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1. The Book of William: How Shakespeare's
2. The Curse of Caste; or The Slave
3. Beyond Entrepreneurship: Turning
4. Tied In: The Business, History
5. The Complete Poetical Works of
6. Algebra 1
7. The Poems of William Collins
8. New Orleans Sketches
9. The Highwayman and Mr. Dickens:
10. Memoirs of the life of William
11. Memoirs of the Life of William
12. General William Averell's Salem
13. Mathematics Applications and Connections
14. Man and Wife
15. Collins Atlas of the World
16. William Collins (Teas 25)
17. The poetical works of William
18. Mineral Enterprise in China; By
19. William Collins and Eighteenth-Century
20. The poetical works of Mr. William

1. The Book of William: How Shakespeare's First Folio Conquered the World
by Paul Collins
Paperback: 256 Pages (2010-08-03)
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Shakespeare's First Folio, the first complete collection of his plays, was almost never printed. Its eventual publication went practically unnoticed, and many of the original 750 copies were gone before the turn of the eighteenth century. But a hundred years later the plays were rediscovered, beginning the long, surprising process that secured Shakespeare's legacy. Paul Collins follows this book's journey through the centuries, as it lies undiscovered for decades, burns, sinks, is bought and sold, and ultimately becomes untouchable.
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5-0 out of 5 stars The First Folio's travels over 400 years
Until I saw this book recommended very recently in paperback by the New York Times, I had never heard either of the book, or its author, Paul Collins. I have read other reviews of the book on Amazon, and I have searched Paul Collins's name. It seems he has published a number of works that have been well-received. Please add this new book to the list. I had no idea that the history of Shakespeare's First Folio and of its various collectors of copies thereof over a 400-year period could be made so interesting. It takes the reader from 1623 London as far as 21st century Tokyo, and Paul intersperses the breadth of his historical knowledge with descriptions of the various places he has obviously visited to assist his discussion of his chosen topic. As someone who has had intimate knowledge of the west end of London, I feel this book gives me an even better insight than I ever had before into some arcane areas of the city of my birth.

Finally, and surprisingly, this book is a real "page-turner". I am easily bored by books that are not well written: I could not put this one down. Buy it! You won't be sorry.

4-0 out of 5 stars Light, pleasant, and very informative
The most revered author in the world never bothered to publish the works for which he is famous. Today, only ten words are known to exist in his hand: his name, written five times. The only man we can be certain he disliked was the guy who published 36 of his plays about seven years after his death (and he was blind and died a few weeks before the First Folio finally came off the press).

We know more about what happened to that print run of 750 copies than almost any book since, though it is nearly four centuries old. Copies disappeared in the Great London Fire of 1666 and the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and another sank to the bottom of the Atlantic in 1854 when the SS Arctic rammed a French steamer off Newfoundland. A copy recently sold at Sotheby's for $5.8 million.

Paul Collins, who teaches at Portland State University, edits an imprint of McSweeney Books, and does commentaries on NPR as Weekend Edition's literary detective, has made a specialty of digging up forgotten books and obscure history.

His first book for general readers, Banvard's Folly, offered entertaining portraits of "people who didn't change the world." Subsequent tomes tracked the purloined remains of Thomas Paine, traced the history and diagnosis of autism, and visited Hay-on-Wye - a Welsh village of 1,500 inhabitants and, count 'em, 40 antiquarian bookstores.

As different as their subjects may appear - Collins once said "there is no way they are reproducible [by potential competitors] because they are so chaotic" - at least one thread connects them all: a love of books, and what they say to and about us.

Shakespeare's First Folio hardly qualifies as "forgotten," yet its 386-year history is perfect for Collins's peripatetic narrative style. The five "Acts" and 18 "scenes" of The Book of William take the reader from St. Paul's Churchyard in the 1580s, where future printer William Jaggard got his start with a bookselling stall, to the windowless, fireproofed, temperature- and humidity-controlled vaults of Meisei University in Japan, which contain a dozen First Folios, worth upwards of $50 million.

Along the way, we learn that paper in Jaggard's time was made from handkerchiefs, blouses, table linens, and undergarments; witness the 1720s literary war between Alexander Pope and Lewis Theobald (yeah, that's right - who? - but Collins dubs him the victor) over how to edit Shakespeare; meet various First Folio hunters, dead and living; and examine kabuki and manga Shakespeare.

Collins is pleasant company on these journeys through musty and scholarly byways; fans of Bill Bryson might find the style similar. Musing on the vagaries of theatrical fashion after the Bard's passing, he writes: "Puck and Titania couldn't get themselves arrested in the 1620s." The spongy green carpet of DC's Folger Library "makes you want to either tackle a Milton scholar or throw a long bomb down the forty yards to the reference desk."

This is great, informative fun.

5-0 out of 5 stars ABSORBING
The author has such a light, chatty style (and such an obvious enthusiasm for his work) that the arcane minutia about early book publishing practices goes down like sugar plums.

When I ordered the book, I was writing a young adult novel about a young boy's time-travel back to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre during a performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and I thought this would offer some needed background. Wow! It was so much more captivating than I expected it to be.The personalities involved in promoting the First Folio's rise to prominence are fascinating, from Jaggard to Heminge and Condell all the way down to Henry Clay Folger -- just wonderful stories. This book has made me add a visit to the Folger Library in Washington to my Bucket List.

A most enjoyable read. It was so much fun to read that I limited myself to 2 or 3 chapters per day so it would last longer. I am definitely exploring Paul Collins's other titles, as this is the first one I've read, having noticed a review in the New York Times. Bravo!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good look at a rare book
I think this book is a must read for those of us who love old books and Shakespeare but are not scholars. The author describes what printing was like in early 17th century, and how books were bought, sold, and cataloged. From a book sale at Sothebys to a Japanese university, he tracks the ownership of first folios and gives a sense of that rarified world where people have fortunes to spend on books. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Book of William
The Book of William by Paul Collins is a Shakespearean travel narrative, tracing the unique history of one of the worlds most influential books. From its relatively lackluster beginnings to its current $5 million price tag, the path of Shakespeare's first Folio contains plenty of twists and turns, and Collins likewise pulls his audience from 17th-century London to the bank vault under the Folger Library, and finally to obscure theatres and a large university in Japan. The Book of William is better suited for the enthusiast than the scholar; I believe anyone with a remote interest in the Bard and his published work will find Collins' account entertaining. ... Read more

2. The Curse of Caste; or The Slave Bride: A Rediscovered African American Novel by Julia C. Collins
by Julia C. Collins
Paperback: 208 Pages (2006-10-16)
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In 1865, The Christian Recorder, the national newspaper of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, serialized The Curse of Caste; or The Slave Bride, a novel written by Mrs. Julia C. Collins, an African American woman living in the small town of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The first novel ever published by a black American woman, it is set in antebellum Louisiana and Connecticut, and focuses on the lives of a beautiful mixed-race mother and daughter whose opportunities for fulfillment through love and marriage are threatened by slavery and caste prejudice. The text shares much with popular nineteenth-century women's fiction, while its dominant themes of interracial romance, hidden African ancestry, and ambiguous racial identity have parallels in the writings of both black and white authors from the period.
Begun in the waning months of the Civil War, the novel was near its conclusion when Julia Collins died of tuberculosis in November of 1865. In this first-ever book publication of The Curse of Caste; or The Slave Bride, the editors have composed a hopeful and a tragic ending, reflecting two alternatives Collins almost certainly would have considered for the closing of her unprecedented novel. In their introduction, the editors offer the most complete and current research on the life and community of an author who left few traces in the historical record, and provide extensive discussion of her novel's literary and historical significance. Collins's published essays, which provide intriguing glimpses into the mind of this gifted but overlooked writer, are included in what will prove to be the definitive edition of a major new discovery in African American literature. Its publication contributes immensely to our understanding of black American literature, religion, women's history, community life, and race relations during the era of United States emancipation. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
What a wonderful book. This is one to buy for a personal library. It's historical claim of "first novel by an African American woman" is reason enough to purchase a copy, but the book is flat out- a good read. Hollywood, in most cases, destroys a story when put on film, but I too could see this as great film- if done properly (Hello? A&E???).

The Editor's Introduction was also well presentated and informative. I found the 'ending' by Ms. Collins just fine. I did not need the alternate endings. I liked imagining what took place from "And I am Happy".

5-0 out of 5 stars Great addition to library of 19th century work
I loved this book!The editors' notes are particularly interesting and informative--they really help to contextualize the book. The novel is a hoot as well, a real romp through the time period.I can see this as a movie!5 stars. ... Read more

3. Beyond Entrepreneurship: Turning Your Business into an Enduring Great Company
by James Collins, William C. Lazier
Paperback: 256 Pages (1995-09-21)
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This inspiring work provides entrepreneurs with building blocks to help their companies sustain high performance, play a leadership role in their industries, and remain great for generations. Includes plenty of real-world examples drawn from Nike, L.L. Bean, Wal-Mart, Federal Express, and other success stories. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars You can tell a good book by how much you use a highlighter
This book is great stuff..So much wisdom and so many bits and pieces of true leadership gems. This is a book you should revisit every year to just let his ideas flow into your mind and habits. I've read many books regarding this subject matter and you really can't go wrong with this classic. You owe it to yourself if you are manager or leader.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent
i was given an excellent service. book was in a perfect condition and on time. Keep it up

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, Interesting Read
Good book to read before/during/after starting a business or if you just want to learn about some other big companies and how they've succeeded.

5-0 out of 5 stars An absolute must read
Whether you are running a company or serving in any other leadership position, this book is a must.Every time I assume a new leadership position, I get out Beyond Entrepreneurship and review its principles, using them to establish a framework for the organization.Many books provide motivating generalities.This book provides an easy to use road-map for establishing an outstanding unit (whether it is a company, a department, or a small section.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best book ever - I recommend most often
If you are a fan of Good to Great and Built to Last, you will think you found a precious gem.We all know that a vision is the cornerstone to success.If you don't know who you are, what exist for and where you are going - how could you ever be successful.This book spells out why vision is the critical point, in clear language. ... Read more

4. Tied In: The Business, History and Craft of Media Tie-In Writing
by Lee Goldberg
Paperback: 260 Pages (2010-07-30)
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Tie-in novels are books based on pre-existing media properties -- like TV shows, movies and games -- and they regularly top the national bestseller lists. But as popular as tie-ins books and novelizations are among readers, few people know how the books are written or the rich history behind the hugely successful and enduring genre.
This 75,000 word book is a ground-breaking collection of lively, informative, and provocative essays and interviews by some of the best-selling, and most acclaimed, writers in the tie-in business, offering an inside glimpse into what they do and how they do it.
Contributors include Donald Bain, Max Allan Collins, Tod Goldberg, Elizabeth Massie, William C. Dietz, Aaron Rosenberg, Paul Kupperberg, Jeff Mariotte, Raymond Benson, Robert Greenberger, David Spencer, Greg Cox, Burl Barer, Jeff Ayers, Nancy Holder, Brandie Tarvin, Alina Adams and William Rabkin.
This book is an official publication of the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers.
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4-0 out of 5 stars An engaging look at writers who work hard to provide your pop-culture fix
"Tied In: The Business, History and Craft of Media Tie-In Writing" features entertaining, informative essays by writers who regularly produce media tie-in books... you know, those books (often paperbacks, but increasingly appearing in hardback form, too) that adapt blockbuster movies and fan-favorite television series, as well as present original stories featuring the characters from those sources.I used to read a lot of these in my high school and college days, and- recognizing that a good book can come from anywhere- still pick one up here and there.

The contributing writers discuss the fun and challenge of producung these works, and their various approaches to the job.Some, for example, have great respect for a character's dialogue as conceived for the original movie or TV show they're adapting, and don't change it in their written version (aside from adding new dialogue to get their tale up to proper book length).Others happily change dialogue at will, believing that the visual and literary mediums have different needs, and what sounds good in a movie might not work in a book.All very interesting stuff.

There seems to be one area of agreement among the writers, however: that those working in the tie-in arena should have a passion for their material but not be outright in love with it.This is because the characters being written about- whether they're from "Star Trek", "CSI", "Bones", "Star Wars", "Murder, She Wrote", or any of the many other entertainment properties that regularly generate tie-in books- don't belong to the writer producing the tie-in book, and the publisher andlicensor (usually a studio) can weigh in at will and make the writer change things.And usually do.

The advice here for potential tie-in writers is to try to see that inevitable outside input as more of an opportunity to deliver the best book possible than as creativity-killing interference. Getting too attached to the material, though, is a definite no-no, as tie-in writers will eventually be given marching orders they won't want to follow.My favorite example of this is when Max Allan Collins relates in his essay that he was told not to reveal the identity of the mystery villain in his adaptation of the movie "Dick Tracy", because the movie producers wanted the film's big reveal at the end to remain secret.So he had to essentially write a mystery novel without solving the mystery!

Other pleasures of the book include an entertaining look at tie-in books of the 1960s (a kind of golden age of the form), which also doubles as a tribute to the highly-regarded "I Spy" tie-in books written by Walter Wager; and a long interview with Raymond Benson, who discusses what it was like to write several James Bond continuation novels in the 1990s.

Quibbles are small.A few essays could have been a little shorter and a few cried out for more length and detail.And someone should have corrected the fair amount of typos, dropped words, and other technical glitches.On that last point, I'm guessing that tie-in writers are very busy people and that many of the contributors quickly finished up their essays to make deadline, without giving them a final proofing, and that editor Lee Goldberg may have been equally busy with his own tie-in work to do a detailed proofing, too.In any event, the errors (enough to be annoying, but not so numerous to cause me to not recommend the book) can be immediately fixed for the e-book edition of "Tied In" (the version I read) if someone puts his or her mind to it.Maybe they've already been noticed and fixed by the time you read this.

With its twenty or so breezy, engaging essays, "Tied in" nicely illuminates an under-discussed part of the literary landscape and also reminds writers of a potentially interesting area in which to toil.It was a worthwhile project and I'm glad it was undertaken.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Behind the Scenes Look at the World of the Tie-in Novel
Since I enjoy tie-in novels, I jumped at a chance to get a review copy of this collection of essays that attempt to explain just how these books come to be.And I found it just as fascinating as I thought I would.

Over the course of 19 chapters, we get a good feel for how the business works.Since many of the authors are telling their own stories, we get some repetition.But that also helps reinforce the point that writing tie-ins is hard work.But it is also a labor of love.I get the feeling that the authors contributing here love doing it, struggles and all.

We get a look at every kind of tie-in imaginable.There are the books based on TV series, as covered by Donald Bain (author of the Murder, She Wrote books), Tod Goldberg, and William Rabkin.Max Allen Collins discusses his two most frustrating novelizations of movies.Is writing for a YA crowd harder or easier?You'll get the answer from Aaron Rosenberg.Writing a novel based on an entire season of episodes, novels based on comic books, and writing novels set between movies are all discussed.Heck, I wasn't aware that some canceled soap operas have continued on-line, but now I know all about that.

My respect for tie-in writers has really grown as a result of reading this book.One of the repeated facts is their short deadline.We're talking weeks to complete a book.And that's with multiple people telling them how the book should be written.This isn't easy work.

Since there are so many different authors, the writing style varies.Most of the essays are conversational, but a couple get more scholarly in tone.Even then, I found the writing readable.A couple of the chapters could have been a bit shorter for my tastes (I'm not a big Bond fan, for example), but I'm sure others will love those chapters.

Really, if you enjoy reading about the adventures of your favorite screen characters, this is a book you need to check out.You'll love getting a peak behind the scenes at how authors create these further stories.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely facsinating!

WOW! This book is absolutely fascinating. I'm not being facetious, or praising it because I am among the contributors --this really is a remarkably compelling and irresistible book for anyone who loves reading, writing and/or popular culture. It also should/could be required reading for students of creative writing. Anyone who loves popular culture, movies, television, comics and film will find this a treasure trove of insights and information unavailable elsewhere. ... Read more

5. The Complete Poetical Works of William Collins, Thomas Gray, and Oliver Goldsmith: With Biographical Sketches and Notes [ 1854 ]
by William Collins
Paperback: 430 Pages (2009-08-10)
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Originally published in 1854.This volume from the Cornell University Library's print collections was scanned on an APT BookScan and converted to JPG 2000 format by Kirtas Technologies.All titles scanned cover to cover and pages may include marks notations and other marginalia present in the original volume. ... Read more

6. Algebra 1
by William Collins, Alan G. Foster, Leslie J. Winters, William L. Swart, Gilbert J. Cuevas, James Rath, Moore-Harris, Berchie Gordon
Hardcover: 862 Pages (1998-01)
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Glencoe's Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 balance sound skill and concept development with applications, connections, problem solving, critical thinking, and technology. Whether your students are getting ready for college or the workplace, this program gives them the skills they need for success. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great speed!
The book got here -DAYS- before the delivery estimate. It is in the condition described and I will surely get plenty of use out of it.

Great seller, will use again.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not the book I ordered
This book is a good algebra book but if is not the book I ordered. It was sent to me by the vender knowing it was not the book I ordered. They must have known that I would not sent it back because it was not worth the trouble. However they did advertise that they had the book in their inventory when I ordered it,and then sent me a book they had in inventory. I sent them an email stating that I wanted them to send me the correct book but they never responded.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good book for a great price.
As a parent, buying text books for my kids can be expensive and frustrating.It is easy to spend a ton on text books.Buying this very usable book and having it shipped to my home in less than a week for less than $20.00 made my day.

5-0 out of 5 stars Glencoe Algebra 1: integration, applications, connections
Excellent condition-almost new-great for obtaining same copy of school for some summer tutoring in preparation for the school year.

1-0 out of 5 stars Awful Book!!!
This book is awful. My school uses it and it doesn't explain anything right. It just confuses me more and I still have to finish out the year with it. ugh!!! Don't buy this book!!! ... Read more

7. The Poems of William Collins
Paperback: 228 Pages (2010-02-04)
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This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishings Legacy Reprint Series. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the worlds literature. Kessinger Publishing is the place to find hundreds of thousands of rare and hard-to-find books with something of interest for everyone! ... Read more

8. New Orleans Sketches
by William Faulkner
Paperback: 139 Pages (2002-05-22)
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In 1925 William Faulkner began his professional writing career in earnest while living in the French Quarter of New Orleans. He had published a volume of poetry (The Marble Faun), had written a few book reviews, and had contributed sketches to the University of Mississippi student newspaper. He had served a stint in the Royal Canadian Air Corps and while working in a New Haven bookstore had become acquainted with the wife of the writer Sherwood Anderson.

In his first six months in New Orleans, where the Andersons were living, Faulkner made his initial foray into serious fiction writing. Here in one volume are the pieces he wrote while in the French Quarter. These were published locally in the Times-Picayune and in the Double Dealer, a "little magazine" based in New Orleans.

New Orleans Sketches broadcasts seeds that would take root in later works. In their themes and motifs these sketches and stories foreshadow the intense personal vision and style that would characterize Faulkner's mature fiction. As his sketches take on parallels with Christian liturgy and as they portray such characters as an idiot boy similar to Benjy Compson, they reveal evidence of his early literary sophistication.

In praise of New Orleans Sketches Alfred Kazin wrote in the New York Times Book Review that "the interesting thing for us now, who can see in this book the outline of the writer Faulkner was to become, is that before he had published his first novel he had already determined certain main themes in his work."

In his trail-blazing introduction Carvel Collins, often called "Faulkner's best-informed critic," illuminates the period when the sketches were written as the time that Faulkner was making the transition from poet to novelist.

"For the reader of Faulkner," Paul Engle wrote in the Chicago Tribune, "the book is indispensable. Its brilliant introduction . . . is full both of helpful information . . . and of fine insights." "We gain something more than a glimpse of the mind of a young genius asserting his power against a partially indifferent environment," states the Book Exchange (London). "The long introduction . . . must rank as a major literary contribution to our knowledge of an outstanding writer: perhaps the greatest of our times."

Carvel Collins (1912-1990), one of the foremost authorities on Faulkner's life and works, served on the faculties of Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Swarthmore College, and the University of Notre Dame, where he was the first to teach a course devoted to Faulkner's writing. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars New Orleans Sketches
This isn't a REAL review just a suggestion for all those fellow Faulkner fans out there who may not have come across this book, a collection of some of his first published writing for the New Orleans newspaper. This book is a jewel and puts Faulkner fans on alert that wonderful writing is coming down the road. It shows to me that he was born a great writer. He wasn't merely developing his talent. He was born this way. I'm an old lady and have loved Faulkner for years but I never heard of this book until recently.Beginning writers have so much to learn from him and those who don't write and have no plans to but love to read will find Faulkner in a special, wonderful category all by himself. And this book is a wonderful place to begin an exploration of this great writer.

2-0 out of 5 stars A collection of some of Faulkner's earliest prose.
This collection of short prose pieces was originally published in the _New Orleans Time Picayune_ in 1925; however, I'm not sure that Faulkner would be entirely pleased that they have been re-exposed to the light of day. The writing is rough, even amateurish, and the story lines of the piecesare often trite and stock.But in spite of the general weakness of thewritings, there are thematic elements and character types in the piecesthat would reappear in Faulkner's mature writings.What is absolutelyamazing is that just two years after the publication of these mediocrewritings, Faulkner had published two novels and was deeply involved in thecreation of his masterpiece, _The Sound and the Fury_. ... Read more

9. The Highwayman and Mr. Dickens: An Account of the Strange Events of the Medusa Murders : A Secret Victorian Journal, Attributed to Wilkie Collins
by William J. Palmer
 Hardcover: 273 Pages (1992-09)
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Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and Inspector William Field unite to pursue the Medusa Murderer, a killer whose victims have been found unmarked, their faces frozen in masks of fear. ... Read more

10. Memoirs of the life of William Collins, esq., R. A., with selections from his journals and correspon
by Wilkie Collins
Paperback: 364 Pages (2009-11-18)
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11. Memoirs of the Life of William Collins, Esq., R. A., With Selections From His Journals and Correspondene (Volume 2)
by Wilkie Collins
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Volume: 2Publisher: London : Longman, Brown, Green, and LongmansPublication date: 1848Subjects: Collins, William, 1788-1847Notes: This is an OCR reprint. There may be typos or missing text. There are no illustrations or indexes.When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. You can also preview the book there. ... Read more

12. General William Averell's Salem Raid: Breaking the Knoxville Supply Line
by Darrell L. Collins
Hardcover: 174 Pages (1999-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars I felt like I was there
I wanted to read this book because of the family connection I have with it.My gg-grandfather was a member of the West Virginia 8th Mounted Infantry. As I read the book I realized I couldn't put it down. As Averell rushed to escape to the North, his decision to burn the Island Ford Bridge, my heart began to sink.For I now know what my gg-grandfather must have felt like to know that he was part of the rear guard that was left behind on the wrong side of the river. If you want interesting reading of a little known event in the history of the Civil War, then this book is for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars A well told tale of a little known Civil War episode.
I ordered this book hoping to learn more about my great-grandfather's regiment, which served under Averell in the Army of West Virginia.The excellent Order of Battle appendix told me right away that the 8th OhioVolunteer Cavalry hadn't joined Averell's command by the time of thisDecember 1863 raid, but that was my only disappointment.This is an easyreading, well documented story of a little known episode that shocked theConfederacy.More important, it is a gripping tale of men succeedingagainst the elements, and against overwhelming odds.Averell and his smallbrigade "marched, climbed, slid and swum" 355 miles through enemyheld territory in the dead of winter, going without food and sleep,climbing mountains and crossing rivers, avoiding Confederates sent tointercept them, and striking the depot at Salem (today a suburb of Roanoke,Virginia) to threaten the lines of communication between Richmond andKnoxville. The book documents the extraordinary leadership and tenacity ofBrigadier General William Averell, but it also highlights the streak ofhesitancy that eventually caused Phil Sheridan to sack him during theShenandoah Valley campaign of 1864 (in which my great-grandfather'sregiment did take part).Abundant photographs and simple, readable mapscomplement the text and help bring the characters and the story to life.Atruly good book, highly recommended for descendents of the Gray as well asthe Blue, and for anyone else interested in the Civil War. ... Read more

13. Mathematics Applications and Connections Course 1 Teacher's Wraparound Ed.
by William Collins et al
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14. Man and Wife
by William Wilkie Collins
 Paperback: 170 Pages (2009-12-23)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great read
This was the first book by Wilkie Collins that I read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have now purchased all of his other books!

5-0 out of 5 stars A harsh view of Victorian marriages
Man and Wife is a novel of two generations of marriages that end in disaster.However, the novel is much more than the story of a helpless Victorian bride at the mercy of her despotic husband.Instead, Man and Wife explores the complex laws surrounding Irish and Scottish marriages in the nineteenth century. Wilkie Collins's interest in the law, especially marriage and divorce, lead to a novel with endless legal loopholes concerning what constitututes a marriage and what doesn't.

The lives of two generation of friends named Anne and Blanche are forever changed by the laws concerning man and wife. The first generation Anne and Blanche are childhood friends. Anne Vanborough's Irish marriage is declared null and void by English law. She dies broken hearted and entreats her dearest friend, Anne, to look after he daughter also named Anne. As Anne lay dying she thinks of her daughter and wonders "will she end like me?".

After Anne's death, Blanche raises little Anne as her own. Little Anne and Blanche's daughter also named Blanche become best friends. However, history is determined to repeat itself in a much more tragic manner.

Another marriage comes under scrutiny. Another woman is forced to become an outcast by the legal system. Anne and Blanche are destined to relive the events that cursed their mothers. I absolutely recommend this novel to all WC fans. Many parts of the novel will move you to tears, others will leave you livid. In my opinion, Man and Wife features the most despicable character I've ever encountered in a Collins novel. An excellent read!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This is a great book about the powerlessness of women in Great Britain, circa 1850, and how young Anne Silvester was finally able to overcome a looming hideous fate and triumph in the end. Equally as thrilling as "The Woman in White."

4-0 out of 5 stars One of Collins' Best
*Man & Wife* is a wonderful mystery novel, except that instead of the whodunit format, the time frame is reversed and the crime is unfolding as we read.With exciting prose and plotting, Collins produces in the second quarter of the book a pursuit sequence almost as riveting as *Dracula's* 1897 mountain chase.The misdeed is largely psychological and societal: a woman promised but not given marriage becomes pregnant, and she has to be very resourceful in identifying a way to keep her baby legitimate as she hides her condition under the bustles of Victorian dress codes.So far, shades of Hardy's *Two On A Tower,* except this is not a romance.Rather, it is an excoriation of Victorian male-female privilege disparities using bizarre, and actual, Scottish marriage laws of the time.

It was written after Collins' blockbuster 1860s novels.As a result, it has the more finely nuanced understanding of human nature that he honed until his very finest novel (*The Evil Genius* comedy).However, it was composed in 1870, and the proximity to his very purple sensation novels like *Armadale* and *Woman In White* leave *Man & Wife* turning in the last quarter to a jep novel that is a sensation style but not as campily over-the-top as the 60s volumes.Fortunately, there is finely-observed satire and comedy to lighten the mood most of the way.It is stronger than that other hidden gem of Collins, *Hide & Seek* and more believable than *The Moonstone.*So cinematic, I'm surprised it hasn't been made into a Gosford Park-style treat.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wilkie Collins in good form..
In general, I have not been impressed with the works of Wilkie Collins outside his "big 4" novels ('The Woman in White', 'No Name', 'Armadale', and 'The Moonstone').'Man and Wife' was written right after 'The Moonstone', the last of his really successful novels.Sadly, this novel is unjustly overlooked by Wilkie Collins fans.It's actually a fun read.

'Man and Wife' is a complicated story about a young couple, and their friends/family, caught up in the consequences of lax marriage laws during the Victorian era.At that time folks in Scotland were considered married if they simply announced it.No need for marriage licenses, blood tests, etc.Wilkie Collins's gift of building the suspense works well, and the book's ending is unexpected (and terrific).

'Man and Wife' is every bit as good as, say, 'The Moonstone'.However for Wilkie Collins neophytes I suggest first trying 'The Woman in White' or 'No Name' (..both are my favorites).

PS - I think the previous reviewer is mistaken.This book has nothing to do with intrusive mother-in-laws. ... Read more

15. Collins Atlas of the World
by Simon & Schuster, William Collins Sons and Co
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Now revised and updated for 1995, a reference atlas of the world which includes a section on such topics as earthquakes, volcanoes, climate, vegetation, population and energy, information on all the world's nations, and a 40,000-name index (with latitudes and longitudes). ... Read more

16. William Collins (Teas 25)
by Oliver F. Sigworth
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17. The poetical works of William Collins, enriched with elegant engravings. To which is prefixed a life of the author
by William Collins
Paperback: 220 Pages (2010-08-14)
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Publisher: London : Vernor and Hood [etc.]Publication date: 1800Notes: This is an OCR reprint. There may be typos or missing text. There are no illustrations or indexes.When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. You can also preview the book there. ... Read more

18. Mineral Enterprise in China; By William F. Collins
by William Frederick Collins
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The book has no illustrations or index. It may have numerous typos or missing text. However, purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original rare book from the publisher's website (GeneralBooksClub.com). You can also preview excerpts of the book there. Purchasers are also entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Original Publisher: W. Heinemann; Publication date: 1918; Subjects: Mines and mineral resources; Technology ... Read more

19. William Collins and Eighteenth-Century English Poetry (Minnesota Archive Editions)
by Richard Wendorf
Paperback: 229 Pages (1981-12-30)
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William Collins and Eighteenth-Century English Poetry was first published in 1981. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.

William Collins (1721–1759) is one of several eighteenth-century poets who have received more attention for what they are said to have anticipated—the full-blooded Romanticism of Wordsworth and Coleridge—than for what they have achieved. Collins's career as a poet was brief, but the handful of major poems that he wrote in the mid -1740s has stirred interest among critics intrigued by the complexity and obscurity of his work and by the illness and possible madness that prematurely ended his life. Combining historical scholarship with close readings of all Collins's poems, Richard Wendorf provides the most comprehensive and detailed study to be devoted to the work of this enigmatic figure and to the forces that shaped his literary career. In doing so, he places Collins within an eighteenth-century poetic context and shows that his gift for myth-making makes him a vital link between the mythic poetry of Shakespeare and Spenser and that of the Romantics.

Wendorf's opening and closing chapters examine the relationship between Collins's life and his work, providing an authoritative discussion of his supposed madness and of the myths of insanity that clouded his reputation in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Wendorf argues that Collins's madness is problematical at best, and that much recent criticism is a distortion of his major work, which explores the transcendent powers of the irrational forces within us but is not necessarily the product of madness itself. The book's central chapters trace Collins's development as a poet and offer fresh approaches to his major odes. In these mature poems he turned from his early interest in Augustan poetry to very different sources of inspiration and came to reject the ordered and unified natural world of Pope and Thompson.

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20. The poetical works of Mr. William Collins. With a prefatory essay, by Mrs. Barbauld.
by William Collins
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The 18th century was a wealth of knowledge, exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record-keeping made possible by advances in the printing press. In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revolution of its own: digitization of epic proportions to preserve these invaluable works in the largest archive of its kind. Now for the first time these high-quality digital copies of original 18th century manuscripts are available in print, making them highly accessible to libraries, undergraduate students, and independent scholars.
Western literary study flows out of eighteenth-century works by Alexander Pope, Daniel Defoe, Henry Fielding, Frances Burney, Denis Diderot, Johann Gottfried Herder, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and others. Experience the birth of the modern novel, or compare the development of language using dictionaries and grammar discourses.
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London : printed for T. Cadell, jun. and W. Davies, 1797. [2],xlix,[1],124,[2]p.plates ; 8° ... Read more

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