Summaries of All-Time Great Books brings you more than 130 summaries of well-known and well-loved books, plus hundreds of trivia, quotes and quiz facts! In spare moments you can acquaint yourself with a book you’ve always wanted to know and as a fan of literature you can now complete your education and become genuinely well-read.
LITERARY CLASSICS A Farewell to Arms & For Whom the Bell Tolls (Hemingway), Anna Karenina (Tolstoy), Of Mice and Men (Steinbeck), The Faerie Queene (Spenser), Beowulf, Tales of King Arthur, El Cid, A Tale of Two Cities & Great Expectations (Dickens), The Lady of the Lake, The Last of the Mohicans, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Moby Dick, Don Quixote (Cervantes), Pride and Prejudice, Far from the Madding Crowd (Hardy), Little Women, Jane Eyre, The Maltese Falcon, Call of the Wild, The Great Gatsby, King Solomon’s Mines, Robinson Crusoe, The Picture of Dorian Gray & The Importance of Being Earnest (Wilde), Frankenstein, The Time Machine (Wells), The Fall of the House of Usher (Poe), The Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck), To Kill a Mockingbird, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Candide (Voltaire), A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (Twain), 1984, The Origin of Species (Darwin), The Prince (Machiavelli), The Republic (Plato), Das Kapital (Marx)
SHAKESPEARE Hamlet, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Othello, Julius Caesar, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, As You Like It, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing
CONTEMPORARY CLASSICS Hiroshima (Hersey), I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Angelou), One Hundred Years of Solitude (Marquez), Lord of the Flies (Golding), Henderson the Rain King (Bellow), Blue Highways (Moon), Invisible Man (Ellison), The Painted Bird (Kosinski), Ceremony (Silko), Moscow to the End of the Line (Erofeev), The Joy Luck Club (Tan), The Shell Seekers (Pilcher), Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant (Taylor), The Chosen (Potok)
BIOGRAPHIES & MEMOIRS Newton, Galileo, Copernicus, Einstein, Churchill, Lincoln, Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Shakespeare, Da Vinci, Beethoven, Michelangelo, Aristotle, Edison, Marie Curie, Wilber & Orville Wright, Pasteur, Martin Luther King Jr, Gandhi, Florence Nightingale, Columbus, Confucius, Helen Keller, Iacocca, Geronimo
BUSINESS & LEADERSHIP The 100 Greatest Entrepreneurs, What They Don’t Teach you at Harvard Business School, Megatrends, A Passion for Excellence, Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun, Thriving on Chaos, The Greatest Management Principle in the World, The One-Minute Manager, How To Talk So People Listen, You Can Negotiate Anything, Zig Ziglar’s Secrets of Closing the Sale
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (Covey), How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life, The Road Less Traveled (Peck), Love is Letting Go of Fear, Psycho-cybernetics, A Whack on the Side of the Head (von Oech), The Richest Man in Babylon (Clason), The Merrill Lynch Guide to Retirement Planning, One Up On Wall Street, Page-a-Minute Memory Book, Feed Yourself Right, The Stress Solution, Control Your Depression, Overcoming Overeating, The Popcorn-Plus Diet, Beverly Hills Medical Diet, The Rice Diet Report, The 8-Week Cholesterol Cure, Fabulous Fructose Recipe Book, The Story of Weight Watchers
TRIVIA, QUIZZES, QUOTES AND FACTS…
Bonus book: Spd Rdng –The Speed Reading Bible (Susan Norman & Jan Cisek)
Volume II, Summaries of All-Time Great Books brings you more than 170 summaries of well-known and well-loved books, plus hundreds of trivia, quotes and quiz facts! So in spare moments you can acquaint yourself with a book you’ve always wanted to know and as a fan of literature you can now complete your education and become genuinely well-read.
Classic Novels … Animal Farm (George Orwell), Watership Down (Richard Adams), The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (C.S. Lewis), The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien), Alfred Hitchcock’ﬁds (John Wyndham), On the Beach (Nevil Shute), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain), The Kitchen God’s Wife (Amy Tan), The Accidental Tourist (Anne Tyler), Rabbit Run (John Updike), Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel Garcia Marquez), Seize the Day (Saul Bellow), The Hunt for Red October (Tom Clancy), Lord Jim (Joseph Conrad), The Deerslayer (James Fenimore Cooper), Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe), Ulysses (James Joyce), Catch-22 (Joseph Heller), East of Eden (John Steinbeck), Tess of the D’Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy), Roots (Alex Haley), All the President’s Men (Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward), Out of Africa (Isak Dinesen), Kon-Tiki (Thor Heyerdahl), The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Edward Gibbon), The Iliad and The Odyssey (Homer), The Aeneid (Virgil) … and many more.
Plus The Short Stories of … William Faulkner, Washington Irving, H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Kurt Vonnegut, H.H. Munro, O. Henry, John Cheever, Guy de Maupassant, Pearl S. Buck, Raymond Carver, Isaac Babel, Vladimir Nabokov, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce
Speeches by … Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King (I Have a Dream), Mahatma Gandhi, Chief Joseph, Susan B. Anthony (Citizen’s Right to Vote), Frederick Douglass (American Slavery), George W. Bush (After September 11), Boris Yeltsin, Ronald Reagan, Anwar El-Sadat, Margaret Thatcher, John F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill (Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat), Abraham Lincoln (The Gettysburg Address), George Washington (The Farewell Address), Patrick Henry (Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death)
Biographies of … Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Mark Twain, Steven Spielberg, Walt Disney, Katharine Hepburn, Charlie Chaplin, Steven Jobs, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, Billie Jean King, Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela. Albert Schweitzer, Helen Keller, Patton, Geronimo, Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, Golda Meir, John F. Kennedy
Poetry by … William Shakespeare, John Donne, William Blake, George Gordon Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, Rudyard Kipling, William Butler Yeats, Robert Frost, James Joyce, William Carlos Williams, Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, T.S. Eliot, Dorothy Parker, Ogden Nash, Dylan Thomas, Sylvia Plath
Hundreds of quotations, and a huge collection of enjoyable and entertaining trivia!
Volume III brings you more than 130 summaries of well-known and well-loved books – plus several books you would like to have read but haven’t got round to reading! So in spare moments you can acquaint yourself with a book you’ve always wanted to know. As a fan of literature you can now complete your education and become genuinely well-read.
You will love this opportunity to remind yourself of some old favorites – such as War and Peace, the Short Stories of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, or Salinger’s classic, The Catcher in the Rye. And if you missed out on some of the children’s classics, this is your opportunity to catch up on The Wind in the Willows, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and The Secret Garden, and many more. And to add to your knowledge (schema), discover the many hundreds of trivia challenges, quotations and pearls of wisdom to spice up your conversation.
The ancients … Antigone (Sophocles), The Cyclops, The Trojan Women and Medea (Euripides), The Birds (Aristophanes)
Operas … The Barber of Seville (Rossini), The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart), Carmen (Bizet), Aida (Verdi), Madame Butterfly (Puccini), The Pirates of Penzance (Gilbert and Sullivan)
Plays … Saint Joan and Pygmalion (Shaw), Cyrano de Bergerac (Rostand), A Doll’s House (Ibsen), The Crucible (Miller), Equus (Shaffer), The Lesson (Ionesco), The Glass Menagerie (Williams), Murder in the Cathedral (Eliot)
Short stories by ... O. Henry, John Updike, Katherine Mansfield, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, John Cheever, Chekhov, Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Ray Bradbury, Flannery O’Connor, Isak Dinesen, Isaac Bashevis Singer
Novels … Twenty-Thousand Leagues under the Sea (Verne), Treasure Island (Stevenson), War and Peace (Tolstoy), Sense and Sensibility (Austen), A Room with a View (Forster), The Sea-Wolf (London), Oliver Twist (Dickens), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Hugo), Billy Budd (Melville), Long Day’s Journey into Night (O’Neill), The Devil’s Dictionary (Bierce), The Screwtape Letters (Lewis), Life with Father (Day), Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Stevenson), Dracula (Stoker), Murder on the Orient Express (Christie), The War of the Worlds (Wells), The Caves of Steel (Asimov), Dune (Herbert), Fahrenheit 451 (Bradbury), The Sun Also Rises (Hemingway), Crime and Punishment (Dostoevski), The Catcher in the Rye (Salinger), Exodus (Uris), The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank), All Quiet on the Western Front (Remarque), Jurassic Park (Crichton), Patriot Games (Clancy), The Firm (Grisham)
Children’s classics … Charlotte’s Web (White), The Jungle Book (Kipling), The Wind in the Willows (Grahame), The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Baum), The Secret Garden (Burnett), Matilda (Dahl), Stone Fox (Gardner), Ramona the Pest (Cleary), Where the Red Fern Grows (Rawls), Hatchet (Paulsen), Anpao (Highwater), Sounder (Armstrong), Zeely (Hamilton), A Day No Pigs Would Die (Peck), Sing Down the Moon (O’Dell)
Cultural and religious chronicles … The Canterbury Tales (Chaucer), The Pilgrim’s Progress (Bunyan), The Nazarene (Asch), Two from Galilee (Holmes), The Talisman (Scott), Jonathan Livingston Seagull (Bach), The Tale of Genji (Shikibu), The Last Days of Pompeii and Pope John Paul II
All of us want to read Shakespeare. But today, who has the time? Now, with this book, discover how easily you can become a connoisseur of all Shakespeare’s greatest plays (and many of the sonnets) in less time than it takes to read one play conventionally.
These skillful summaries offer up the highlights of Shakespeare’s timeless masterpieces, to quickly and painlessly acquaint readers with Shakespeare, his world, his words, and his most noteworthy works.
A ‘Shakespeare at a Glance’ chapter includes a brief biography, excerpts from some of his greatest poems, and samplings of his rapier wit and level-headed wisdom. And a witty section, entitled ‘Shakespearean Insults’, unlocks a door into the playwright’s psyche by letting you unleash your own playfully biting barbs.
A coffee break is more than enough time to assimilate a play’s plots and characters, and give you a flavor of the language. In addition, the insightful commentary will help you form your own opinions about its relevance. In a short time, you will have mastered the essence of Shakespearean thought. If, as Shakespeare claims, ‘all the world’s a stage’, this volume is your cue to join in on the act.
Shakespeare Summaries Introduction:
SHAKESPEARE AT A GLANCE
A Brief Biography
A Taste of Shakespeare’s Poetry
Wit and Wisdom in Shakespeare
PLAY OVERVIEWS COMEDIES
The Taming of the Shrew
As You Like It
The Merchant of Venice
Much Ado About Nothing
All’s Well That Ends Well
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Comedy of Errors
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Winter’s Tale
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Romeo and Juliet
Antony and Cleopatra
Troilus and Cressida
The Life of King Henry V
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