Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

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Winter’s Tale

by: Mark Helprin
Release date: Aug 31, 1990
Number of Pages: 688
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Peter Lake–orphan, thief, mechanic extraordinare–and Athansor, a flying Brooklyn milkhorse, establish a reign of love and justice in New York City in the year 2000

More books by Mark Helprin

1. Paris in the Present Tense

by: Mark Helprin
Release date: Oct 03, 2017
Number of Pages: 400
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Mark Helprin’s powerful, rapturous new novel is set in a present-day Paris caught between violent unrest and its well-known, inescapable glories. Seventy-four-year-old Jules Lacour—a maître at Paris-Sorbonne, cellist, widower, veteran of the war in Algeria, and child of the Holocaust—must find a balance between his strong obligations to the past and the attractions and beauties of life and love in the present. In the midst of what should be an effulgent time of life—days bright with music, family, rowing on the Seine—Jules is confronted headlong and all at once by a series of challenges to his principles, livelihood, and home, forcing him to grapple with his complex past and find a way forward. He risks fraud to save his terminally ill infant grandson, matches wits with a renegade insurance investigator, is drawn into an act of savage violence, and falls deeply, excitingly in love with a young cellist a third his age. Against the backdrop of an exquisite and knowing vision of Paris and the way it can uniquely shape a life, he forges a denouement that is staggering in its humanity, elegance, and truth.In the intoxicating beauty of its prose and emotional amplitude of its storytelling, Mark Helprin’s Paris in the Present Tense is a soaring achievement, a deep, dizzying look at a life through the purifying lenses of art and memory.

2. Ellis Island

by: Mark Helprin
Release date: Jun 20, 2017
Number of Pages: 224
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This award-winning short story collection by the acclaimed author of Winter’s Tale “ascends to the peak of literary achievement” (The Boston Globe). Winner of the Prix de Rome and the National Jewish Book Award, these eleven stories demonstrate Mark Helprin’s mastery of fiction across a diverse spectrum of styles. The stories in this collection range from children caught in a Vermont blizzard to an English sea captain who encounters an ape adrift in the Indian Ocean. The title novella tells the tale of a Jewish immigrant who arrives in New York City with little more than an ivory pen—and an unflagging determination to survive the indignities of Ellis Island’s many protocols. In the worlds of The Philadelphia Inquirer, this collection presents “stories beyond compare…[Helprin’s] imagination should be protected by some intellectual equivalent of the National Park Service.” “Such an ambitious reach is almost unheard of in our short fiction.”—New York Times Book Review

3. Refiner’s Fire

by: Mark Helprin
Release date: Jun 05, 2012
Number of Pages: 560
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Marshall Pearl is orphaned at birth on an immigrant ship off the coast of Palestine in 1947, then brought to americanca. His experiences take him from the Hudson River Valley, to Harvard, to sea on a British merchant ship, then finally back to his birthplace, where he serves as an Israeli soldier in the Yom Kippur War. “Superb…A first-rate odyssey, full of insight and humor and hard-earned truths” (San Francisco Chronicle).

4. In Sunlight And In Shadow

by: Mark Helprin
Release date: Jan 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 705
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Returning home after serving in World War II to run his family business in New York, paratrooper Harry Copeland falls in love with young singer and heiress Catherine Thomas Hale, who risks everything to break off her engagement to another man. By the author of Winter’s Tale. (This book was previously listed in Forecast.) 100,000 first printing.

5. A Kingdom Far and Clear

by: Mark HelprinChris Van Allsburg
Release date: Oct 20, 2010
Number of Pages: 301
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In a rare collaboration, bestselling authors Helprin and Van Allsburg worked for nearly a decade on this ambitious, multi-generational trilogy that pits the power of love and devotion against dark forces of greed and suppression. For the first time, this hardcover volume collects all three of Helprin’s contemporary fantasies —Swan Lake,The Veil of Snows, andA City in Winter— along with Van Allsburg’s sensitively wrought illustrations from the original editions. 39 full-color plates.

6. Digital Barbarism

by: Mark Helprin
Release date: Apr 28, 2009
Number of Pages: 256
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“A strange, wondrous, challenging, enriching book….Beautiful and powerful…you will not encounter another book like it.” —National Review online In Digital Barbarism, bestselling novelist Mark Helprin (Winter’s Tale, A Soldier of the Great War) offers a ringing Jeffersonian defense of private property in the age of digital culture, with its degradation of thought and language and collectivist bias against the rights of individual creators. A timely, cogent, and important attack on the popular Creative Commons movement, Digital Barbarism provides rational, witty, and supremely wise support for the individual voice and its hard-won legal protections.

7. Memoir From Antproof Case

by: Mark Helprin
Release date: Aug 06, 2007
Number of Pages: 532
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An old American who lives in Brazil is writing his memoirs. An English teacher at the naval academy, he is married to a woman young enough to be his daughter and has a little son whom he loves. He sits in a mountain garden in Niterói, overlooking the ocean. As he reminisces and writes, placing the pages carefully in his antproof case, we learn that he was a World War II ace who was shot down twice, an investment banker who met with popes and presidents, and a man who was never not in love. He was the thief of the century, a murderer, and a protector of the innocent. And all his life he waged a valiant, losing, one-man battle against the world’s most insidious enslaver: coffee. Mark Helprin combines adventure, satire, flights of transcendence, and high comedy in this “memoir” of a man whose life reads like the song of the twentieth century.

8. Freddy e Fredericka

by: Mark Helprin
Release date: Jan 01, 2006
Number of Pages: 744
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9. Freddy And Fredericka

by: Mark Helprin
Release date: Jul 07, 2005
Number of Pages: 576
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A New York Times bestseller by Mark Helprin, author of Winter’s Tale, which is now a major motion picture starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, William Hurt, and Jennifer Connelly “Freddy and Fredericka is a vast, sprawling book of Homeric proportions and design in which Helprin exploits to the fullest his powers of invention as well as a lesser known talent for comedy.” —Bookreporter.com Mark Helprin’s legions of devoted readers cherish his timeless novels and short stories, which are uplifting in their conviction of the goodness and resilience of the human spirit. Freddy and Fredericka—a brilliantly refashioned fairy tale and a magnificently funny farce—only seems like a radical departure of form, for behind the laughter, Helprin speaks of leaps of faith and second chances, courage and the primacy of love. Helprin’s latest work, an extraordinarily funny allegory about a most peculiar British royal family, is immensely mocking of contemporary monarchy and yet deeply sympathetic to the individuals caught in its lonely absurdities.

10. The Pacific And Other Stories

by: Mark Helprin
Release date: Jun 28, 2005
Number of Pages: 384
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A dazzling collection of short stories by Mark Helprin, bestselling author of Winter’s Tale, which is now a major motion picture starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, William Hurt, and Jennifer Connelly The Pacific and Other Stories is a collection of sixteen stories that display the remarkable scope, incomparable wit, and deft prose that have come to be Mark Helprin’s signature. A British paratrooper jumps into occupied territory; the 1958 New York Yankees gain an unexpected teammate in a puny, teenaged Hasidic Jew; a September 11th widow receives an astonishing gift from the contractor working on her new apartment—these and other stories exhibit the constantly changing variety of the ocean itself, the peaks and troughs of life. Lighthearted, glittering fables are met with starker tales that sound the depths of sacrifice and duty. The Pacific and Other Stories is a resplendent, powerful collection of lasting substance and emotional import.

11. A Soldier Of The Great War

by: Mark Helprin
Release date: Jun 01, 2005
Number of Pages: 880
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An Italian septuagenarian recounts his life before and after World War I in this novel from the author of Paris in the Present Tense. For Alessandro Giullani, the young son of a prosperous Roman lawyer, golden trees shimmer in the sun beneath a sky of perfect blue. At night, the moon is amber and the city of Rome seethes with light. He races horses across the country to the sea, and in the Alps, he practices the precise and sublime art of mountain climbing. At the ancient university in Bologna he is a student of painting and the science of beauty. And he falls in love. His is a world of adventure and dreams, of music, storm, and the spirit. Then the Great War intervenes. Half a century later, in August of 1964, Alessandro, a white-haired professor, still tall and proud, finds himself unexpectedly on the road with an illiterate young factory worker. As they walk toward Monte Prato, a village seventy kilometers distant, the old man tells the story of his life. How he became a soldier. A hero. A prisoner. A deserter. A wanderer in the hell that claimed Europe. And how he tragically lost one family and gained another. The boy is dazzled by the action and envious of the richness and color of the story, and realizes that the old man’s magnificent tale of love and war is more than a tale: it is the recapitulation of his life, his reckoning with mortality, and above all, a love song for his family. “[A] testimony to the indomitable human spirit. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal

12. The Veil of Snows

by: Mark Helprin
Release date: Jan 01, 1997
Number of Pages: 120
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After many years of peace, a queen prepares for the birth of her first child, only to be forced to confront an impending danger, as the Usurper once again threatens her city, while her husband and his army are vanished into the wilderness, in the third volume of a trilogy that began with Swan Lake.

13. A City in Winter

by: Mark HelprinChris Van Allsburg
Release date: Jan 01, 1996
Number of Pages: 147
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Driven to avenge the murder of her royal parents and reclaim their lost kingdom, a daring young princess confronts the city’s conqueror, the Usurper, with the aid of two unlikely rebels. 150,000 first printing. $150,000 ad/promo.

14. Swan Lake

by: Mark Helprin
Release date: Jan 01, 1989
Number of Pages: 120
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A young prince and his beloved Odette struggle to protect themselves and their infant daughter from the evil Von Rothbart in this adaptation of the classic ballet.

15. A Dove of the East

by: Mark Helprin
Release date: Aug 01, 1984
Number of Pages: 219
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Twenty stories, set in different locations, cultures and times, depict people whose lives and conceptions of life show them to be both extraordinary and commonplace

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