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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2019-08-14
  • Publisher: Dover Publications

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Join an unlikely hero as he watches Moby-Dick sink the Pequod, dodges cannibals on Robinson Crusoe's island, raises a glass with Beowulf, and literally goes to Hell and back. This rollicking adventure begins with a shipwreck on an island where notable characters of literature, history, and folklore coexist — Hamlet and Oedipus, Don Quixote and Doctor Faustus, Becky Sharp and Daniel Boone. From carousing with Robin Hood to crossing swords with the Green Knight and stealing a ride on Huck Finn's raft, our traveler, A. Clarence Shandon, undertakes a whirlwind tour of the classics. And just as the truths of great stories ennoble those who take them to heart, a selfish and cynical drifter is transformed into the gallant knight known as Silverlock.
"Here in your hand is the stuff of wonder," declared science-fiction author Poul Anderson, adding, "There are few such glorious romps in all the world's literature, and surely none that surpass this one." Unjustly overlooked for decades, this book lover's book has developed a devoted cult following and richly deserves a wider audience. Whether or not you recognize its scores of literary allusions, you'll savor its wealth of battles, quests, romances, songs, and laughter.

Author Biography

American author John Myers Myers (1906–88) wrote several adventure novels, including The Harp and the Blade and Out on Any Limb, as well as historic works such as The Alamo and Bravos of the West. Shortly after World War II, he settled in Tempe, Arizona, where he worked for a local paper and later taught at Arizona State University. Silverlock is his most famous work.

Table of Contents

Sea Roads, the Forest, and a Rendezvous
  1 The Right Waters
  2 The Animal Fancier
  3 A Map of the Commonwealth
  4 Driving for the Mainland
  5 A Day and a Night
  6 Random Faring
  7 Under the Leaves
  8 Two Big Cats
  9 A Guide and No Guides
10 At Heorot

Highways, a City, the River, and Beyond It
11 The Undertaking
12 Down Watling Street
13 Shenanigans at Upton
14 Hot Water for Lucius
15 A Change of Route
16 A New Problem
17 Jones Meets Admirers
18 Travel de Luxe
19 Big and Green
20 Meetings at Miles Cross
21 Avarta's Nag
22 Activities at the Chapel

Down and Out To An Ending
23 Lorel's Passenger List
24 Men and Horses
25 A Guide of Sorts
26 Into the Pit
27 Going Down
28 At the Bottom
29 A Brace of Courts
30 Good Company and Hippocrene

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