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B.AS 01 : The Ransom of Red Chief; The Shoes

In need of a laugh? Read this hilarious short story by O. Henry, that tells what happens when Bill Driscoll and his pal bite of more than they can chew by kidnapping the son of Ebenezer Dorset.

  • Author: O. Henry
  • Publisher: La Vanguardia
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of pages: 23
  • Publication date: 2007

B.AS 02: The Staying power of Sir Rohan

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world’s literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

  • Author: Frank Richard Stockton
  • Publisher: La Vanguardia
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Number of pages: 63
  • Publication date: 2007

The protagonist is a man named Keola living on the island of Molokai, Hawaii. Keola and his wife live with her father Kalamake, a notorious sorcerer who appears to have an inexhaustible supply of money despite never doing any work. One day, Kalamake uses a magic spell to transport Keola to an unfamiliar island where the two of them are invisible to the inhabitants. There he reveals that by burning the leaves of a certain tree, the island’s sea-shells can be transformed into coins and the pair transported home. Keola attempts to blackmail Kalamake for a share of his riches, but Kalamake retaliates by abandoning Keola at sea. He is rescued by a passing ship heading for the Tuamotus islands, but does not get along with the first mate, so jumps overboard when they sight land. To his amazement he discovers he is on the very same island he had earlier visited supernaturally. Getting to know the inhabitants (who turn out to be cannibals intending to eat him), Keola discovers that not only Kalamake but also a huge variety of other invisible visitors from all parts of the earth are regularly heard there harvesting its shells. He tells the islanders that these unwelcome manifestations could be banished by destroying the tree necessary for their spells. Eventually they attempt to do so, and in the confusion of a huge battle between the invisible wizards and the islanders, Keola is rescued by his wife, who has used her father’s incantations to come to the island herself. They are magically transported home to Hawaii, stranding Kalamake on the island, and hope that without his magical supplies he will never be able to return.

  • Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Publisher: La Vanguardia
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Number of pages: 51
  • Publication date: 2007

B.AS 04: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow; Little Britain

In a small town named Sleepy Hollow, a gangly schoolteacher named Icabod Crane comes to town. Despite his unattractive appearance, he quickly proves to be a ladies man who charms the local beauty, much to the local tough, Brom Bones’, displeasure. A subtle rivalry erupts, only to have Crane continually gaining the upper hand. The situation changes when Brom learns of Crane’s superstitions and exploits them as he musically tells the legend of the fearsome Headless Horseman to frighten the teacher. That night, Crane’s lonely night ride home becomes more lively than he ever imagined as the Horseman appears to chase him.

  • Author: Washington Irving
  • Publisher: La Vanguardia
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Number of pages: 61
  • Publication date: 2007

B.AS 05 : The linching of Jube Benson; The Mission of Mr. Scatters

Paul Laurence Dunbar (June 27, 1872 – February 9, 1906) was an African-American poet, novelist, and playwright of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in Dayton, Ohio, to parents who had been slaves in Kentucky before the American Civil War, Dunbar started to write as a child and was president of his high school’s literary society. He published his first poems at the age of 16 in a Dayton newspaper. Much of his more popular work in his lifetime was written in the Negro dialect associated with the antebellum South. His work was praised by William Dean Howells, a leading critic associated with the Harper’s Weekly, and Dunbar was one of the first African-American writers to establish a national reputation. He wrote the lyrics for the musical comedy, In Dahomey (1903), the first all-African-American musical produced on Broadway; the musical also toured in the United States and the United Kingdom. Dunbar also wrote in conventional English in other poetry and novels; since the late 20th century, scholars have become more interested in these other works. Suffering from tuberculosis, Dunbar died at the age of 33. Dunbar’s work is known for its colorful language and a conversational tone, with a brilliant rhetorical structure. These traits were well matched to the tune-writing ability of Carrie Jacobs-Bond (1862–1946), with whom he collaborated. Dunbar became the first African-American poet to earn national distinction and acceptance. The New York Times called him “a true singer of the people — white or black.” Frederick Douglass once referred to Dunbar as, “one of the sweetest songsters his race has produced and a man of whom [he hoped] great things.” His friend and writer James Weldon Johnson highly praised Dunbar, writing in The Book of American Negro Poetry: “Paul Laurence Dunbar stands out as the first poet from the Negro race in the United States to show a combined mastery over poetic material and poetic technique, to reveal innate literary distinction in what he wrote, and to maintain a high level of performance. He was the first to rise to a height from which he could take a perspective view of his own race. He was the first to see objectively its humor, its superstitions, its short-comings; the first to feel sympathetically its heart-wounds, its yearnings, its aspirations, and to voice them all in a purely literary form.”

  • Author: Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • Publisher: La Vanguardia
  • Gender: realistic
  • Number of pages: 41
  • Publication date: 2007

B.AS 06: The House of Mapuhi

Action adventure stories by Jack London.

  • Author: Jack London
  • Publisher: La Vanguardia
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of pages: 61
  • Publication date: 2007

B.AS 07: The Manchester Marriage

Gaskell’s The Manchester Marriage tells about Mr. and Mrs. Openshaw who have to move from Manchester to London for business. The story tells about their marriage after Alice, now Mrs. Openshaw, was left alone with a child and without livelihoods. One evening, AlicÈs first husband comes to his daughter asking for his mother’s news. When the man discovers that the woman has remarried he throws himself into the Thames. The girl discovers the past of her mother in Manchester, she meets her real father and she will assume the consequences of her mother’s past…

  • Author: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Publisher: La Vanguardia
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Number of pages: 63
  • Publication date: 2007

B.AS 08: The ghost and the Bone-Setter; The Drunkard´s Dream

The ghost and the Bone-Setter

Part of Le Fanu’s earliest twelve short stories, written between 1838 and 1840, they purport to be the literary remains of an 18th-century Catholic priest called Father Purcell. They were published in the Dublin University Magazine and were later collected as The Purcell Papers (1880). They are mostly set in Ireland and include some classic stories of gothic horror, with gloomy castles, supernatural visitations from beyond the grave, madness and suicide. Also apparent are nostalgia and sadness for the dispossessed Catholic aristocracy of Ireland, whose ruined castles stand as mute witness to this history.

The Drunkard’s Dream

This early work by Sheridan Le Fanu was originally published in 1838. Born in Dublin in 1814, he came from a literary family of Huguenot origins; both his grandmother Alicia Sheridan Le Fanu and his great-uncle Richard Brinsley Sheridan were playwrights. This story, part of Le Fanu’s earliest twelve short stories, written between 1838 and 1840, purports to be the literary remains of an 18th-century Catholic priest called Father Purcell. They were published in the Dublin University Magazine and were later collected as The Purcell Papers (1880). They are mostly set in Ireland and include some classic stories of gothic horror, with gloomy castles, supernatural visitations from beyond the grave, madness and suicide. Also apparent are nostalgia and sadness for the dispossessed Catholic aristocracy of Ireland, whose ruined castles stand as mute witness to this history.

  • Author: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Publisher: La Vanguardia
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Number of pages: 59
  • Publication date: 2007; 2012

B.AS 09: Robinson Crusoe

From its first publication in 1719, Robinson Crusoe has been printed in over 700 editions. It has inspired almost every conceivable kind of imitation and variation, and been the subject of plays, opera, cartoons, and computer games. The character of Crusoe has entered the consciousness of each succeeding generation as readers add their own interpretation to the adventures so thrillingly ‘recorded’ by Defoe. Praised by eminent figures such as Coleridge, Rousseau and Wordsworth, this perennially popular book was cited by Karl Marx in Das Kapital to illustrate economic theory. However it is readers of all ages over the last 280 years who have given Robinson Crusoe its abiding position as a classic tale of adventure.

  • Author: Daniel Defoe
  • Publisher:Multiactiva creación y servicions editoriales s.l
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Number of pages: 63
  • Publication date: 2008

B.AS 10:  The Signal man & The trial for murder

Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world’s best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity

  • Author: Daniel Defoe
  • Publisher: Paul Benables
  • Genre: Novel
  • Number of pages: 63
  • Publication date: 2008

B.AS 11:  Mister policeman and the cook  & mister Medhurst and the princess

The policeman and the cook is a short story by Collins about revenge, murder and investigation. Who Killed Zebedee? was its original title. On his deathbed, the narrator describes a murder case in which he was involved as a young man beginning his career as a policeman.John Zebedee is found dead, dismembered, on his bed, and despite his wife confessed to being guilty the case is not closed.The narrator continues to investigate and he discovers a weapon that incriminate the cook Priscilla. The policeman confesses that he discredited the evidence because he was in love with Priscilla and he did not want her to be hung.

  • Author: William Wilkie Collins
  • Publisher: Paul Benables
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Number of pages: 63
  • Publication date: 2007

B.AS 12:  The last of the mohicans

The Last of the Mohicans, one of the world’s great adventure stories, dramatizes how the birth of American culture was intertwined with that of Native Americans. In 1757, as the English and the French war over American territory, the frontier scout Hawkeye—Natty Bumppo—risks his life to escort two sisters through hostile Huron country. Hawkeye enlists the aid of his Mohican friends Chingachgook and Uncas, and together they battle deception, brutality, and death in a thrilling story of loyalty, moral courage, and love.

  • Author: J. Fenimore Kooper
  • Publisher: Multiactiva creación y servicions editoriales s.l
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Number of pages: 63
  • Publication date: 2008

B.AS 13: The canterville ghost

The home of the Canterville Ghost was the ancient Canterville Chase, which has all the accoutrements of a traditional haunted house. Descriptions of the wainscoting, the library panelled in black oak, and the armour in the hallway characterise the setting. Wilde mixes the macabre with comedy, juxtaposing devices from traditional English ghost stories such as creaking floorboards, clanking chains, and ancient prophecies.

  • Author: Oscar Wilde
  • Publisher: Paul Benables
  • Genre: Novel
  • Number of pages: 63
  • Publication date: 2007

B.AS 14: The Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s masterpiece, an iconic fable of guilt and redemption set in Puritan Massachusetts, has long been considered one of the greatest American novels. The story of Hester Prynne—found out in adultery, pilloried by her Puritan community, and abandoned, in different ways, by both her partner in sin and her vengeance-seeking husband—possesses a reality heightened by Hawthorne’s sympathy and his unmixed devotion to his supposedly fallen but fundamentally innocent heroine. The Scarlet Letter rightly deserves its stature as the first great novel written by an American, a work of moral force and narrative power that announced a literature equal to any in the world.

  • Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Publisher: Multiactiva creación y servicions editoriales s.l
  • Genre: Novel
  • Number of pages: 63
  • Publication date: 2008

B.AS 15: Sense and sensibility

Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor’s warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love—and its threatened loss—the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.

  • Author: Jane Austen
  • Publisher: Multiactiva creación y servicions editoriales s.l
  • Genre: Romantic Novel
  • Number of pages: 63
  • Publication date: 2008

B.AS 16: Little women

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read It is no surprise that Little Women, the adored classic of four devoted sisters, was loosely based on Louisa May Alcott’s own life. In fact, Alcott drew from her own personality to create a heroine unlike any seen before: Jo, willful, headstrong, and undoubtedly the backbone of the March family. Follow the sisters from innocent adolescence to sage adulthood, with all the joy and sorrow of life in between, and fall in love with them and this endearing story. Praised by Madeleine Stern as “a book on the American home, and hence universal in its appeal,” Little Women has been an avidly read tale for generations. This Modern Library edition includes notes that offer more description and insight than those of previous editions.

  • Author: Jane Austen
  • Publisher: Multiactiva creación y servicions editoriales s.l
  • Genre: Drama
  • Number of pages: 63
  • Publication date: 2008

B.AS 17: Doctor Jekyll and Mister hyde

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a gothic novella by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson first published in 1886. The work is also known as The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, or simply Jekyll & Hyde. It is about a London lawyer named Gabriel John Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr Henry Jekyll, and the evil Edward Hyde. The novella’s impact is such that it has become a part of the language, with the very phrase “Jekyll and Hyde” entering the vernacular to refer to people with an unpredictably dual nature: usually very good, but sometimes shockingly evil instead.

  • Author: Robert Louise Estevenson
  • Publisher: Multiactiva creación y servicions editoriales s.l
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Number of pages: 63
  • Publication date: 2008

B.AS 18: Hamlet

Hamlet is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1599 and 1601. The play, set in Denmark, recounts how Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet’s father, the King, and then taken the throne and married Hamlet’s mother. The play vividly charts the course of real and feigned madness-from overwhelming grief to seething rage-and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption.

  • Author: William Shakespeare
  • Publisher: Multiactiva creación y servicios editoriales s.l
  • Genre: Tragedy
  • Number of pages: 63
  • Publication date: 2008

B.AS 19: Oliver Twist

Starved and mistreated, empty bowl in hand, the young hero musters the courage to approach his master, saying, “Please, sir, I want some more.” Oliver Twist’s famous cry of the heart has resounded with readers since the novel’s initial appearance in 1837, and the book remains a popular favourite with fans of all ages. Dickens was no stranger to the pain of hunger and the degradation of poverty. He poured his own youthful experience of Victorian London’s unspeakable squalor into this realistic depiction of the link between destitution and crime. Oliver escapes his miserable servitude by running away to London, where he unwillingly but inevitably joins a scabrous gang of thieves. Masterminded by the loathsome Fagin, the underworld crew features some of Dickens’ most memorable characters, including the juvenile pickpocket known as the Artful Dodger, the vicious Bill Sikes, and gentle Nancy, an angel of self-sacrifice. A profound social critic, Dickens introduced genteel readers to the problems of the poor in a way that had rarely been attempted before. This tale of the struggle between hope and cruelty continues to speak to modern audiences.

  • Author: Charles Dickens
  • Publisher: Multiactiva creación y servicios editoriales s.l
  • Genre: Drame
  • Number of pages: 63
  • Publication date: 2008

B.AS 20: Robin Hood

The classic story of social justice and outrageous cunning. Robin Hood, champion of the poor and oppressed, stands against the cruel power of Prince John and the brutal Sheriff of Nottingham. Taking refuge in the vast Sherwood Forest with his band of men, he remains determined to outwit his enemies.

  • Author: Howard Pyle
  • Publisher: Multiactiva creación y servicios editoriales s.l
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Number of pages: 63
  • Publication date: 2008

B.AS 21: Wuthering Heights

«Wuthering Heights» by Emily Bronte is a romantic reference work and is therefore mandatory curricula for schools. The story of the book takes place among the scarce wastelands of Yorkshire, which prove to be very rich in dramatic events and are the location of passion and fate of the people living in the estates «Wuthering Heights» and «Manor starlings.» Here, Emily Bronte, describes a story of open and secret love and deceit. The tragic development of the plot, paradoxically, does not prevent the happy ending of the events, created by Emily Bronte. The novel was made into a movie several times.

  • Author: Emily Bronte
  • Publisher: Multiactiva creación y servicios editoriales s.l
  • Genre: Romantic novel
  • Number of pages: 63
  • Publication date: 2008

B.AS 22: Three miraculous Soldiers

The girl was in the front room on the second floor, peering through the blinds. It was the “best room.” There was a very new rag carpet on the floor. The edges of it had been dyed with alternate stripes of red and green. Upon the wooden mantel, there were two little puffy figures in clay—a shepherd and a shepherdess probably. A triangle of pink and white wool hung carefully over the edge of this shelf. Upon the bureau, there was nothing at all save a spread newspaper, with edges folded to make it into a mat. The quilts and sheets had been removed from the bed and were stacked upon a chair. The pillows and the great feather mattress were muffled and tumbled until they resembled great dumplings. The picture of a man terribly leaden in complexion hung in an oval frame on one white wall and steadily confronted the bureau

  • Author: Stephen Crane
  • Publisher: Paul Benables
  • Genre: Novel
  • Number of pages: 59
  • Publication date: 2007

B.AS 23: Amy Foster & The Lagoon

Classic shortish story by Conrad that relates his self-thought alienation from British society, as a young foreign man survives a shipwreck off the coast of Kent, England only to be shunned by most of the townsfolk. The one exception is the loving, if dull-witted, Miss Foster

  • Author: Joseph Conrad
  • Publisher: Multiactiva creación y servicions editoriales s.l
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Number of pages: 63
  • Publication date: 2007

B.AS 24: The Upper Berth & By the waters of paradise

The story takes place aboard a transatlantic ocean liner. A passenger named Brisbane is puzzled when the steward behaves oddly while taking his luggage to his stateroom, number 105. In the middle of the first night, Brisbane is further perplexed when his roommate suddenly leaps down from the upper berth and runs out of the cabin. In the morning, Brisbane learns that his roommate has gone overboard – and was the fourth consecutive occupant of the same upper berth to do so.

  • Author: Francis Marion Crawford
  • Publisher: Paul Benables
  • Genre: Horror
  • Number of pages: 69
  • Publication date: 2007

B.AS 25: The £ 1,000,000 bank note & Dying man’s confession

The story begins with Henry Adams. Henry is an American who is swept out to sea on a Saturday sail near San Francisco, and is picked up by a London-bound brig. He arrives in London penniless and without food or shelter. Brother A and Brother B (as they are referred to in the story) are two very wealthy and odd brothers who wonder what would happen if they gave the hungry, poor stranger a million pound banknote. Essentially this would be paper money – like a dollar bill – but in a million pound denomination. Seeing as how there were only two million pound banknotes ever created (and one had already been used in a giant business deal), if someone tried to cash in the banknote, interrogation or jail would most likely result. So in walks Henry, who is given the banknote by these brothers. These questions remain:

  • Would the stranger (Henry) end up in jail or starving as Brother A believes?
  • Would Henry be more resourceful and use the money to his advantage, surviving at least 30 days and staying out of jail as Brother B believed?
  • Author: Mark Twain
  • Publisher: Paul Benables
  • Genre: Novel
  • Number of pages: 71
  • Publication date: 2007

B.AS 26: Athénaïse

Kate Chopin (born Katherine O’Flaherty) (1850-1904) was an American author of short stories and novels, mostly of a Louisiana Creole background. She is now considered to have been a forerunner of feminist authors of the 20th century. From 1889 to 1902, she wrote short stories for both children and adults which were published in such magazines as Atlantic Monthly, Vogue, The Century, and Harper’s Youth’s Companion. Her major works were two short story collections, Bayou Folk (1894) and A Night in Acadie (1897). Her important short stories included The Father of Desiree’s Baby, a tale of miscegenation in antebellum Louisiana; The Story of an Hour and The Storm. Chopin also wrote two novels: At Fault (1890) and The Awakening (1899), which is set in New Orleans and Grand Isle. The people in her stories are usually inhabitants of Louisiana. Many of her works are set about Natchitoches in north central Louisiana. In time, literary critics determined that Chopin addressed the concerns of women in all places and for all times in her literature.

  • Author: Kate Chopin
  • Publisher: Paul Benables
  • Genre: Novel
  • Number of pages: 63
  • Publication date: 2007

B.AS 27:  The Golden ingot & My wife’s tempter

A sad story written by O’Brien on an alchemist, his daughter and a doctor who gets caught up with them. Here O’Brien style is appealing but at the same time his vocabulary is simple and accessible to everyone….

  • Author: Fitz-James O’Brien
  • Publisher: Paul Benables
  • Genre: Romans
  • Number of pages: 63
  • Publication date: 2007

B.AS 28:  Frankenstien

At the age of eighteen, Mary Shelley, while staying in the Swiss Alps with her lover Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and others, conceived the tale of Dr. Victor Frankenstein and the monster he brings to life. The resulting book, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, is a dark parable warning against the risks of scientific and creative endeavor, the corrupting influence of technology and progress, and the dangers of knowledge without understanding. Frankenstein was an instant bestseller on publication in 1818 and has long been regarded as a masterpiece of suspense, a classic of nineteenth-century Romanticism and Gothic horror, and the prototype of the science fiction novel. Though it has spawned countless imitations and adaptations, it remains the most powerful story of its kind.

  • Author: Mari Shelley
  • Publisher: Multiactiva creación y servicions editoriales s.l
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Number of pages: 63
  • Publication date: 2007

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