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Ten Nights in a Bar-Room is temperance novel that helped demonize alcohol.
In the story a miller gives up his mill and opens a tavern.
The narrator visits intermittently over the years and charts the changes in the proprietor and the town due to the negative influence of alcohol.
One of the most influential anti-war stories ever written The Red Badge of Courage was adapted as a film in 1951 by John Huston.
Crane wanted to show what war was like and achieved a ground breaking 'psychological portrayal of fear'.
The story follows an archetypical 19 year old recruit in the American Civil War.
A fictionalized diary of a missionary kindergarten teacher in Hiroshima, Japan. The story takes place against the backdrop of the Russo-Japanese war. For many Americans the book was a first introduction to Japanese culture.
It's a fiery hot summer, and sixteen-year-old Jesse Wright is on the run. An oddly gifted boy, he arrives in a new city where the direction of his life is about to change. He's hungry and lonely and desperate - and beset by visions of a stranger who is being brutally tortured. And then there are Jesse's own memories of a fire...
Lewis "Lew" Wallace was a lawyer, governor, Union general in the American Civil War, and American statesman.
He is best remembered for Ben-Hur, an historical fiction set amongst the characters of the New Testament.
It was America's best selling novel for nearly sixty years after it's publication.
Follow the wikipedia link to see a great photo of the author.
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