A Dark-Adapted Eye

  “A Dark-Adapted Eye” (1986) is a psychological thriller novel by Ruth Rendell, written under the nom-de-plume Barbara Vine. The novel won the American Edgar Award.   Plot Summary: Largely set during World War II, the story is told by Faith Severn, who at the prompting of a true-crime writer recounts her memories of her …

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“The House of Stairs”: Probing the Depths of a Manipulative Mind

"The House of Stairs" By Ruth Rendell (Writing as Barbara Vine) (Source: http://www.penguinreaders.com/pdf/downloads/pr/teachers-notes/9781405879620.pdf) About the author ‘Barbara Vine’ is the pen name of the world-famous crime writer Ruth Barbara Rendell. Rendell was born in 1930 in London, the only child of an English mother and a Swedish father. She spent many holidays in Scandinavia and …

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The Magnificent Pearl

"THE PEARL" John Steinbeck Context (Source: http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/pearl/context.html) John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California, in 1902. He was the third of four children and the only son of John Steinbeck, Sr. and Olive Hamilton Steinbeck. Growing up in a rural valley near the Pacific coast, Steinbeck was an intense reader, and both his father, a …

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Just Another New Day; Just Another New Year

“Happy New Year” – Abba No more champagne And the fireworks are through Here we are, me and you Feeling lost and feeling blue It's the end of the party And the morning seems so grey So unlike yesterday Now's the time for us to say... Happy new year Happy new year May we all …

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