Macbeth (Folger Shakespeare Library)

By William Shakespeare

In 1603, James VI of Scotland ascended the English throne, turning into James I of britain. London used to be alive with an curiosity in all issues Scottish, and Shakespeare grew to become to Scottish historical past for cloth. He discovered a spectacle of violence and tales of traitors suggested by way of witches and wizards, echoing James’s trust in a connection among treason and witchcraft.

In depicting a guy who murders to turn into king, Macbeth teases us with large questions. Is Macbeth tempted through destiny, or by way of his or his wife’s ambition? Why does their good fortune flip to ashes?

Like different performs, Macbeth speaks to every new release. Its tale was visible as that of a hero who commits an evil act and will pay a big rate. lately, it's been utilized to international locations that overreach themselves and to trendy alienation. the road is blurred among Macbeth’s evil and his rivals’ reliable, and there are new attitudes towards either witchcraft and gender.

The authoritative variation of Macbeth from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the depended on and wide-spread Shakespeare sequence for college students and common readers, includes:

-Freshly edited textual content in accordance with the simplest early revealed model of the play
-Newly revised explanatory notes very easily put on pages dealing with the textual content of the play
-Scene-by-scene plot summaries
-A key to the play’s well-known strains and phrases
-An advent to analyzing Shakespeare’s language
-An essay by way of a number one Shakespeare student delivering a latest point of view at the play
-Fresh pictures from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s gigantic holdings of infrequent books
-An updated annotated advisor to additional reading

Essay by means of Susan Snyder

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Tom Jones (Oxford World's Classics)

By Henry Fielding, John Bender

Fielding's comedian masterpiece of 1749 used to be instantly attacked as `A motley historical past of bastardism, fornication, and adultery'. certainly, his populous novel overflows with a marvellous collection of prudes, whores, libertines, bumpkins, misanthropes, hypocrites, scoundrels, virgins, and all too fallible humanitarians. on the centre of 1 of the main creative plots in English fiction stands a hero whose activities have been, in 1749, as surprising as they're humorous at the present time. Expelled from Mr Allworthy's kingdom property for his wild mood and sexual conquests, the good-hearted foundling Tom Jones loses his cash, joins the military, and pursues his loved throughout Britain to London, the place he turns into a saved lover and confronts the potential of incest. Tom Jones is rightly considered as Fielding's maximum paintings, and one of many first and so much influential of English novels.

This conscientiously modernized variation relies on Fielding's emended fourth variation textual content and provides the main thorough notes, maps, and bibliography. The creation makes use of the newest scholarship to check how Tom Jones exemplifies the position of the unconventional within the rising eighteenth-century public sphere.
concerning the sequence: For over a hundred years Oxford World's Classics has made on hand the widest diversity of literature from world wide. each one reasonable quantity displays Oxford's dedication to scholarship, offering the main exact textual content plus a wealth of different necessary good points, together with professional introductions by way of top specialists, important notes to elucidate the textual content, updated bibliographies for additional research, and lots more and plenty extra.

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Bestsellers: A Very Short Introduction

By John Sutherland

Lady Chatterley's Lover. The Blue Lagoon. Portnoy's grievance. The Da Vinci Code. For the final century, the tastes and personal tastes of the typical reader were mirrored within the American and British bestseller lists, and this Very brief Introduction takes an attractive glance through the lists to bare what we now have been reading--and why. John Sutherland indicates that bestseller lists visual display unit one of many most powerful pulses in smooth literature and are as a result worthwhile of great learn. Exploring the connection among bestsellers and the models, ideologies, and cultural issues of the day, the ebook contains brief case-studies and full of life summaries of bestsellers over the years: from In His Steps--now virtually absolutely forgotten, however the greatest all-time bestseller among 1895 and 1945--to Gone with the Wind, The Andromeda Strain, and The Da Vinci Code. Discussing either vintage and modern novels, along a few marvelous titles and long-forgotten names. Sutherland lifts the lid at the bestseller undefined, revealing what makes a publication right into a bestseller and what separates bestsellers from canonical fiction.

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CliffsNotes on Brontë's Jane Eyre

The unique CliffsNotes examine publications supply professional remark on significant issues, plots, characters, literary units, and old historical past. the newest iteration of titles during this sequence additionally function glossaries and visible parts that supplement the vintage, commonplace structure.

Question Victorian — and present-day — society as you research Charlotte Bronte's well known novel with CliffsNotes on Jane Eyre. what's women's place in society? what's the courting of desires and fable to fact? what's the foundation of a good marriage? Bronte tackles most of these questions and extra in the course of the tale of her heroine Jane Eyre.

CliffsNotes presents unique plot summaries, serious commentaries, and a worthy personality map that can assist you discover the entire perception this novel has to supply. Make your learn of this undying novel successful with CliffsNotes on Jane Eyre. different beneficial properties that assist you learn comprise

  • Character analyses of significant gamers
  • Critical essays
  • A assessment part that exams your wisdom
  • Background at the writer, together with profession highlights

Classic literature or glossy modern day treasure — you are going to comprehend it all with professional details and perception from CliffsNotes examine guides.

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L'enfant de l'étranger

By Alan Hollinghurst

« Elle fut déconcertée par los angeles voix de Cecil, une voix qui parut s'approprier très vite et très résolument leur jardin, leur maison et le week-end à venir, une voix nerveuse, prompte, semblait-il, à proclamer qu'elle se moquait de qui l'entendait, une voix dont les intonations étaient teintées en outre d'un brin de moquerie et de l. a. certitude de sa supériorité. »

Tout begin en 1913, dans le jardin d'une maison de campagne anglaise, lorsque le timide George Sawle invite pour le week-end son camarade de Cambridge : l'aristocratique, énigmatique et capricieux Cecil Valance.

Ces jours dans los angeles maison familiale et le poème qu'ils inspirent à Cecil vont changer leur destin. Et plus encore celui de Daphné, l. a. jeune soeur de George. En ce printemps où rien n'annonce encore les proches bouleversements de l'Histoire, un pacte se noue secrètement entre ces trois personnages, aspect de départ d'une fresque saisissante à travers le siècle et les vestiges du temps, par l'un des plus grands romanciers anglais contemporains, Alan Hollinghurst, lauréat du Booker Prize en 2005 pour l. a. Ligne de beauté.

« Hollinghurst mérite incontestablement los angeles position du meilleur romancier anglais contemporain.
Éblouissant. » The mum or dad

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Miss Buncle's Book

By D.E. Stevenson

Who Knew One booklet can cause lots Chaos?

Barbara Bunde is in a bind. instances are harsh, and Barbara's checking account has visible greater days. might be she might promote a unique ... if she knew any tales. Stumped for concepts, Barbara attracts concept from her fellow citizens of Silverstream, the little English village she understands inside of and out.

To her shock, the radical is a break. it is a great point she wrote less than a pseudonym, as the fogeys of Silverstream are in an uproar. yet what particularly turns pass over Bunde's international round is that this: what occurs to the characters in her e-book starts off taking place to their real-life opposite numbers. Does existence relatively imitate art?

A liked writer who has bought greater than seven million books, D. E. Stevenson is at her most sensible with Miss Buncle's Book, crafting a hugely unique and fascinating story approximately what occurs while humans see themselves via anyone else's eyes.

"Love it, like it, love it"

"There are not any vampires, no faeries, no bizarre creatures, only a candy tale approximately genuine humans dwelling in a global i have continually dreamed of."—Reader Review

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The Yoga Teacher

By Alexandra Gray

Dissatisfied together with her task as a pharmaceutical rep and being affected by the decline of her long term dating, Grace, a well-heeled Londoner, makes use of yoga classification to unwind, replicate, and momentarily go beyond her earthly dilemmas. whereas pitching her company’s most recent antidepressant to the disarming Dr. James, she is electrified by means of his plan to review japanese drugs in Vietnam and comes to a decision to surrender her activity to develop into a yoga teacher.

After learning on the eccentric White Lotus origin in California, Grace returns to London, prepared for her new life.  yet not anything can have ready her for the motley workforce of scholars she amasses--from the octogenarian industrialist determined for distraction, the stick insect who indulges yogic aspirations whilst she tires of kabbalah, to the yank movie superstar who makes use of yoga periods to hide a scandalous affair. crushed, Grace quickly unearths herself counting on her bi-continental correspondence with Dr. James for solace and thought, his phrases soaring above her London sensible a candy promise.

With an eye fixed for the absurdity in each stumble upon, Alexandra grey lightly skewers our society’s choice for a quick-fix nirvana during this chronicle of 1 woman’s quest for romance and which means in an international numbed by means of materialism and psychotropic drugs.

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The Egoist

By George Meredith

The Egoist (1879) via George Meredith is a worldly, brilliantly written dissection of a self-absorbed younger guy of society and the very varied girls who fall inside of his sphere.

during this comedy with severe overtones, Sir Willoughby -- a hugely eligible bachelor, and the Egoist in query -- courts, proposes and loses brides many times, after which wonders at his personal inexplicable difficulty.

the reply should be encapsulated within the following epitaph:

"Through very love of self himself he slew."

A masterpiece of perception, wit, and style.

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