Among American literature’s greatest achievements is its longstanding marriage of high art and high adventure. Melville, Twain, Cooper, London—some of America’s greatest writers set their dramas against America’s spectacular rivers, seas, and tracts of wilderness.
These aren’t just important works of literature. They’re gripping adventure tales, long ago integrated into the American national consciousness.
And now you can get them in the single most useful, reader-friendly format they’ve ever appeared in: Logos.
Take 80% off the Select Works of Herman Melville
“In the winter of 1851,” wrote Jorge Luis Borges, “Melville published Moby-Dick, the infinite novel that brought about his fame. Page by page, the story grows until it takes on the dimensions of the cosmos: at the beginning the reader might consider the subject to be the miserable life of whale harpooners; then, that the subject is the madness of Captain Ahab, bent on pursuing and destroying the white whale; finally, that the whale and Ahab and the pursuit which exhausts the oceans of the planet are symbols and mirrors of the universe.”
There are many “great American novels.” In scope, in ambition, Moby-Dick is perhaps the greatest.
Noet’s new Select Works of Herman Melville collection gives you not only Moby-Dick but also The Piazza Tales, Typee, Omoo, and The Confidence-Man, all important texts in their own right. For a just a little while, the collection is on Community Pricing for just $12—that’s 80% off!
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Take 79% off the Select Works of Mark Twain
Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is Moby-Dick’s leading rival for the title of great American novel. Faulkner called Twain “the father of American literature.” Hemingway (on what else could he and Faulkner agree?) wrote that “All modern American literature comes from [Huckleberry Finn]. . . . the best book we’ve had.” Appleton’s magazine wrote that “[Twain] will be recognized as one of the most national of American authors, and one of the peculiar glories of American literature.” The Select Works of Mark Twain collection gives you not only Huckleberry Finn but also its predecessor, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and a series of enthralling travelogues and works of speculative fiction.
Take 60% off the Select Works of James Fenimore Cooper
“[Cooper] is a poet; and if his creations should not be immortal, it will be the work of the perverse and incalculable accidents of time”
—The New-York Review
Cooper’s series of Leatherstocking Tales novels, which detail the adventures of frontiersman Natty Bumppo, are in large part responsible for romanticizing the American wild; the wild, in turn, was a hugely important building block in America’s self-image. These books don’t just show you the frontier—in the American imagination, they helped constitute it.
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Take 56% off the Select Works of Jack London
London’s famous adventures bring together philosophical speculation and gritty realism. The Call of the Wild and White Fang explore the relationship between civilization and wilderness; White Fang, in particular, is regarded as an allegorical account of London’s own transition from his troubled teenage years into middle-class adulthood. The cerebral Sea Wolf follows the adventures of a shipwrecked literary critic who’s taken in by an amoral but highly intelligent captain; it’s an oblique attempt to refute Nietzsche’s theory of the superman. The Iron Heel, arguably the first modern dsytopia, anticipated the twentieth and twenty-first centuries’ formal experimentation and even influenced Orwell; today, it seems very far ahead of its time.
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Great literature doesn’t have to be boring, and these American classics prove it. They’re adventures that you’ll read and reread, and then pass down to your children.
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