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The Greatest Books of All Time Vol. 6 contains the following 10 Masterpieces :Dracula - Bram StokerKim - Rudyard KiplingNew Grub Street - George GissingSister Carrie - Theodore DreiserThe Age of Innocence - Edith WhartonThe Golden Bowl - Henry JamesThe Red Badge of Courage - Stephen CraneThe Sign of the Four - Arthur Conan DoyleTreasure Island - Robert Louis StevensonWomen in Love - D. H. Lawrencewith HTML Tables Of ContentsBe sure to check out our other books available !
Acerca de Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson (Edimburgo, Gran Bretaña, 1850 – Vailima, Samoa, 1894), hijo de un dominante constructor de faros, tuvo desde niño varias crisis pulmonares que le llevaron a una constante y nostálgica peregrinación en busca de climas más cálidos, hasta que en 1888 embarca hacia los mares del Sur y se establece en Samoa con su mujer, cumpliendo así el sueño de su corta vida. Sus estudios de náutica, que más tarde abandonaría por los de derecho, le permitieron entrar en contacto con las gentes y costumbres marineras, ingredientes fundamentales en algunas de sus obras más conocidas, como La isla del tesoro, La flecha negra o El extraño caso del Dr. Jekyll y Mr. Hyde.

Acerca de David Herbert Lawrence

David Herbert Richards Lawrence (Eastwood, Inglaterra, 11 de septiembre de 1885 – Vence, Francia, 2 de marzo de 1930) fue un escritor inglés, autor de novelas, cuentos, poemas, obras de teatro, ensayos, libros de viaje, pinturas, traducciones y crítica literaria. Su literatura expone una extensa reflexión acerca de los efectos deshumanizadores de la modernidad y la industrialización, y abordó cuestiones relacionadas con la salud emocional, la vitalidad, la espontaneidad, la sexualidad humana y el instinto. Las opiniones de Lawrence sobre todos estos asuntos le causaron múltiples problemas personales: además de una orden de persecución oficial, su obra fue objeto en varias ocasiones de censura; por otra parte, la interpretación sesgada de aquella a lo largo de la segunda mitad de su vida fue una constante. Como consecuencia de ello, hubo de pasar la mayor parte de su vida en un exilio voluntario, que él mismo llamó "peregrinación salvaje".

Acerca de Stephen Crane

Stephen Crane (November 1, 1871 - June 5, 1900) was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer who helped establish the Realist movement and was an early adopter of the styles of American Naturalism and Impressionism.A writer at a very early age, Crane was in print multiple times before he was sixteen. He briefly attended - but then left - Syracuse University and soon began work as a reporter. He published his first full-length novel, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, in 1983 which went on to be recognized as the first example of Naturalistic writing.Two years later, Crane published the Civil War novel The Red Badge of Courage, which was an international hit praised for its realism and authenticity, despite Crane never having set foot on a battlefield.Crane traveled to New York the following year to research a book on policemen and made the acquaintance of several young ladies who were working in the Tenderloin district, one of which was a prostitute named Dora Clark. After Clark was arrested for solicitation (the latest of several such arrests), Crane chivalrously testified on her behalf and the affair quickly turned into a very public scandal.Soon afterwards, Crane traveled to Cuba as a war correspondent and, on the way to the Caribbean, met and befriended Cora Taylor, later recognized as the first female war reporter. Leaving Florida, Crane's boat, the SS Commodore, sank and stranded Crane and his shipmates on a dinghy for thirty hours, an ordeal he recounts in his short work The Open Boat.Crane and Taylor would later travel to Greece as war reporters and soon afterwards moved to England together, where Crane made the acquaintance of two of the literary titans of the late 19th century, H.G. Wells and Joseph Conrad, both of whom held Crane in high esteem.Thereafter, Crane's health and finances took a nasty turn and he ended his short life in a German sanitarium, dying there of tuberculosis at the age of twenty-eight.

Acerca de George Gissing

Francine Prose's most recent book is The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women and the Artists They Inspired. A contributing editor at Harper's, she is the author of ten books of fiction, including Blue Angel, a 2000 National Book Award finalist.

Acerca de Theodore Dreiser

Theodore Dreiser, one of the principal exponents of naturalism in American literature, was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, on August 27, 1871, into a large family of German ancestry. He endured a rootless upbringing as his parents moved their ten children to different towns in search of employment. Along the way Dreiser received an erratic education in various parochial and public schools; he read voraciously from an early age and was largely self-taught. He began his writing career in 1892 as a cub reporter for the Chicago Daily Globe, an experience he recalled in A Book About Myself (1922; republished as Newspaper Days in 1931), and later wrote for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat and the Pittsburgh Dispatch. His years as a journalist proved instrumental in developing the exhaustively detailed style that is the hallmark of his fiction. In 1894 Dreiser arrived in New York City and became editor of Ev'ry Month, a moderately successful literary magazine. Encouraged by a publishing colleague, he turned out short stories and entertained thoughts about writing a novel. In October 1899 Dreiser inscribed two words--'Sister Carrie'--on a clean sheet of paper and proceeded to compose a breakthrough work that propelled American literature into the twentieth century. 'I have found a masterpiece . . . it must be published,' said Frank Norris, a reader for Doubleday, Page and Company, to whom Dreiser submitted the manuscript. (The firm had just brought out Norris's novel McTeague, another unretouched picture of American life.) Despite the strong objections of senior partner Frank Doubleday, who detested the book and refused to promote it, Sister Carrie was published on November 8, 1900. The reviews were violently adverse, and the novel sold poorly. Genteel readers perceived the unsparing story of Caroline Meeber's rise to riches as a direct affront to the standards by which respectable Americans claimed to live. 'Ultimately, what shocked the world in Dreiser's work was not so much the things that he presented as the fact that he himself was not shocked by them,' observed Robert Penn Warren. The commercial failure of Sister Carrie forced Dreiser to abandon fiction temporarily, and over the next decade he occupied editorial positions on several popular magazines. With the encouragement of H. L. Mencken, one of his most persistent defenders and promoters, Dreiser eventually resumed writing. His second novel, Jennie Gerhardt, was both a commercial and a popular success when it appeared in 1911, though many regarded this frank story about the sexual experiences of a young girl as a threat to moral standards. After its publication Dreiser pledged all of his creative energy to literature, writing The Financier (1912), a story about the rise of an unscrupulous tycoon, which became the first book in a trilogy that included The Titan (1914) and The Stoic (1947).Dreiser's next novel, The 'Genius' (1915), a highly autobiographical work portraying the artist as Nietzschean superman who lives beyond conventional moral codes, was threatened with censorship. The successful campaign to save it from suppression proved a pivotal victory in the fight for American literary freedom. During this period Dreiser also wrote two engaging memoirs, A Traveler at Forty (1913) and A Hoosier Holiday (1916); a compendium of philosophical essays, Hey Rub-a-Dub-Dub (1920); two volumes of drama, Plays of the Natural and the Supernatural (1916) and The Hand of the Potter (1919); as well as several collections of short stories, sketches, and articles, including Free and Other Stories (1918), Twe...


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