Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1909. Hardcover. Good. Set of 9. The set is missing vol. I. Volume titles are: "Rome", "Great Britain and Ireland I", "Great Britain and Ireland II", "Great Britain and Ireland III", "Great Britain and Ireland IV", "Continental Europe", "America I", "America II". Many of the books have their spines broken, but it appears that all of the pages are still intact. Volume II has a large tear through pages v-36 and the tear continues throughout the book in a small form. There is a small pin hole on the back cover. All of the books have minor shelf damage around the edges. The spines of the covers have faded.
Atlas Shrugged is a novel by Ayn Rand, first published in 1957 in the United States. This was Rand's fourth, longest and last novel, and she considered it her magnum opus in the realm of fiction writing. As indicated by its working title The Strike, the book explores a dystopian United States where leading innovators, ranging from industrialists to artists, refuse to be exploited by society. The protagonist, Dagny Taggart, sees society collapse around her as the government increasingly asserts control over all industry, while society's most productive citizens, led by the mysterious John Galt, progressively disappear. Galt describes the strike as "stopping the motor of the world" by withdrawing the "minds" that drive society's growth and productivity; with their strike these creative minds hope to demonstrate that the economy and society would collapse without the profit motive and the efforts of the rational and productive. The novel's title is a reference to the mythical Titan, Atlas, who in the novel is said to hold the weight of the heavens on his shoulders. The character of Francisco d'Anconia at one point is asked what sort of advice someone would give to Atlas, and Francisco says he'd tell Atlas "to shrug" (with Atlas being a metaphor for the champions of industry who keep the world in place). The novel includes elements of mystery and science fiction, and it contains Rand's most extensive statement of Objectivism in any of her works of fiction, a lengthy monologue delivered by the strike's leader, John Galt. The theme of Atlas Shrugged, as Rand described it, is "the role of man's mind in existence. " The book explores a number of philosophical themes that Rand would subsequently develop into the philosophy of Objectivism. It advocates the core tenets of Rand's philosophy of Objectivism and expresses her concept of human achievement. In doing so it expresses many facets of Rand's philosophy, such as the advocacy of reason, individualism, the market economy and the failure of government coercion. Atlas Shrugged received largely negative reviews after its 1957 publication, but achieved enduring popularity and consistent sales in the following decades. In the wake of the late 2000s recession sales of Atlas Shrugged have sharply increased, according to The Economist magazine and The New York Times. The Economist reported that the fifty-two-year-old novel ranked #33 among Amazon. com's top-selling books on 13 January, 2009....
John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath
stands as a pivotal piece of American literature. The story follows
the Joad family (and thousands of others) as they are driven from the
Oklahoma farm where they are sharecroppers during the Great
Depression. The drought, economic hardship, and changes in financial
and agricultural industries send them searching for dignity and
honest work in the bountiful state of California.
The novel earned Steinbeck the Pulitzer
Prize for fiction in 1940, and inspired the classic film of the same
name the same year. The film starred Henry Fonda as Tom Joad, and
Steinbeck's words and ideas shine through that medium. In 1962,
Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for the body of
his work, and The Grapes of Wrath stands as his most
recognized and esteemed book. -...
Written in 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is widely
considered to be one of the author’s greatest works. Set in New York City and
Long Island during the Roaring Twenties, the focus of the story is (of course)
its title character, Jay Gatsby, and his unswerving desire to be reunited with
Daisy Buchanan, the love he lost five years earlier. However, Nick Carraway,
who happens to be both Gatsby’s neighbor and Daisy’s cousin, narrates Gatsby's journey
from poverty to wealth, into the arms of his beloved, and eventually to death.
The Great Gatsby is undoubtedly one of the greatest American
literary documents of the 1920s, the decade for which Fitzgerald himself coined
the term “Jazz Age.” However, in writing the book, Fitzgerald was in fact
holding up a mirror to the society of which he was a part. In true Modernist
fashion, The Great Gatsby addresses the social issues of the period — namely materialism
and displaced spirituality — that ultimately led the decline of the era.
The novel’s initial sales situation was less than
impressive; fewer than 25,000 copies were sold by Fitzgerald’s death in 1940.
But The Great Gatsby gained great popularity during WWII as the critical
mainstream began to embrace the author’s work. The Armed Services Editions
circulated 150,000 copies to troops alone. Today, The Great Gatsby has sold over
25 million copies worldwide, sells an additional 500,000 copies annually, and
is Scribner's most popular title. Ranked #2 on the Modern Library’s list of the
100 Best Novels of the 20th Century, the novel is also listed on
their Top 100 Novels as well as The Observer’s All-Time 100 Best Novels and
Time Magazine’s 100 Best Modern Novels.
The Great Gatsby has resulted in a number of adaptations,
including Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 major motion picture starring
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, and Joel Edgerton. ...
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