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The Scarlet Pimpernel
Baroness Orczy
0451527623
April 2000
Mass Market Paperback
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From AudioFile
With the stage debut of The Scarlet Pimpernel (1903), the Baroness Orczy invented the "masked avenger" genre of fiction--the swashbuckling hero of dual identity. Her progeny include Zorro, Superman, The Lone Ranger and many others. The Baroness's Pimpernel is a British fop who, in a play and series of popular novels, daringly spirited condemned innocents out of France during the Reign of Terror. Hugh Laurie, best known Stateside as the foppish Bertie Wooster in TV's "Wooster and Jeeves," plunges into these two adventures with childlike relish. Yes, he is corny; yes, he overdoes it; but irresistibly. That's what this fare is made for. As he reads, one pictures, not the dashing Leslie Howard, cinema's Pimpernel, but a little boy performing for the family behind his homemade puppet theater. Sorry, Baroness, I know this...


Scaramouche
Rafael Sabatini
0451527976
June 2001
Mass Market Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Delightfully courtly, flowery but not dated, Sabatini's period romances--Scaramouche unfolds over the years leading up to the French Revolution--were deservedly popular when originally published, during the 20s and 30s. Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Kirkus Reviews
All in all, this "sheer knight-errantcy" is a marvelous entertainment. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Captain Blood
Rafael Sabatini
0142180106
January 2003
Paperback
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From Library Journal
This title is immediately recognizable as the basis for Michael Curtiz's 1935 film starring Errol Flynn. At the time of its 1922 debut, however, the book was a smash hit and was followed up with additional adventures of swashbuckler Peter Blood in numerous sequels. A salty dose of high-seas adventure for all fiction collections, this is the most affordable edition currently available.Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Norman Mailer
Glorious . . . I never enjoyed a novel more than Captain Blood.

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Black Arrow
Robert Louis Stevenson
0451529162
December 2003
Mass Market Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up--Students of the classics will appreciate Ron Keith's excellent rendition of Robert Louis Stevenson's adventure novel, set against the background of the War of the Roses. The time is 15th century England, and Richard Shelton, the young hero, overcomes one obstacle after another in his quest to rescue Joanna, his love. British actor Keith's talented voice gives life to Shelton, his friends, and his enemies, delivering the old fashioned English with ease and precise diction. The unusual vocabulary can usually be understood in context. Keith's slightly nasal, raspy, resonant voice changes frequently to differentiate between the characters, varying from bass to treble. He changes tones to express a full range of emotions. Songs are not a problem for Keith, as he knows the melody for each. Consider...


The Four Feathers
A. E. W. Mason
0142180017
September 2001
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Mason's 1902 classic adventure about British army officer Harry Feversham's endeavor to overcome the false label of "coward" is back again in an affordable paperback. Although this has already been filmed at least four times, it is about to go before the cameras once again, so be sure to have a few copies on your shelves. Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Book Description
Just before sailing off to war in the Sudan, British guardsman Harry Feversham quits his regiment. He immediately receives four white feathers-symbols of cowardice-one each from his three best friends and his fiancée. To disprove this grave dishonor, Harry dons an Arabian disguise and leaves for the Sudan, where he anonymously comes to the aid of his three friends, saving each of...


Defective Detective in the Pulps
Gary Hoppenstand
0879722363
June 1983
Paperback
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Book Description
The world of the defective detective was a strange one. Continuing the motif of the mythological hero, this unique detective type emerged in the 1930s in a very imperfect and threatened society. The stories reprinted in this volume reveal just how widely the genre ranged during the Depression.


The Dime Novel Detective
Gary Hoppenstand (Editor)
0879722142
June 1982
Paperback
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Gothic World of Anne Rice
Gary Hoppenstand (Editor)
087972708X
June 1996
Paperback
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Midwest Book Review
Anne Rice is a major figure in contemporary popular literature. This writer of gothic fiction attracts not only great general interest among her readers but also much serious scholarly attention among those who recognize in her work evidence of sophisticated characterization and intricate plotting. The essays in The Gothic World Of Anne Rice assert that Rice goes far beyond the conventions of the formula to examine important contemporary social issues. Rice perceives that a larger, more interesting cultural mythology can be developed. Rice may be said to search for philosophical truth, examining themes of good and evil, the influence on people and society of both nature and nurture, humanism, science and mythos. The Gothic World Of Anne Rice is "must" reading for Anne Rice fans of course, but also anyone...


Gothic World of Stephen King: Landscape of Nightmares
Gary Hoppenstand (Editor)
0879724102
June 1987
Hardcover
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Book Description
Stephen King’s popularity lies in his ability to reinterpret the standard Gothic tale in new and exciting ways. Through his eyes, the conventional becomes unconventional and wonderful. King thus creates his own Gothic world and then interprets it for us. This book analyzes King’s interpretations and his mastery of popular literature. The essays discuss adolescent revolt, the artist as survivor, the vampire in popular literature, and much more.

About the Author
Ray B. Browne is editor of the Journal of Popular Culture and the Journal of American Culture, and author and editor of over 50 books. Gary C. Hoppenstand is the author of In Search of the Paper Tiger: A Sociological Perspective of Myth, Formula and the Mystery Genre in the Entertainment Print Mass Medium,...


Gothic World of Stephen King: Landscape of Nightmares
Gary Hoppenstand (Editor)
0879724110
June 1987
Paperback
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Book Description
Stephen King’s popularity lies in his ability to reinterpret the standard Gothic tale in new and exciting ways. Through his eyes, the conventional becomes unconventional and wonderful. King thus creates his own Gothic world and then interprets it for us. This book analyzes King’s interpretations and his mastery of popular literature. The essays discuss adolescent revolt, the artist as survivor, the vampire in popular literature, and much more.

About the Author
Ray B. Browne is editor of the Journal of Popular Culture and the Journal of American Culture, and author and editor of over 50 books. Gary C. Hoppenstand is the author of In Search of the Paper Tiger: A Sociological Perspective of Myth, Formula and the Mystery Genre in the Entertainment Print Mass Medium,...

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