Brewsters Millions

Brewster's Millions

George Barr McCutcheon

Romance / Historical Fiction / Literature & Fiction

Would you be able to spend a million dollars in cash and leave yourself penniless if it meant you would then be given many more millions? That\'s poor Monty Brewster\'s dilemma in this charming tale. Just as poor Monty Brewster, twice heir to a fortune, is beginning to adjust to his cold and distant grandfather\'s "paltry" million-dollar bequest, an even more mysterious benefactor emerges offering to leave him some "real" wealth. All he has to do is be penniless at nine o\'clock on the morning of his 26th birthday. It seems like an easy task, but Monty discovers that it is no simple matter to divest oneself of a million dollars, especially as the bank insists on paying him $19,607.84 in interest per day. And what can you do when each ridiculous "sure-loss" suddenly skyrockets when you invest in it? Money seems to flow in faster than a person can throw it overboard. And then there are Peggy and Barbara; how are they going to react to each attempt to squander a fortune? Can Monty keep the girl while losing the money? First published in 1902 under the pseudonym Richard P. Greaves, Brewster\'s Millions was one of George Barr McCutcheon\'s most successful titles. The prolific author was noted for his ability to write page-turners, full of vivid characters and with an attention to detail. There have, in fact, been six movie versions of this one book, most recently starring Richard Pryor and John Candy. That is vivid testament to a great story well told.
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The Hollow of Her Hand

The Hollow of Her Hand

George Barr McCutcheon

Romance / Historical Fiction / Literature & Fiction

The train, which had roared through a withering gale of sleet all the way up from New York, came to a standstill, with many an ear-splitting sigh, alongside the little station, and a reluctant porter opened his vestibule door to descend to the snow-swept platform: a solitary passenger had reached the journey\'s end. The swirl of snow and sleet screaming out of the blackness at the end of the station-building enveloped the porter in an instant, and cut his ears and neck with stinging force as he turned his back against the gale. A pair of lonely, half-obscured platform lights gleamed fatuously at the top of their icy posts at each end of the station; two or three frost-encrusted windows glowed dully in the side of the building, while one shone brightly where the operator sat waiting for the passing of No. 33.
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Graustark

Graustark

George Barr McCutcheon

Romance / Historical Fiction / Literature & Fiction

Detailed Biographical Account Included at the Start.George Barr McCutcheon (July 26, 1866 – October 23, 1928) was an American popular novelist and playwright. His best known works include the series of novels set in Graustark, a fictional East European country, and the novel Brewster's Millions, which was adapted into a play and several films.Collection of 29 Works of George Barr McCutcheon________________________________________A Fool and His MoneyAnderson Crow, DetectiveBeverly of Graust ArkBrewster's MillionsCastle CraneycrowFrom the House opGraustarkGreen FancyHer Weight in GoldJane CableMr. BingleNedraQuill's WindowThe City Of MasksThe Daughter of Anderson CrowThe Day of the DogThe FlyersThe Hollow of Her HandThe Husbands of EdithThe Man From Brodney'sThe Prince of GraustarkThe Purple ParasolThe Rose in the RingThe SherrodsTruxton KingViola GwynWest Wind DriftWhat's-His-NameYollop
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Beverly of Graustark

Beverly of Graustark

George Barr McCutcheon

Romance / Historical Fiction / Literature & Fiction

Excerpt: ...snarled Marlanx. "Why don't you do it, sir, and let us have the benefit of your superior intelligence? No, gentlemen, all this prating of loyalty need not deceive us," he cried, springing to his feet. "The fellow is nothing more nor less than an infernal spy-and the Tower is the place for him! He can do no harm there." "If it were my intention to do harm, gentlemen, do you imagine that I should withhold my information for days?" asked Baldos. "If I am a spy, you may rest assured that Count Marlanx's kindnesses should not have been so long disregarded. A spy does not believe in delays." "My-my kindnesses?" cried Marlanx. "What do you mean, sir?" "I mean this. Count Marlanx," said Baldos, looking steadily into the eyes of the head of the army. "It was kind and considerate of you to admit me to the fortress-no matter in what capacity, especially at a critical time like this. You did not know me, you had no way of telling whether my intentions were honest or otherwise, and yet I was permitted to go through the fort from end to end. No spy could wish for greater generosity than that." An almost imperceptible smile went round the table, and every listener but one breathed more freely. The candor and boldness of the guard won the respect and confidence of all except Marlanx. The Iron Count was white with anger. He took the examination out of Lorry's hands, and plied the stranger with insulting questions, each calm answer making him more furious than before. At last, in sheer impotence, he relapsed into silence, waving his hand to Lorry to indicate that he might resume. "You will understand, Baldos, that we have some cause for apprehension," said Lorry, immensely gratified by the outcome of the tilt. "You are a stranger; and, whether you admit it or not, there is reason to believe that you are not what you represent yourself to be." "I am a humble guard at present, sir, and a loyal one. My life is yours should I prove otherwise." Yetive whispered...
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The Alternative

The Alternative

George Barr McCutcheon

Romance / Historical Fiction / Literature & Fiction

A shrieking wind, thick with the sleety snow that knows no mercy nor feels remorse, beat vainly and with savage insolence against the staid windows in the lounging room of one of New York's most desirable clubs—one of those characteristic homes for college men who were up for membership on the day they were born, if one may speak so broadly of the virtue that links the early eighteenth-century graduate with his great-grandson of the class of 1908. Not to say, of course, that the eighteenth-century graduate was so carefully preserved from the biting snowstorm as the fellow of to-day, but that he got his learning in the ancient halls that now grind out his descendants by the hundred, one way or another. It is going much too far to assert that every member of this autocratic club had a colonial ancestor in college, but you'd think so if you didn't pin him down to an actual confession to the contrary. It is likely to be the way with college men who do not owe their degrees to certain mushroom institutions in the West, where electricity and mechanics are considered to be quite as necessary to a young man's equipment as the acquaintance, by tradition, with somebody's great-grandaddy, no matter how eminent he may have been in his primogenial day.
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Castle Craneycrow

Castle Craneycrow

George Barr McCutcheon

Romance / Historical Fiction / Literature & Fiction

Castle Craneycrow391 pp. "The story revolves round the abduction of a young American woman, her imprisonment in an old castle and the adventures created through her rescue.""George Barr McCutcheon (July 26, 1866 ? October 23, 1928) was an American popular novelist and playwright. His best known works include the series of novels set in Graustark, a fictional East European country, and the novel Brewster\'s Millions, which was adapted into a play and several films. Although McCutcheon became famous for the Graustark series (the first novel was published in 1901), he hated the characterization of being a Romantic and preferred to be identified with his playwriting. He was the older brother of noted cartoonist John T. McCutcheon and died in Manhattan, New York City, New York. McCutcheon, along with a number of other Indiana writers of the same period, is considered to be part of the Golden Age of Indiana Literature."Keywords: GEORGE BARR MCCUTCHEON CASTLE CRANEYCROW FICTION AMERICAN LITERATURE ROMANCE
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