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A Comedy of Errors (SparkNotes No Fear Shakespeare)
SparkNotes Editors
1411404378
September 2005
Paperback
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Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul
Jack Canfield
0757303315
Sept 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Our best friends. From the dawn of civilization they have been cherished as loyal companions, exuberant playmates, and healing and gentle souls. Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul truly captures the special bond and joy these four-legged creatures bring to our lives and hearts: from the first crazy, sleepless weeks of puppy's life in a new home to tales of adventure, healing, humor and learning.

About the Author
Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are the #1 New York Times and USA Today best-selling authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are the #1 New York Times and USA Today best-selling authors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Marty Becker, D.V.M., is regularly featured on ABC-TVs Good Morning America and writes...


The Comedy Bible: From Stand-up to Sitcom--The Comedy Writer's Ultimate "How To" Guide
Judy Carter
0743201256
August 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Do you think you're funny?Do you want to turn your sense of humor into a career?If the answer is yes, then Judy Carter's The Comedy Bible is for you. The guru to aspiring stand-up comics provides the complete scoop on being -- and writing -- funny for money.If you've got a sense of humor, you can learn to make a career out of comedy, says Judy Carter. Whether it's creating a killer stand-up act, writing a spec sitcom, or providing jokes for radio or one-liners for greeting cards, Carter provides step-by-step instructions in The Comedy Bible. She helps readers first determine which genre of comedy writing or performing suits them best and then directs them in developing, refining, and selling their work.Using the hands-on workbook format that was so effective in her bestselling first book, Stand-Up...


The Divine Comedy
Dante Alighieri
0451208633
May 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Dante Alighieri's poetic masterpiece, The Divine Comedy, is a moving human drama, an unforgettable visionary journey through the infinite torment of Hell, up the arduous slopes of Purgatory, and on to the glorious realm of Paradise-the sphere of universal harmony and eternal salvation.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Italian

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Comedy Writing Secrets
Mel Helitzer
1582973571
October 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Updated and revised, this new edition of the best-selling favorite enables readers to master the fundamentals of humor writing and better understand the demands of the comedic market. Comedy Writing Secrets now includes: -Examples from comedy greats as well as cutting-edge contemporary comedians, including Jon Stewart, Chris Rock, and Tina Fey -A complete spectrum of techniques, from writing one-liners and stand-up routines, to finding a market for one's work -Step-by-step writing exercises accompanied with sample answers, so readers can practice and hone their skills With this guide, aspiring comics can learn how to sharpen their comedic talent and turn it into a well-paying pursuit.


Cosbyology
Bill Cosby
078688813X
Nov 2002
Bargain - Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Cosby has entertained readers on subjects ranging from aging to marriage and parenthood. Some, however, will be disappointed in these 19 lightweight pieces composed of free association, fleeting memories and digressions: about how at age eight, for example, he went out to play, leaving his two-year-old brother alone, or about his refusal to do his geometry homework ("'cause home is for play"). Cosby's conversational humor involves repetition and minimalistic reduction of everything to brief sentences and simplistic language: "You don't want to have it checked because the doctor may say: Ooo! You've got it! That means you have it. If you don't go, it means you don't have it." Amid expositions on grandparents, plastic packaging, noisy boats and ingrown hairs, truly funny bits occasionally surface. On seating...


As You Like It (Folger Shakespeare Library)
William Shakespeare
074348486X
June 22, 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Each edition includes:• Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play• Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play• Scene-by-scene plot summaries• A key to famous lines and phrases• An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language• An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play• Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare booksEssay by Susan SnyderThe Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs....


Comedy Writing Secrets
Melvin Helitzer
0898795109
March 1992
Paperback
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Book Description
A comprehensive (and fundamental) guide to writing, selling and performing all types of comedy, including comments, advice, gags and routines from dozens of top comics.


Sitcom Style
Diana Friedman
1400051789
Nov 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
All the Style of Famous TV Homes, Now in Yours!

From Archie Bunker’s Barcalounger to the framed peephole on Friends, sitcom decor sets the tone of our favorite shows—and defines the lives of its characters. Now Sitcom Style brings you a behind-the-scenes peek inside more than two dozen of the most recognizable homes in American pop culture: the sets of our favorite TV shows from the past half-century.

The sets of situation comedies aren’t just a collection of random props that surround the actors; they’re statements of style. They’re designed to convey a particular mood, to both reflect and enhance the personalities of the people who live in them—just like anyone’s home. So Sitcom Style is more than a glimpse into a make-believe world;...


Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Mark Haddon
1400032717
May 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
Mark Haddon's bitterly funny debut novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, is a murder mystery of sorts--one told by an autistic version of Adrian Mole. Fifteen-year-old Christopher John Francis Boone is mathematically gifted and socially hopeless, raised in a working-class home by parents who can barely cope with their child's quirks. He takes everything that he sees (or is told) at face value, and is unable to sort out the strange behavior of his elders and peers.

Late one night, Christopher comes across his neighbor's poodle, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork. Wellington's owner finds him cradling her dead dog in his arms, and has him arrested. After spending a night in jail, Christopher resolves--against the objection of his father and neighbors--to discover just who has murdered Wellington. He is encouraged by...



I Am What I Ate...and I'm Frightened!!!
Bill Cosby
0060545747
Oct 2004
Bargain - Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
In his latest book, the 65-year-old Cosby targets newly minted seniors (like himself) who find their bodies are heavier, slower and creakier than they ever expected. The title refers to Cosby's own experience with a 30-percent blockage in his carotid artery that qualified him for cardiac rehab and greatly increased his risk of having a stroke or a heart attack. "Now I know I'm a walking time bomb," Cosby writes-and tries to play the situation for laughs. In meandering and exasperatingly redundant prose, Cosby describes how he now must sneak chocolate chip cookies when his wife isn't looking, and how he daydreams about the bacon, butter, ice cream, croissants, pies and "cheese, cheese, cheese" that he used to enjoy before his doctor put him on a diet. While Cosby's previous book, Fatherhood, elicited plenty of...


Comic Insights: The Art of Stand-up Comedy
Franklyn Ajaye
1879505541
February 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
If you want to build a stand-up comedy career, this book is a must read. If you want to write comedy, this book is a must read. If you simply enjoy comedy, well . . . this book is a must read. Part One offers essential advice about understanding the fundamentals of stand-up, studying other comedians, finding your own style, writing your material, working the live performance and appearing on television. Fascinating, candid, insightful interviews with today's top comedians, who discuss at length why and how they do what they do, comprise Part Two, the bulk of the book. Interviews with: Louie Anderson, Richard Belzer, Elayne Boosler, George Carlin, Ellen DeGeneres, Rich Jeni, Jay Leno, Richard Lewis, Bill Maher, Paul Reiser, Chris Rock, Roseanne, Jerry Seinfeld, Garry Shandling, Sinbad, George Wallace, Jonathan Winters....


You Can't Take It with You: A Comedy In Three Acts
Moss Hart
0822212870
October 1937
Paperback
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Miss Julia Hits the Road (Southern Comedy of Manners)
Ann B. Ross
0142004049
March 30, 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Fourth in a popular series about a Southern widow with perfect manners and a taste for trouble, Ross's latest will bring a chorus of "Thank you, Lord"s from faithful readers. Newcomers may need a moment to figure out who's who in the cast-for instance, that Little Lloyd is the son of Julia's late husband, Wesley Lloyd Springer, and his "paramour," Hazel Marie, both of whom Julia has embraced as family. Ross's heroine may set a premium on appearances, like any traditional Southern lady, but what she really loves is problem solving and gracefully doing good. This time out, she finds herself championing her longtime housekeeper, Lillian. A greedy landowner is about to raze Lillian's home-in fact, the entire Willow Lane neighborhood, which houses low-income blacks. In order to save them, Julia gambles her own home...


The Dore's Illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy
Gustave Dore
048623231X
June 1976
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Book Description
135 fantastic and grotesque scenes depict the passion and grandeur of one of Dante’s most highly regarded works—from the depths of hell onto the mountain of purgatory and up to the empyrean realms of paradise. Includes plates produced for The Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise. Illustrations accompanied by appropriate lines from the Longfellow translation.


Comedy Thesarus
Judy Brown
1594740585
July 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Every book of "humorous quotations" features the same tired one-liners from dead white males like Oscar Wilde and Mark Twain—until now. The Comedy Thesaurus features more than three thousand quips from the funniest people on the planet—everyone from Margaret Cho and Conan O'Brien to Eddie Murphy and Lewis Black. Arranged A to Z by subject (accidents, aging, alcohol, etc.) and thoroughly cross-referenced, it's chock-full of hilarious observations.

On politics: "You have to remember one thing about the will of the people: It wasn't that long ago that we were swept away by the Macarena."—Jon Stewart

On shopping: "Every town has the same two malls: the one white people go to, and the one white people used to go to."—Chris Rock

On sex: "Engaged women have sex 2.9 times a week. And...



The Divine Comedy: The Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso (Everyman's Library)
Dante Alighieri
0679433139
August 1995
Hardcover
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Review
“The English Dante of choice.” –Hugh Kenner

“Exactly what we have waited for these years, a Dante with clarity, eloquence, terror, and profoundly moving depths.” –Robert Fagles, Princeton University

“A marvel of fidelity to the original, of sobriety, and truly, of inspired poetry.” –Henri Peyre, Yale University

Book Description
The Divine Comedy begins in a shadowed forest on Good Friday in the year 1300. It proceeds on a journey that, in its intense recreation of the depths and the heights of human experience, has become the key with which Western civilization has sought to unlock the mystery of its own identity.

Allen Mandelbaum’s astonishingly Dantean translation, which captures so much of the life...


Four Great Comedies
William Shakespeare
0451527313
Sept 1998
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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Dean and Me : (A Love Story)
Jerry Lewis, James Kaplan
0767920864
October 25, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Over the course of their 10-year partnership, Lewis and Dean Martin made 16 wildly popular movies (they were the world's number one box office earners from 1950 to 1956), but their real strength was their performances in nightclubs, theaters and on television. Audiences found their mixture of music and ad-libbed, irreverent comedic pandemonium intoxicating. The duo's fascinating kinship—Lewis idolized his partner, while Martin was aloof—has been chronicled in Shawn Levy's King of Comedy and Nick Tosches's Dino, but Lewis wants to give his late partner the credit he feels critics missed by always praising the "the monkey" rather than the straight man. Untangling the complicated union, Lewis doesn't spare himself, admitting that when the team's relationship unraveled (they weren't speaking between scenes on their last...


The Brothers Karamazov (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Fyodor Dostoevsky
1593083521
August 2005
Hardcover
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Cyrano de Bergerac
Edmond Rostand
0553213601
Nov 1950
Paperback
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Book Description
This is Edmond Rostand's immortal play in which chivalry and wit, bravery and love are forever captured in the timeless spirit of romance. Set in Louis XIII's reign, it is the moving and exciting drama of one of the finest swordsmen in France, gallant soldier, brilliant wit, tragic poet-lover with the face of a clown. Rostand's extraordinary lyric powers gave birth to a universal hero--Cyrano De Bergerac--and ensured his own reputation as author of one of the best-loved plays in the literature of the stage. This translation, by the American poet Brian Hooker, is nearly as famous as the original play itself, and is generally considered to be one of the finest English verse translations ever written.

The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature
Verse drama in five acts by...


Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends
Penn Jillette
0394753518


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Book Description
Penn & Teller impart their priceless secrets for conning, scamming, and fooling your closest personal friends. And even they're suprised how many copies of this we've sold: 120,000 to-date.

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Penn & Teller impart their priceless secrets for conning, scamming, and fooling your closest personal friends. And even they're suprised how many copies of this we've sold: 120,000 to-date.


The Complete Works of William Shakespeare : Reduced Shakespeare Company Presents [ABRIDGED]
William Shakespeare
1557831572
February 1, 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
The complete script to the critically acclaimed play.

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