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07-25-2015: New chapter: "Lettera di addio al MoVimento a 5 stelle (Vaffanblog)" by Ettore Chiacchio has been added to the ebook: "Il clandestino"
07-03-2015: New chapter: "Bruno Crepuscolo" by Ettore Chiacchio has been added to the ebook: "Il Fatto di'Verso"
07-03-2015: New chapter: "Bruno Crepuscolo" by Ettore Chiacchio has been added to the ebook: "La Poesia e la Morte"
07-03-2015: New chapter: "Bruno Crepuscolo" by Ettore Chiacchio has been added to the ebook: "J'accuse"
07-02-2015: New chapter: "If god is, it is off!" by Ettore Chiacchio has been added to the ebook: "Scienza, Filosofia e Linguaggio"
06-30-2015: New chapter: "(Is) Joseph descendant (?) of Adam (?)" by Ettore Chiacchio has been added to the ebook: "Scienza, Filosofia e Linguaggio"
06-27-2015: New chapter: "L'Arcobaleno auto-donato" by Ettore Chiacchio has been added to the ebook: "Scienza, Filosofia e Linguaggio"
06-12-2015: New chapter: "Libro I" by Marcus Tullius Cicero has been added to the ebook: "La natura degli dei"
06-12-2015: New chapter: "Libro II" by Marcus Tullius Cicero has been added to the ebook: "La natura degli dei"
06-12-2015: New chapter: "Libro III" by Marcus Tullius Cicero has been added to the ebook: "La natura degli dei"
06-09-2015: New chapter: "Radici spaziotemporali" by Ettore Chiacchio has been added to the ebook: "No al razzismo!
Senza se e senza ma!"

06-09-2015: New chapter: "Radici spaziotemporali" by Ettore Chiacchio has been added to the ebook: "Scienza, Filosofia e Linguaggio"
06-08-2015: New chapter: "On->in your head" by Ettore Chiacchio has been added to the ebook: "Practicing dissidence..."
06-07-2015: New chapter: "Oblio (auto)obbligato" by Ettore Chiacchio has been added to the ebook: "No al razzismo!
Senza se e senza ma!"

06-03-2015: New chapter: ""Ruspa, Ruspa, Ruspa..."" by Ettore Chiacchio has been added to the ebook: "No al razzismo!
Senza se e senza ma!"

06-03-2015: New chapter: "Menti infantili e razziste al bivio" by Ettore Chiacchio has been added to the ebook: "No al razzismo!
Senza se e senza ma!"

06-03-2015: New chapter: "Ballottaggio tra la Vita e la Morte" by Ettore Chiacchio has been added to the ebook: "No al razzismo!
Senza se e senza ma!"

05-31-2015: New chapter: "Book I" by Marcus Tullius Cicero has been added to the ebook: "On the Nature of the Gods"
05-31-2015: New chapter: "Book II" by Marcus Tullius Cicero has been added to the ebook: "On the Nature of the Gods"
05-31-2015: New chapter: "Book III" by Marcus Tullius Cicero has been added to the ebook: "On the Nature of the Gods"
05-31-2015: New chapter: "Liber II" by Marcus Tullius Cicero has been added to the ebook: "De Natura Deorum"
05-31-2015: New chapter: "Liber III" by Marcus Tullius Cicero has been added to the ebook: "De Natura Deorum"
05-31-2015: New chapter: "Liber I" by Marcus Tullius Cicero has been added to the ebook: "De Natura Deorum"
05-29-2015: New chapter: "Bingo Bongo ha rinnegato Darwin e la sua specie" by Ettore Chiacchio has been added to the ebook: "No al razzismo!
Senza se e senza ma!"

05-29-2015: New chapter: "Traumi infantili ed adolescenziali" by Ettore Chiacchio has been added to the ebook: "No al razzismo!
Senza se e senza ma!"

05-28-2015: New chapter: "Trilogia teoretica dell' inesistenza delle tre divinità delle tre religioni più sanguinarie" by Ettore Chiacchio has been added to the ebook: "Scienza, Filosofia e Linguaggio"
05-22-2015: New chapter: "Solo il Prodigioso Spaghetto Volante può salvare i leghisti da loro stessi" by Ettore Chiacchio has been added to the ebook: "No al razzismo!
Senza se e senza ma!"

05-15-2015: New chapter: "Calandrino torna alle origini" by Ettore Chiacchio has been added to the ebook: "No al razzismo!
Senza se e senza ma!"

05-09-2015: New chapter: "Secondo corollario. E' falso anche allah!" by Ettore Chiacchio has been added to the ebook: "Scienza, Filosofia e Linguaggio"
05-09-2015: New chapter: "Primo corollario. E' falso anche l'ebraico yahvé" by Ettore Chiacchio has been added to the ebook: "Scienza, Filosofia e Linguaggio"
05-08-2015: New chapter: "Teorema: Inesistenza del dio cattolico" by Ettore Chiacchio has been added to the ebook: "Scienza, Filosofia e Linguaggio"
04-10-2015: New chapter: "Chapter I. Hope" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Crook in Crimson"
04-10-2015: New chapter: "Chapter II. Reeder's Investigation" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Crook in Crimson"
04-10-2015: New chapter: "Chapter III. Death" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Crook in Crimson"
04-10-2015: New chapter: "Chapter IV. The Arrest" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Crook in Crimson"
04-10-2015: New chapter: "Chapter V. The Red Stains" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Crook in Crimson"
04-10-2015: New chapter: "Chapter VI. Mystery" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Crook in Crimson"
04-10-2015: New chapter: "Chapter VII. The Revolver Clue" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Crook in Crimson"
04-10-2015: New chapter: "Chapter VIII. Red Robe" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Crook in Crimson"
04-10-2015: New chapter: "Chapter IX. The Second Trap" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Crook in Crimson"
04-10-2015: New chapter: "Chapter X. The Final Plunge" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Crook in Crimson"
04-10-2015: New chapter: "Postscript. The Editor Greets You" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Crook in Crimson"
04-10-2015: New chapter: "Other Illustrations" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Crook in Crimson"
03-26-2015: New chapter: "Chapter I. N.H.C." by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Nine Bears"
03-26-2015: New chapter: "Chapter II. A Business Consultation" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Nine Bears"
03-26-2015: New chapter: "Chapter III. In Which a Certain Momentous Question Is Asked" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Nine Bears"
03-26-2015: New chapter: "Chapter IV. Which Relates to a Newspaper Suicide" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Nine Bears"
03-26-2015: New chapter: "Chapter V. Count Poltavo Offers His Services" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Nine Bears"
03-26-2015: New chapter: "Chapter VI. A Stranger Comes to Burgos" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Nine Bears"
03-26-2015: New chapter: "Chapter VII. Some Disappearances" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Nine Bears"
03-26-2015: New chapter: "Chapter VIII. The Ambassador Takes a Hand" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Nine Bears"
03-26-2015: New chapter: "Chapter IX. Introducing T.B. Smith" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Nine Bears"
03-26-2015: New chapter: "Chapter X. The Anticipators" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Nine Bears"
03-26-2015: New chapter: "Chapter XI. At Bronte's Bank" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Nine Bears"
03-26-2015: New chapter: "Chapter XII. Murder" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Nine Bears"
03-26-2015: New chapter: "Chapter XIII. Hyatt" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Nine Bears"
03-26-2015: New chapter: "Chapter XIV. Sir George Dines" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Nine Bears"
03-26-2015: New chapter: "Chapter XV. The Dancing Girl" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Nine Bears"
03-26-2015: New chapter: "Chapter XVI. Mary Brown" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Nine Bears"
03-26-2015: New chapter: "Chapter XVII. Deportation" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Nine Bears"
03-26-2015: New chapter: "Chapter XVIII. In the "Journal" Office" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Nine Bears"
03-26-2015: New chapter: "Chapter XIX. The Book" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Nine Bears"
03-26-2015: New chapter: "Chapter XX. At the Admiralty" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Nine Bears"
03-26-2015: New chapter: "Chapter XXI. Poltavo Strikes" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Nine Bears"
03-26-2015: New chapter: "Chapter XXII. The Convict from Ceuta" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Nine Bears"
03-26-2015: New chapter: "Chapter XXIII. The House on the Hill" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Nine Bears"
03-26-2015: New chapter: "Chapter XXIV. The Nine Bears" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Nine Bears"
03-26-2015: New chapter: "Chapter XXV. In the Garden" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Nine Bears"
03-26-2015: New chapter: "Chapter XXVI. T.B. Smith Reports" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Nine Bears"
03-26-2015: New chapter: "Chapter XXVII. The Lost Warship" by Edgar Wallace has been added to the ebook: "The Nine Bears"

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06-08-2015

Digital publication of ebook No al razzismo!
Senza se e senza ma! ( 2015 ) by Ettore, Chiacchio has been added


Nel sito web di ebooks gratuiti di cui mi occupo come volontaria, principalmente curando le nuove acquisizioni, ci sono diversi autori che pubblicano gratuitamente il proprio materiale. Uno dei più creativi, sia in termini di quantità che di qualità, è indubbiamente Ettore Chiacchio, il cui apporto può considerarsi praticamente giornaliero. Considerate le sue innumerevoli competenze risulta difficile star dietro ad una catalogazione del suo lavoro per cui spesso bisogna accontentarsi di quella che lui stesso dispone raccogliendo in opere esaustive il suo lavoro. Ma il suo essere "genio" va di pari passo con la "sregolatezza", per cui, per quanto ho avuto modo di verificare in diversi anni di amicizia e collaborazione, quanto più è preso dall'estro creativo di un nuovo progetto, tanto più tende a trascurare irrimediabilmente la parte di organizzazione editoriale del materiale. E così, dopo avergli più volte sollecitato (...eh mi ha odiato amichevolmente per questo!) di organizzare i suoi lavori contro il razzismo in una raccolta a tema, a cui pure tempo addietro aveva dato inizio, alla fine ha avuto l'idea malsana di affidare a me l'edizione digitale di questa specifica raccolta. Beh me l'ero cercata e non mi potevo a quel punto tirare indietro!. E' stato un lavoro stimolante ricercare nel materiale già pubblicato, (e dice anche che ne ha altro che mi fornirà col tempo...magari per una seconda raccolta con lo stesso tema) quanto inerente al tema dell'antirazzismo, facile farlo quando era il tema portante del componimento, meno facile quando non lo era, ma era comunque sempre un contributo importante. Un lavoro, questo mio di ricerca, che potrei paragonare all'analisi della musicalità di fondo dei singoli componimenti, grazie alla trasformata di Fourier, alla ricerca dell' armonica secondaria che si faceva carico di veicolare l'informazione antirazzista. Questo mi ha portato a scartare alcuni componimenti in cui l'armonica secondaria antirazzista forniva scarso contributo al tema di fondo di questa raccolta. O, quand'anche lo avesse fornito, non era percettibile, a mio giudizio, come "sufficientemente armonica" con il resto del testo, tanto da poter essere considerata, ad un giudizio en passant di un lettore non in possesso di "una visione", o per meglio dire di "un ascolto", "d'insieme" come "rumore di fondo". Spero che quanto qui raccolto con questa metodologia analitica risulti "musica per le vostre orecchie" ad oggi enormemente infastidite dai beceri stridii razzisti che pervadono, con intensità crescente in questo fosco periodo,la Storia della nostra terra.

06-08-2015

Digital publication of ebook No al razzismo!
Senza se e senza ma! ( 2015 ) by Giovanna, Argento has been added


Nel sito web di ebooks gratuiti di cui mi occupo come volontaria, principalmente curando le nuove acquisizioni, ci sono diversi autori che pubblicano gratuitamente il proprio materiale. Uno dei più creativi, sia in termini di quantità che di qualità, è indubbiamente Ettore Chiacchio, il cui apporto può considerarsi praticamente giornaliero. Considerate le sue innumerevoli competenze risulta difficile star dietro ad una catalogazione del suo lavoro per cui spesso bisogna accontentarsi di quella che lui stesso dispone raccogliendo in opere esaustive il suo lavoro. Ma il suo essere "genio" va di pari passo con la "sregolatezza", per cui, per quanto ho avuto modo di verificare in diversi anni di amicizia e collaborazione, quanto più è preso dall'estro creativo di un nuovo progetto, tanto più tende a trascurare irrimediabilmente la parte di organizzazione editoriale del materiale. E così, dopo avergli più volte sollecitato (...eh mi ha odiato amichevolmente per questo!) di organizzare i suoi lavori contro il razzismo in una raccolta a tema, a cui pure tempo addietro aveva dato inizio, alla fine ha avuto l'idea malsana di affidare a me l'edizione digitale di questa specifica raccolta. Beh me l'ero cercata e non mi potevo a quel punto tirare indietro!. E' stato un lavoro stimolante ricercare nel materiale già pubblicato, (e dice anche che ne ha altro che mi fornirà col tempo...magari per una seconda raccolta con lo stesso tema) quanto inerente al tema dell'antirazzismo, facile farlo quando era il tema portante del componimento, meno facile quando non lo era, ma era comunque sempre un contributo importante. Un lavoro, questo mio di ricerca, che potrei paragonare all'analisi della musicalità di fondo dei singoli componimenti, grazie alla trasformata di Fourier, alla ricerca dell' armonica secondaria che si faceva carico di veicolare l'informazione antirazzista. Questo mi ha portato a scartare alcuni componimenti in cui l'armonica secondaria antirazzista forniva scarso contributo al tema di fondo di questa raccolta. O, quand'anche lo avesse fornito, non era percettibile, a mio giudizio, come "sufficientemente armonica" con il resto del testo, tanto da poter essere considerata, ad un giudizio en passant di un lettore non in possesso di "una visione", o per meglio dire di "un ascolto", "d'insieme" come "rumore di fondo". Spero che quanto qui raccolto con questa metodologia analitica risulti "musica per le vostre orecchie" ad oggi enormemente infastidite dai beceri stridii razzisti che pervadono, con intensità crescente in questo fosco periodo,la Storia della nostra terra.

04-10-2015

Digital publication of ebook The Crook in Crimson ( 1929 ) by Edgar, Wallace has been added

03-26-2015

Digital publication of ebook The Nine Bears ( 1910 ) by Edgar, Wallace has been added

03-24-2015

Digital publication of ebook Smithy ( 1905 ) by Edgar, Wallace has been added

03-23-2015

Digital publication of ebook Terror Keep ( 1927 ) by Edgar, Wallace has been added

03-23-2015

Digital publication of ebook The Mind of Mr. J. G. Reeder ( 1925 ) by Edgar, Wallace has been added

03-22-2015

Digital publication of ebook Again the Three Just Men ( 1921 ) by Edgar, Wallace has been added

03-22-2015

Digital publication of ebook The Three Just Men ( 1926 ) by Edgar, Wallace has been added

03-22-2015

Digital publication of ebook The Law of the Four Just Men ( 1921 ) by Edgar, Wallace has been added

03-22-2015

Digital publication of ebook The Just Men of Cordova ( 1917 ) by Edgar, Wallace has been added

03-22-2015

Digital publication of ebook The Council of Justice ( 1908 ) by Edgar, Wallace has been added

03-22-2015

Digital publication of ebook Again Sanders ( 1928 ) by Edgar, Wallace has been added

03-22-2015

Digital publication of ebook Sanders ( 1926 ) by Edgar, Wallace has been added

03-22-2015

Digital publication of ebook Sandi the Kingmaker ( 1922 ) by Edgar, Wallace has been added

03-22-2015

Digital publication of ebook Lieutenant Bones ( 1918 ) by Edgar, Wallace has been added

03-22-2015

Digital publication of ebook Bones of the River ( 1923 ) by Edgar, Wallace has been added

03-18-2015

Digital publication of ebook Bosambo of the River ( 1914 ) by Edgar, Wallace has been added

03-18-2015

Digital publication of ebook The River of Stars ( 1913 ) by Edgar, Wallace has been added

03-18-2015

Digital publication of ebook The People of the River ( 1911 ) by Edgar, Wallace has been added

03-11-2015

Digital publication of ebook Stanza N° 13 ( 1934 ) by Edgar, Wallace has been added

03-10-2015

Digital publication of ebook On the Spot: Violence and Murder in Chicago ( 1931 ) by Edgar, Wallace has been added

03-10-2015

Digital publication of ebook Room 13 ( 1924 ) by Edgar, Wallace has been added

03-10-2015

Digital publication of ebook The Secret House ( 1917 ) by Edgar, Wallace has been added

Scandalous periodical "The Gossip's Corner" is run by a supposed blackmailer whose identity has baffled the police -- until T.B. Smith, a singlularly acute Assistant Commisioner, gradually tracks the man to the Secret House.

03-09-2015

Digital publication of ebook The Angel of Terror ( 1922 ) by Edgar, Wallace has been added

THE ANGEL OF TERROR

by

Edgar Wallace

The characters in this book are entirely imaginary, and have no relation to any living person
To
F.L.S.
A MAN OF LAW

First Printed, May, 1922
32nd Edition, September, 1934

Made and Printed in Great Britain for Hodder and Stoughton Limited, by Wyman & Sons Ltd., London, Reading and Fakenham


Angelically beautiful Jean Briggerland is a sociopathic criminal, so lovely that none can see her guilt -- even in connection with the most blatant crimes! Can Jack Glover, best friend and lawyer to Jean's latest victim, bring her to justice before she murders her way to unspeakable wealth and power?

02-21-2015

Digital publication of ebook The Raven and Other Poems ( 1845 ) by Edgar Allan, has been added

"The Raven" is a narrative poem by American writer Edgar Allan Poe. First published in January 1845, the poem is often noted for its musicality, stylized language, and supernatural atmosphere. It tells of a talking raven's mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man's slow fall into madness. The lover, often identified as being a student, is lamenting the loss of his love, Lenore. Sitting on a bust of Pallas, the raven seems to further instigate his distress with its constant repetition of the word "Nevermore". The poem makes use of a number of folk and classical references.

Poe claimed to have written the poem very logically and methodically, intending to create a poem that would appeal to both critical and popular tastes, as he explained in his 1846 follow-up essay "The Philosophy of Composition". The poem was inspired in part by a talking raven in the novel Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of 'Eighty by Charles Dickens. Poe borrows the complex rhythm and meter of Elizabeth Barrett's poem "Lady Geraldine's Courtship", and makes use of internal rhyme as well as alliteration throughout.

"The Raven" was first attributed to Poe in print in the New York Evening Mirror on January 29, 1845. Its publication made Poe widely popular in his lifetime, although it did not bring him much financial success. The poem was soon reprinted, parodied, and illustrated. Critical opinion is divided as to the poem's literary status, but it nevertheless remains one of the most famous poems ever written

Publication history

The Raven and Other Poems, Wiley and Putnam, New York, 1845.

An illustration by Édouard Manet, from Mallarmé's translation, depicting the first two lines of the poem.
Poe first brought "The Raven" to his friend and former employer George Rex Graham of Graham's Magazine in Philadelphia. Graham declined the poem, which may not have been in its final version, though he gave Poe $15 as charity. Poe then sold the poem to The American Review, which paid him $9 for it, and printed "The Raven" in its February 1845 issue under the pseudonym "Quarles", a reference to the English poet Francis Quarles. The poem's first publication with Poe's name was in the Evening Mirror on January 29, 1845, as an "advance copy". Nathaniel Parker Willis, editor of the Mirror, introduced it as "unsurpassed in English poetry for subtle conception, masterly ingenuity of versification, and consistent, sustaining of imaginative lift ... It will stick to the memory of everybody who reads it." Following this publication the poem appeared in periodicals across the United States, including the New York Tribune (February 4, 1845), Broadway Journal (vol. 1, February 8, 1845), Southern Literary Messenger (vol. 11, March 1845), Literary Emporium (vol. 2, December 1845), Saturday Courier, 16 (July 25, 1846), and the Richmond Examiner (September 25, 1849). It has also appeared in numerous anthologies, starting with Poets and Poetry of America edited by Rufus Wilmot Griswold in 1847.

The immediate success of "The Raven" prompted Wiley and Putnam to publish a collection of Poe's prose called Tales in June 1845; it was his first book in five years. They also published a collection of his poetry called The Raven and Other Poems on November 19 by Wiley and Putnam which included a dedication to Barrett as "the Noblest of her Sex". The small volume, his first book of poetry in 14 years, was 100 pages and sold for 31 cents. In addition to the title poem, it included "The Valley of Unrest", "Bridal Ballad", "The City in the Sea", "Eulalie", "The Conqueror Worm", "The Haunted Palace" and eleven others. In the preface, Poe referred to them as "trifles" which had been altered without his permission as they made "the rounds of the press".

Illustrators
Later publications of "The Raven" included artwork by well-known illustrators. Notably, in 1858 "The Raven" appeared in a British Poe anthology with illustrations by John Tenniel, the Alice in Wonderland illustrator (The Poetical Works of Edgar Allan Poe: With Original Memoir, London: Sampson Low). "The Raven" was published independently with lavish woodcuts by Gustave Doré in 1884 (New York: Harper & Brothers). Doré died before its publication. In 1875, a French edition with English and French text, Le Corbeau, was published with lithographs by Édouard Manet and translation by the Symbolist Stéphane Mallarmé. Many 20th-century artists and contemporary illustrators created artworks and illustrations based on "The Raven", including Edmund Dulac, István Orosz, and Ryan Price.

Critical reception

Gustave Doré's illustration of the final lines of the poem.
In part due to its dual printing, "The Raven" made Edgar Allan Poe a household name almost immediately, and turned Poe into a national celebrity. Readers began to identify poem with poet, earning Poe the nickname "The Raven". The poem was soon widely reprinted, imitated, and parodied. Though it made Poe popular in his day, it did not bring him significant financial success. As he later lamented, "I have made no money. I am as poor now as ever I was in my life – except in hope, which is by no means bankable".

The New World said, "Everyone reads the Poem and praises it ... justly, we think, for it seems to us full of originality and power." The Pennsylvania Inquirer reprinted it with the heading "A Beautiful Poem". Elizabeth Barrett wrote to Poe, "Your 'Raven' has produced a sensation, a fit o' horror, here in England. Some of my friends are taken by the fear of it and some by the music. I hear of persons haunted by 'Nevermore'." Poe's popularity resulted in invitations to recite "The Raven" and to lecture – in public and at private social gatherings. At one literary salon, a guest noted, "to hear [Poe] repeat the Raven ... is an event in one's life." It was recalled by someone who experienced it, "He would turn down the lamps till the room was almost dark, then standing in the center of the apartment he would recite ... in the most melodious of voices ... So marvelous was his power as a reader that the auditors would be afraid to draw breath lest the enchanted spell be broken." Parodies sprung up especially in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia and included "The Craven" by "Poh!", "The Gazelle", "The Whippoorwill", and "The Turkey". One parody, "The Pole-Cat", caught the attention of Andrew Johnston, a lawyer who sent it on to Abraham Lincoln. Though Lincoln admitted he had "several hearty laughs", he had not, at that point read "The Raven". However, Lincoln eventually read and memorized the poem.

"The Raven" was praised by fellow writers William Gilmore Simms and Margaret Fuller, though it was denounced by William Butler Yeats, who called it "insincere and vulgar ... its execution a rhythmical trick". Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "I see nothing in it." A critic for the Southern Quarterly Review wrote in July 1848 that the poem was ruined by "a wild and unbridled extravagance" and that minor things like a rapping at the door and a fluttering curtain would only affect "a child who had been frightened to the verge of idiocy by terrible ghost stories". An anonymous writer going by the pseudonym "Outis" suggested in the Evening Mirror that "The Raven" was plagiarized from a poem called "The Bird of the Dream" by an unnamed author. The writer showed 18 similarities between the poems and was made as a response to Poe's accusations of plagiarism against Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It has been suggested Outis was really Cornelius Conway Felton, if not Poe himself. After Poe's death, his friend Thomas Holley Chivers said "The Raven" was plagiarized from one of his poems. In particular, he claimed to have been the inspiration for the meter of the poem as well as the refrain "nevermore".

"The Raven" has influenced many modern works, including Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita in 1955, Bernard Malamud's "The Jewbird" in 1963 and Ray Bradbury's "The Parrot Who Knew Papa" in 1976. The process by which Poe composed "The Raven" influenced a number of French authors and composers, such as Charles Baudelaire and Maurice Ravel, and it has been suggested that Ravel's Boléro may have been deeply influenced by "The Philosophy of Composition." The poem is additionally referenced throughout popular culture in films, television, music, and video games.

02-20-2015

Digital publication of ebook El Cuervo y otros Poemas ( 1845 ) by Edgar Allan, has been added

El cuervo es un poema narrativo escrito por Edgar Allan Poe, que fue publicado por primera vez en 1845 y constituye su composición poética más famosa, ya que este poema lo hizo reconocido internacionalmente. Son notables su musicalidad, el lenguaje estilizado y la atmósfera sobrenatural que logra recrear. El poema narra la misteriosa visita de un cuervo parlante a la casa de un amante afligido, y del lento descenso hacia la locura de este último. El amante, que a menudo se ha identificado como un estudiante, llora la pérdida de su amada, Leonor. El cuervo negro, posado sobre un busto de Palas, parece azuzar su sufrimiento con la constante repetición de las palabras «Nunca más» (Nevermore). En el poema, Poe hace alusión al folclore y a varias obras clásicas.

Poe afirmaba haber escrito el poema de forma muy lógica y metódica. Su intención era crear un poema que pudiese gustar tanto a las clases populares como a las personas de gusto más refinado, como explica él mismo en el que fue su siguiente ensayo: la «Filosofía de la composición». El poema se inspira parcialmente en la figura del cuervo parlante de la novela Barnaby Rudge de Charles Dickens. Poe toma prestados el complejo ritmo y la métrica del poema «Geraldine», de Elizabeth Barrett.

La publicación de El cuervo, el 29 de enero de 1845 en el diario New York Evening Mirror, convirtió a Poe en un personaje muy popular en su época. Pronto se hicieron reimpresiones, parodias y versiones ilustradas del poema. Aunque algunos críticos mantienen opiniones diversas acerca de su valor literario, el poema sigue siendo una de las composiciones más famosas que se han escrito en lengua inglesa

Historia de la publicación
La ilustración de Édouard Manet del poema fue una de las tantas realizadas luego de la primera publicación.
Poe primero le dio El cuervo a su amigo y antiguo patrón George Rex Graham de la Graham's Magazine de Filadelfia. Graham rechazó el poema, que podría no haber estado en su versión final, aunque le dio a Poe $15 por caridad.24 Poe intentó entonces poner su poema en American Review: A Whig Journal,, que le pagó $9 por él.25 Aunque fue vendido primero a The American Review, que lo imprimió en 1845, El cuervo fue publicado por primera vez en el «Evening Mirror» el 29 de enero de 1845, aún antes de la publicación oficial. Nathaniel Parker Willis, editor de Mirror, lo presentó como «inigualable en la poesía en inglés para sutil concepción, magistral ingenio de la versificación, y constante, sustentante del impulso imaginativo... se fijará en la memoria de quien lo lea».4 Luego de esta publicación el poema apareció en periódicos por todo los Estados Unidos, incluyendo el New York Tribune (8 de febrero de 1845), Broadway Journal (vol. 1, 8 de febrero de 1845), Southern Literary Messenger (vol. 11, marzo de 1845), Literary Emporium (vol. 2, diciembre de 1845), Saturday Courier, (25 de julio de 1846), y el Richmond Examiner (25 de septiembre de 1849).26 También ha aparecido en numerosas antologías, comenzando con Poets and Poetry of America editado por Rufus Wilmot Griswold en 1847.

Ilustradores
Publicaciones posteriores de El cuervo incluyeron imágenes realizadas por prestigiosos ilustradores. Particularmente, en 1858 El cuervo apareció en un antología británica de Poe con ilustraciones de John Tenniel, el ilustrador de Alicia en el País de las Maravillas. El cuervo fue publicado independientemente con espléndidos grabados por Gustave Doré en 1884, quien murió antes de su publicación. En 1875, una edición francesa con texto en francés e inglés fue publicada con litografos hechos por el afamado impresionista Édouard Manet y con traducción del simbolista Stephane Mallarmé. Muchos artistas del siglo XX e ilustradores contemporáneos crearon ilustraciones basadas en El cuervo, incluyendo a Edmund Dulac, István Orosz, Ryan Price, Odilon Redon y Gahan Wilson

Recepción crítica e impacto
En parte por su doble impresión, El cuervo hizo de Edgar Allan Poe un nombre famoso casi inmediatamente; la gente comenzó a identificar poema con poeta, con lo cual Poe se ganó el apodo de «El cuervo» El poema fue pronto ampliamente reimpreso, imitado y parodiado. Aunque esto lo hizo popular en su día, no le dio a Poe un gran éxito financiero.

El New World dijo, «La gente lee el poema y lo elogia... con justa razón, creemos, ya que nos parece lleno de originalidad y fuerza» The Pennsylvania Inquirer lo reimprimió con el encabezado «Un hermoso poema». Elizabeth Barrett escribió a Poe, «Tu 'cuervo' ha producido sensación, un ataque de horror, aquí en Inglaterra. Algunos de mis amigos se han dejado llevar por el miedo que produce y otros por su música. Oigo personas angustiadas por 'Nunca más'». La popularidad de Poe resultó en invitaciones para recitar El cuervo y a conferencias - con concurrencias públicas y privadas. En un salón literario, un invitado apuntó, «escuchar [a Poe] repetir 'El cuervo'... es un evento único en la vida.» Recordó que, «Él apagaría las luces hasta dejar la habitación casi oscura, entonces se pararía en el centro del apartamente y recitaría... en la más melodiosa de las voces... tan maravilloso era su poder como lector que los oyentes temerían respirar, no sea que el hechizo se rompiera». Las parodias surgieron especialmente en Boston, Nueva York y Filadelfia, incluyendo «The Craven» (El cobarde) de «Poh!», «The Gazelle »(La gacela), «The Whippoorwill» (El chotacabras), y «The Turkey» (El pavo) Una parodia, «The Pole-Cat», llamó la atención de Andrew Johnston, un abogado que lo envió a Abraham Lincoln. Aunque Lincoln admitió el gran sentido del humor del poema, jamás había leído antes El cuervo.

El cuervo fue elogiado por los escritores William Gilmore Simms y Margaret Fuller, aunque fue criticado por William Butler Yeats, quien lo llamó «insincero y vulgar... su despempeño, una jugarreta rítmica». El trascendentalista Ralph Waldo Emerson dijo, «No veo nada en él». Una crítica para la Southern Quarterly Review escrita en julio de 1848 decía que el poema estaba arruinado por «una salvaje y desenfrenada extravagancia» y que las cosas menores como el golpeteo a una puerta y una cortina revoloteando solamente afectarían a «un niño quien se hubiera afectado al borde de la imbecilidad por historias de fantasmas».45 Un anónimo escritor que se hacía llamar «Outis» sugirió en el Evening Mirror que El cuervo fue plagiado desde un poema llamado The Bird of the Dream (El pájaro del sueño) de un autor anónimo. El escritor mostró 18 similitudes entre los poemas, como respuesta a las acusaciones de Poe de plagio contra Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Se ha sugerido que Outis era en realidad Cornelius Conway Felton, si no Poe mismo. Después de la muerte de Poe, su amigo Thomas Holley Chivers dijo que El cuervo fue plagiado de uno de sus poemas. En particular, él afirmó haber sido la inspiración para la métrica del poema así como de la frase «nunca más».

El cuervo ha influenciado muchas obras modernas, incluyendo Lolita de Vladimir Nabokov en 1955, «The Jewbird» de Bernard Malamud en 1963 y «The Parrot Who Knew Papa »de Ray Bradbury en 1976. El poema es muy referenciado en la cultura popular, a través de películas, programas de televisión, música y más.

En el primer especial de Noche de Brujas de Los Simpsons se realiza una lectura del poema "El Cuervo" de Edgar Allan Poe: Bart interpreta al cuervo, y Homer es el personaje principal del poema. Marge aparece en un retrato como Leonore, Lisa y Magie aparecen como ángeles llevando un incensario sobre la biblioteca (golpeando a Homer con él). El narrador, en la versión original, es James Earl Jones.

En 1976 el grupo musical ingles de rock progresivo The Alan Parsons Project, saca a la luz su comnotado disco "Tales of Mystery and Imagination", basado en los relatos de Poe, con una versión de "el cuervo" de corte electrónico, en 2005, el músico y humorista uruguayo Leo Maslíah publicó el disco Clásicos, en el cual incluye la canción El Cuervo, una re-elaboración de este poema (siguiendo la misma línea narrativa y métrica, aunque cambiando el nombre de Leonore por el de María Paz).

02-18-2015

Digital publication of ebook Uno Studio in Rosso ( 1887 ) by Arthur, Conan Doyle has been added

Uno Studio in Rosso è un romanzo giallo scritto da Arthur Conan Doyle, che introduce i suoi nuovi personaggi, "l'ivestigatore privato" Sherlock Holmes ed il suo amico e cronista, il dottor John Watson, che successivamente divennero due dei più famosi personaggi della letteratura.

Conan Doyle ha scritto la storia nel 1886, che fu pubblicato l'anno successivo. Il titolo del libro deriva da un discorso tenuto da Holmes al dottor Watson sulla natura del suo lavoro, in cui descrive l'indagine per omicidio della storia come il suo "studio in rosso": "C'è il filo scarlatto di omicidi che attraversa la matassa incolore della vita, ed il nostro dovere è quello di svelarlo, isolarlo, ed esporre ogni centimetro di esso." (Uno "Studio" è un disegno preliminare, schizzo o bozza approntato in vista della preparazione di un pezzo finito.)

La storia, ed i suoi personaggi principali, hanno attratto scarso interesse di pubblico quando apparsi la prima volta. Si conosce l'esistenza di sole 11 copie complete della rivista in cui la storia è apparsa inizialmente, su "Beeton's Christmas Annual for 1887", che hanno ora un notevole valore. Anche se Conan Doyle ha scritto 56 brevi storie con Holmes, Uno Studio in Rosso è uno dei soli quattro romanzi lunghi nel canone originale .Uno Studio in Rosso è stata la prima opera di narrativa poliziesca in cui viene usata la lente di ingrandimento come strumento di indagine.

02-18-2015

Digital publication of ebook A Study In Scarlet ( 1887 ) by Arthur, Conan Doyle has been added

A Study in Scarlet is a detective mystery novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, introducing his new characters, "consulting detective" Sherlock Holmes and his friend and chronicler, Dr. John Watson, who later became two of the most famous characters in literature.

Conan Doyle wrote the story in 1886, and it was published the following year. The book's title derives from a speech given by Holmes to Doctor Watson on the nature of his work, in which he describes the story's murder investigation as his "study in scarlet": "There's the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it." (A "study" is a preliminary drawing, sketch or painting done in preparation for a finished piece.)

The story, and its main characters, attracted little public interest when it first appeared. Only 11 complete copies of the magazine in which the story first appeared, Beeton's Christmas Annual for 1887, are known to exist now and they have considerable value. Although Conan Doyle wrote 56 short stories featuring Holmes, A Study in Scarlet is one of only four full-length novels in the original canon. A Study in Scarlet was the first work of detective fiction to incorporate the magnifying glass as an investigative tool.

02-18-2015

Digital publication of ebook Il Corsaro Nero ( 1898 ) by Emilio, Salgari has been added

Il Corsaro Nero è un romanzo d'avventura di Emilio Salgari. Fu il primo di una serie di cinque romanzi collettivamente noti col titolo I corsari delle Antille, e avente come protagonista il personaggio del Corsaro Nero (Emilio di Roccabruna, signore di Ventimiglia) o suoi parenti stretti.

Trama
Metà del Seicento: Inghilterra e Francia combattono contro la potenza degli spagnoli e iniziano ad inviare navi corsare in scorribanda per l'Oceano per combattere quelle nemiche e danneggiare così il commercio delle loro colonie e nel 1625 due navi, con a bordo i primi corsari, gettano l'ancora davanti all'isola di San Cristoforo e vi si stabiliscono. Ma una nave spagnola distrugge dopo cinque anni la loro base e i pochi che riescono a sopravvivere trovano un rifugio all'isola della Tortuga facendone la base di partenza per tutte le loro spedizioni.

Gli abitanti di Santo Domingo però, vedendo che il loro commercio è in pericolo, dopo un attacco riescono a sconfiggerli e ad allontanarli. Un giorno però, i bucanieri e i filibustieri riescono a far ritorno all'isola. Arriva intanto alla Tortuga un nobile italiano circondato dal mistero, un certo Emilio signore di Ventimiglia, Valpenta e Roccabruna. Durante un assedio in Europa, durante la guerra fra Francia e Spagna, gli spagnoli tagliata la ritirata comprano un duca fiammingo, Wan Guld, ordinandogli di tradire i superstiti italo-francesi rifugiatisi in una rocca. Riesce nel suo malvagio piano, ma uccide il fratello maggiore di Emilio, che, dopo essersi miracolosamente salvato dalla carneficina degli Spagnoli, per vendicarsi lo insegue nei Caraibi dove lui e i suoi due fratelli diventano il Corsaro Nero, Rosso e Verde(nero).

Il romanzo ha inizio quando due filibustieri, Carmaux e Wan Stiller, vengono ripescati dalla "Folgore", nave filibustiera appartenente a Emilio di Roccabruna, conte di Valpenta e di Ventimiglia, conosciuto come il Corsaro Nero. Una volta a bordo, i due raccontano al terribile comandante che suo fratello, Enrico di Ventimiglia conosciuto come il Corsaro Rosso era stato impiccato nella piazza di Maracaibo per ordine di Wan Guld, governatore della città. Emilio decide così di recarsi a Maracaibo per sottrarre il cadavere del fratello e, reclutati Carmaux e Wan Stiller, affida il comando della nave a Morgan, suo luogotenente.
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