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JONES, HENRY BEFORD (see Bedford-Jones, Henry)

 

 

 

 

 

Josephus, Flavius

Josephus (37 – c. 100 AD), also Yosef Ben Matityahu (Joseph son of Matthias) and Titus Flavius Josephus was a first-century Jewish historian of priestly and royal ancestry who recorded the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD.

Josephus was a law-observant Jew who believed in the compatibility of Judaism and Graeco-Roman thought. His most important works were The Jewish War (c. 75) and Antiquities of the Jews (c. 94). The Jewish War recounts the Jewish revolt against Rome (66–70). Antiquities of the Jews recounts the history of the world from a Jewish perspective. These works provide valuable insight into first century Judaism and the background of early Christianity.

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Antiquities of Jewsis a twenty volume historiographical work composed by the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus in the thirteenth year of the reign of Roman emperor Flavius Domitian which was around 93 or 94 CE. Antiquities of the Jews contains an account of history of the Jewish people, written in Greek for Josephus' gentile patrons. In the first ten volumes, Josephus follows the events of the historical books of the Hebrew Bible beginning with the creation of Adam and Eve. The second ten volumes continue the history of the Jewish people beyond the biblical text and up to the Jewish War. This work, along with Josephus's other major work, The Jewish Wars (Bellum Judaicarum), provides valuable background material to historians wishing to understand first-century CE Judaism and the early Christian period.

 

 

Wars of the Jews: in full Flavius Josephus's Books of the History of the Jewish War against the Romans, also referred to in English as The Wars of the Jews and The History of the Destruction of Jerusalem, is a book written by the 1st century Jewish historian Josephus. It is a description of Jewish history from the capture of Jerusalem by the Seleucid ruler Antiochus IV Epiphanes in 164 BC to the fall and destruction of Jerusalem in the First Jewish-Roman War in AD 70. The book was written about 75, originally in Josephus's "paternal tongue", probably Aramaic, though this version has not survived. It was later translated into Greek, probably under the supervision of Josephus himself. The sources of knowledge that we have of the First Jewish–Roman War are: Josephus's account, the Talmud (Gittin 57b), Midrash Eichah, and the Hebrew inscriptions on the Jewish coins minted. The text also survives in an Old Slavonic version.

 The Seige and Destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70

 

Against Apion: was a polemical work written by Flavius Josephus as a defense of Judaism as a classical religion and philosophy, stressing its antiquity against what he perceived as more recent traditions of the Greeks.

 

Josephus: The Essential Works

 

 

 

 

 

Kingsley, Charles

 

Charles Kingsley (12 June 1819 – 23 January 1875) was an English clergyman, university professor, historian, and novelist, particularly associated with the West Country and north-east Hampshire. Kingsley's interest in history is shown in several of his writings, including The Heroes (1856), a children's book about Greek mythology, and several historical novels, of which the best known are Hypatia (1853), Hereward the Wake (1865), and Westward Ho! (1855).

 

 

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Westward Ho!

 

Ancien Regime

 

The Greek Heroes

 

The Greek Heroes

 

 

 

 

 

Lewis, C.S.

Clive Staples Lewis (29 November 1898 – 22 November 1963), commonly referred to as C. S. Lewis and known to his friends and family as Jack, was an Irish-born British novelist, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, lay theologian and Christian apologist. He is also known for his fiction, especially The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Space Trilogy.

Lewis was a close friend of J. R. R. Tolkien, and both authors were leading figures in the English faculty at Oxford University and in the informal Oxford literary group known as the "Inklings". According to his memoir Surprised by Joy, Lewis had been baptised in the Church of Ireland at birth, but fell away from his faith during his adolescence. Owing to the influence of Tolkien and other friends, at the age of 32 Lewis returned to Christianity, becoming "a very ordinary layman of the Church of England". His conversion had a profound effect on his work, and his wartime radio broadcasts on the subject of Christianity brought him wide acclaim.

In 1956, he married the American writer Joy Gresham, 17 years his junior, who died four years later of cancer at the age of 45.

Lewis died three years after his wife, as the result of renal failure. His death came one week before his 65th birthday. Media coverage of his death was minimal, as he died on 22 November 1963 – the same day that U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and the same day another famous author died, Aldous Huxley.

Lewis's works have been translated into more than 30 languages and have sold millions of copies over the years. The books that make up The Chronicles of Narnia have sold the most and have been popularised on stage, in TV, in radio, and in cinema.

Monochrome head-and-left-shoulder photo portrait of 50-year-old Lewis

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Chronicles of Narnia: is a series of seven fantasy novels for children written by C. S. Lewis. It is considered a classic of children's literature and is the author's best-known work, having sold over 120 million copies in 41 languages. Written by Lewis between 1949 and 1954 and illustrated by Pauline Baynes, The Chronicles of Narnia have been adapted several times, complete or in part, for radio, television, stage, and cinema. In addition to numerous traditional Christian themes, the series borrows characters and ideas from Greek and Roman mythology, as well as from traditional British and Irish fairy tales.

The Chronicles of Narnia present the adventures of children who play central roles in the unfolding history of the fictional realm of Narnia, a place where animals talk, magic is common, and good battles evil. Each of the books (with the exception of The Horse and His Boy) features as its protagonists children from our world who are magically transported to Narnia, where they are called upon to help the Lion Aslan save Narnia.

The Chronicles of Narnia

The Chronicles of Narnia have been in continuous publication since 1954 and have sold over 100 million copies in 41 languages. Lewis was awarded the 1956 Carnegie Medal for The Last Battle, the final book in the Narnia series. The books were written by Lewis between 1949 and 1954 but were written in neither the order they were originally published nor in the chronological order in which they are currently presented. The original illustrator was Pauline Baynes and her pen and ink drawings are still used in publication today. The seven books that make up The Chronicles of Narnia are presented here in the order in which they were originally published (see reading order below). Completion dates for the novels are English (Northern Hemisphere) seasons.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, completed in the winter of 1949 and published in 1950, tells the story of four ordinary children: Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie. They discover a wardrobe in Professor Digory Kirke's house that leads to the magical land of Narnia. The Pevensie children help Aslan, a talking lion, save Narnia from the evil White Witch, who has reigned over the kingdom of Narnia for a century of perpetual winter. The children become kings and queens of this new-found land and leave a legacy to be rediscovered in later books.

Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia: Completed in the autumn of 1949 and published in 1951, Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia tells the story of the Pevensie children's second trip to Narnia. They are drawn back by the power of Susan's horn, blown by Prince Caspian to summon help in his hour of need. Narnia as they knew it is no more. Their castle is in ruins and all the dryads have retreated so far within themselves that only Aslan's magic can wake them. Caspian has fled into the woods to escape his uncle, Miraz, who had usurped the throne. The children set out once again to save Narnia.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: Completed in the winter of 1950 and published in 1952, The Voyage of the ‘Dawn Treader’ returns Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their priggish cousin, Eustace Scrubb, to Narnia. Once there, they join Caspian's voyage to find the seven lords who were banished when Miraz took over the throne. This perilous journey brings them face to face with many wonders and dangers as they sail toward Aslan's country at the end of the world.

The Silver Chair: Completed in the spring of 1951 and published in 1953, The Silver Chair is the first Narnia book without the Pevensie children. Instead, Aslan calls Eustace back to Narnia together with his classmate Jill Pole. There they are given four signs to aid in the search for Prince Rilian, Caspian's son, who disappeared after setting out ten years earlier to avenge his mother's death. Eustace and Jill, with the help of Puddleglum the Marsh-wiggle, face danger and betrayal before finding Rilian.

The Horse and His Boy: Completed in the spring of 1950 and published in 1954, The Horse and His Boy takes place during the reign of the Pevensies in Narnia, an era which begins and ends in the last chapter of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The story is about Bree, a talking horse, and a young boy named Shasta, both of whom have been held in bondage in Calormen. By chance, they meet each other and plan their return to Narnia and freedom. Along the way they meet Aravis and her talking horse Hwin who are also escaping to Narnia.

The Magician's Nephew: Completed in the winter of 1954 and published in 1955, the prequel The Magician's Nephew brings the reader back to the very beginning of Narnia where we learn how Aslan created the world and how evil first entered it. Digory Kirke and his friend Polly Plummer stumble into different worlds by experimenting with magic rings made by Digory's uncle, encounter Jadis (The White Witch) in the dying world of Charn, and witness the creation of Narnia. Many long-standing questions about Narnia are answered in the adventure that follows.

The Last Battle: Completed in the spring of 1953 and published in 1956, The Last Battle chronicles the end of the world of Narnia. Jill and Eustace return to save Narnia from Shift, an ape, who tricks Puzzle, a donkey, into impersonating the lion Aslan, precipitating a showdown between the Calormenes and King Tirian.

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In Film:

The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of epic fantasy films from Walden Media based on the series of novels, The Chronicles of Narnia written by C. S. Lewis in the 1950s. The first installment, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, was released on December 9, 2005, while the second, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, was released on May 16, 2008; these first two films were directed by Andrew Adamson, produced by Mark Johnson, and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. The third installment, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, will be directed by Michael Apted, and co-produced and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is scheduled to be released in theaters in the US and UK on December 10, 2010 and in Digital 3D in select cinemas. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe:

It was directed by New Zealander Andrew Adamson and was shot mainly in New Zealand, though locations were used in Poland, the Czech Republic and England. The story follows four British children who are evacuated during the Blitz to the countryside and find a wardrobe that leads to the fantasy world of Narnia; there, they must ally with the Lion Aslan against the forces of the White Witch, who has the world under an eternal winter. The film was released theatrically starting on December 7, 2005. As of April 2006, the film has grossed over US$700 million worldwide, making it the 28th highest grossing movie worldwide of all time. The DVD was released on April 3, 2006 in the UK and April 4, 2006 in North America and Europe.

Prince Caspian:

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, based on Prince Caspian was once again directed by Andrew Adamson. The story follows the same four British children as they are summoned back into Narnia. They help Prince Caspian, the rightful heir to the throne of Narnia, reclaim the crown from his evil uncle, King Miraz, before his plot to exterminate all Narnians forever, proceeds. The film was released on May 16, 2008. This film marks the last in the Narnia film series to be distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader:

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, based on the book of the same name, will be the third film in the series.

Production was put on hold when Disney chose not to produce the film after a budget dispute with Walden Media, who then negotiated with 20th Century Fox to replace them. Fox joined with Walden Media officially as of January 28, 2009. They announced a December 10, 2010 release date shortly afterwards. It was announced on March 23, 2010 that the film will be released in Digital 3D in select theaters.

Edmund and Lucy come back to Narnia with their cousin in a ship called The Dawn Treader. Peter and Susan do not return because they have learned all they need to in Narnia. Filming was completed in November 2009. In 2010 the film is in post-production.

 

Additional films:

As there are seven books in The Chronicles of Narnia, each book could potentially become a movie. The production of further films would be contingent on the profitability of previous films; following the "Pevensie trilogy," the books remaining to be adapted would be The Silver Chair, The Horse and His Boy, The Magician's Nephew and The Last Battle.

 

 

 

MacGrath, Harold 

Harold MacGrath (September 4, 1871 - October 30, 1932) was a bestselling American novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter.

Also known occasionally as Harold McGrath, he was born in Syracuse, New York. As a young man, he worked as a reporter and columnist on the Syracuse Herald newspaper until the late 1890s when he published his first novel, a romance titled "Arms and the Woman." According to the New York Times, his next book, "The Puppet Crown," was the No.7 bestselling book in the United States for all of 1901. From that point on, MacGrath never looked back, writing novels for the mass market about love, adventure, mystery, spies, and the like at an average rate of more than one a year. He would have three more of his books that were among the top ten bestselling books of the year. At the same time, he penned a number of short stories for major American magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post, Ladies Home Journal, and Red Book magazine. Several of MacGrath's novels were serialized in these magazines and contributing to them was something he would continue to do until his death in 1932.

In 1912, Harold MacGrath became one of the first nationally-known authors to write directly for the movies when he was hired by the American Film Company to do the screenplay for a short film in the Western genre titled "The Vengeance That Failed." MacGrath had eighteen of his forty novels and three of his short stories made into films plus he wrote the story for another four motion pictures. And, three of his books were also made into Broadway plays.

The Puppet Crown (1901)

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Bibliography (and year made into film):

  • Arms and the Woman (1899)
  • The Puppet Crown (1901) - (1915 film)
  • The Grey Cloak (1903)
  • The Man on the Box (1904) - (1906 Broadway play & 1925 film)
  • Hearts & Masks (1905) - (1914 film & 1915 Broadway play titled Three of Hearts)
  • The Princess Elopes (1905)
  • Half a Rogue (1906) - (1916 film)
  • The Best Man (1907)
  • The Lure of the Mask (1908)
  • The Enchanted Hat (1908)
  • The Goose Girl (1909) - (1915 film)
  • A Splendid Hazard (1910) - (1920 film)
  • The Carpet From Bagdad (1911) - (1915 film)
  • The Place of Honeymoons (1912) - (1920 film)
  • Deuces Wild (1913)
  • Parrot and Company (1913) - (1921 film titled Not Guilty)
  • Pidgin Island (1914) - (1916 film)
  • The Adventures of Kathlyn (1914) - (1913 film serial & 1916 feature-length film)
  • The Million Dollar Mystery (1915) - (1914 & 1927 film)
  • The Voice in the Fog (1915) - (1915 film)
  • The Luck of the Irish (1917) - (1920 film)
  • The Girl In His House (1918) - (1918 film)
  • The Private Wire To Washington (1919)
  • The Yellow Typhoon (1919) - (1920 film)
  • The Drums of Jeopardy (1920) - (1922 Broadway play & 1923 film)
  • The Man With Three Names (1920)
  • The Pagan Madonna (1921)
  • The Ragged Edge (1922) - (1923 film)
  • Captain Wardlaw's Kitbags (1923)
  • The World Outside (1923)
  • The Green Stone (1924)
  • The Cellini Plaque (1925)
  • The Retreat From Utopia (1926)
  • The Sporting Spinster (1926)
  • We all Live Through It (1927)
  • The Changing Road (1928)
  • The Wolves of Chaos (1929)
  • The Blue Rajah Murder (1930)
  • The Green Complex (1930)
  • The Other Passport (1931)


Other film writings:

  • The Vengeance That Failed (1912)
  • Madam Who (1918) (story)
  • The Mollycoddle (1920) (story)
  • Pleasures of the Rich (1926) (based on his story The Wrong Coat)
  • Womanpower (1926) (based on his story You Can't Always Tell)
  • Bitter Apples (1927) (story)
  • Danger Street (1928) (based on his story The Beautiful Bullet)

Short stories (not including those made into films):

  • A Night's Enchantment (1904)
  • No Cinderella (1904)
  • Two Candidates (1904)
  • The Mollycoddle (1913)
  • The Millionaire Burglar (1917)
  • The Bach Chaconne (1932)

Serialized stories (not including those made into films):

  • The Changing Road (1927)
  • Impromptu (1929)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Machiavelli, Niccolo

Niccolò Machiavelli (3 May 1469 – 21 June 1527) was an Italian philosopher/writer, and is considered one of the main founders of modern political science. He was a diplomat, political philosopher, musician, and a playwright, but foremost, he was a civil servant of the Florentine Republic. In June of 1498, after the ouster and execution of Girolamo Savonarola, the Great Council elected Machiavelli as Secretary to the second Chancery of the Republic of Florence.

Like Leonardo da Vinci, Machiavelli is considered a good example of the Renaissance Man. He is most famous for a short political treatise, The Prince, written in 1513, but not published until 1532, five years after Machiavelli's death. Although he privately circulated The Prince among friends, the only work he published in his lifetime was The Art of War, about high-military science. Since the sixteenth century, generations of politicians remain attracted and repelled by the cynical approach to power posited in The Prince and his other works. Whatever his personal intentions, which are still debated today, his surname yielded the modern political word Machiavellianism—the use of cunning and deceitful tactics in politics.               

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The Prince

 

The Art of War

 

The Portable Machiavelli

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mahalin, Paul 

 

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The Son of Porthos

 

The Son of Porthos

 

 

 

Malory, Sir Thomas

Sir Thomas Malory (c. 1405 – 14 March 1471) was an English writer, the author or compiler of Le Morte d'Arthur. The antiquary John Leland (1506–1552) as well as John Bale believed him to be Welsh, but most modern scholars, beginning with G.L. Kittridge in 1894, assume that he was Sir Thomas Malory of Newbold Revel in Warwickshire, who was a knight, land-owner and Member of Parliament. The surname appears in various spellings, including, Malleorre, Mallerre, Maillorie, Mallory, Mallery, Maelor, and Maleore. The name comes from the Old French adjective maleüré (from Latin male auguratus) meaning ill-omened or unfortunate.

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Le Morte d'Arthur (The Death of King Arthur)

 

Le Morte D'Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory: Two Volumes Complete (Halcyon Classics)

 

 

 

Marchmont, Arthur W.
Thumbing through an old book published in 1905, I noticed some titles for more books in the back  -  and what Swahbuckling titles they were. Have not got my hands ahold of a copy of his work yet, but I'm sure he may be quiet good.

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Dash for a Throne

By Right of Sword

By Right of Sword

 

 

Marshall, Edison

Edison Tesla Marshall (28 August 1894, Rensselaer, Indiana - 29 October 1967 Augusta, Georgia) was an American short story writer and novelist.

Marshall grew up in Eugene, Oregon, where he attended the University of Oregon from 1913 to 1916. He served in the U.S. Army with the rank of second lieutenant. He married Agnes Sharp Flythe; they had two children, Edison and Nancy. In 1926, they moved to Augusta, Georgia.

His novel Benjamin Blake was adapted into the film Son of Fury, 1942 starring Tyrone Power, and The Vikings 1958, starring Kirk Douglas.

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  • The voice of the pack. Little, Brown, and Company. 1920.
  • The snowshoe trail. A.L. Burt. 1921.
  • The Strength of the Pines. Little, Brown. 1921.
  • Dian of the lost land. H. C. Kinsey & company, inc.. 1935. 
  • Benjamin Blake, 1941
  • Great Smith. Farrar & Rinehart. 1943. 
  • Yankee Pasha. Farrar, Straus. 1947. 
  • Gypsy sixpence. Farrar, Straus. 1949. 
  • The Upstart. Dell. 1950. 
  • The Infinite Woman. Farrar, Straus. 1950. 
  • Castle in the Swamp. Dell. 1951. 
  • The viking. Farrar, Straus, and Young. 1951. 
  • Bengal tiger: a tale of India. Doubleday. 1952. 
  • Caravan to Xanadu: a novel of Marco Polo. Farrar, Straus and Young. 1953. 
  • American captain. Farrar, Straus & Young. 1954. 
  • Cortez and Marina. Doubleday. 1963. 
  • The lost colony. Doubleday. 1964. 
  • The viking. Dell Pub.. 1965. 
  • Caravan to Xanadu. Harper Mass Market Paperbacks. 1972. 
  • A Skyline of Spruce. Kessinger Publishing. 2004.
  • The Conqueror.

    The Conqueror

     

     

     

    McCulley, Johnston

    Johnston McCulley (February 2, 1883 (1883-02-02), Ottawa, Illinois – November 23, 1958 (aged 75), Los Angeles, California), raised in Chillicothe, Illinois, was the author of hundreds of stories, fifty novels, numerous screenplays for film and television, and the creator of the character Zorro. Many of his novels and stories were written under the pseudonyms Harrison Strong, Raley Brien, George Drayne, Monica Morton, Rowena Raley, Frederic Phelps, Walter Pierson, and John Mack Stone, among others.

    McCulley started as a police reporter for The Police Gazette and served as an Army public affairs officer during World War I. An amateur history buff, he went on to a career in pulp fiction and screenplays, often using a Southern California backdrop for his stories.

    Aside from Zorro, McCulley created many other pulp characters, including Black Star, The Mongoose, and Thubway Tham. Many of McCulley's characters — the Green Ghost, the Thunderbolt, and the Crimson Clown — were inspirations for the masked heroes that have appeared in popular culture from McCulley's time to the present day.

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    The Mark of Zorro (formally, The Curse of Capistrano): The Curse of Capistrano is a 1919 story by Johnston McCulley and the first work to feature the fictional character Zorro (zorro is the Spanish word for fox). It would be later published as a novella in 1924 under the title The Mark of Zorro.

    Zorro (Spanish for fox) is the secret identity of Don Diego de la Vega (originally Don Diego Vega), a nobleman and master living in the Spanish colonial era of California. The character has undergone changes through the years, but the typical image of him is a black-clad masked outlaw who defends the people of the land against tyrannical officials and other villains. Not only is he much too cunning and foxlike for the bumbling authorities to catch, but he delights in publicly humiliating those same foes.

    • The Curse of Capistrano, All-Story Weekly Vol. 100 No. 2 - Vol. 101 No. 2, Aug 9 1919 - Sep 6 1919, serial segment
    • novella "The Curse of Capistrano" published by Grosset & Dunlap in 1919
    • The Further Adventures of Zorro, Argosy Vol. 142 No. 4 - Vol. 143 No. 3, May 6 1922 - June 10 1922, serial segment
    • novella reissued by Grosset & Dunlap as "The Mark of Zorro" in 1924
    • Zorro Rides Again, Argosy Vol. 224 No. 3 - Vol. 224 No. 6, Oct 3 1931 - Oct 24 1931, serial segment
    • Zorro Saves A Friend, Argosy Vol. 234 No. 1, Nov 12 1932, short story
    • Zorro Hunts A Jackal, Argosy Vol. 237 No. 6, Apr 22 1933, short story (aka Zorro Hunts by Night)
    • Zorro Deals With Treason, Argosy Vol. 249 No. 2, Aug 18 1934, short story
    • Mysterious Don Miguel, Argosy Weekly, Sep 21 1935, serial segment
    • Zorro Hunts By Night, Cavalier Classics Vol. I No. 2, Sept 1940, short story (aka Zorro Hunts a Jackal)
    • The Sign of Zorro, Argosy Vol. 305 No. 2 - Vol. 305 No. 6, Jan 25 1941 - Feb 22 1941, serial segment
    • Zorro Draws a Blade. (West Magazine Vol. 56 No. 2, July 1944).
    • Zorro Upsets a Plot. (West Magazine Vol. 56 No. 3, Sept. 1944).
    • Zorro Strikes Again. (West Magazine Vol. 57 No. 1, Nov. 1944).
    • Zorro Saves a Herd. (West Magazine Vol. 57 No. 2, Jan. 1945).
    • Zorro Runs the Gauntlet. (West Magazine Vol. 57 No. 3, March 1945).
    • Zorro Fights a Duel. (West Magazine Vol. 58 No. 1, May 1945).
    • Zorro Opens a Cage. (West Magazine Vol. 58 No. 2, July 1945).
    • Zorro Prevents a War. (West Magazine Vol. 58 No. 3, Sept. 1945).
    • Zorro Fights a Friend. (West Magazine Vol. 59 No. 1, Oct. 1945).
    • Zorro's Hour of Peril. (West Magazine Vol. 59 No. 2, Nov. 1945).
    • Zorro Lays a Ghost. (West Magazine Vol. 59 No. 3, Dec. 1945).
    • Zorro Frees Some Slaves. (West Magazine Vol. 60 No. 1, Jan. 1946).
    • Zorro's Double Danger. (West Magazine Vol. 60 No. 2, Feb. 1946).
    • Zorro's Masquerade. (West Magazine Vol. 60 No. 3, March 1946).
    • Zorro Stops a Panic. (West Magazine Vol. 61 No. 1, April 1946).
    • Zorro's Twin Perils. (West Magazine Vol. 61 No. 2, May 1946).
    • Zorro Plucks a Pigeon. (West Magazine Vol. 61 No. 3, June 1946).
    • Zorro Rides at Dawn. (West Magazine Vol. 62 No. 1, July 1946).
    • Zorro Takes the Bait. (West Magazine Vol. 62 No. 2, Aug. 1946).
    • Zorro Raids a Caravan. (West Magazine Vol. 62 No. 3, Oct. 1946).
    • Zorro's Moment of Fear. (West Magazine Vol. 63 No. 3, Jan. 1947).
    • Zorro Saves His Honor. (West Magazine Vol. 64 No. 1, Feb. 1947).
    • Zorro and the Pirate. (West Magazine Vol. 64 No. 2, March 1947).
    • Zorro Beats the Drum. (West Magazine Vol. 64 No. 3, April 1947).
    • Zorro's Strange Duel. (West Magazine Vol. 65 No. 1, May 1947).
    • A Task for Zorro. (West Magazine Vol. 65 No. 2, June 1947).
    • Zorro's Masked Menace. (West Magazine Vol. 65 No. 3, July 1947).
    • Zorro Aids an Invalid. (West Magazine Vol. 66 No. 1, Aug. 1947).
    • Zorro Saves an American. (West Magazine Vol. 66 No. 2, Sept. 1947).
    • Zorro Meets a Rogue. (West Magazine Vol. 66 No. 3, Oct. 1947).
    • Zorro Races with Death. (West Magazine Vol. 67 No. 1, Nov. 1947).
    • Zorro Fights for Peace. (West Magazine Vol. 67 No. 2, Dec. 1947).
    • Zorro Starts the New Year. (West Magazine Vol. 67 No. 3, Jan. 1948).
    • Zorro Serenades a Siren. (West Magazine Vol. 68 No. 1, Feb. 1948).
    • Zorro Meets a Wizard. (West Magazine Vol. 68 No. 2, March 1948).
    • Zorro Fights with Fire. (West Magazine Vol. 68 No. 3, April 1948).
    • Gold for a Tyrant. (West Magazine Vol. 69 No. 1, May 1948).
    • The Hide Hunter. (West Magazine Vol. 69 No. 2 July 1948).
    • Zorro Shears Some Wolves. (West Magazine Vol. 69 No. 3, Sept. 1948).
    • The Face Behind the Mask. (West Magazine Vol. 70 No. 1, Nov. 1948).
    • Hangnoose Reward. (West Magazine Vol. 70 No. 3, March 1949).
    • Zorro's Hostile Friends. (West Magazine Vol. 71 No. 1, May 1949).
    • Zorro's Hot Tortillas. (West Magazine Vol. 71 No. 2, July 1949).
    • An Ambush for Zorro. (West Magazine Vol. 71 No. 3, Sept. 1949).
    • Zorro Gives Evidence. (West Magazine Vol. 72 No. 1, Nov. 1949).
    • Rancho Marauders. (West Magazine Vol. 72 No. 2, Jan. 1950).
    • Zorro's Stolen Steed. (West Magazine Vol. 73 No. 3, March 1950).
    • Zorro Curbs a Riot. (West Magazine Vol. 73 No. 3, Sept. 1950).
    • The Three Stage Peons. (West Magazine Vol. 74 No. 1, Nov. 1950).
    • Zorro Nabs a Cutthroat. (West Magazine Vol. 74 No. 2, Jan. 1951).
    • Zorro Gathers Taxes. (West Magazine Vol. 74 No. 3, March 1951).
    • Zorro's Fight for Life, West Magazine, Vol. 74 No. 2, July 1951, short story
    • Zorro Rides the Trail!, Max Brand’s Western Magazine, May 1954, short story
    • The Mask of Zorro, Short Stories for Men Vol. 221 No. 2, April 1959, short story

    Zorro: The Masters Edition Volume Two (1944-1946) (Zorro the Masters Edition)

    Films:

    The character has been adapted for over forty films. They include:

    • The Mark of Zorro (1920), with Douglas Fairbanks
    • Don Q, Son of Zorro (1925), with Douglas Fairbanks
    • The Bold Caballero (1936), with Robert Livingston
    • Zorro's Fighting Legion (1939), with Reed Hadley
    • The Mark of Zorro (1940), with Tyrone Power
    • The Sign of Zorro (1958), with Guy Williams, portions of the first 13 Zorro TV series episodes edited into a feature film, released overseas in 1958 and domestically in 1960.
    • Zorro The Avenger (1959), with Guy Williams, another theatrical compilation of several Zorro TV episodes, released overseas, and was not seen in the United States until it was eventually aired on the Disney Channel.
    • Zorro (1961) and The Shadow of Zorro (aka Zorro the Avenger) (1962), two Spanish features starring Frank Latimore.
    • La Gran Aventura Del Zorro (1974), Mexican Western with Rodolfo de Anda, the first Mexican actor to play the role; with Pedro Armendáriz Jr as the villain and set in a very primitive San Francisco Bay Area.
    • Zorro (1975), Zorro meets the spaghetti western, with Alain Delon as Don Diego fighting the corrupt Colonel Huerta.
    • Zorro, The Gay Blade (1981), a parody, with George Hamilton. Diego, Jr., breaks his leg shortly after launching his career as a new Zorro, and his gay twin brother Ramon, now calling himself Bunny Wigglesworth, volunteers to fill in while he recuperates.
    • The Mask of Zorro (1998), played against tradition, with Anthony Hopkins as an aged Diego de la Vega and Antonio Banderas as Alejandro Murrieta, a misfit outlaw who is groomed to become the next Zorro.
    • The Legend of Zorro (2005), the sequel to the 1998 The Mask of Zorro, again starring Antonio Banderas.

    Film serials

    • Zorro Rides Again (1937), with John Carroll as a modern-day descendant, Jim Vega
    • Zorro's Fighting Legion (1939), with Reed Hadley
    • Zorro's Black Whip (1944), with Linda Stirling as an 1880s female descendent, The Black Whip
    • Son of Zorro (1947), with George Turner
    • Ghost of Zorro (1949), with Clayton Moore

    Television

    • Zorro, a Walt Disney-produced half-hour television series, running from 1957 to 1959, and starring Guy Williams as Zorro. The two Guy Williams-starred features above were episode compilations, and there were two one-hour follow-ups on the Walt Disney anthology television series in the 1959-1960 TV season.
    • The Mark of Zorro (1974), with Frank Langella, a made for TV remake of the 1940 film
    • The New Adventures of Zorro, 1981 animated series from Filmation.
    • Zorro and Son, 1983
    • Zorro (also known as The New Zorro or New World Zorro or Zorro 1990) was an early 1990s television series featuring Duncan Regehr. Regehr portrayed him for 88 episodes on The Family Channel from 1990 to 1993. Two feature length videos were episode compilations. It was shot entirely in Madrid, Spain.
    • Kaiketsu Zorro (1996) Japanese anime version from NHK and Ashi Productions.
    • The New Adventures of Zorro, 1997 animated series from Warner Bros..
    • The Amazing Zorro, 2002 made for TV animated film created by DIC Entertainment for Nickelodeon (TV channel)
    • Zorro: La Espada y la Rosa (The Sword and the Rose), a (2007) Spanish language telenovela from Sony Pictures and Telemundo, starring Peruvian actor Christian Meier as Don Diego de la Vega/Zorro and Marlene Favela as Esmeralda Sánchez de Moncada. This was filmed in the colonial village of Villa de Leyva, Colombia.
    • Zorro: Generation Z, (2008) animated series follows a descendent of the original Zorro, also named Diego De La Vega, fighting crime and the corrupt government of Pueblo Grande in a future setting.
    • In 2009, GMA Network of the Philippines have bought the rights to produce its local remake of the novel, entitled Zorro, a television series which premiered on March 23, 2009. The lead role is portrayed by Richard Gutierrez[5] with leading ladies Rhian Ramos, Bianca King, and Michelle Madrigal.

     

    Filmography: Many of Johnston McCulley's stories were made into motion pictures. McCulley also wrote for motion pictures. Here is a brief filmography.

    • Ruth of the Rockies, 1920, story
    • Ride for Your Life, 1924, story
    • The Ice Flood, 1926, story
    • The Red Rope, 1937, story
    • The Trusted Outlaw, 1937, story
    • Rose of the Rio Grande, 1938, story
    • Doomed Caravan, 1941, writer
    • Overland Mail, 1942, story
    • Don Ricardo Returns, 1946, story

     

     

     

    McSpadden, J. Walker

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    Robin Hood 

    The Original Robin Hood from the Movie Robin Hood

     

     

     

    Melville, Herman

    Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist and poet, whose work is often classified as part of the genre of dark romanticism. He is best known for his novel Moby-Dick and novella Billy Budd, the latter of which was published posthumously.

    His first three books gained much attention, the first becoming a bestseller, but after a fast-blooming literary success in the late 1840s, his popularity declined precipitously in the mid-1850s and never recovered during his lifetime. When he died in 1891, he was almost completely forgotten. It was not until the "Melville Revival" in the early 20th century that his work won recognition, most notably Moby-Dick which was hailed as one of the chief literary masterpieces of both American and world literature. He was the first writer to have his works collected and published by the Library of America.               

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  • Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life (1846)
  • Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas (1847)
  • Mardi: And a Voyage Thither (1849)
  • Redburn: His First Voyage (1849)
  • White-Jacket; or, The World in a Man-of-War (1850)
  • Moby-Dick; or, The Whale (1851)
  • Pierre: or, The Ambiguities (1852)
  • Isle of the Cross (ca. 1853, since lost)
  • Israel Potter: His Fifty Years of Exile (1855)
  • The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade (1857)
  • Billy Bud, Sailor (An Inside Narrative) [Published Posthumously] (1924)

     

    Moby Dick (Oxford World's Classics)

     

    Moby-Dick is a novel first published in 1851 by American author Herman Melville. Moby-Dick is often referred to as a Great American Novel and is considered one of the treasures of world literature. The story tells the adventures of the wandering sailor Ishmael, and his voyage on the whaleship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab seeks one specific whale, Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white sperm whale. In a previous encounter, the whale destroyed Ahab's boat and bit off his leg. Ahab intends to take revenge.

    In Moby-Dick, Melville employs stylized language, symbolism, and metaphor to explore numerous complex themes. Through the main character's journey, the concepts of class and social status, good and evil, and the existence of gods are all examined as Ishmael speculates upon his personal beliefs and his place in the universe. The narrator's reflections, along with his descriptions of a sailor's life aboard a whaling ship, are woven into the narrative along with Shakespearean literary devices such as stage directions, extended soliloquies and asides.

    Often classified as American Romanticism, Moby-Dick was first published by Richard Bentley in London on October 18, 1851 in an expurgated three-volume edition titled The Whale, and weeks later as a single volume, by New York City publisher Harper and Brothers as Moby-Dick; or, The Whale on November 14, 1851. Although the book initially received mixed reviews, Moby-Dick is now considered one of the greatest novels in the English language.

    The story is based on the actual events around the whaleship Essex, which was attacked by a sperm whale while at sea and sank.

    Moby Dick In Film:

    • A 1926 silent movie, The Sea Beast, starring John Barrymore as a heroic Ahab with a fiancée and an evil brother, loosely based on the novel. Remade as Moby Dick in 1930, a version in which Ahab kills the whale and returns home to the woman he loves (played by Joan Bennett).
    • Moby Dick Rehearsed, a "play within a play" directed by Orson Welles. A performance of the play was filmed in 1955, but is now considered lost.
    • Moby Dick, a 1956 film directed by John Huston and starring Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab, with screenplay by Ray Bradbury.
    • Tom and Jerry: Dicky Moe was directed by Gene Deitch and released in 1962. The peg-legged but unnamed Ahab-like captain of the Komquot is maniacally obsessed with hunting the great white whale Dicky Moe. When his crew desert, he shanghais Tom and makes him do the work of the whole crew while seamouse Jerry bedevils him. When Dicky Moe is finally sighted, the captain fires a harpoon gun but the rope attached to the harpoon is also looped around Tom's leg. The whale swims off with the captain screaming, "Come back with my whale!"
    • Moby Dick, featuring Jack Aranson as Captain Ahab, was filmed in 1978 and released in November 2005 on DVD. The director was Paul Stanley.
    • A Japanese animated adaptation of Moby-Dick, called Hakugei: Legend of the Moby Dick, was produced in 1997.
    • In 1999, a 25-minute paint-on-glass-animated adaptation was made by the Russian studio Man and Time, directed by Natalya Orlova. [1] It was made for the British market, and so was in English. Rod Steiger was the voice of Captain Ahab. The film came in third place at the 5th Open Russian Festival of Animated Film.
    • Capitaine Achab a 2004 French movie directed by Philippe Ramos, with Valérie Crunchant and Frédéric Bonpart.
    • Curse of the Dragon (formerly known as Dragon Fire), is a film set to be released in 2010. It was directed by Ryan Little and adapts the Moby Dick story to a fantasy setting with a white dragon.
    • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan echoed some of the themes of Moby Dick, especially Khan's obsession with exacting revenge on Captain (now Admiral) James T. Kirk.

    Television

    • A 1964 episode of Mr. Magoo saw Ishmael Quincey Magoo hunting the great white whale.
    • In 1967, the Hanna-Barbera series Moby Dick and Mighty Mightor featured the whale in adventures with two boys he had rescued.
    • A 1991 episode of the cartoon series Beetlejuice entitled "Moby Richard" had Beetlejuice and Lydia putting on 'Disasterpiece Theatre,' and deciding to do Moby Dick as their first episode. But Moby "Richard" refuses to change the classic to suit Beetlejuice's notions of what a classic should be, and quits - but not without insulting BJ first. BJ lets the character of Captain Ahab take him over, and leads the others on a dangerous mission through Sandworm Land to get revenge on the whale.
    • Moby Dick, a 1998 television movie starring Patrick Stewart as Ahab and Gregory Peck as Father Mapple (a Golden Globe-winning performance)
    • Moby Dick et le Secret de Mu, a 2005 Luxembourgian/French animated series produced by Benoît Petit.

     

    Billy Bud is a novella begun around 1886 by American author Herman Melville, left unfinished at his death in 1891 and not published until 1924. The work has been central to Melville scholarship since it was discovered in manuscript form among Melville's papers in 1924 by Raymond Weaver, his first biographer, and subsequently published the same year.

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    It has an ignominious editorial history, as poor transcription and misinterpretation of Melville's notes on the manuscript marred the first published editions of the text. For example, early versions gave the book's title as Billy Budd, Foretopman, while it now seems clear Melville intended Billy Budd, Sailor: (An Inside Narrative); some versions wrongly included a chapter that Melville had excised as a preface (the correct text has no preface); some versions fail to correct the name of the ship to Bellipotent (from the Latin bellum war and potens powerful), from Indomitable, as Melville called her in an earlier draft.

    In Film:

    Billy Budd is a 1962 film produced, directed, and co-written by Peter Ustinov. Adapted from the stage play version of Herman Melville's short novel Billy Budd, it starred Terence Stamp as Billy Budd, Robert Ryan as John Claggart, and Ustinov as Captain Vere. Stamp was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and received a Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Male Newcomer. The film was nominated for four BAFTAs.

     

     

     

     

    Moliere

    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, mostly known by his stage name Molière, (January 15, 1622 – February 17, 1673) was a French playwright and actor who is considered one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature. Among Molière's best-known dramas are Le Misanthrope (The Misanthrope), L'École des femmes (The School for Wives), Tartuffe ou L'Imposteur, (Tartuffe or the Hypocrite), L'Avare ou L'École du mensonge (The Miser), Le Malade imaginaire (The Imaginary Invalid), and Le Bourgeois gentilhomme (The Bourgeois Gentleman).

    Born into a prosperous family and having studied at the Collège de Clermont (now Lycée Louis-le-Grand), Molière was well suited to begin a life in the theatre. Thirteen years as an itinerant actor helped him polish his comic abilities while he began writing, combining Commedia dell'Arte elements with the more refined French comedy.

    Classic French Drama: 21 plays by Molière in English translation, in a single file, with active table of contents

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  • Le Médecin volant (1645) -- The Flying Doctor
  • La Jalousie du barbouillé (1650)
  • L'Étourdi ou Les Contretemps (1655) -- The Blunderer
  • Le Dépit amoureux (December 16, 1656)
  • Le Docteur amoureux (1658), the first play performed by Molière's troupe for Louis XIV (now lost) -- The Doctor in Love
  • Les Précieuses ridicules (November 18, 1659) -- The Affected Young Ladies
  • Sganarelle ou Le Cocu imaginaire (May 28, 1660) -- Sganarelle, or the Imaginary Cuckold
  • Dom Garcie de Navarre ou Le Prince jaloux (February 4, 1661) -- Don Garcia of Navarre or the Jealous Prince
  • L'École des maris (June 24, 1661) -- The School for Husbands
  • Les Fâcheux (August 17, 1661) -- The Mad
  • L'École des femmes (December 26, 1662) (Adapted into The Amorous Flea in 1964) -- The School for Wives
  • La Jalousie du Gros-René (April 15, 1663) (presumably the same as "La Jalousie du Barbouillé")
  • La Critique de l'école des femmes (June 1, 1663) -- Critique of the School for Wives
  • L'Impromptu de Versailles (October 14, 1663)
  • Le Mariage forcé (January 29, 1664) -- The Forced Marriage
  • Gros-René, petit enfant (April 27, 1664) (now lost)
  • La Princesse d'Élide (May 8, 1664) -- The Princess of Elid
  • Tartuffe ou L'Imposteur (May 12, 1664) -- Tartuffe, or The Imposter (or Hypocrite)
  • Dom Juan ou Le Festin de pierre (February 15, 1665)
  • L'Amour médecin (September 15, 1665) -- Love Is the Doctor
  • Le Misanthrope ou L'Atrabilaire amoureux (June 4, 1666) -- The Misanthrope
  • Le Médecin malgré lui (August 6, 1666) -- The Doctor in Spite of Himself
  • Mélicerte (December 2, 1666)
  • Pastorale comique (January 5, 1667)
  • Le Sicilien ou L'Amour peintre (February 14, 1667) -- The Sicilian, or Love Is the Doctor
  • Amphitryon(January 13, 1668)
  • George Dandin ou Le Mari confondu (July 18, 1668) -- George Dandin, or the Abashed Husband
  • L'Avare ou L'École du mensonge (September 9, 1668) -- The Miser
  • Monsieur de Pourceaugnac (October 6, 1669)
  • Les Amants magnifiques (February 4, 1670) -- The magnificent lovers
  • Le Bourgeois gentilhomme (October 14, 1670) -- The Bourgeois Gentlemen
  • Psyché (January 17, 1671) -- Psyche
  • Les Fourberies de Scapin (May 24, 1671)
  • La Comtesse d'Escarbagnas (December 2, 1671)
  • Les Femmes savantes (March 11, 1672) -- The Learned Ladies
  • Le Malade imaginaire (February 10, 1673) -- The Imaginary Invalid (or The Hypochondriac)

     

    Don Juan:

    Dom Juan or The Feast with the Statue (Dom Juan ou le Festin de pierre) is a French play by Molière, based on the legend of Don Juan. Molière's characters Dom Juan and Sganarelle are the French counterparts to the Spanish Don Juan and Catalinón, characters who would later become familiar to opera goers as Don Giovanni and Leporello. "Dom Juan" is the last part in Molière's hypocrisy trilogy, which also includes The School for Wives and Tartuffe. It was first performed on February 15, 1665, in the Palais-Royal, with Molière playing the role of Sganarelle.

    The play's title and the name of the main character are often translated as "Don Juan".

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Morgenstern, S.

    Simon Morgenstern is both a pseudonym and a narrative device invented by William Goldman [see our entry on him also] to add another layer to his novel The Princess Bride. He presents his novel as being an abridged version of a work by the fictional Morgenstern, an author from the equally fictional country of Florin. The name is almost certainly a reference to Johann Carl Simon Morgenstern who coined the term Bildungsroman describing the genre of story.

    The details of Goldman's life given in the introduction and commentary for The Princess Bride are also largely fictional. For instance, he says that his wife is a psychiatrist and that he was inspired to abridge Morgenstern's The Princess Bride for his only child, a son. (The Princess Bride actually originated as a bedtime story for Goldman's two daughters.) He not only treats Morgenstern and the countries of Florin and Guilder as real, but even claims that his own father was Florinese and had immigrated to America.

    At one point in The Princess Bride, Goldman's commentary indicates that he had wanted to add a passage elaborating a scene skipped over by Morgenstern. He explains that his editors would not allow him to take such liberties with the "original" text, and encourages readers to write to his publisher to request a copy of this scene. Both the original publisher and its successor have responded to such requests with letters describing their supposed legal problems with the Morgenstern estate.

    In the 15th and 25th Anniversary Edition of The Princess Bride, Goldman claimed that he wanted to adapt the sequel written by Morgenstern, Buttercup's Baby, but he was unable to do so because Morgenstern's estate wanted Stephen King to do the abridgment instead. He also continued the fictional details of his own life, claiming that his psychiatrist wife had divorced him, and his son had grown to have a son of his own.

    Goldman also wrote "The Silent Gondoliers" under the Morgenstern name.

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    The Princess Bride

     

    The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure

     

     

    In Film:

    From celebrated director Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally) and OscarÂ(r)-winning* screenwriter William Goldman (Chaplin) comes "an enchanting fantasy" (Time) filled with adventure, romance and plenty of "good-hearted fun" (Roger Ebert)! Featuring a spectacular cast thatincludes Robin Wright (Forrest Gump), Cary Elwes (Liar, Liar), Mandy Patinkin (Dick Tracy) and Billy Crystal (City Slickers), this wonderful fairy tale about a Princess named Buttercup and her beloved is "a real dream of a movie" (People)! *1969: OriginalScreenplay, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1976: Adapted Screenplay, All the President's Men.

    Princess Bride


    The Princess Bride (20th Anniversary Edition)

     

     

     

     

    Nevill, Ralph 

     

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    Memoirs of D'Artagnan (as Translator) 

     

    Memoirs Of Monsieur D'Artignan V3, The Captain: Captain-Lieutenant Of The First Company Of The King's Musketeers (1903)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Nordhoff, Charles

     

    Charles Bernard Nordhoff (February 1, 1887 - April 10, 1947) was an English-born American novelist and traveler.

    After leaving the service, Nordhoff stayed on in Paris, France, where he worked as a journalist and wrote his first book, The Fledgling. In 1919, he and another former Lafayette Squadron pilot, James Norman Hall, who was also an author and journalist, were asked to write a history of that unit. Neither man had known the other during the war. Their first literary collaboration, The Lafayette Flying Corps, was published in 1920.

    The two authors then returned to the United States, sharing a rented house in Martha's Vinyard, until given a commission by Harper's Magazine to write travel articles set in the South Pacific. They went to Tahiti in the Society Islands for research and inspiration, and ended up staying, Nordhoff for twenty years, Hall for life. Their second book, Faery Lands of the South Seas was serialized in Harper's in 1920-21, then published in book form.

    Nordhoff married a Tahitian woman, Pepe Teara, with whom he would have four daughters and two sons. He wrote novels on his own for ten years, of which The Derelict (1928) was considered his finest solo effort. Nordhoff and Hall continued to jointly write travel and adventure articles for The Atlantic during the 1920s and early 1930s. They also co-authored another memoir of the Great War, Falcons of France (1929). It was Hall who suggested they work on the Bounty trilogy, The Mutiny on the Bounty, Men Against the Sea and Pitcairn's Island.

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  • The Fledgling, 1919
  • The Lafayette Flying Corps, with James Norman Hall, 1920
  • Faery Lands of the South Pacific, with James Norman Hall, 1921
  • Picarò, 1924
  • The Pearl Lagoon, 1924
  • The Derelict, 1928
  • Falcons of France, with James Norman Hall, 1929
  • The Bounty Trilogy, with James Norman Hall
    • The Mutiny on the Bounty, 1932
    • Men Against the Sea, 1933
    • Pitcairn's Island, 1934
  • The Hurricane, with James Norman Hall, 1936
  • The Dark River, with James Norman Hall, 1938
  • No More Gas, with James Norman Hall, 1940
  • In Yankee Windjammers, 1940
  • Botany Bay, with James Norman Hall, 1941
  • Men Without Country, with James Norman Hall, 1942
  • High Barbaree, with James Norman Hall, 1945
  • The Far Lands, with Tod Ford, 1950 (posthumous)

     

    Mutiny on the Bounty is the title of the 1932 novel by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall, based on the mutiny against Lieutenant William Bligh, commanding officer of the Bounty in 1789. It has been made into several films and a musical. It was the first of what became "The Bounty Trilogy", which continues with Men Against the Sea, and concludes with Pitcairn's Island. The novel tells the story through a fictional first-person narrator by the name of Roger Byam, based on actual crew member Peter Heywood. Byam, although not one of the mutineers, remains with the Bounty after the mutiny. He subsequently returns to Tahiti, and is eventually arrested and taken back to England to face a court-martial. He and several other members of the crew are eventually acquitted.

    First edition dustcover

     

     

    Mutiny on the Bounty In Film:

     

    Film, TV or theatrical adaptations

    • In the Wake of the Bounty (1933) (notable as the first film to introduce Errol Flynn to movie audiences, as Fletcher Christian)
    • Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
    • Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
    • The Bounty (1984)

    in 1935, film starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable, and directed by Frank Lloyd based on the Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall novel Mutiny on the Bounty. The film was one of the biggest hits of its time. Although its historical accuracy has been seriously questioned (inevitable as it is based on a novel about the facts, not the facts themselves), film critics consider this adaptation to be the best cinematic work inspired by the mutiny.

     

     

    Men Against the Sea is the second installment in the trilogy by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall about the mutiny aboard the Bounty. It is preceded by Mutiny on the "Bounty" and followed by Pitcairn's Island. The original copyright date is 1933, and it was first printed in hardcover in January 1934 by Little, Brown and Company. Men Against the Sea follows the journey of Lieutenant William Bligh and the eighteen men set adrift in an open boat by the mutineers of the Bounty. The story is told from the perspective of Thomas Ledward, the Bounty's acting surgeon, who went into the ship's launch with Bligh. It begins after the main events described in the novel and then moves into a flashback, finishing at the starting point. This true story is considered the greatest open-boat voyage of all time.

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    Pitcairn's Island is the third installment in the fictional trilogy by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall about the mutiny aboard the Bounty. It is preceded by Mutiny on the "Bounty" and Men Against the Sea. The original copyright date is 1934 by Little, Brown and Company. After two unsuccessful attempts to settle on the island of Tubuai the Bounty mutineers returned to Tahiti where they parted company. Fletcher Christian and eight of his men, together with eighteen Polynesians , sailed from Tahiti in September 1789 and for a period of eighteen years nothing was heard of them. Then, in 1808, the American sailing vessel Topaz discovered s thriving community of mixed blood on Pitcairn Island under the rule of Alexander Smith the only survivor of the fifteen men who had landed there so long before.

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    O'Brien, Patrick

    Patrick O'Brian (12 December 1914 – 2 January 2000), born Richard Patrick Russ, was an English novelist and translator, best known for his Aubrey–Maturin series of novels set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars and centred on the friendship of English Naval Captain Jack Aubrey and the Irish–Catalan physician Stephen Maturin. The 20-novel series is known for its well-researched and highly detailed portrayal of early 19th century life, as well as its authentic and evocative language. A partially-finished twenty-first novel in the series was published posthumously containing facing pages of handwriting and typescript.

    Peter Weir's 2003 film, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is loosely based on the novel The Far Side of the World from the Aubrey–Maturin series for its plot, but draws on a number of the novels for incidents within the film.

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    The Aubrey–Maturin series:

    The Aubrey–Maturin series is a sequence of nautical historical novels—20 completed and one unfinished—by Patrick O'Brian, set during the Napoleonic Wars and centering on the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey of the Royal Navy and his ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin, who is also a physician, natural philosopher, and secret agent. The first novel, Master and Commander, was published in 1969 and the last finished novel in 1999.[1] The 21st novel of the series, left unfinished by O'Brian's death in 2000, appeared in print in late 2004. The series received considerable international acclaim and most of the novels reached the The New York Times Best Seller list.[1] These novels comprised the canon of an author often compared to Jane Austen, C. S. Forester and a myriad of other British authors central to the canon.

    The 2003 film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World took material from books in this series, notably Master and Commander, HMS Surprise, The Letter of Marque, The Fortune of War, and particularly The Far Side of the World. Russell Crowe played the role of Jack Aubrey, and Paul Bettany that of Stephen Maturin.

     

    1. Master and Commander (1969)
    2. Post Captain (1972)
    3. HMS Surprise (1973)
    4. The Mauritius Command (1977)
    5. Desolation Island (1978)
    6. The Fortune of War (1979)
    7. The Surgeon's Mate (1980)
    8. The Ionian Mission (1981)
    9. Treason's Harbour (1983)
    10. The Far Side of the World (1984)
    11. The Reverse of the Medal (1986)
    12. The Letter of Marque (1988)
    13. The Thirteen-Gun Salute (1989)
    14. The Nutmeg of Consolation (1991)
    15. Clarissa Oakes (1992)
      (The Truelove in the USA)
    16. The Wine-Dark Sea (1993)
    17. The Commodore (1994)
    18. The Yellow Admiral (1996)
    19. The Hundred Days (1998)
    20. Blue at the Mizzen (1999)
    21. The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey (2004)
      (21 in the USA)

    Fiction (non-serial):

    • Caesar (1930, his first book, which led him to be often labelled by critics as the 'boy-Thoreau')
    • Hussein (1938)
    • Testimonies (1952) (Three Bear Witness in the U.K.)
    • The Catalans (1953) (The Frozen Flame in the U.K.)
    • The Road to Samarcand (1954)
    • The Golden Ocean (1956)
    • The Unknown Shore (1959)
    • Richard Temple (1962)

    Short story collections:

    • Beasts Royal (1934)
    • The Last Pool and Other Stories (1950)
    • The Walker and Other Stories (1955)
    • Lying in the Sun and Other Stories (1956)
    • The Chian Wine and Other Stories (1974)
    • Collected Short Stories (1994; The Rendezvous and Other Stories in the U.S.)

    Non-fiction:

    • Men-of-War: Life in Nelson's Navy (1974). ISBN 0-393-03858-0
    • Picasso (1976; originally titled Pablo Ruiz Picasso). ISBN 0-00-717357-1
    • Joseph Banks: A Life (1987) The Harvill Press, London. Paperback reprint, 1989 

     

    The Complete Aubrey/Maturin Novels

     

    In Film:

     

    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is a 2003 action/historical drama film directed by Peter Weir, starring Russell Crowe as Jack Aubrey, with Paul Bettany as Stephen Maturin and released by 20th Century Fox, Miramax Films and Universal Studios. It is adapted from three novels in the Aubrey–Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian. The film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Academy Award for Best Picture, and won in two categories, Best Cinematography and Sound Effects Editing.

     

     

     

     

    Orczy, Baroness

    Baroness Emma Magdolna Rozália Mária Jozefa Borbála "Emmuska" Orczy de Orczi (pronounced /ˈɔrtsiː/; 23 September 1865 – 12 November 1947) was a British novelist, playwright and artist of Hungarian noble origin. She was most notable for her series of novels featuring the Scarlet Pimpernel. Some of her paintings were exhibited at the Royal Academy in London.

    In 1903, she and her husband wrote a play based on one of her short stories about an English aristocrat, Sir Percy Blakeney, Bart., who rescued French aristocrats from the French Revolution: The Scarlet Pimpernel. She submitted her novelization of the story under the same title to 12 publishers. While waiting the decision of these publishers, Fred Terry and Julia Neilson accepted the play for production in the West End. Initially, it drew small audiences, but the play ran four years in London, broke many stage records, was translated and produced in other countries, and underwent several revivals. This theatrical success generated huge sales for the novel.

    She went on to write over a dozen sequels featuring Sir Percy Blakeney, his family, and the other members of the League of the Scarlet Pimpernel, of which the first, I Will Repay (1906), was the most popular. The last Pimpernel book, Mam'zelle Guillotine, was published in 1940. None of her three subsequent plays matched the success of The Scarlet Pimpernel.     

            

    WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR:

     

  • The Emperor's Candlesticks (1899)
  • In Mary's Reign (1901) later The Tangled Skein (1907)
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel (1905)
  • By the Gods Beloved (1905) later released in the US as The Gates of Kamt (1907)
  • I will Repay (1906)
  • A Son of the People (1906)
  • Beau Brocade (1907)
  • The Elusive Pimpernel (1908)
  • The Nest of the Sparrowhawk (1909)
  • Petticoat Government (1910)
  • A True Woman (1911)
  • The Traitor (1912)
  • The Good Patriots (1912)
  • Fire in Stubble (1912)
  • Meadowsweet (1912)
  • Eldorado (1913)
  • Unto Cæsar (1914)
  • The Laughing Cavalier (1914)
  • A Bride of the Plains (1915)
  • The Bronze Eagle (1915)
  • Leatherface (1916)
  • Lord Tony's Wife (1917)
  • A Sheaf of Bluebells (1917)
  • Flower o' the Lily (1918)
  • His Majesty's Well-beloved (1919)
  • The First Sir Percy (1921)
  • The Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1922)
  • Nicolette: A Tale of Old Provence (1922)
  • The Honourable Jim (1924)
  • Pimpernel and Rosemary (1924)
  • Les Beaux et les Dandys de Grand Siècles en Angleterre (1924)
  • The Miser of Maida Vale (1925)
  • A Question of Temptation (1925)
  • The Celestial City (1926)
  • Sir Percy Hits Back (1927)
  • Blue Eyes and Grey (1929)
  • Marivosa (1930)
  • In the Rue Monge (1931)
  • A Joyous Adventure (1932)
  • A Child of the Revolution (1932)
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel Looks at the World (1933)
  • The Way of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1933)
  • A Spy of Napoleon (1934)
  • The Uncrowned King (1935)
  • The Turbulent Duchess (1935)
  • Sir Percy Leads the Band (1936)
  • The Divine Folly (1937)
  • No Greater Love (1938)
  • Mam'zelle Guillotine (1940)
  • Pride of Race (1942)
  • The Will-O'-The-Wisp (1947)

     

    "They seek him here, They seek him there,
    Those Frenchies seek him everywhere.
    Is he in heaven?—Is he in hell?
    That demmed, elusive Pimpernel!"

    The Scarlet Pimpernel is a classic play and adventure novel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, set during the Reign of Terror following the start of the French Revolution. The story is a precursor to the "disguised superhero" tales such as Zorro or Batman.

    The play was produced and adapted by Julia Neilson and Fred Terry. It first opened on 15 October 1903 at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal; it was not a success. Terry, however, had confidence in the play and, with a rewritten last act, took it to London where it opened at the New Theatre on 5 January 1905. The premier of the London production was enthusiastically received by the audience, but critics considered the play 'old-fashioned.' In spite of negative reviews, the play became a popular success, running 122 performances and enjoying numerous revivals. The Scarlet Pimpernel became a favourite of London audiences, playing more than 2,000 performances and becoming one of the most popular shows staged in England to that date.

    The novel was published soon after the play's opening and was an immediate success. Orczy gained a following of readers in Britain and throughout the world. The popularity of the novel encouraged her to write a number of sequels for her "reckless daredevil" over the next 35 years. The play was performed to great acclaim in France, Italy, Germany and Spain, while the novel was translated into 16 languages. Subsequently, the story has been adapted for television, film, a musical and other media.

    The international success of The Scarlet Pimpernel allowed Orczy and her husband to live out their lives in luxury. Over the years, they lived on an estate in Kent, a bustling London home and an opulent villa in Monte Carlo. Orczy wrote in her autobiography, Links in the Chain of Life:

    I have so often been asked the question: "But how did you come to think of The Scarlet Pimpernel?" And my answer has always been: "It was God's will that I should." And to you moderns, who perhaps do not believe as I do, I will say, "In the chain of my life, there were so many links, all of which tended towards bringing me to the fulfillment of my destiny."

     

    The Scarlet Pimpernel

     

    In Film:

    Hollywood took to the Pimpernel early and often, though most of the Pimpernel movies have been based on a melange of the original book and another Orczy novel, Eldorado.

    • The Scarlet Pimpernel (1917)
    • The Laughing Cavalier (1917)
    • The Elusive Pimpernel (1919)
    • The Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1928)
    • The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934)
    • Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel (1937)
    • Pimpernel Smith (1941)
    • Pimpernel Svensson (1950)
    • The Elusive Pimpernel (1950) aka The Fighting Pimpernel — USA
    • The Scarlet Pimpernel (1955-1956 British television series)
    • The Scarlet Pimpernel (1960) (TV)
    • Don't Lose Your Head (1966) aka Carry on Pimpernel — USA
    • The Elusive Pimpernel (1969)
    • The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982) (TV)
    • The Scarlet Pimpernel (1987) (TV)
    • The Scarlet Pimpernel (1997), a 1997 Broadway musical composed by Frank Wildhorn and written by Nan Knighton. The production starred Douglas Sills as Sir Percy Blakeney, Christine Andreas as Marguerite Blakeney, and Terrence Mann as Citizen Chauvelin.
    • The Scarlet Pimpernel, two TV series of three episodes each (1999, 2000): "The Scarlet Pimpernel", "Valentin Gautier" [UK title]/"The Scarlet Pimpernel Meets Madame Guillotine" [US title], "The King's Ransom" [UK title]/"The Scarlet Pimpernel and the Kidnapped King" [US title], "Ennui", "Friends and Enemies", "A Good Name"). The BBC production, with Richard E. Grant in the title role and Martin Shaw as Chauvelin, took many liberties with the characters and plot, and was not well received by fans of the books.
    • The Forecourt Pimpernel (2001) (TV)
    • The Black Pimpernel (2006)
    • The Scarlet Pimpernel (2010), a Broadway style Japanese adaptation, performed by the popular all-women's Takarazuka Revue in Osaka, Japan.

    The Scarlet Pimpernel is a 1934 adaptation of The Scarlet Pimpernel, the classic adventure novel by Baroness Orczy. It was produced by Alexander Korda, directed by Harold Young and stars Leslie Howard and Merle Oberon, along with Raymond Massey.

    Alexander Korda, a Hungarian, who had been born in a town not far from the Orczy farm, had recently had great success with the actor Charles Laughton in the film The Private Life of Henry VIII, so he understandably asked the famous British actor to play the role of Sir Percy. But when the announcement went out to the press, the reaction from the Pimpernel's many fans was horror — the pug-nosed Laughton to play the suave Sir Percy? Never! Korda was nothing if not pragmatic and he offered the role to Leslie Howard, with Merle Oberon as Marguerite.

    Howard set the standard with his portrayal of Sir Percy Blakeney; his version is widely regarded as the best screen adaptation, although Orczy herself believed Oberon was miscast.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Pemjean, Lucien

     

    WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR:

     

    When d'Artagnan was young

     

    Captain d'Artagnan

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Plato

    Plato (428/427 BC – 348/347 BC), was a Classical Greek philosopher, mathematician, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. Along with his mentor, Socrates, and his student, Aristotle, Plato helped to lay the foundations of Western philosophy and science.[3] Plato was originally a student of Socrates, and was as much influenced by his thinking as by his apparently unjust execution.

    Plato's sophistication as a writer is evident in his Socratic dialogues; thirty-six dialogues and thirteen letters have been ascribed to him. Plato's writings have been published in several fashions; this has led to several conventions regarding the naming and referencing of Plato's texts.

    Plato's dialogues have been used to teach a range of subjects, including philosophy, logic, rhetoric, mathematics, and other subjects about which he wrote.

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    The Republic: (c. 380 bc.), is a philosophical dialogue about the nature of justice and the order and character of the just City-State and the just individual. The dialogues, among Socrates and various Athenians and foreigners, discuss the meaning of justice, and examine whether or not the just man is happier than the unjust man, by proposing a society ruled by philosopher-kings and the guardians; hence the Republic's original Ancient Greek title: Πολιτεία | Politeía (City-State Governance). Moreover, in the dialogues, the Classical Greek philosopher Plato also discusses the theory of forms, the immortality of the soul, and the roles of the philosopher and of poetry in society. The Republic, Plato’s best-known work, proved one of the most intellectually and historically influential works of philosophy and political theory.

    Crito: is a short but important dialogue by the ancient Greek philosopher Plato. It is a conversation between Socrates and his wealthy friend Crito regarding justice (dikē), injustice (adikia), and the appropriate response to injustice. Socrates thinks that injustice may not be answered with injustice, and refuses Crito's offer to finance his escape from prison. This dialogue contains an ancient statement of the social contract theory of government.

    Timaeus: is one of Plato's dialogues, mostly in the form of a long monologue given by the title character, written circa 360 BC. The work puts forward speculation on the nature of the physical world and human beings. It is followed by the dialogue Critias. Speakers of the dialogue are Socrates, Timaeus of Locri, Hermocrates, Critias. Some scholars have argued that it is not the Critias of the Thirty Tyrants who is appearing in this dialogue, but his grandfather, who is also named Critias.

    Critias proceeds to tell the story of Solon's journey to Egypt where he hears the story of Atlantis, and how Athens used to be an ideal state that subsequently waged war against Atlantis. Critias believes that he is getting ahead of himself, and mentions that Timaeus will tell part of the account from the origin of the universe to man. The history of Atlantis is postponed to Critias. The main content of the dialogue, the exposition by Timaeus, follows.

    Complete Dialogues of Plato (26 dialogues) The Republic, Crito, Laws, Symposium, Gorgias, Phaedrus & more (mobi)

     

    Atlantis: is a legendary island first mentioned in Plato's dialogues Timaeus and Critias. In Plato's account, Atlantis was a naval power lying "in front of the Pillars of Hercules" that conquered many parts of Western Europe and Africa 9,000 years before the time of Solon, or approximately 9600 BC. After a failed attempt to invade Athens, Atlantis sank into the ocean "in a single day and night of misfortune".

    Scholars dispute whether and how much Plato's story or account was inspired by older traditions. Some scholars argue Plato drew upon memories of past events such as the Thera eruption or the Trojan War, while others insist that he took inspiration from contemporary events like the destruction of Helike in 373 BC or the failed Athenian invasion of Sicily in 415–413 BC.

    The possible existence of a genuine Atlantis was discussed throughout classical antiquity, but it was usually rejected and occasionally parodied by later authors. As Alan Cameron states: "It is only in modern times that people have taken the Atlantis story seriously; no one did so in antiquity". While little known during the Middle Ages, the story of Atlantis was rediscovered by Humanists in the Early Modern period. Plato's description inspired the utopian works of several Renaissance writers, like Francis Bacon's "New Atlantis". Atlantis inspires today's literature, from science fiction to comic books to films, its name having become a byword for any and all supposed advanced prehistoric lost civilizations.

    Athanasius Kircher's Atlantis.gif Atlantis

     

     

     

    Pyle, Howard 

    Howard Pyle (March 5, 1853 – November 9, 1911) was an American illustrator and writer, primarily of books for young audiences. A native of Wilmington, Delaware, he spent the last year of his life in Florence, Italy.

    In 1894 he began teaching illustration at the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry (now Drexel University), and after 1900 he founded his own school of art and illustration called the Howard Pyle School of Illustration Art. The term the Brandywine School was later applied to the illustration artists and Wyeth family artists of the Brandywine region by Pitz (later called the Brandywine School).[1] Some of his more famous students were Olive Rush, N. C. Wyeth, Frank Schoonover, Elenore Abbott, Ellen Bernard Thompson Pyle, Allen Tupper True, Anna Whelan Betts, Ethel Franklin Betts, Harvey Dunn and Jessie Willcox Smith.

    His 1883 classic The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood remains in print to this day, and his other books, frequently with medieval European settings, include a four-volume set on King Arthur that cemented his reputation.

    He wrote an original novel, Otto of the Silver Hand, in 1888. He also illustrated historical and adventure stories for periodicals such as Harper's Weekly and St. Nicholas Magazine. His novel Men of Iron was made into a movie in 1954, The Black Shield of Falworth.

    Pyle travelled to Florence, Italy to study mural painting in 1910, and died there in 1911 of sudden kidney infection (Bright's Disease).

    WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR:

    • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
    • Men of Iron
    • Knights of the Round Table 
    • Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
    • Otto of the Silver Hand
    • The Rose of Paradise
    • The Ruby of Kishmoor
    • Stolen Treasure
    • The Story of the Champions of the Round Table
    • Twilight Land

     

     Howard Pyle

    And His Swashbuckling Artwork!

     

     

     

    In Film:

    The Black Shield of Falworth is a 1954 film made by Universal Studios, produced by Robert Arthur and Melville Tucker and directed by Rudolph Maté. The screenplay was adapted by Oscar Brodney from Howard Pyle's novel Men of Iron and starred Tony Curtis as Myles Falworth, Janet Leigh as Lady Anne of Mackworth, David Farrar as the Earl of Alban, Herbert Marshall as the Earl of Mackworth, and Torin Thatcher as Sir James. The original music score was composed by Hans J. Salter.

    The film was Universal International's first feature in CinemaScope. It opened in New York City on October 6, 1954 at the Loew's State Theater. It was the second of five films in which husband and wife Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh appeared together on screen during their marriage (1952-1961).

     

     

     

     

     

    Roberts, Ted Anthony

    Ted Anthony Roberts is a modern writer with an Old Fashioned feel within his written words. Having the techniques of Alexandre Dumas, Rafael Sabatini and Sir Walter Scott in mind, Ted Anthony Roberts combines proven enthusiastic literature with experimental modern ideas. Imagine the dexterity of The Three Musketeers, the derring-do of Robin Hood, the chivalry of Ivanhoe, the valor of King Arthur and sometimes the comic intrigues of Bob Hope, and you have a good idea of what the writing of Ted Anthony Roberts is all about!

     

    Visit Ted Anthony Roberts' Official Website to read samples of his published and upcoming Swashbuckling book projects: www.tedanthonyroberts.webs.com

     

    WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR:

     

    The Adventures of Monsieur de La Donaree the Musketeer

     

    Captain Skull

     

    Sword Against the Robe

     

    The Journal (A Piratical Tale)

     

    The Adventures of Monsieur d'Iddelly du Squatt

     

     

     

     

     

    Rostand, Edmund

    Edmond Eugène Alexis Rostand (1 April 1869 – 2 December 1918) was a French poet and dramatist. He is associated with neo-romanticism, and is best known for his play Cyrano de Bergerac. Rostand's romantic plays provided an alternative to the naturalistic theatre popular during the late nineteenth century. Another of Rostand's works, Les Romanesques, was adapted to the musical comedy, The Fantasticks.  

    Cyrano de Bergerac     

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  • L'Aiglon
  • Chantecler: Play in Four Acts
  • Cyrano De Bergerac
  • The Romancers: A Comedy in Three Acts

     

    Cyrano de Bergerac is a play written in 1897 by Edmond Rostand. Though there was a real Cyrano de Bergerac, the play bears very scant resemblance to the life of the actual person. The entire play is written in verse, in rhyming couplets of 12 syllables per line, very close to the Alexandrine format, but the verses sometimes lack a caesura. It is also meticulously researched, down to the names of the members of the Académie française and the dames précieuses glimpsed before the performance in the first scene. The play has been translated and performed many times, and is responsible for introducing the word "panache" into the English language. The two most famous English translations are those by Brian Hooker and Anthony Burgess.

    Gravure-cyrano2 lien.jpg Cyrano de Bergerac

     

     

    In Film:

    • A silent, hand tinted French-Italian film version of the play, starring Pierre Magnier, was made in 1925.
    • José Ferrer played the role in the 1950 film, the first film version of the play made in English. The film was made on a low budget, and although it was highly acclaimed, it was a box office disappointment and was nominated for only one Oscar - Best Actor - which was won by Ferrer. Nevertheless, it has become a film classic. Mala Powers co-starred as Roxane and William Prince played Christian. This is perhaps the most famous film version of the play.
    • There is also a relatively unknown French-language black-and-white film version made in 1945, starring Claude Dauphin. Posters and film stills give the impression that the set designs and costumes of the 1950 José Ferrer film may have been modeled on those in the 1945 movie.
    • Aru kengo no shogai (literally, "Life of an Expert Swordsman"), is a 1959 samurai film by Hiroshi Inagaki, adapted from Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac. It was released in the English-language market with the title Samurai Saga.
    • The 1987 film Roxanne, a contemporary comedy version with a happy ending added, starred Steve Martin as C.D. Bales, Daryl Hannah as Roxanne, and Rick Rossovich as Chris.
    • The 1990 French movie adaptation with Gérard Depardieu in the title role won several awards including an Oscar.

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    "I really enjoyed the humour and really laughed, not at Monsieur de la Donaree but with Monsieur de la Donaree! I dont know if you wrote it in this spirit but if you had a bit of Molière in you, I would not be surprised! He knew how to study people and would turn situations into a comic play! I laughed out loud, this is a gem! Not only de la Donaree is a fine sword, he has also a fine nose when it comes to pinpoint personalities, I'm talking about the Inkeeper and his situation with the wife here!! The second part is indeed in pure swashbuckling spirit, in rhythm and enthusiasm! And the end is a cliff-hanger! The beginning is "cocasse" (funny) as they might have said then in Gascony, and witty! Indeed Alexandre Dumas had a sense of humour too and satirically created at least one of his character ( in another book) to a character made up by Molière in one of his comic play. And Molière also took his inspiration from Dumas' s Musketeers and "The Man in the Iron Mask." I liked it! I had fun while reading this chapter about Monsieur de la Donaree, as while following the spirit of the Musketeers you gave a contemporary touch to the text!" ~ Artist Nicole Marques,
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