The Death of King Arthur: The Immortal Legend

By Peter Ackroyd

Acclaimed biographer Peter Ackroyd vibrantly resurrects the mythical epic of Camelot during this glossy edition.

The names of Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot, Guinevere, Galahad, the sword of Excalibur, and the courtroom of Camelot are as recognizable as any from the realm of fantasy. even though many models exist of the tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the around desk, Le Morte d'Arthur through Sir Thomas Malory endures because the such a lot relocating and richly artistic. during this abridged retelling the inimitable Peter Ackroyd transforms Malory's fifteenth-century paintings right into a dramatic smooth tale, vividly bringing to lifestyles a global of braveness and chivalry, magic, and majesty. The golden age of Camelot, the perilous look for the Holy Grail, the affection of Guinevere and Lancelot, and the treachery of Arthur's son Mordred are all rendered into modern prose with Ackroyd's attribute attraction and panache. simply as he did along with his clean new edition of Chaucer's The Canterbury stories, Ackroyd now brings one of many cornerstones of English literature to a complete new audience.

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Complete Works of George Eliot

By George Eliot

Extra famously recognized by means of her pen identify George Eliot, Mary Anne Evans used to be a celebrated novelist, journalist, translator, critic and top author of the Victorian period. Her novels of provincial lifestyles in England have been celebrated for his or her leading edge realism and mental perception. This entire e-book provides the entire works of George Eliot, with various illustrations, infrequent texts showing in electronic print for the 1st time, informative introductions and the standard Delphi bonus fabric. (Version 5)

* superbly illustrated with photographs on the subject of Eliot's lifestyles and works
* Concise introductions to the novels and different texts
* ALL 7 novels, with person contents tables
* photos of ways the books have been first published, giving your eReader a style of the unique texts
* first-class formatting of the texts
* contains the whole shorter fiction and poetry
* simply find the poems or brief tales you need to read
* comprises Eliot's non-fiction and infrequent translations - spend hours exploring the author’s whole works
* up to date with a different feedback part, that includes 14 essays by means of authors equivalent to Henry James, Virginia Woolf and George Willis Cooke, comparing Eliot’s contribution to literature
* up to date with 5 bonus biographies – immerse your self in Eliot's literary life
* up to date with fullyyt revised texts, formatting and plenty of new images
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

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The Monk (Penguin Classics)

‘Few may maintain the look of his eye, instantaneously fiery and penetrating’

Savaged by way of critics for its meant profanity and obscenity, and acquired in huge numbers by way of readers wanting to see even if it lived as much as its lurid popularity, The Monk grew to become a succès de scandale while it was once released in 1796 – now not least simply because its writer was once a member of parliament and purely two decades outdated. It recounts the diabolical decline of Ambrosio, a Capuchin greater, who succumbs first to temptations provided through a tender lady who has entered his monastery disguised as a boy, and keeps his descent with more and more wicked acts of sorcery, homicide, incest and torture. Combining sensationalism with acute mental perception, this masterpiece of Gothic fiction is a strong exploration of ways violent and erotic impulses can holiday throughout the obstacles of social and ethical restraint.

This version is predicated at the first variation of 1796, which seemed earlier than Lewis’s revisions to prevent fees of blasphemy. In his advent, Christopher MacLachlan discusses the novel’s position in the Gothic style, and its issues of sexual hope and the abuse of power.

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The Taming of the Shrew (Folger Shakespeare Library)

By William Shakespeare

Love and marriage are the troubles of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Lucentio’s marriage to Bianca is brought on via his idealized love of an it seems that excellent lady. Petruchio’s wooing of Katherine, even though, is freed from idealism. Petruchio takes cash from Bianca’s suitors to woo her, due to the fact that Katherine needs to marry sooner than her sister via her father’s decree; he additionally arranges the dowry along with her father. Petruchio is then able to marry Katherine, even opposed to her will.

Katherine, the shrew of the play’s name, definitely acts a lot replaced. yet have she and Petruchio discovered to like one another? Or is the wedding in keeping with terror and deception?

The authoritative version of The Taming of the Shrew from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the depended on and primary Shakespeare sequence for college students and normal readers, includes:

-Freshly edited textual content according to the simplest early published model of the play

-Newly revised explanatory notes with ease 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 creation to examining Shakespeare’s language

-An essay via a number one Shakespeare student offering a latest standpoint at the play

-Fresh pictures from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s massive holdings of infrequent books

-An updated annotated advisor to extra reading

Essay through Karen Newman

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is domestic to the world’s greatest choice of Shakespeare’s published works, and a magnet for Shakespeare students from all over the world. as well as exhibitions open to the general public all year long, the Folger deals an entire calendar of performances and courses. for additional information, stopover at Folger.edu.

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English Romantic Verse (Penguin Classics)

English Romantic poetry from its beginnings and its flowering to the 1st indicators of its decadence

Nearly the entire recognized piéces de résistance may be came upon here—"Intimations of Immortality," "The historic Mariner," "The Tyger," excerpts from Don Juan—s good as a few much less ordinary poems. As muchas attainable, the poets are prepared in chronological order, and their poems so as of composition, starting with eighteenth-century precursors similar to grey, Cowper, Burns, and Chatterton. clearly, most leeway has been given over to the most important Romantics—Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Clare, and Keats—although their successors, poets reminiscent of Beddoes and Poe, are incorporated, too, in addition to early poems via Tennyson and Browning. In an outstanding advent, David Wright discusses the Romantics as a old phenomenon, and issues out their crucial beliefs and themes.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the top writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the simplest works all through background and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts superior by means of introductions and notes by means of wonderful students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by means of award-winning translators.

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Far from the Madding Crowd (Penguin Classics)

By Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy’s impassioned novel of courtship in rural life
 
In Thomas Hardy’s first significant literary good fortune, self sufficient and lively Bathsheba Everdene has come to Weatherbury to take in her place as a farmer at the greatest property within the region. Her daring presence attracts 3 very various suitors: the gentleman-farmer Boldwood, the soldier-seducer Sergeant Troy, and the committed shepherd Gabriel Oak. each one, in contrasting methods, unsettles her judgements and complicates her lifestyles, and tragedy ensues, threatening the steadiness of the full neighborhood. one among his first works set within the semi-fictional area of Wessex, Hardy’s novel of quick ardour and gradual courtship is imbued together with his evocative descriptions of rural lifestyles and landscapes, and with unflinching honesty approximately sexual relationships.

This variation, according to Hardy’s unique 1874 manuscript, is the entire novel he by no means observed released, and restores its complete candor and innovation. Rosemarie Morgan’s creation discusses the background of its booklet, in addition to the biblical and classical allusions that permeate the novel.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the top writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the simplest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts more advantageous through introductions and notes by way of wonderful students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations by means of award-winning translators.

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A Christmas Carol (Dover Thrift Editions)

By Charles Dickens

In October 1843, Charles Dickens ― seriously in debt and obligated to his writer ― begun paintings on a publication to assist complement his family's meager source of revenue. That quantity, A Christmas Carol, has lengthy considering that develop into essentially the most liked tales within the English language. As a lot part of the vacation season as holly, mistletoe, and evergreen wreaths, this perennial favourite maintains to please new readers and re-light concepts of charity and goodwill.
With its characters showing many traits ― in addition to disasters ― usually ascribed to Dickens himself, the imaginitive and interesting story relates Ebenezer Scrooge's eerie encounters with a sequence of spectral viewers. touring with them via Christmases previous, current, and destiny, he's finally remodeled from an boastful, obstinate, and insensitive miser to a beneficiant, warmhearted, and being concerned person. Written by way of one in every of England's maximum and hottest novelists, A Christmas Carol has come to epitomize the real that means of Christmas.

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The Taming of the Shrew (Folger Shakespeare Library)

By William Shakespeare

Love and marriage are the troubles of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Lucentio’s marriage to Bianca is caused by way of his idealized love of an it appears excellent lady. Petruchio’s wooing of Katherine, in spite of the fact that, is freed from idealism. Petruchio takes cash from Bianca’s suitors to woo her, considering Katherine needs to marry earlier than her sister through her father’s decree; he additionally arranges the dowry along with her father. Petruchio is then able to marry Katherine, even opposed to her will.

Katherine, the shrew of the play’s identify, definitely acts a lot replaced. yet have she and Petruchio realized to like one another? Or is the wedding according to terror and deception?

The authoritative variation of The Taming of the Shrew from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the depended on and typical Shakespeare sequence for college students and common readers, includes:

-Freshly edited textual content in accordance with the simplest early published model of the play

-Newly revised explanatory notes comfortably 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 examining Shakespeare’s language

-An essay through a number one Shakespeare student delivering a contemporary standpoint at the play

-Fresh pictures from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s substantial holdings of infrequent books

-An updated annotated consultant to additional reading

Essay by way of Karen Newman

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is domestic to the world’s biggest number of Shakespeare’s revealed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare students from worldwide. as well as exhibitions open to the general public all year long, the Folger deals a whole calendar of performances and courses. for additional info, stopover at Folger.edu.

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The Merchant of Venice (Folger Shakespeare Library)

By William Shakespeare

In The service provider of Venice, the trail to marriage is detrimental. To win Portia, Bassanio needs to move a try out prescribed by way of her father’s will, making a choice on thoroughly between 3 caskets or chests. If he fails, he may well by no means marry at all.

Bassanio and Portia additionally face an impressive villain, the moneylender Shylock. In growing Shylock, Shakespeare turns out to have shared in a common prejudice opposed to Jews. Shylock may were considered as a villain simply because he was once a Jew. but he offers such strong expression to his alienation end result of the hatred round him that, in lots of productions, he emerges because the hero.

Portia is such a lot remembered for her conceal as a attorney, Balthazar, in particular the speech within which she urges Shylock to teach mercy that “droppeth because the light rain from heaven.”

The authoritative variation of The service provider of Venice from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the relied on and generic Shakespeare sequence for college kids and common readers, includes:

-Freshly edited textual content in keeping with the easiest early published 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 examining Shakespeare’s language

-An essay through a number one Shakespeare pupil supplying a latest viewpoint at the play

-Fresh pictures from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s significant holdings of infrequent books

-An updated annotated consultant to extra reading

Essay through Alexander Leggatt

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is domestic to the world’s greatest number of Shakespeare’s revealed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare students from world wide. as well as exhibitions open to the general public all year long, the Folger bargains a whole calendar of performances and courses. for additional information, stopover at Folger.edu.

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Troilus and Cressida: Third Series, Revised Edition (The Arden Shakespeare Third Series)

A revised version of this interesting and complicated play, up to date to hide contemporary serious pondering and degree background. Troilus and Cressida is a tragedy usually labelled a "problem" play as a result of its obvious mixture of genres and its tricky topics. Set within the Trojan Wars it tells a narrative of doomed love and honour, delivering a debased view of human nature in war-time and a degree peopled by means of often unsympathetic characters. The revised variation makes a great textual content for examine at undergraduate point and above.

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