CONTENTS: 01 - The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn / Disney Film: The Adventures Of Huck Finn (1993) 02 - The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer / Disney Film: Tom And Huck (1995) 03 - Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp / Disney Film: Aladdin (1992) 04 - Alice's Adventures In Wonderland / Disney Film: Alice In Wonderland (1951) and Alice In Wonderland (2010) 05 - Through the Looking Glass (And What Alice Found There) / Disney Film: Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) 06 - Around The World in Eighty Days / Disney Film: Around the World in 80 Days (2004) 07 - A Journey into the Center of the Earth / Disney Film: Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) 08 - Beauty and the Beast / Disney Film: Beauty and the Beast (1991) and Beauty and the Beast (2017) 09 - The Ant and the Grasshopper / Disney Film: The Grasshopper and the Ants (1934) and A Bug's Life (1998) 10 - Cinderella, Or The Little Glass Slipper / Disney Film: Cinderella (1950) 11 - Henny Penny / Disney Film: Chicken Little (2005) 12 - A Christmas Carol / Disney Film: A Christmas Carol (2009) 13 - The Snow Queen / Disney Film: Frozen (2013) 14 - A Princess Of Mars / Disney Film: John Carter (2012) 15 - Kidnapped / Disney Film: Kidnapped (1960) 16 - The Little Mermaid / Disney Film: The Little Mermaid (1989) 17 - Robinson Crusoe / Disney Film: Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. (1966) 18 - Ballad of Mulan / Disney Film: Mulan (1998) 19 - Oliver Twist / Disney Film: Oliver Twist (1997) 20 - Peter Pan And Wendy / Disney Film: Peter Pan (1953) and Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast (2014) 21 - The Adventures Of Pinocchio / Disney Film: Pinocchio (1940) 22 - The Story Of Pocahontas / Disney Film: Pocahontas (1995) 23 - The Marvelous Land Of Oz / Disney Film: Oz The Great And The Powerful (2013) 24 - Ozma Of Oz / Disney Film: Oz The Great And The Powerful (2013) 25 - The Merry Adventures Of Robin Hood / Disney Film: Robin Hood (1973) 26 - Rapunzel / Disney Film: Tangled (2010) 27 - Briar Rose / Disney Film: Sleeping Beauty (1959) 28 - Snow-white and Rose-red / Disney Film: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) 29 - The Swiss Family Robinson / Disney Film: Swiss Family Robinson (1960) 30 - The Wind In The Willows / Disney Film: The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) 31 - The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow / Disney Film: The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) 32 - The Hunchback Of Notre-Dame / Disney Film: The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1996) 33 - The Jungle Book / Disney Film: The Jungle Book (1967) and The Jungle Book (2016) 34 - Tarzan Of The Apes / Disney Film: Tarzan (1999) 35 - The Three Musketeers / Disney Film: The Three Musketeers (1993) 36 - The Reluctant Dragon / Disney Film: The Reluctant Dragon (1941) 37 - Treasure Island / Disney Film: Treasure Island (1950) 38 - Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea / Disney Film: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954) 39 - White Fang / Disney Film: White Fang (1991) 40 - Frankenstein / Disney Film: Frankenweenie (2012) 41 - Toby Tyler / Disney Film: Toby Tyler (1960) 42 - Pollyanna / Disney Film: Pollyanna (1960) 43 - The Ugly Duckling / Disney Film: The Ugly Duckling (1939) 44 - A Midsummer's Night Dream / Disney Film: Strange Magic (2015) 45 - Rome And Juliet / Disney Film: Gnomeo And Juliet (2011) 46 - The Frog-Prince / Disney Film: The Princess And The Frog (2009) 47 - Hamlet / Disney Film: The Lion King (1994) 48 - Jack and the Beanstalk / Disney Film: Gigantic (2018) 49 - The Steadfast Tin-Soldier / Disney Film: Fantasia 2000 (1999) 50 - Casey At The Bat / Disney Film: Make Mine Music (1946)
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Daniel Defoe was a Londoner, born in 1660 at St Giles, Cripplegate, and son of James Foe, a tallow-chandler. He changed his name to Defoe from c. 1695. He was educated for the Presbyterian Ministry at Morton's Academy for Dissenters at Newington Green, but in 1682 he abandoned this plan and became a hosiery merchant in Cornhill. After serving briefly as a soldier in the Duke of Monmouth's rebellion, he became well established as a merchant and travelled widely in England, as well as on the Continent.
Between 1697 and 1701 he served as a secret agent for William III in England and Scotland, and between 1703 and 1714 for Harley and other ministers. During the latter period he also, single-handed, produced the Review, a pro-government newspaper. A prolific and versatile writer he produced some 500 books on a wide variety of topics, including politics, geography, crime, religion, economics, marriage, psychology and superstition. He delighted in role-playing and disguise, a skill he used to great effect as a secret agent, and in his writing he often adopted a pseudonym or another personality for rhetorical impact.
His first extant political tract (against James II) was published in 1688, and in 1701 appeared his satirical poem The True-Born Englishman, which was a bestseller. Two years later he was arrested for The Shortest-Way with the Dissenters, an ironical satire on High Church extremism, committed to Newgate and pilloried. He turned to fiction relatively late in life and in 1719 published his great imaginative work, Robinson Crusoe. This was followed in 1722 by Moll Flanders and A Journal of the Plague Year, and in 1724 by his last novel, Roxana.
His other works include A Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain, a guide-book in three volumes (1724–6; abridged Penguin edition, 1965), The Complete English Tradesman (1726), Augusta Triumphans, (1728), A Plan of the English Commerce (1728) and The Complete English Gentleman (not published until 1890). He died on 24 April 1731. Defoe had a great influence on the development of the English novel and many consider him to be the first true novelist.
Jack London (1876 - 1916), lived a life rather like one of his adventure stories. He was born John Chaney, the son of a travelling Irish-American fortune-teller and Flora Wellman, the outcast of a rich family. By the time Jack was a year old, Flora had married a grocer called John London and settled into a life of poverty in Pennsylvania. As Jack grew up he managed to escape from his grim surroundings into books borrowed from the local library - his reading was guided by the librarian.
At fifteen Jack left home and travelled around North America as a tramp - he was once sent to prison for thirty days on a charge of vagrancy. At nineteen he could drink and curse as well as any boatman in California! He never lost his love of reading and even returned to education and gained entry into the University of California. He soon moved on and in 1896 joined the gold rush to the Klondyke in north-west Canada. He returned without gold but with a story in his head that became a huge best-seller - The Call of the Wild - and by 1913 he was the highest -paid and most widely read writer in the world. He spent all his money on his friends, on drink and on building himself a castle-like house which was destroyed by fire before it was finished. Financial difficulties led to more pressure than he could cope with and in 1916, at the age of forty, Jack London committed suicide.
Titles such as The Call of the Wild, The Sea-Wolf and White Fang continue to excite readers today.
William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, in 1564. The date of his birth is unknown but is celebrated on 23 April, which happens to be St George's Day, and the day in 1616 on which Shakespeare died.
Aged eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway. They had three children. Around 1585 William joined an acting troupe on tour in Stratford from London, and thereafter spent much of his life in the capital. By 1595 he had written five of his history plays, six comedies and his first tragedy, Romeo and Juliet. In all, he wrote thirty-seven plays and much poetry, and earned enormous fame in his own lifetime in prelude to his immortality.
Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark, in 1805. His Fairy Tales, the first children's stories of their kind, which were published in instalments from 1835 until his death in 1875, have been translated into more than a hundred languages and adapted for every kind of media.
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were born in 1785 and 1786 near Frankfurt, Germany. Their collections of folk and fairy tales have stood the test of time and still influence literature today.
Jules Verne (1828-1905) was a French novelist and playwright best known for his epic adventures, including Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and Around the World in Eighty Days.
A true visionary and master storyteller, Verne foresaw the skyscraper, the submarine, and the airplane, among many other inventions, and he is often regarded as the 'Father of Science Fiction.'
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name, Mark Twain, was born on November 30, 1835, in the tiny village of Florida, Missouri.
Writing grand tales about Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and the mighty Mississippi River, Mark Twain explored the American soul with wit, buoyancy, and a sharp eye for truth. He became nothing less than a national treasure.
As legend has it, the storyteller Aesop was a slave who lived in ancient Greece during the sixth century B.C. His memorable, recountable fables have brought amusing characters to life and driven home thought-provoking morals for generations of listeners and modern-day readers.
Translated into countless languages and familiar to people around the world, Aesop's fables never tarnish despite being told again and again. Full of humor, insight, and wit, the tales in Aesop's Fables champion the value of hard work and perseverance, compassion for others, and honesty.
They are age-old wisdom in a delicious form, for the consumption of adults and children alike.
Charles Dickens was born in 1812 and became the most popular novelist of the Victorian era.
A prolific writer, he published more than a dozen novels in his lifetime, including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and Hard Times, most of which have been adapted many times over for radio, stage and screen.
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He studied law but preferred writing and in 1881 was inspired by his stepson to write Treasure Island.
Other famous adventure stories followed including Kidnapped, as well as the famous collection of poems for children, A Child's Garden of Verses. Robert Louis Stevenson is buried on the island of Samoa.
Carlo Collodi, the pen name of Italian writer Carlo Lorenzini (November 24, 1826-October 26, 1890), was an Italian children's writer known for the world-renowned fairy tale novel, The Adventures of Pinocchio.
Howard Pyle (1853 - 1911) was an American illustrator and author, primarily of books for young people.
A native of Wilmington, Delaware, he spent the last year of his life in Florence, Italy.
Johann David Wyss was born in Berne, Switzerland in 1743. Although not much is known about Wyss's early life, what we do know is that he was greatly inspired by Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe.
This influence was so great that, later in life, he wrote his own shipwreck adventure story by the name of The Swiss Family Robinson.
This novel imitates his own personal life, in that it features a married couple with four sons as the main protagonists.
As for the rest of the story, it is completely fictional and was written with the aim of providing his children with an alternative way of learning certain life skills.
Kenneth Grahame was born in 1859 and wrote fiction and fantasy for children.
He is most famous for The Wind in the Willows (1908), which is considered to be one of the greatest classics of children's literature.
He also wrote The Reluctant Dragon which was later adapted to a Disney movie.
Washington Irving was born in 1783 in New York City. In addition to writing fiction, Irving studied law, worked for his family's business in England and wrote essays for periodicals.
Some of his most famous tales, including Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, were first published under the pseudonym Geoffrey Crayon.
Victor Hugo's classic novel of love & tragedy during the French Revolution is reborn in this fantastic new manga adaptation by Crystal S. Chan!
The gorgeous art of SunNeko Lee brings to life the tragic stories of Jean Valjean, Inspector Javert, and the beautiful Fantine, in this epic Manga Classics production of Les Miserables! All Manga Classic titles are produced with lesson plans, teaching guides and leveling for use in the classroom.
With each and every Manga Classic, it is our passion and hope that we help the reader connect with the story in a meaningful way. We also feel this is an exciting way to introduce these classic stories to a new reader who may then go back to read the original texts. We hope you enjoy our work.
Rudyard Kipling was born in India in 1865. After intermittently moving between India and England during his early life, he settled in the latter in 1889, published his novel The Light That Failed in 1891 and married Caroline (Carrie) Balestier the following year.
They returned to her home in Brattleboro, Vermont, where Kipling wrote the two Jungle Books and Captains Courageous.
He continued to write prolifically and was the first Englishman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907 but his later years were darkened by the death of his son John at the Battle of Loos in 1915. He died in 1936.
Alexandre Dumas was born July 24, 1802, at Villiers-Cotterets, France, the son of Napoleon's famous mulatto general, Dumas.
Alexandre Dumas began writing at an early age and saw his first success in a play he wrote entitled Henri III et sa Cour (1829). A prolific author, Dumas was also an adventurer and took part in the Revolution of 1830.
Dumas is most famous for his brilliant historical novels, which he wrote with collaborators, mainly Auguste Maquet, and which were serialized in the popular press of the day.
His most popular works are The Three Musketeers (1844), The Count of Monte Cristo (1844-45), and The Man in Iron Mask (1848-50). Dumas made and lost several fortunes, and died penniless on December 5, 1870.
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born on August 30, 1797, into a life of personal tragedy. In 1816, she married the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and that summer traveled with him and a host of other Romantic intellectuals to Geneva.
Her greatest achievement was piecing together one of the most terrifying and renowned stories of all time: Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. Shelley conceived Frankenstein in, according to her, "a waking dream."
This vision was simply of a student kneeling before a corpse brought to life. Yet this tale of a mad creator and his abomination has inspired a multitude of storytellers and artists. She died on February 1, 1851.,
Eleanor H. Porter was an American novelist from New Hampshire, born in 1868.
Although trained as a singer, she later turned to writing stories for children and romance and adventure novels for adults.
Her most famous novel is Pollyanna, written in 1913. She wrote 15 novels and many short stories during her career. Porter died in 1920.
Henry Cole is on television most days of the year as the presenter of shows like Find It, Fix It, Flog It!, Shed and Buried, The World's Greatest Motorcycle Rides and The Motorbike Show.
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