Fantasy is a genre of speculative fiction set in a fictional universe, often inspired by real world myth and folklore. Its roots are in oral traditions, which then became fantasy literature and drama. From the twentieth century it has expanded further into various media, including film, television, graphic novels, manga and video games. Fantasy is distinguished from the genres of science fiction and horror by the absence of scientific or macabre themes respectively, though these genres overlap. This book is a special collection of twenty best fantasy stories of all time. Here they are : A STRANGE MANUSCRIPT FOUND IN A COPPER CYLINDER by James De Mille A WITCH SHALL BE BORN by Robert Ervin Howard ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND by Lewis Carroll AMERICAN FAIRY TALES by Lyman Frank Baum FAIRY TALES by Hans Christian Andersen GODS OF THE NORTH by Robert Ervin Howard IRISH FAIRY TALES by James Stephens JAPANESE FAIRY TALES by Yei Theodora Ozaki PETER PAN (PETER AND WENDY) by J.M. Barrie THE BLUE FAIRY BOOK by Andrew Lang THE BOOK OF DRAGONS by Edith Nesbit THE ENCHANTED CASTLE by Edith Nesbit THE GHOST by Arnold Bennett THE JUNGLE BOOK by Rudyard Kipling THE LOST CONTINENT by Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne THE NIGHT LAND by William Hope Hodgson THE RED FAIRY BOOK by Andrew Lang THE SORROWS OF SATAN by Marie Corelli THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ by Lyman Frank Baum THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (And What Alice Found There) by Lewis Carroll A well-formatted, easy-to-read book suitable for any e-reader, tablet or computer. The reader will go from one section to another one as quick as possible.
“Who in the world am I? Ah, that"s the great puzzle.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland books have delighted readers across the globe for over a hundred years. Alice in Wonderland Collection – All Four Books presents the two most famous Alice books – Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass – as well as the Alice-related fantasy verse The Hunting of the Snark and, for Alice aficionados, a digitized copy of Alice’s Adventures Underground, the shorter, original Alice in Wonderland manuscript which Carroll wrote for his friends and family before they encouraged him to expand the book and send it to a publisher. Also included in this collection - two image galleries showcasing vintage Alice illustrations, first edition covers and author portraits; links to free audio recordings of Alice in Wonderland; and Alice at the Movies, a look at the numerous movie versions over the years. “Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland.
or; Alice in Wonderland (1865) Originally published as Alice' Adventures Under Ground One summer day Alice was sitting on the riverbank with her older sister. Alice's sister was reading a book and Alice noticed that the book didn't have any pictures, which made Alice lose interest in it. Then as she looked out into the meadow, she saw something very peculiar. She saw a large white rabbit running past her looking at his watch saying "Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late." Then he popped down a rabbit hole. Alice, being the curious girl she was, followed the rabbit down that hole and found herself in a land with many wonders. It was a wonderland. She met some interesting creatures including the King and Queen of Hearts, the Hatter, and the March Hare. She found that many creatures in this land didn't have the best of tempers and didn't want to try to help Alice figure out where to go and what to do. Alice also found herself changing sizes after eating or drinking things she found. One minute she was a few inches tall and the next she was nine feet tall. When Alice was in this land she expected the unexpected and didn't think much of the unusual occurrences. She used her knowledge to help other people, such as when she made sense of evidence during a trial. As much as Alice thought it interesting being with these strange creatures and trying to get along with them, she wondered when she would return home to her normal life or if she would. She remembered her cat and dreamed of seeing him again. But was there a way to get out or was it all just a dream?--Submitted by Anonymous
(1889) Is all our Life, then but a dream Seen faintly in the goldern gleam Athwart Time's dark resistless stream? Bowed to the earth with bitter woe Or laughing at some raree-show We flutter idly to and fro. Man's little Day in haste we spend, And, from its merry noontide, send No glance to meet the silent end. In 1895, 30 years after publication of his masterpieces, Carroll attempted a comeback, producing a two-volume tale of the eponymous fairy siblings. The novel has two main plots; one set in the real world at the time the book was published (the Victorian era), the other in the fantasy world of Fairyland. While the latter plot is a fairy tale with many nonsense elements and poems, similar to Carroll's Alice books, the story set in Victorian Britain is a social novel, with its characters discussing various concepts and aspects of religion, society, philosophy and morality.
An Agony in 8 Fits (1876) This nonsensical verse poem at times borrows from Carroll's "Jabberwocky" Allegory, riddle, nonsense? Carroll himself was said to have admitted he didn't know. It can be viewed on one level as simply playing with words and rhyme. Yet there are subtle sub-texts that have baffled and delighted enthusiasts for years. Unpeeling an onion is one way of describing this work. Reading too much into a nonsense story in verse is another. Still worth a look to decide for yourself. Maybe the blank map is a clue to the real meaning. This poem is a personal journey and the map we need to populate for ourselves. Enjoy and good hunting!--Submitted by Paul Snarkhunter
Publié en 1865, "Alice au pays des merveilles" est une œuvre de littérature enfantine écrite par Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, sous le pseudonyme de Lewis Carroll. Assise au bord de la rivière, Alice s'ennuyait un peu quand soudain, venu de nulle part, surgit un lapin blanc pressé de regagner son terrier. N'hésitant pas à le suivre, Alice pénètre dans un monde de prodiges et de menaces qui n'est autre que le royaume de l'enfance. Et voici le chat de Cheshire à l'étrange sourire, la terrible Reine de Coeur, le Chapelier fou et le Lièvre de Mars, la Fausse Tortue et le Valet-Poisson...Le chef-d'oeuvre incontesté de l'humour absurde et du non sens. Une histoire inventée par un génie, où la vie n'a plus ni queue ni tête.
"De l'autre côté du miroir", de son titre original "Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There", est un roman écrit par Lewis Carroll en 1871.Ce roman s'inscrit comme une suite hypothétique au plus grand succès littéraire de Lewis Carroll : "Alice au pays des merveilles". Alice a grandi, elle s'occupe de Kitty, son chat, lorsqu'elle se demande ce qui peut bien se tramer de l'autre côté du miroir qu'elle fixe à ce moment-là. L'instant d'après, elle se retrouve de l'autre côté (!) et c'est le point de départ de ses nouvelles aventures. L'univers qu'elle côtoie ici préfigure un vaste échiquier, représenté par autant de cases. Elle doit avancer, pour passer de simple pion à... reine en atteignant la huitième case.
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