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538 Limericks from 2016 Politics

My purpose in writing this book is to provide some amusement and insight regarding the American political process, especially in a presidential year. Because American politics is often characterized by insincere and foolish talk, journalist H.L. Mencken once termed it a “carnival of bunkum,” and 2016 proved to be no exception.

66 Classic Horror Stories: Outlined in Rhyme

My aim in writing this book is to provide insight and entertainment in rhyme regarding sixty-six horror stories which I believe are among the best that are available from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The tales were written by talented individuals that include Henry James, Arthur Conan Doyle, Franz Kafka, Ambrose Bierce, Charles Dickens, and Robert Louis Stevenson, to name just a few. These writers frequently presented themes that inspired twentieth century authors and screenwriters. Edgar Alan Poe wrote chilling tales of horror, yet his name is absent in my collection. If the reader thinks about why this is so, the answer is likely to be become obvious.

109 People from the Bible: Outlined in Rhyme

My aim in writing this book is introduce to young readers the significant men and women of the Bible as I view them. It is my hope that rhyme will add to the appeal of the book. so that readers will become better acquainted with the Bible and thus be encouraged to read it often. The Biblical figures are presented in the approximate order in which they appear in the Bible with the exception of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales: Outlined in Rhyme

The fairy tales of Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859) Grimm are probably the most famous and best loved fairy tales in the world. They include such tales as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, Tom Thumb, and the Frog-Prince. Many of their over 200 tales were inspired by the oral traditions of other countries. My book of outlines in rhyme aims to inspire the reader to read the complete prose fables of the two brothers which are compiled in the nearly 700 page “Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales,” Fall River Press, New York. 2012.

Giovanni Boccaccio’s “The Decameron”: Interpretations in Rhyme

“The Decameron” is surely one of the greatest achievements in the history of literature. At least three of Shakespeare’s plays were directly influenced by stories in “The Decameron.” This classic is read, discussed and appreciated in the university classroom but not so much anywhere else. My book is for the average reader. It has just a little over 100 pages, and I have adapted and interpreted each of Boccaccio’s stories in rhyme from eight to twenty lines with the hope that it will add to the appeal of the average reader, and that he will therefore be encouraged to read the entire work.

150 Additional Aesopian Fables in Rhyme

This is a companion book to my “Fables in Rhyme for All Ages: Aesop and Bierce” which contains 259 entries that were inspired by the prose fables of these men (assuming that the man Aesop actually did exist). The current book of 150 fables marks the completion of the project, and the fables contained within were greatly influenced by “Aesop’s Fables,” Barnes & Noble, New York, 2012. The title of each fable is generally Aesop’s, but I have adapted the moral of each fable to fit contemporary understanding.

Hans Christian Andersen’s 100 Classic Fairy Tales Outlined in Rhyme

For over 150 years, people around the world have enjoyed the fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen (1805—1875), a Dane who remained single, led a relatively quiet life, and who loved children. Many of those who have not read his stories perhaps appreciate at least a few of the insights they contain. Here I refer to such tales as “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Princess and the Pea,” “The Little Match Girl,” and “The Little Mermaid.”

Shakespeare’s Plays Outlined in Rhyme

Larson's "Shakespeare's Plays Outlined in Rhyme" covers all of Shakespeare's 38 plays. Larson hopes that his book will stimulate interest in Shakespeare. The book is also written for those who will never be particularly interested in the Bard, but who would like to hold their own at that cocktail party or in the English literature classroom when Shakespeare is discussed. His historical dramas and "Fables in Rhyme for All Ages: Aesop and Bierce" are available online.

Fables in Rhyme for All Ages: Aesop and Bierce

In this book, Ron Larson twists in rhyme both well-known and little-known fables of Aesop and Ambrose Bierce. Bierce twisted some of Aesop's fables, and now Larson returns the favor to both men. For example, perhaps "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" did so not out of boredom or an attempt to seek attention, but instead wanted to lure the townspeople away from the town "to his flock in order that his gang could loot the town almost non-stop." Larson also provides a moral for each of his 250 fables that he hopes will both entertain and provide sound advice regarding right conduct.

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