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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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Eyes Without a Face: The Doom of the Twisted Face of Evil


BEWARE OF THE TWISTED AND PERVERTED FACE OF EVIL. Honestly, how often have you heard this statement being said? How often have you paid heed to such a sanguine statement of fact? Will it take a terrible tragedy to make you all react strongly against it? When will the world start caring - if at …

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Honesty is Such a Lonely Word


  "Honesty" - Billy Joel If you search for tenderness It isn't hard to find You can have the love you need to live But if you look for truthfulness You might just as well be blind It always seems to be so hard to give Honesty is such a lonely word Everyone is so …

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