Novel openers: first sentences of 11,000 fictional works, topically arranged with subject, keyword, author, and title indexing

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McFarland & Co., Jul 1, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 986 pages
"I am the vampire Lestat. Im immortal. More or less. The light of the sun, the sustained heat of an intense fire--these things might destroy me. But then again, they might not"--The Vampire Lestat, Anne Rice, 1986. Opening lines in fiction are used to draw readers into the invented world of the author, coaxing them to believe in what the writer imagines. Categorically arranged from Ability to Youth, over 11,000 opening lines from English-language works of fiction are given in this reference work. Most are novels, though a number of novellas, novelettes and other related forms excepting short stories are included. The primary focus is on works that are essentially literary, with a limited number of especially significant genre fiction titles also provided. Each entry includes the opening line, title of the work, author, and year published. Author and title, and subject (including keyword-in-context and all na

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Contents

Ability
6
Adversity
7
Age
9
Ailments
10
Air
12
Aircraft and Aviation
13
Ambition
15
America
16
Farming
153
Fire and Smoke
159
Funerals
165
Ghosts
173
Growing Up
179
Heat
185
Holidays
191
Humor
197

Amusement
17
Anatomy
19
Ancestry
20
Anger
21
Animals
22
Art and Artists
25
Astronomy
26
Babies
27
Bathing
28
Beginnings
29
Behavior
31
Bewilderment
32
Biography
33
Birds
34
Birth
36
Birthdays
39
Bombs and Explo sions
40
Books
41
Boredom
42
Boys
43
Business
46
Calls
50
Captivity
52
Castles
53
Ceremonies and Rites
54
Chance and Luck
55
Change
56
Childhood
57
Children
58
Cinema
59
Cities and Towns
60
Clergymen
67
Cold
69
Coming and Going
70
Compassion
78
Confession
79
Construction
80
Cookery
81
Corpses
82
Correspondence
83
Couples
85
Crime and Criminals
87
Crying
89
Curiosity
90
Darkness
91
Daytime and Night time
93
Death
97
Decisions
104
Depression
105
Desire
106
Disappearance
107
Disappointment
109
Divinities
110
Divorce
111
Doors and Windows
113
Doubt
114
Dreams
115
Dress
118
Drink
120
Driving
123
Drugs
128
Education
137
Elevators
138
Employers and Employees
139
Endings
140
Eras
141
Escape
143
Establishments
144
Evidence
145
Rules
332
Rumors
333
Running
334
Scandal
335
The Sea
337
Secrets
338
SelfKnowledge
339
Sex
340
Shadows
342
Ships and Boats
343
Shock and Surprise
348
Siblings
349
Sight
351
Signs
353
Silence
354
The Sky
356
Sleep
359
Sleeplessness
360
Smells
361
Smiles
363
Snow
364
Socializing
366
Soldiers and Sailors
367
Solitude
370
Song
371
Sounds
372
Speech
375
Spies
378
Statues
379
Stories
380
Storms
385
Strangers
386
Streets and Roads
387
Structures
391
Success
393
Suffering
394
Suspicion
395
Swearing
396
Teatime
397
Television and Radio 398 Theater
398
Thoughts
400
Time
402
Travel
404
Trees and Plants
410
Trust
412
Vacations
413
Valleys
414
Vehicles
415
Violence
418
Visitors
419
Voices
424
Waiting
426
Waking
429
Walking
437
War
443
Warnings
447
Weather and Seasons
448
Weddings
451
Wind
452
Wisdom
455
Women
456
Words
462
Worry
464
Years
465
Youth
466
Index of Subjects Key Words and Key Phrases
467
Index of Authors and Titles
903
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