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Fifty Famous Stories Retold [Paperback]

By James Baldwin (Author)
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: A murmur of the restless deep Was blent with every strain, A voice of winds that would not sleep He never smiled again. Hearts, in that time, closed o'er the trace Of vows once fondly poured, And strangers took the kins-man's place At many a joyous board; Graves which true love had bathed with tears Were left to heaven's bright rain ; Fresh hopes were born for other years He never smiled again ! Mrs. Hemans. KING JOHN AND THE ABBOT. I. THE THREE QUESTIONS. There was once a king of England whose name was John. He was a bad king; for he was harsh and cruel to his people, and so long as he could have his own way, he did not care what became of other folks. He was the worst king that England ever had. Now, there was in the town of Can'ter-bur-y a rich old abbot who lived in grand style in a great house called the Abbey. Every day a hundred noble men sat down with him to dine; and fifty brave knights,in fine velvet coats and gold chains, waited upon him at his table. When King John heard of the way in which the abbot lived, he made up his mind to put a stop to it. So he sent for the old man to come and see him. " How now, my good abbot ? " he said. " I hear that you keep a far better house than I. How dare you do such a thing? Don't you know that no man in the land ought to live better than the king ? And I tell you that no man shall." " O king! " said the abbot, " I beg to say that I am spending nothing but what is my own. I hope that you will not think ill of me for making things pleasant for my friends and the brave knights who are with me." " Think ill of you ? " said the king. " How can I help but think ill of you ? All that there is in this broad land is mine by right; and how do you dare to put me to shame by living in gran...

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Pages   88
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.4" Width: 7.3" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 21, 2007
ISBN  956291593X  
ISBN13  9789562915939  

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More About James Baldwin

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! James Baldwin (1924-1987) was a novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic, and one of America's foremost writers. His writing explores palpable yet unspoken intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-twentieth-century America. A Harlem, New York, native, he primarily made his home in the south of France. He is the author of several novels and books of nonfiction, including Notes of a Native Son, Go Tell It on the Mountain, Giovanni's Room, Another Country, Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone, If Beale Street Could Talk, Just Above My Head, The Fire Next Time, No Name in the Street, and The Evidence of Things Not Seen, and of the poetry collection Jimmy's Blues.
Edward P. Jones is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Known World. He won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award for his debut collection of stories, Lost in the City. His second collection, All Aunt Hagar's Children, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

James Baldwin was born in 1841 and died in 1925.

James Baldwin has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Signet Classics
  2. Vintage International

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Excellent for Cultural Literacy but Weird Hyphenation  Apr 27, 2008
"50 Famous Stories Retold" provides an excellent and age-appropriate introduction to many of the well-known tales from Western Civilization especially Greek and Roman history.

The one thing I found odd about this particular version is that there are extraneous hyphens all over the place. It happens several times per page.
An important book  Dec 6, 2007
This wonderful little book was first published in 1896 (at least that's the one I have). It contains fifty short stories that were originally considered indispensable for the education of truly literate and well-rounded children. The fifty stories are classics of American culture, and as such are almost completely forgotten in today's America.

The stories teach such lessons as perseverance, self-sacrifice, compassion, diligence, and much more. And they star such once-well-known people as King Alfred of Britain, Pocahontas, Sir Walter Raleigh, Leonidas and the 300 Spartans, and Socrates.

So, if you have a young person who you would like to read truly educational stories to, then you really should consider getting this book. It was an important book then, and it is an important book now. I give it my highest recommendations!
All about male heroes  Nov 9, 2007
Looking at the table of contents, this book is almost exclusively about male heroes and adventurers. Not good inspriation for young girls?
Great resource for history  Oct 12, 2007
We use this as part of our homeschooling cirriculum and the kids always love the stories. So do I! I'm often telling my husband about what we read in the evenings.
Wonderful short stories  Jul 8, 2007
Great wholesome short stories that are also educational. A joy to read aloud to my children.

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