An Autobiography is an adaptation of Mark Twain’s famous autobiography. This title has approximately three thousand headwords and is appropriate for upper intermediate to advanced learners. Twain was an American writer of such classics as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Prince and the Pauper. In his time, he was considered the funniest man on earth. In this small volume the author recounts colorful anecdotes from his long life. Mark Twain in his own words: It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not. Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company! We have the best government that money can buy.
This collection contains fifteen of O. Henry’s short stories. The Gift of the Magi is the most famous of his classic tales, but the stories that follow here give the reader a deeper and richer sample of O. Henry’s storytelling art. The text has been simplified and made easier to read for the enjoyment of readers who study English. It is appropriate for intermediate to advanced learners.
О.Henry (1862–1910) was a widely popular American short story writer, famous for his dry humor, wordplay and clever surprise endings.
“O. Henry’s finest work… reveal such a depth of understanding of the human heart as only genius can make manifest.” – Stephen Leacock, writer
If you like stories about wilderness and survival full of adventures, check out Jack London`s To Build a Fire and Other Stories. This book has approximately 2,000 headwords and is appropriate for intermediate-level learners. The text has been adapted and simplified, but it keeps the ideas and flavor found in the original stories.
The Red Badge of Courage is an adaptation of Stephen Crane’s classic novel. The story is about a young man who goes to fight in the American Civil War on the side of the North’s Union Army. In order to prove his bravery, he wishes to be wounded in battle – “the red badge of courage”. The simplified text has about 2500 headwords and is appropriate for intermediate learners.
The novel is included in:
• The Guardian’s list of The 100 Best Novels Written in English, No. 30
• Ernest Hemingway’s anthology Men at War: The Best War Stories of All Time “Crane was concerned with elemental truth only… That is why his book is short. Not quite two hundred pages. Gems are small.” – Joseph Conrad
This book is an adaptation of seven of Edgar Allan Poes`s famous short stories. It has about 3,000 headwords and is appropriate for upper intermediate to advanced learners. The text has been adapted and simplified, but it keeps the ideas and flavor found in the original stories. The book contains: The Murders in the Rue Morgue; The Cask of Amontillado; The Tell-Tale Hearth; The Mask of the Red Death; The Black Cat; The Fall of the House of Usher; The Story of William Wilson.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an adaptation of the timeless novel by Mark Twain. Generally considered a classic, this is a tale about friendship, loyalty, and difficult choices. The
simplified text has approximately 2500 headwords and is appropriate for intermediate to advanced learners.
Mark Twain (1835–1910) was an American humorist, journalist, and novelist, best known for his books The Innocents Abroad, Life on the Mississippi, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
“I conceive that the right way to write a story for boys is to write so that it will not only interest boys but strongly interest any man who has ever been a boy. That immensely enlarges the audience.” – Mark Twain
“Providence protects children and idiots. I know because I have tested it.” – Mark Twain
This book is an adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic tale The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. It has about 1400 headwords and is appropriate for low intermediate to intermediate learners. Tom
Sawyer is an iconic figure in American literature, and his adventures have fascinated millions of readers all over the world.
Mark Twain (1835–1910) is one of America’s best and most beloved writers, famous for his tales of boyhood like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
“There were people who believed that [Tom Sawyer] might some day become President of the United States, if he escaped hanging.” – From The Adventures of Tom Sawyer “There comes a time in every boy’s life when he wants to hunt for gold and silver that pirates have put deep in the earth.” – From The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Greatest Short Stories, by Classic Writers (Adapted Books) – volume 1
This remarkable collection features short stories by great nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers. Beginning with Washington Irving’s masterpieces The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow and The Devil and Tom Walker, the volume also includes humorous short stories by Mark Twain (The Celebrated Jumping Frog) and Ellis Parker Butler (Pigs Is Pigs); fantastic and dark tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne (Rappaccini’s Daughter) and Fitz-James O’Brien (The Diamond Lens); realistic stories by Herman Melville (Bartleby) and the Pulitzer-winner Willa Cather (Paul’s Case); a crime story by Edgar Allan Poe (The Purloined Letter), and so much more. The text has been simplified and made easier to read for the enjoyment of readers who study English. It is appropriate for upper intermediate to advanced learners.
“Easy reading is damn hard writing.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Greatest Short Stories, Volume 2, is a selection from the best of classic short fiction, bringing together writings by great masters in the genres of adventure, fantasy, horror, thriller mystery, romance, and realist fiction. Readers are sure to be delighted by the inclusion of such favourites as The Ransom of Red Chief by O. Henry, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce, A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin, and The Return of a Private by Hamlin Garland.
The book has approximately three thousand headwords and is appropriate for upper intermediate to advanced learners. The text has been adapted and simplified, but it keeps the ideas and flavour found in the original stories.
“I’ll give you the whole secret to short story writing. Here it is. Rule 1: Write stories that please yourself. There is no Rule 2.” – O. Henry