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?William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury
The 2008 edition in the popular and long-running Barnes & Noble Desk Diary series celebrates Famous First Lines chosen from a diverse selection of classic and modern novels, short fiction, and poetry. This handsome, richly illustrated planner provides a convenient weekly agenda format, monthly calendar grids, and a ...
—William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury
The 2008 edition in the popular and long-running Barnes & Noble Desk Diary series celebrates Famous First Lines chosen from a diverse selection of classic and modern novels, short fiction, and poetry. This handsome, richly illustrated planner provides a convenient weekly agenda format, monthly calendar grids, and a year of fascinating literary lore in a durable, handcrafted binding.
Savor opening lines from dozens of famous works of literature, accompanied by brief descriptive texts about the works and their authors. Also included is quiz about last lines from famous works, lists of prize-winning novels, an 8-page supplement of classic world maps, and other special features.
"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit."
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, 1937. The Hobbit unfurls the fantastical adventures of, yes, a hobbit, named Bilbo Baggins, the irascible wizard Gandalf, and a band of dwarves in search of the stolen treasure of Smaug the dragon. Tolkien borrowed many themes from Anglo-Saxon mythology (whose language he taught at Oxford University) and the epic poem Beowulf. The book is a prelude to Tolkien's beloved "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, featuring the adventures of Bilbo's nephew, Frodo.
"Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board."
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, 1937. The African-American folklorist, essayist, and novelist Hurston was one of the brightest luminaries of the Harlem Renaissance. This, her most celebrated work, focuses on Janie Crawford, who lives in a black township in Florida and whose life is marked by three very distinct marriages. Hurston's use of Southern black dialect was controversial at the time and she later died in obscurity, but today the book is widely recognized for its influence on black and white contemporary fiction.
"You are about to begin reading Italo Calvino's new novel, If on a winter's night a traveler.
If on a winter's night a traveler by Italo Calvino, 1979. This highly original and experimental text uniquely explores the nature of both reading and writing. In alternating chapters, Calvino uses second-person narration to engage the reader directly, while other chapters are part of various other novels, which are seemingly interrupted by printing errors and the like. When approaching this text, reader's would do best to take Calvino's advice from the first chapter, and simply "Relax. Concentrate. Dispel every other thought."
"Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself."
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, 1925. Woolf's fourth novel centers on Clarissa Dalloway, wife to a member of Parliament, as she prepares for a party over the course of one day in June, 1923. With a remarkable, gorgeously written Modernist text, Woolf uses a stream of consciousness technique to offer insight into the heart and mind of Clarissa as well as of her double, Septimus Warren Smith, a displaced, shell-shocked veteran of World War I.