A Thousand Acres

Author: Jane Smiley
Editor: Anchor
ISBN: 0307787710
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This powerful twentieth-century reimagining of Shakespeare’s King Lear centers on a wealthy Iowa farmer who decides to divide his farm between his three daughters. When the youngest objects, she is cut out of his will. This sets off a chain of events that brings dark truths to light and explodes long-suppressed emotions. Ambitiously conceived and stunningly written, A Thousand Acres takes on themes of truth, justice, love, and pride—and reveals the beautiful yet treacherous topography of humanity.

Jane Smiley S A Thousand Acres

Author: Susan Elizabeth Farrell
Editor: A&C Black
ISBN: 9780826452351
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Continuum Contemporaries will be a wonderful source of ideas and inspiration for members of book clubs and readings groups, as well as for literature students.The aim of the series is to give readers accessible and informative introductions to 30 of the most popular, most acclaimed, and most influential novels of recent years. A team of contemporary fiction scholars from both sides of the Atlantic has been assembled to provide a thorough and readable analysis of each of the novels in question. The books in the series will all follow the same structure:a biography of the novelist, including other works, influences, and, in some cases, an interview; a full-length study of the novel, drawing out the most important themes and ideas; a summary of how the novel was received upon publication; a summary of how the novel has performed since publication, including film or TV adaptations, literary prizes, etc.; a wide range of suggestions for further reading, including websites and discussion forums; and a list of questions for reading groups to discuss.

Perestroika In Paris

Author: Jane Smiley
Editor: Knopf
ISBN: 9780525520351
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"From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres and the New York Times best-selling Last Hundred Years Trilogy, a captivating, brilliantly imaginative story of three extraordinary animals--and a young boy--whose lives intersect in Paris Paras is a spirited racehorse at a racetrack west of Paris. At dusk, one afternoon she pushes open the door of her stall--she's a curious filly--and, after traveling through the night, arrives by chance in the City of Light. She's dazzled, and often mystified, by the sights, sounds and smells around her, but she isn't afraid. Soon she meets an elegant dog, a German shorthair pointer named Frida, who knows how to get by without attracting the attention of suspicious Parisians. Paras and Frida coexist for a time in the city's lush green spaces, nourished by Frida's strategic trips to the bakery and the butchershop. They keep company with two irrepressible ducks, and an opinionated raven. But then Paras meets a human boy, Etienne, and discovers a new, otherworldly part of Paris: the secluded, ivy-walled house where the boy and his nearly-one-hundred-year-old great grandmother live, quietly and unto themselves. As the cold weather and Christmas near, the unlikeliest of friendships bloom among humans and animals alike. But how long can a runaway horse live undiscovered in Paris? And how long can a boy keep her hidden, and all his own? Jane Smiley's beguiling new novel is itself an adventure that celebrates curiosity and ingenuity, and expresses the desire of all creatures for true friendship, love, and freedom"--

The All True Travels And Adventures Of Lidie Newton

Author: Jane Smiley
Editor: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780307416841
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See the difference, read #1 bestselling author Jane Smiley in Large Print * About Large Print All Random House Large Print editions are published in a 16-point typeface Six years after her Pulitzer Prize-winning best-seller, A Thousand Acres, and three years after her witty, acclaimed, and best-selling novel of academe, Moo, Jane Smiley once again demonstrates her extraordinary range and brilliance. Her new novel, set in the 1850s, speaks to us in a splendidly quirky voice--the strong, wry, no-nonsense voice of Lidie Harkness of Quincy, Illinois, a young woman of courage, good sense, and good heart. It carries us into an America so violently torn apart by the question of slavery that it makes our current political battlegrounds seem a peaceable kingdom. Lidie is hard to scare. She is almost shockingly alive--a tall, plain girl who rides and shoots and speaks her mind, and whose straightforward ways paradoxically amount to a kind of glamour. We see her at twenty, making a good marriage--to Thomas Newton, a steady, sweet-tempered Yankee who passes through her hometown on a dangerous mission. He belongs to a group of rashly brave New England abolitionists who dedicate themselves to settling the Kansas Territory with like-minded folk to ensure its entering the Union as a Free State. Lidie packs up and goes with him. And the novel races alongside them into the Territory, into the maelstrom of "Bloody Kansas," where slaveholding Missourians constantly and viciously clash with Free Staters, where wandering youths kill you as soon as look at you--where Lidie becomes even more fervently abolitionist than her husband as the young couple again and again barely escape entrapment in webs of atrocity on both sides of the great question. And when, suddenly, cold-blooded murder invades her own intimate circle, Lidie doesn't falter. She cuts off her hair, disguises herself as a boy, and rides into Missouri in search of the killers--a woman in a fiercely male world, an abolitionist spy in slave territory. On the run, her life threatened, her wits sharpened, she takes on yet another identity--and, in the very midst of her masquerade, discovers herself. Lidie grows increasingly important to us as we follow her travels and adventures on the feverish eve of the War Between the States. With its crackling portrayal of a totally individual and wonderfully articulate woman, its storytelling drive, and its powerful recapturing of an almost forgotten part of the American story, this is Jane Smiley at her enthralling and enriching best. From the Trade Paperback edition.

A Study Guide For Jane Smiley S A Thousand Acres

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
Editor: Gale, Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1410336638
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Novel History

Author: Mark C. Carnes
Editor: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0684857669
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A collection of essays by twenty top historians on important works of historical fiction includes responses by the novelists themselves and considers how accurately events are reflected in each piece and the relationship between depicted and actual history. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

Popular Contemporary Writers

Author: Michael D. Sharp
Editor: Marshall Cavendish
ISBN: 9780761476108
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Ninety-six alphabetically arranged author profiles include biographical information, critical commentary, and illustrations.

Moo

Author: Jane Smiley
Editor: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 9780006548478
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Brilliantly funny satire set in a contemporary American university.

Novel Shakespeares

Author: Julie Sanders
Editor: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719058165
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Much recent contemporary fiction by women has appropratied themes and plot structures found in Shakespearean drama; "Novel Shakespeare" is an innovative study of a number of these texts. Environmental theory, the Hollywood and Bollywood film industries, detective fiction, children's literature, and the politics of postcolonialsim, are examined. Offering stimulating critical analyses for students of Shakespeare, contemporary fiction, and gender studies, this work provides a pertinent introduction to the emergent genre of appropriation.

Understanding King Lear

Author: Donna Woodford
Editor: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313319365
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Compiles selections from historical, modern, and literary sources to help students understand the play, the time in which it was written, and its relevance today, with questions at the end of each section.