Our woe is upon us. This chilling tale of one man’s descent into madness was published shortly before the author was institutionalized for insanity, and so The Horla has inevitably been seen as informed by Guy de Maupassant’s mental illness. While such speculation is murky, it is clear that de Maupassant—hailed alongside Chekhov as father of the short story—was at the peak of his powers in this innovative precursor of first-person psychological fiction. Indeed, he worked for years on The Horla’s themes and form, first drafting it as “Letter from a Madman,” then telling it from a doctor’s point of view, before finally releasing the terrified protagonist to speak for himself in its devastating final version. In a brilliant new translation, all three versions appear here as a single volume for the first time. The Art of The Novella Series Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature's greatest writers. In the Art Of The Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.
In a Glass Darkly
PROLOGUE. MARTIN HESSELIUS, THE GERMAN PHYSICIAN. Though carefully educated in medicine and surgery, I have never practised either. The study of each continues, nevertheless, to interest me profoundly. Neither idleness nor caprice caused my secession from the honourable calling which I had just entered. The cause was a very trifling scratch inflicted by a dissecting knife. This trifle cost me the loss of two fingers, amputated promptly, and the more painful loss of my health, for I have never been quite well since, and have seldom been twelve months together in the same place. In my wanderings I became acquainted with Dr. Martin Hesselius, a wanderer like myself, like me a physician, and like me an enthusiast in his profession. Unlike me in this, that his wanderings were voluntary, and he a man, if not of fortune, as we estimate fortune in England, at least in what our forefathers used to term "easy circumstances." He was an old man when I first saw him; nearly five-and-thirty years my senior. In Dr. Martin Hesselius, I found my master. His knowledge was immense, his grasp of a case was an intuition. He was the very man to inspire a young enthusiast, like me, with awe and delight. My admiration has stood the test of time and survived the separation of death. I am sure it was well-founded.Here and there a case strikes me as of a kind to amuse or horrify a lay reader with an interest quite different from the peculiar one which it may possess for an expert. With slight modifications, chiefly of language, and of course a change of names, I copy the following. The narrator is Dr. Martin Hesselius. I find it among the voluminous notes of cases which he made during a tour in England about sixty-four years ago.
Madness and Civilization
This text is a classic of French post-structuralist scholarship and is widely recommended on humanities courses across a variety of disciplines. Foucault's analysis of psychology is a devastating critique of the common understanding of insanity.
Po tique du fantastique
Le fantastique est l'un des genres littéraires qui ne cesse pas de susciter l'intérêt de la critique. Type de récit relativement "jeune ", il n'apparaît qu'à la fin du XVIIIe siècle, quoique ses " voisins ", comme le merveilleux ou l'ésotérique, remontent aux débuts de la littérature. Cependant, le récit fantastique a lui-même fécondé la modernité littéraire, depuis la science-fiction jusqu'à la littérature d'horreur. Certains théoriciens du fantastique ont estimé qu'au XXe siècle, ce genre perdrait sa raison d'être, sous l'influence de la psychanalyse ou à cause de la disparition des tabous sociaux et moraux. Ce ne fut pas le cas, bien que le fantastique conventionnel ait subi des métamorphoses considérables et semble souvent s'éloigner de ses formes traditionnelles. Ce renouveau implique la possibilité de nouvelles approches critiques et historiques. Le présent volume offre quelques-unes des études les plus récentes consacrées au genre fantastique et proposées lors du colloque organisé en mai 2003 par le Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Comparatistes et le Centre Inter-universitaire d'Etudes Hongroises de l'Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris III.
A Christmas Carol
This Graphic Novel Series features classic tales retold with attractive color illustrations. Educatiors using the Dale-Chall vocabulary system adapted each title. Each 70 page, softcover book retains key phrases and quotations from the original classics. Introduce literature to reluctant readers and motivate struggling readers. Students build confidence through reading practice. Motivation makes all the difference. What's more motivation then the expectation of success?
Pierre and Jean
Pierre and Jean is a short realist novel by Guy de Maupassant. The relationship of two brothers to each other and to their mother begins to change when a family friend dies and leaves all his money to one brother, bringing his legitimacy into question. The novel is a psycho-realist portrayal of the power of heredity and money within relationships.
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The Mummy s Foot
The Mummy's Foot' is a gothic short story written by French writer, Théophile Gautier, author of 'Clarimonde'. The plot follows a man who buys a mummified foot in an antiques shop. It once belonged to an Egyptian princess, and it transpires that she wants it back. He is forced to make a deal. This is a classic short story in the genre and we a republishing it with a brand new introductory biography of the translator of the work, Lafcadio Hearn.
Mademoiselle de Maupin
Chevalier d'Albert fantasizes about his ideal lover, yet every woman he meets falls short of his exacting standards of female perfection. Embarking on an affair with the lovely Rosette to ease his boredom, he is thrown into tumultuous confusion when she receives a dashing young visitor. Exquisitely handsome, Théodore inspires passions d'Albert never believed he could feel for a man - and Rosette also seems to be in thrall to the charms of her guest. Does this bafflingly alluring person have a secret to hide? Subversive and seductive, Mademoiselle de Maupin (1835) draws readers into the bedrooms and boudoirs of a French château in a compelling exploration of desire and sexual intrigue.
The Night Ocean Fantasy and Horror Classics
This early work by H. P. Lovecraft was originally published in 1936. Born in 1890 in Rhode Island, USA, Lovecraft began writing at a very young age, quickly developing a deep and abiding interest in science. In 1913, Lovecraft joined the UAPA (United Amateur Press Association) but it was four years later, in 1917, that he began to focus on fiction, producing such well-known early stories as 'Dagon' and 'A Reminiscence of Dr. Samuel Johnson'. However, it was during the last decade of his life that Lovecraft produced his most notable works, such as 'the Dunwich Horror' and 'The Call of Cthulhu' which subsequently earned him his place as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th century. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900's and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions.