少儿文学名著:莱辛寓言 (Famous Children's Literature:Lessing's Fables) by Doris Lessing

By Doris Lessing

 《莱辛寓言》讲述了莱辛是个剧作家。他先后写了《萨拉·萨姆逊小姐》、《爱米丽雅·嘉洛蒂》、《米娜·封·巴恩海姆》以及《智者那旦》等剧作。他在这些剧作中猛烈地鞭挞暴虐的封建专制统治,热情地鼓吹了资产阶级人道主义的思想。这几个剧本有着深刻的思想内容和宝贵的艺术价值,成为世界戏剧中的珍品,直到今天仍不断被搬上舞台和银幕。

  莱辛还写了《汉堡剧评》和《拉奥孔》等著名的美学著作,分别对戏剧的现实主义理论、对造型艺术与诗歌艺术的区别和界限做了精彩的阐述。今天,这两部书都已成为西欧古典文艺理论和美学的经典著作了。

  莱辛并不像古希腊的伊索、法国的拉封丹等人,他不是一个专门从事寓言写作的作家。寓言在他的创作活动中不占有什么特殊的地位。但是,他不仅写了三卷散文寓言和一些诗体寓言,而且作为一个杰出的文艺理论家,还对寓言这一文学体裁作了详细而深入的研究。

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Hercules: The Twelve Labors: A Greek Myth (Graphic Myths and by Paul D Storrie

By Paul D Storrie

Recognized for his superhuman energy, Hercules is the most well-liked hero in Greek mythology. The son of Zeus--king of the gods--and a mortal mom, Hercules faces the wrath of Zeus's spouse Hera, who resents her illegitimate stepson and vows to carry him distress. along with her magical powers, she tips Hercules into appearing a sequence of twelve likely very unlikely labors, each a try out of his power, braveness, crafty, and scuffling with ability. Is Hercules powerful adequate to foil her scheme? For this interesting retelling of the twelve labors, writer Paul Storrie consulted the vintage paintings The Age of delusion (1859), by means of American Thomas Bulfinch, and Edith Hamilton's Mythology (1942), either one of that are thought of the easiest assets approximately on historical myths and legends. Artist Steve Kurth additionally depended on ancient learn to correctly deliver to lifestyles the area of old Greece.

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Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister: A Novel by Gregory Maguire

By Gregory Maguire

Is this new land a spot the place magics rather happen?

From Gregory Maguire, the acclaimed writer of Wicked, comes his much-anticipated moment novel, a super and provocative retelling of the undying Cinderella tale.

In the lives of kids, pumpkins can become coaches, mice and rats into human beings.... once we develop up, we research that it's way more universal for humans to show into rats....

We all have heard the tale of Cinderella, the attractive baby solid out to slave one of the ashes.But what of her stepsisters, the homely pair exiled into ignominy via the celebrity in their beautiful sibling? What destiny came about these untouched by means of attractiveness . . . and what curses followed Cinderella's beautiful looks?

Extreme good looks is an affliction

Set opposed to the wealthy backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, Confessions of an unpleasant Stepsister tells the tale of Iris, an not likely heroine who unearths herself swept from the lowly streets of Haarlem to an odd global of wealth, artifice, and ambition. Iris's course fast turns into intertwined with that of Clara, the mysterious and unnaturally appealing lady destined to turn into her sister.

Clara was once the prettiest baby, yet used to be her lifestyles the prettiest tale?

While Clara retreats to the cinders of the kin fire, burning all thoughts of her earlier, Iris seeks out the shadowy secrets and techniques of her new household--and the treacherous fact of her former life.

God and devil snarling at one another like dogs.... Imps and fairy godmotbers attempting to undo each one other's paintings. How we strive to pin the realm among contrary extremes!

Far greater than a trifling fairy-tale, Confessions of an unsightly Stepsister is a singular of good looks and betrayal, phantasm and knowing, reminding us that deception might be unearthed--and love unveiled--in the main unforeseen of places.

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Thomas and Percy and the Dragon by Richard Courtney, W. Awdry

By Richard Courtney, W. Awdry

Percy is slumbering while he hears a rumble. He opens his eyes and sees an incredible yellow dragon! yet dragons aren’t actual, are they? probably it used to be a dream! day after today he stocks his fears with James and Thomas and learns the reality approximately what it was once that he observed. A Step 1 booklet

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Myths and legends of our own land : complete by Charles M. Skinner

By Charles M. Skinner

Whilst one thinks of vintage fairy stories and folklore, it's always the enchanted forests of Europe that are evoked. yet in Charles M. Skinner's Myths and Legends of Our personal Land, the writer proves that scrappy upstart the USA is an both wealthy resource of myths and legends. This enticing quantity brings jointly dozens of outdated favorites and extra vague stories, as well.

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John Henry (On My Own Folklore) by Dr Stephen Krensky, Mark Oldroyd

By Dr Stephen Krensky, Mark Oldroyd

A few fogeys say John Henry used to be born with a hammer in his hand. He certain enjoyed to pound issues and his muscle tissue have been more durable than rocks. At paintings, John laid down tracks for the railroad corporation. The earth shook while he swung down his heavy hammers. John used to be improved than the most powerful employee, yet used to be he superior than a ? discover during this robust story.

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Poison Master by Liz Williams

By Liz Williams

Liz Williams is one in all technology fiction’s boldest new writers and this novel is one among her such a lot profound speculations on freedom, love, and human future. On international governed via an alien race, humanity is enslaved, having forgotten its personal earlier and condemned to don't have any future--until one girl is obtainable a decision which could repair humanity’s freedom.The Poison MasterOn the planet of Latent Emanation, people are the bottom type, on the mercy in their mysterious alien rulers, the Lords of evening. yet Alivet Dee, an alchemist, can’t aid yet query the Lords’ rule ever for the reason that her dual sister used to be taken to serve of their palace. Alivet saves each penny to pay her sister’s unbonding cost, yet her plan is destroyed while one in every of her potions kills a filthy rich client--and Alivet reveals herself sought after for homicide. Her purely desire is the darkly beautiful guy who could have engineered her downfall yet who nonetheless bargains her a final probability of salvation.A Poison grasp from the planet Hathes, Arieth Mahedi Ghairen wishes an alchemist of Alivet’s services to discover the only drug that could take down the Lords--and unfastened the universe from their rule. Sequestered in Ghairen’s fort laboratory, lied to by way of either her new best friend and his daughter’s enigmatic governess, Alivet doesn’t be aware of whom to belief or the place to show for solutions. yet pushed to undo her sister’s destiny, Alivet races to hone her abilities in time--even as time runs out.

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War Surf by M. M. Buckner

By M. M. Buckner

What might you do when you have been wealthy, vivid, full of life, nearly immortal—and approximately bored stiff? You’d invent a thrill activity… it is the twenty third century and Nasir Deepra is 248 years previous, filthy rich, saved younger through all-pervasive nanotechnology, a company govt and uninterested in existence. To spice issues up he has turn into an Agonist, dipping into battle zones--many of them in satellites orbiting the Earth--and filming his daredevil antics. Agonists have a wide fan-base who watch them on the internet they usually enjoy the eye. A battle surf is going badly and the Agonists lose their best rating among surfers, so that they choose to up the ante and visit Heaven, a category 10 hassle warfare area, the hardest, in an effort to come again on most sensible. Nasir is reluctant to move considering the fact that he is at the board of administrators that controls Heaven and he understands why it is a type 10. His more youthful female friend, Sheeba, talks him into it and catastrophe moves: Nasir and Sheeba are captured via staff who keep an eye on Heaven. Nasir has to come back to phrases with the brutal exploitation he has been part of and steer clear of the "disease" that runs rampant among Heaven's employees. "An leading edge and intriguing learn. A treat." – C.J. Cherryh "Buckner hits one other homerun...action, personality, drama, and nice technology - it is all right here within the most up-to-date from the most popular writer during this or the other famous person system." – Robert J. Sawyer Winner of the Philip ok. Dick Award

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