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A Blunderby Anton ChekhovILYA SERGEITCH PEPLOV and his wife Kleopatra Petrovna were standing at the door, listening greedily. On the other side in the little drawing-room a love scene was apparently taking place between two persons: their daughter Natashenka and a teacher of the district school, called Shchupkin. "He's rising!" whispered Peplov, quivering with impatience and rubbing his hands. "Now, Kleopatra, mind; as soon as they begin talking of their feelings, take down the ikon from the wall and we'll go in and bless them. . . . We'll catch him. . . . A blessing with an ikon is sacred and binding. . . He couldn't get out of it, if he brought it into court." On the other side of the door this was the conversation: "Don't go on like that!" said Shchupkin, striking a match against his checked trousers. "I never wrote you any letters!" "I like that! As though I didn't know your writing!" giggled the girl with an affected shriek, continually peeping at herself in the glass. "I knew it at once! And what a queer man you are! You are a writing master, and you write like a spider! How can you teach writing if you write so badly yourself?" "H'm! . . . That means nothing. The great thing in writing lessons is not the hand one writes, but keeping the boys in order. You hit one on the head with a ruler, make another kneel down. . . . Besides, there's nothing in handwriting! Nekrassov was an author, but his handwriting's a disgrace, there's a specimen of it in his collected works." "You are not Nekrassov. . . ." (A sigh). "I should love to marry an author. He'd always be writing poems to me." "I can write you a poem, too, if you like." "What can you write about?" "Love -- passion -- your eyes. You'll be crazy when you read it. It would draw a tear from a stone! And if I write you a real poem, will you let me kiss your hand?" "That's nothing much! You can kiss it now if you like." Shchupkin jumped up, and making sheepish eyes, bent over the fat little hand that smelt of egg soap. "Take down the ikon," Peplov whispered in a fluster, pale with excitement, and buttoning his coat as he prodded his wife with his elbow. "Come along, now!" And without a second's delay Peplov flung open the door. "Children," he muttered, lifting up his arms and blinking tearfully, "the Lord bless you, my children. May you live -- be fruitful -- and multiply." "And -- and I bless you, too," the mamma brought out, crying with happiness. "May you be happy, my dear ones! Oh, you are taking from me my only treasure!" she said to Shchupkin. "Love my girl, be good to her. . . ." Shchupkin's mouth fell open with amazement and alarm. The parents' attack was so bold and unexpected that he could not utter a single word. "I'm in for it! I'm spliced!" he thought, going limp with horror. "It's all over with you now, my boy! There's no escape!" 
Acerca de Mark Twain

Florida, (1835-1910). Mark Twain fue un aventurero incansable que encontró en su propia vida la inspiración para sus obras literarias. Considerado como el Dickens norteamericano, su estilo popular y lleno de humor de los comienzos, y su ironía y sarcasmo de sus últimas producciones literarias, contrapusieron el mundo idealizado de la infancia, inocente y a la vez pícaro, con una concepción desencantada del hombre adulto, el hombre de la era industrial, de la edad dorada, engañado por la moralidad y la civilización.

Acerca de Guy de Maupassant

Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893) nació en el castillo de Miromesnil, en el seno de una ennoblecida familia normanda. De la mano de Flaubert, amigo de su madre, conoció en París a la sociedad literaria del momento; fue funcionario y periodista, y en 1880 publicó su cuento Bola de sebo en el volumen colectivo Las veladas de Médan, piedra fundacional del movimiento naturalista. Otros cuentos como los contenidos en La casa Tellier (1881) o Mademoiselle Fifi (1882) lo acreditaron como uno de los maestros del género, de modo que cuando en 1883 salió a la luz su primera novela, Una vida, ya era un escritor famoso. A esta novela siguieron otras de la talla de Bel Ami (1885), Mont-Oriol (1887), Pierre y Jean (1888) o Fuerte como la muerte (1889). Murió en París víctima de una enfermedad hereditaria que lo llevó a la locura.

Acerca de Ambrose Bierce

AMBROSE BIERCE (1842–1914?) was one of nineteenth-century America’s most renowned satirists. The author of short stories, essays, fables, poems, and sketches, he was a popular columnist and wrote for several San Francisco and London newspapers during his forty-year journalism career.

Acerca de Willa Cather

Willa Cather nació en Winchester (Virginia) en 1876, de una familia de origen irlandés, y pasó su infancia en Nebraska, en los años de la primera gran colonización de inmigrantes checos y escandinavos. Siempre activa y de espíritu independiente, estudió en la Universidad de Nebraska, donde se presentó, vestida de hombre, con el nombre de William Cather. Fue viajera, periodista, maestra, dirigió revistas; vivió durante cuarenta años con su compañera, Edith Lewis; y, cuando hubo ahorrado lo suficiente, se dedicó exclusivamente a la literatura. Admiradora de Flaubert y Henry James, así como de Turguéniev, Conrad y Stephen Crane, su primera novela, Alexander’s Bridge, se publicó en 1912. Al año siguiente, con Pioneros (ALBA CLÁSICA núm. L) introdujo el que habría de ser uno de sus temas centrales: el mundo vitalista de los colonos en el que transcurrió su infancia. A ésta siguieron otras novelas como Mi Ántonia (1918; ALBA CLÁSICA núm. XXXV), One of Ours (1922), que mereció el premio Pulitzer, La muerte y el arzobispo (1927), Shadows on the Rock (1931) o Lucy Gayheart (1935; ALBA CLÁSICA núm. ) y algunas exquisitas nouvelles como Una dama extraviada (1923; ALBA CLÁSICA núm. LX) o Mi enemigo mortal (1926; ALBA CLÁSICA núm. XXXII), ejemplos de un modo de escribir complejo y personal que se ganaría la admiración de escritores como William Faulkner y Truman Capote. Es autora asimismo de un gran número de relatos, reunidos en Los libros de cuentos (ALBA CLÁSICA MAIOR núm. ), y de un delicioso libro de recuerdos y ensayos, Para mayores de cuarenta (1936; ALBA CLÁSICA núm. LV). Murió en Nueva York en 1947.

Acerca de O. Henry

O. Henry (Greensboro, 1862 - Nueva York, 1910). Seudónimo de William Sidney Porter. Narrador estadounidense, muy popular por sus relatos humorísticos y de finales sorprendentes, al que junto a E. A. Poe, B. Harte y M. Twain se considera fundador de la proverbial short story norteamericana.Como si se tratase de una de sus historias, en 1896 recibió una citación para presentarse ante un tribunal por el hurto de una pequeña suma de un banco de Austin en el que había estado empleado. Huyó y a su vuelta estuvo tres años en prisión.En 1902 se traslada a Nueva York, donde escribirá algunos de sus mejores libros de relatos, como The Four Million, cuyos cuentos están recogidos en el libro que ahora publicamos. Describe a la gente común y corriente de Nueva York a través de la ironía, la burla y el realismo que lo hizo famoso, además del afortunado uso del lenguaje popular.

Acerca de Robert Louis Stevenson

<p>Robert Louis Stevenson nació en Edimburgo en 1850, hijo de un próspero ingeniero de una familia de constructores de faros. Aunque de él se esperaba que siguiera la profesión familiar, se le permitió estudiar Derecho; pero, al terminar la carrera en 1875, tenía ya muy clara su vocación de escritor. Aquejado ya por entonces de una enfermedad respiratoria de la que nunca se desprendería, viajó por Francia y conoció el mundo literario y artístico. Sus primeros libros fueron precisamente crónicas de viaje: <i>An Inland Voyage</i> (1876) y <i>Viajes con una burra</i> (1879). Enamorado de la norteamericana Fanny Osborne, cruzó el Atlántico y todo el continente hasta California para casarse con ella, según dejaría constancia en <i>El emigrante por gusto</i> (1894) y su continuación, <i>Across the Plains</i> (1894). Sin embargo, fue el universo de sus ficciones el que cautivó a su siglo y, desde entonces, a la posteridad: entre sus inolvidables creaciones cabe mencionar los relatos recogidos en <i>Las nuevas mil y una noches</i> (1882), las novelas <i>La isla del tesoro</i> (1883), <i>La flecha negra</i> (1883) o <i>Secuestrado</i> (1886), y la novela corta <i>El doctor Jekyll y el señor Hyde</i> (1886). Constante viajero, a la vez por espíritu de aventura y por motivos de salud, se instalaría en 1889 en Upolu, una isla de los Mares del Sur. De esa época son <i>Los traficantes de naufragios</i> (1892), <i>Bajamar</i> (1894) y los ensayos de <i>En los mares del Sur</i> (1894). Murió en 1894 y fue enterrado en la cima del monte Vaea.</p>

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 Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov was one of the most important and influential playwrights in world theatre. Chekhov began his career writing jokes for popular magazines to support himself while he studied to become a medical doctor. He wrote twelve plays (including The Cherry Orchard, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, The Seagull, Ivanov and the untitled play often called Platonov) and around six hundred stories, revolutionising both forms forever – and continued to practise medicine throughout his literary career. He died from tuberculosis in 1904 at the age of forty-four.

Acerca de Kate Chopin

American author Kate Chopin (1850-1904) wrote two published novels and about a hundred short stories in the 1890s. Most of her fiction is set in Louisiana and most of her best-known work focuses on the lives of sensitive, intelligent women.Her short stories were well received in her own time and were published by some of America's most prestigious magazines-Vogue, the Atlantic Monthly, Harper's Young People, Youth's Companion, and the Century. A few stories were syndicated by the American Press Association. Her stories appeared also in her two published collections, Bayou Folk (1894) and A Night in Acadie (1897), both of which received good reviews from critics across the country. Twenty-six of her stories are children's stories-those published in or submitted to children's magazines or those similar in subject or theme to those that were. By the late 1890s Kate Chopin was well known among American readers of magazine fiction.Her early novel At Fault (1890) had not been much noticed by the public, but The Awakening (1899) was widely condemned. Critics called it morbid, vulgar, and disagreeable. Willa Cather, who would become a well known twentieth-century American author, labeled it trite and sordid.Some modern scholars have written that the novel was banned at Chopin's hometown library in St. Louis, but this claim has not been able to be verified, although in 1902, the Evanston, Illinois, Public Library removed The Awakening from its open shelves-and the book has been challenged twice in recent years. Chopin's third collection of stories, to have been called A Vocation and a Voice, was for unknown reasons cancelled by the publisher and did not appear as a separate volume until 1991.

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