'Life is a pic-nic en costume; one must take a part, assume a character, stand ready in a sensible way to play the fool'. In "The Confidence-Man", Melville's unnerving and hallucinatory satire on the American dream, a slippery trickster and master of disguise comes to swindle his fellow passengers - who themselves may also be con-men - aboard a Mississippi steamboat. "Billy Budd, Sailor", published after Melville's death in 1891, is a gripping allegory of good and evil, as an innocent man, pressed into service on a British man-of-war, is falsely accused of mutiny. Both these late works are animated with the dark genius of the greatest of American writers. This is the Penguin English Library - 100 editions of the best fiction in English, from the eighteenth century and the very first novels to the beginning of the First World War.
Arthur Conan Doyle was an English writer best known for his detective stories about Sherlock Holmes. "Danger! And Other Stories" is a collection of fascinating short stories like "One Crowded Hour," "A Point of View," "How It Happened," "The Prisoner's Defence," and "Three of Them."
Herman Melville was an American poet and novelist of the American Renaissance, best known for his allusive adventure novel "Moby-Dick". Praised by critics of Britain and United States, "Billy Budd" is a highly symbolic poem about the tragic fate of a seaman forced to commit a crime. In the end, he has nothing left but to accept his fate and go to the execution of his own free will.
Jack London was an American novelist, journalist and social activist. Pioneering the genre of magazine fiction and prototyping science fiction, he became one of the first writers, who gained worldwide fame and a large fortune. The Human Drift includes amazing short stories and sketches like "Small-Boat Sailing," "Four Horses and a Sailor," and "That Dead Men Rise Up Never" - a nautical ghost story of London's youth. Brown Wolf and Other Stories is a collection of adventure short stories that includes many amazing tales such as "That Spot," "Trust," "All Gold Canyon," and "The Story Of Keesh."
Jack London (1876 - 1916) was an American novelist, journalist and social activist. Pioneering the genre of magazine fiction and prototyping science fiction, he became one of the first writers, who gained worldwide fame and a large fortune. "Moon-Face'and Other Stories" is a collection that contains many wonderful stories like "The Leopard Man's Story", "Local Colour", "Amateur Night", and "The Minions of Midas"