1888 Short Stories (Study Guide): The Man Who Would Be King, A Legend of Old Egypt, The Aspern Papers, A London Life, Wessex Tales Books LLC

ISBN: 9781157224600

Published: May 28th 2010

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1888 Short Stories (Study Guide): The Man Who Would Be King, A Legend of Old Egypt, The Aspern Papers, A London Life, Wessex Tales  by  Books LLC

1888 Short Stories (Study Guide): The Man Who Would Be King, A Legend of Old Egypt, The Aspern Papers, A London Life, Wessex Tales by Books LLC
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This is nonfiction commentary. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publishers book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: The Man Who Would Be King, A Legend of Old Egypt, The Aspern Papers, AMoreThis is nonfiction commentary. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publishers book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge.

Chapters: The Man Who Would Be King, A Legend of Old Egypt, The Aspern Papers, A London Life, Wessex Tales, The Chronic Argonauts, Baa Baa, Black Sheep, . Source: Wikipedia. Free updates online. Not illustrated. Excerpt: A Legend of Old Egypt (Polish: Z legend dawnego Egiptu) is a short story by Boles aw Prus, originally published January 1, 1888, in New Years supplements to the Warsaw Kurier Codzienny (Daily Courier) and Tygodnik Ilustrowany (Illustrated Weekly).

It was his first piece of historical fiction and later served as a preliminary sketch for his only historical novel, Pharaoh (1895), which would be serialized in the Illustrated Weekly. A Legend of Old Egypt and Pharaoh show unmistakable kinship in setting, theme and denouement. The inspiration for the short story was investigated in a 1962 paper by the foremost Prus scholar, Zygmunt Szweykowski.

What prompted Prus, erstwhile foe of historical fiction, to take time in December 1887, in the midst of writing ongoing newspaper instalments of his second novel, The Doll (1887-89), to pen his first historical story? What could have moved him so powerfully? Szweykowski follows several earlier commentators in concluding that it was contemporary German dynastic events.

In late October 1887, Germanys first modern emperor, the warlike Kaiser Wilhelm I, had taken cold during a hunt and soon appeared to be at deaths door- by November 2 a rumor spread that he had died. He rallied, however. Meanwhile his son and successor, the reform-minded Crown Prince Friedrich (in English, Frederick), an inveterate smoker, had for several months been undergoing treatment for a throat ailment- the foreign press had written of a dire situation, but only on November 12 did the official German press announce that he in f...More: http: //booksllc.net/?id=18276



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