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The Red Badge of Courage

First published in 1895, this small masterpiece set the pattern for the treatment of war in modern fiction. The novel is told through the eyes of Henry Fleming, a young soldier caught up in an unnamed Civil War battle who is motivated not by the unselfish heroism of conventional war stories, but by fear, cowardice, and finally, egotism. However, in his struggle to find reality amid the nightmarish chaos of war, the young soldier also discovers courage, humility, and perhaps, wisdom. Although Crane had never been in battle before writing The Red Badge of Courage, the book was widely praised by experienced soldiers for its uncanny re-creation of the sights, sounds, and sense of actual combat. Its publication brought Crane immediate international fame and established him as a major American writer. Today, nearly a century later, the book ranks as an enduring landmark of American fiction.If there were in existence any books of a similar character, one could start confidently by saying that it was the best of its kind. But it has no fellows. It is a book outside of all classification. So unlike anything else is it that the temptation rises to deny that it is a book at all. —Harold FredericA masterpiece. —George Wyndham[“The Red Badge of Courage”] is one of the finest books of our literature, and I include it entire because it is all as much of a piece as a great poem is. —Ernest Hemingway

The House of the Seven Gables

A gloomy New England mansion provides the setting for this classic exploration of ancestral guilt and its expiation through the love and goodwill of succeeding generations.Nathaniel Hawthorne drew inspiration for this story of an immorally obtained property from the role his forebears played in the 17th-century Salem witch trials. Built over an unquiet grave, the House of the Seven Gables carries a dying man's curse that blights the lives of its residents for over two centuries. Now Judge Jaffrey Pyncheon, an iron-hearted hypocrite and intellectual heir to the mansion's unscrupulous founder, is attempting to railroad a pair of his elderly relatives out of the house. Only two young people stand in his way — a visiting country cousin and an enigmatic boarder skilled in mesmerism.Hawthorne envisioned this family drama of evil, revenge, and resolution as a microcosm of Salem's own history as in idealistic society corrupted by greed and pride. His enduring view of the darkness at the heart of the national soul has made The House of the Seven Gables a landmark of American literature.

Logline Shortcuts: Unlock your story and pitch your screenplay in one simple sentence

Whether you've just felt the spark of inspiration for a new story idea, or you’re putting your finished screenplay in front of producers, managers, and agents…You need a logline.A logline is one simple sentence, but an incredibly powerful tool that can help you throughout the screenwriting process.In the development and writing phases, a good logline will help you unlock your story, understand the movie you’re writing, and keep you aiming for the right target so you don’t get lost along the way.And when your screenplay is finished, a good logline will intrigue listeners, stand out from the competition, and open doors to get your screenplay read.In this book, you’ll learn everything you need to know to write your logline:• What exactly IS a logline and when you should write one• Each element that MUST be included in the logline – plus a couple of optional elements that will make your logline stand out• My simple, frustration-free process for writing your logline• The 4 common logline problems to avoid• PLUS get example loglines from existing movies, as well as my analysis of loglines for some of the industry’s favorite screenplays• AND 10 logline templates to get you started!Download Logline Shortcuts today and benefit from my decade of experience in the entertainment industry, working with hundreds of writers, reading thousands of scripts – and writing more loglines than I can count.It’s all about capturing the essence of your story, and this concise guide will show you exactly how to do it so you can get your screenplay written AND get it read.

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Hardy tells the story of Tess Durbeyfield, a beautiful young woman living with her impoverished family in Wessex, the southwestern English county immortalized by Hardy. After the family learns of their connection to the wealthy d’Urbervilles, they send Tess to claim a portion of their fortune. She meets and is seduced by the dissolute Alec d’Urberville and secretly bears a child, Sorrow, who dies in infancy. A very different man, Angel Clare, seems to offer Tess love and salvation, but he rejects her — on their wedding night — after learning of her past. Emotionally bereft, financially impoverished, and victimized by the self-righteous rigidity of English social morality, Tess escapes from her vise of passion through a horrible, desperate act.Like the greatest characters in literature, Tess lives beyond the final pages of the book as a permanent citizen of the imagination. —Irving HoweWhat a commonplace genius he has; or a genius for the commonplace — I don’t know which. —D. H. LawrenceThe greatest tragic writer among English novelists. —Virginia WoolfA singular beauty and charm. —Henry James

Don Quixote

Don Quixote has become so entranced by reading chivalric romances, that he determines to become a knight-errant himself. In the company of his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, his exploits blossom in all sorts of wonderful ways. While Quixote’s fancy often leads him astray — he tilts at windmills, imagining them to be giants — Sancho acquires cunning and a certain sagacity. Sane madman and wise fool, they roam the world together, and together they have haunted readers’ imaginations for nearly four hundred years.With its experimental form and literary playfulness, Don Quixote generally has been recognized as the first modern novel. The book has had enormous influence on a host of writers, from Fielding and Sterne to Flaubert, Dickens, Melville, and Faulkner, who reread it once a year, “just as some people read the Bible.”Only Shakespeare comes close to Cervantes’ genius. —Harold BloomThe highest creation of genius has been achieved by Shakespeare and Cervantes, almost alone. —Samuel Taylor ColeridgeWhat a monument is this book! How its creative genius, critical, free, and human, soars above its age! —Thomas Mann‘Don Quixote’ looms so wonderfully above the skyline of literature, a gaunt giant on a lean nag, that the book lives and will live through his sheer vitality...The parody has become a paragon. —Vladimir NabokovA more profound and powerful work than this is not to be met with...The final and greatest utterance of the human mind. —Fyodor DostoyevskyCervantes is the founder of the Modern Era. The novelist need answer to no one but Cervantes. ‘Don Quixote’ is practically unthinkable as a living being, and yet, in our memory, what character is more alive? —Milan Kundera