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The Happy Prince & Other Storie - Oscar Wilde

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This is one of the most famous and beloved of Oscar Wilde's tales. This volume also includes two more of Wilde's most treasured stories, "The Selfish Giant" and "The Nightingale and the Rose." After the death of a young prince, his subjects erect a statue of him. From this new perch high above the city, the soul of the Happy Prince surveys the lives of its inhabitants, witnessing their poverty and desperation. He resolves to alleviate his people's misery, enlisting the help of a swallow heading south for the winter. Moved, the swallow obliges the prince... with unforgettably poignant results. Wilde described this story of love and sacrifice as being meant partly for children, and partly for those who have kept the childlike faculties of wonder and joy... Zistiť viac >>



The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras - Mark Twain

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"The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" is one of the most beloved of Mark Twain's tales. Notable for the shaggy-dog quality of the story-within-the-story, this early work of humorous short prose was Twain's first big success as a writer. Seeking someone named Smiley, a man comes to a mining camp and meets a fellow who tells him of another Smiley, an inveterate betting man. One day, this Smiley caught a frog and trained it to out-jump any other frog; but when a stranger appeared at the camp, Smiley's famed gambling skills were tested severely ... This volume also includes two other Twain gems: "The Million-Pound Bank Note," in which a down-and-out American in London is challenged by two rich men to survive with only a rare million-pound bill to his name; and "Luck," which tells o.. Zistiť viac >>



The Necklace & Other Stories

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"The Necklace," a Maupassant masterpiece renowned for its pathos and shocking ending, tells of Mathilde, who aspires to high society despite being married to a low-paid clerk. When her husband manages to cadge an invitation to a grand ball at the Ministry of Education, Mathilde refuses to attend unless she can look the part. She obtains a splendid gown, but then demands a necklace to go with it. Thus she borrows a diamond necklace from a friend - and so their troubles begin. This volume also includes two more Maupassant classics: "The Piece of String," in which an indignant villager is wrongly accused of stealing a pocketbook, and "Mouche," a poignant portrait of five merry bargemen and the woman who joins them on their journeys up and down the Seine, loving each of them freely... Zistiť viac >>




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