reliving the old romance. A sweet Victorian romance novel with a bit of mystery, "Lavender and Old Lace" is Myrtle Reed's most famous work.
Rose Campbell is having a hard time adjusting to her new life. Recently orphaned, she has been swept away from a strict girls' boarding school and placed in the care of her six aunts and seven rowdy male cousins. When her guardian, Uncle Alec, returns from abroad, things are about to change once more. To her aunts' alarm Alec has different ideas of what it means to raise a girl than most, but his unconventional approach might just be what gets Rose out of her shell. Just as author Louisa May Alcott's widely-read novel Little Women (1868), Eight Cousins (1875) is unusually forward-thinking and feminist for its time.
The lovable and innocent Dr. Primrose has lost his fortune. Forced into reduced circumstances, he takes his family on a journey to a new parish. Soon, they are all thrown into a tale of love, deceit, abduction, betrayal and humour. By turns comic and sentimental, Oliver Goldsmith's story of the rise and fall of the Primrose family is a classic, satirical depiction of domestic life in the 1700s. The hugely successful "The Vicar of Wakefield" from 1766 became one of the most popular novels of Victorian England, with direct references to it in the work of Austen, Dickens, Shelley, Eliot, Brontë, Goethe, Schopenhauer and many others.
In this classic, the titular "Puck of Pook's Hill" magically plucks stories out of history, to the amusement of two children. Vikings, knights, roman soldiers and seafarers turn up in this series of fantasy short stories, set in many different periods in history.
An epic poem by William Blake, "Milton" tells the story of the spirit of John Milton and its journey after returning from heaven and entering body of the poet Blake through his foot. A highly elaborate, visionary, and apocalyptic work, "Milton" is Blake's reaction and interpretations of his forebearer's struggle with inspiration and tradition. "Milton" is part of a group of Blake's works known as the Prophetic Books.
Detective Ferguson is on the case when a man masquerading as a burglar suddenly dies in jail. Through entertaining twists and turns, this classic mystery from 1920 will keep you guessing until the very end.
Rose Bernard, at forty, is well on her way to confirmed spinsterhood. The love that she had always looked for eludes her. And now, when she finally finds a man she loves, he is in love with another. At turns colorful, melancholy, romantic, and zany, Myrtle Reed's "Old Rose and Silver" is a gem of a historical romance novel.
Good news for those who found themselves missing the original heroine of Oz in the second book because in `Ozma of Oz' (1907), Dorothy is back! Traveling to Australia with her uncle, Dorothy is once again caught up in a natural disaster - a huge storm at sea that separates her from her uncle. She washes ashore in the land of Ev, a fairyland that has recently lost its royal family, and Dorothy is once more entangled in the conflicts of a foreign place. Not everything is new however, as Dorothy unites with old friends and places. Along with the previous novel in the Oz series, `Ozma of Oz' was adapted into a movie, `Return to Oz' in 1985, featuring Fairuza Balk as Dorothy.
Rethinking Milton's "Paradise Lost", William Blake examines `innocence' and `experience' in this beautiful collection. "Poems of William Blake" combines three classic books of his essential poetry. In "The Book of Thel", Blake tells the story of Thel who wanders from her home in the Vales of Har to the underground realm of the dead. In the deceptively simple and lyrical "Songs of Innocence" and its counterpoint "Songs of Experience", Blake further explores this dichotomy, juxtaposing poems such as "The Lamb" and "The Tyger", and "The Blossom" and "The Sick Rose".
The two plucky sisters, Ruth and Alice DeVere, help their quite skeptical dad, a theater actor who's gone and lost his voice, find a new career in the silent film industry in New York City. First published in 1914, "The Moving Picture Girls" is a fun, romantic romp through the early days of a fascinating industry.
An imaginative, clever, and mischievous boy named Tom Sawyer and his friend Huckleberry Finn witness a murder in a graveyard and Tom is forced to testify against the murderer, Injun Joe. Injun Joe escapes and when Tom and his crush Becky Thatcher meet him in a dark cave their hope of escape diminishes...
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a very well known and popular coming of age story concerning the American youth. Originally a commercial failure, the book ended up being the best selling of any of Twain's works during his lifetime. Although The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is sometimes overshadowed by its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the book is considered a masterpiece of American literature, and was one of the first novels to be written on a typewriter.
Mark Twain was greatly inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's writings and Tom and Huck's relationship is by many compared to that of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is an 1876 novel by Mark Twain. It is the first book in the series of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), Tom Sawyer Abroad (1894) and Tom Sawyer, Detective (1896).
In the late 1800s, best friends Helen Denis and Kate Lancaster spend a summer in the little seaside village of Deephaven, getting to know its residents. Her much acclaimed powers of description at their peak, Sarah Orne Jewett's classic "Deephaven" is a slow-paced gem, where everyday events become remarkable. The quirky people of the small community come alive in all their specificity through Jewett's characterization, and are guaranteed to stay with the reader for a long time after the book is over.