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An Educated Man is Not a Pot: Writings on the University

An Educated Man is Not a Pot: Writings on the University

Simon Leys

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Confucius said: 'An educated man is not a pot'.

A pot, or a tool, has only limited capacity and a narrow, specialised use. The aim of education is to enable a person to become more fully human. Western humanism had the same aim. Remember Erasmus: 'One is not born a man, one becomes a man.' 

Simon Leys was one of the world's most distinguished public intellectuals, renowned for the depth, acuity and wit of his writing. For nearly forty years, he taught and researched at universities. Six years before retirement age, he quit academia - horrified by the odeeply corruptingo changes occurring within higher education. 

In An Educated Man is Not a Pot, Geremie BarmU - award-winning writer, filmmaker and translator, and Leys' former student - collects six pieces that illuminate Leys' thoughts about the role and value of education. This gem-like book includes a reflection on  The idea of the university; interviews with Leys about his life of learning, particularly Chinese language and history; his sharp fable about the pitfalls of contemporary academia; and BarmU's essay on his experience of being mentored by Leys. 

A passionate, urgent plea for change as well as a tribute to Leys' brilliant mind, An Educated Man is Not a Pot will provoke, stimulate and inspire.
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The Genius of Jane Austen: Her Love of Theatre and Why She is a Hit in Hollywood

The Genius of Jane Austen: Her Love of Theatre and Why She is a Hit in Hollywood

Paula Byrne

$29.99
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A radical look at Jane Austen as you've never seen her - as a lover of farce, comic theatre and juvenilia. Jane's World celebrates Britain's favourite novelist 200 years after her death and explores why her books make such awesome movies, time after time.

Jane Austen loved the theatre. She learned much of her art from a long tradition of English comic drama and took joyous participation in amateur theatricals. Her juvenilia, then Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice,Mansfield Park and Emma were shaped by the arts of theatrical comedy. Her admiration for drama's dialogue, characterisation, plotting, exits and entrances is why she has been dramatised so successfully on screen in the last twenty years - and these versions are at the centre of her continuing fame, culminating in her celebration on GBP10 note.

Austen expert and author of The Real Jane Austen, Paula Byrne looks at stage adaptations of Austen's novels (including one called Miss Elizabeth Bennet by A. A.  Milne) to modern classics, including the BBC Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion, Emma Thompson's Sense and Sensibility, and the phenomenally brilliant and successful Clueless, Jane's World presents an Austen not of prim manners and genteel calm, but filled with wild comedy and outrageous behaviour.
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The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Miserables

The Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Miserables

David Bellos

$39.99
'Never mind those self-help manuals urging that some classic novel may change your life; in this sparkling study of the birth, growth and afterlife of Hugo's evergreen blockbuster, David Bellos argues that Les Miserables already has' Boyd Tonkin, Economist 'Any reader who hasn't yet embarked on Hugo's book might be converted to the idea by this one' Daniel Hahn, Spectator The extraordinary story of how a simple tale of love and revolution, the poor and the downtrodden - Victor Hugo's beloved classic Les Miserables - conquered the world. There has never been a book like it. It is the most widely read and frequently adapted story of all time, on stage and on film. But why is Les Miserables the novel of the century? David Bellos's remarkable new book brings to life the extraordinary story of how Hugo managed to write his epic novel despite a revolution, a coup d'etat and political exile; how he pulled off the deal of the century to get it published, and set it on course to become the novel that epitomizes the grand sweep of history in the nineteenth century. Packed full of information about the background and design of Les Miserables, this biography of a masterpiece nonetheless insists that the moral and social message of Hugo's ever-popular novel is just as important for our century as it was for its own. The Novel of the Century is a book as rich, remarkable and long-lasting as the novel at its heart. Les Miserables is available as a Penguin Classic, in an acclaimed new translation by Christine Donougher, with an introduction by Robert Tombs.
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A Gift of Love

A Gift of Love

Martin Luther King, Jr.

$22.99
'[He] inspired a generation ...He changed the course of history' Barack Obama As Martin Luther King, Jr. prepared for the Birmingham campaign in early 1963, he drafted the final sermons for Strength to Love, a volume of his best-known lectures. King had begun working on the sermons during a fortnight in jail in July 1962 and A Gift of Love includes these classic sermons, along with two new lectures. Drawing inspiration from both his Christian faith and the non-violent philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, A Gift of Love illustrates King's vision of love and peaceful action as social and political forces for change.
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American Lit 101: From Nathaniel Hawthorne to Harper Lee and Naturalism to Magical Realism, an Essential Guide to American Writers and Works

American Lit 101: From Nathaniel Hawthorne to Harper Lee and Naturalism to Magical Realism, an Essential Guide to American Writers and Works

Brianna Keith

$24.99
From poetry to fiction to essays, American Lit 101 leaves no page unturned!

Edgar Allan Poe. Willa Cather. Henry David Thoreau. Mark Twain. The list of important American writers goes on and on.

These voices played a vital role in shaping the scope of American literature, and the United States itself. But too often, textbooks reduce this storied history to dry text that would put even a tenured professor to sleep.

American Lit 101 is an engaging and comprehensive guide through the major players in American literature. From colonialism to postmodernism and every literary movement in between, this primer is packed with hundreds of entertaining tidbits and concepts, along with easy-to-understand explanations on why each author's work was important then and still relevant now. So whether you're looking for a refresher course on key American literature or want to learn about it for the first time, American Lit 101 has all the answers--even the ones you didn't know you were looking for.
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Lines in the Sand: Collected Journalism

Lines in the Sand: Collected Journalism

Adrian Gill

$29.99
'By miles the most brilliant journalist of our age' Lynn Barber 'A golden writer' Andrew Marr A. A. Gill was rightly hailed as one of the greatest journalists of our time. This selection of some of his recent pieces, which he made himself before his untimely death, spans the last five years from all corners of the world. It shows him at his most perceptive, brilliant and funny. His subjects range from the controversial - fur - to the heartfelt - a fantastic crystallisation of what it means to be European. He tackles life drawing, designs his own tweed, considers boyhood through the prism of the Museum of Childhood, and spends a day at Donald Trump's university. In his final two articles he wrote with characteristic wit and courage about his cancer diagnosis - 'the full English - and the limits of the NHS. But more than any other subject, a recurring theme emerges in the overwhelming story of our times: the refugee crisis. In the last few years A. A. Gill wrote with compassion and anger about the refugees' story, giving us both its human face and its appalling context. The resulting articles are journalism at its finest and fiercest.
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The Mind of the Book: Pictorial Title-Pages

The Mind of the Book: Pictorial Title-Pages

Alastair Fowler

$61.95
Alastair Fowler presents a fascinating study of title-pages printed in England from the early modern period to the nineteenth century. He examines pictorial title-pages in the context of the History of the Book for the first time. The first part of The Mind of the Book explores the forerunner of the frontispiece in late antiquity; the use of frames and borders in title-pages; portraits; printers' devices; emblematic title-pages of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, especially attending to explanatory verses and arcane features such as chronograms; title-pages as 'memory prompts'; and eighteenth and nineteenth-century title-pages, tracing 'the rejection of emblematic and symbolic features and the introduction of unadorned, unpictorial, title-pages'. The second part of the book presents illustrations of sixteen significant title-pages with commentaries, ranging from Chaucer's Works in 1532 through Bacon's Instauratio Magna in 1620, Dicken's The Mystery of Edwin Drood in 1870, and arriving back at Chaucer with Edward Burnes-Jones's illustrated title-page for the Works of 1896.
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The Metronome

The Metronome

Jennifer Maiden

$24.00
The Metronome is the third in Giramondo's series of annual poetry collections by award-winning poet Jennifer Maiden, addressing political and social issues of the moment, particularly here the tension caused by the election of the US president. Building on the two previous collections Drones and Phantoms and The Fox Petition, The Metronome features intimate conversations about power and policy between contemporary figures and their historical counterparts, the patriots Jeremy Corbyn and Constance Markievicz on a walk in the Scottish Highlands, Governor Bligh and his namesake Wiliam Bligh Turnbull discussing the difference between temper and temperament, Eleanor Roosevelt counselling Hillary Clinton on the use of violence, Jane Austen and Tanya Plibersek talking about sense and sensibility in Sydney's Botanical Gardens. Throughout, we admire Maiden's ability to read the faces and gestures of public figures, the strength of her women, her magical settings, and the rhythmical beat of the poetic metronome, offering reassurance and continuity in a period of austerity and fear. Jennifer Maiden's collections have won the NSW and Victorian Premier's Poetry Prizes, the Age Poetry Book of the Year, and the Victorian Premier's Award for Literature, the richest literary prize in Australia.
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The Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry

The Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry

Tracy Ryan ,  John Kinsella

$34.99
The Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry is a comprehensive survey of the state's poets from the 19th century to today. Featuring work from 134 poets, and including the work of many WA Indigenous poets, this watershed anthology brings together the poems that have contributed to and defined the ways that Western Australians see themselves.
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On Bunyah

On Bunyah

Les Murray

$24.99
oMurray is a brash but also breathtakingly brilliant and often both at onceo -The Australian Bunyah has been my refuge and home place all my life. This book concentrates on the smallest habitats of community, the scattered village and the lone house, where space makes the isolated dwelling into an illusory distant city ruled by its family and their laws. This updated edition of On Bunyah tells a story of rural Australia in verse and photographs. From blood and fenceposts to broad beans and milk lorries, Les Murray evokes the life and landscape of his part of the country.
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Field Work: Faber Modern Classics

Field Work: Faber Modern Classics

Seamus Heaney

$19.99
Seamus Heaney was 'the greatest poet of our age' (Guardian). From his remarkable debut in 1966, he pioneered the poetry of our times across five decades of cultural and political change, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995. Field Work, his fifth volume, from 1979, is a collection of poems that were among the finest he would ever write. Inspired by the four years that Heaney and his family spent in rural County Wicklow after leaving the violence of Belfast, Field Work is one of the poet's most celebrated volumes. The collection contains some of his best-loved poems, 'Oysters', 'Casualty', 'The Otter', 'The Strand at Lough Beg', and 'The Skunk', as well as his defining sequence 'Glanmore Sonnets'.
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Love and Poetry in the Middle East

Love and Poetry in the Middle East

Atef Alshaer

$79.95
It has become common in the Western media to reduce the Middle East and its cultures to news and images of violence. A region at the centre of the world's civilisations is in danger of becoming culturally tarnished beyond recognition. Yet the Middle East affords multiple interpretive and analytical lenses, of which love and poetry are enduring and enlightening ones. This book offers a humane portrayal of the poetic expression of love in the Middle East. The ten chapters, spanning ancient and modern times and all the major languages of the region, demonstrate the perennial role of love poetry in shaping the collective imagination of its people. In both ancient and modern times, the Middle East appears in a meaningful dialogue with other cultures and traditions, feeding as well as being fed by them. Engaging and focused analyses of love poems from Babylonia in Iraq to ancient Egypt, and from the Arabian Peninsula to Iran, Turkey and other communities in the Middle East, deepen our understanding of the region, evoking its richness, its intimacy and its will to creativity.
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Classic Love Poems

Classic Love Poems

Max Morris

$22.99
I arise from dreams of thee In the first sweet sleep of night, When the winds are breathing low, And the stars are shining bright. I arise from dreams of thee, And a spirit in my feet Hath led me - who knows how? - To thy chamber window, Sweet! Percy Bysshe Shelley The best love poetry is passionate and timeless, expressing our deepest feelings and strongest desires with grace and emotion. Ranging from Sappho, Chaucer and Shakespeare through to Emily Dickinson and Christina Rossetti, this elegantly illustrated anthology presents a selection of moving and enduring poems that speak straight to the heart.
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Poems of the Irish People

Poems of the Irish People

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This volume celebrates the poetic heritage of the Emerald Isle, with more than 50 classic poems about Ireland's people, history, character and myths and legends. Its contributors include William Butler Yeats, William Allingham and other well-known Irish poets. The book is one of Barnes & Noble's 'Collectible Editions' classics. Each one features authoritative text by the world's greatest authors in an elegantly designed bonded-leather binding, with distinctive gilt edging.
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The Faith of William Shakespeare

The Faith of William Shakespeare

Graham Holderness

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William Shakespeare stills stands head and shoulders above any other author in the English language, a position that is unlikely ever to change. Yet it is often said that we know very little about him - and that applies as much to what he believed as it does to the rest of his biography. Or does it? In this authoritative new study, Graham Holderness takes us through the context of Shakespeare's life, times of religious and political turmoil, and looks at what we do know of Shakespeare the Anglican. But then he goes beyond that, and mines the plays themselves, not just for the words of the characters, but for the concepts, themes and language which Shakespeare was himself steeped in - the language of the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer. Considering particularly such plays as Richard ll, Henry V, The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure, Hamlet, Othello, The Tempest and The Winter's Tale, Holderness shows how the ideas of Catholicism come up against those of Luther and Calvin; how Christianity was woven deep into Shakespeare's psyche, and how he brought it again and again to his art.
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The Age of Caesar: Five Roman Lives

The Age of Caesar: Five Roman Lives

Plutarch ,  James Romm ,  Pamela Mensch ,  Mary Beard

$49.95
Major figures in the civil wars that ended the Roman Republic, the names Pompey, Caesar, Cicero, Brutus and Antony haunt us with questions of character and authority. Plutarch's rich, vivid profiles show character-shaping history through grand scale events and intimate details. The creator and master of the biographical form, Plutarch locates character in small gestures such as Brutus's punctilious use of money or Caesar's plainspoken discourse. In this reader's edition, the translation lends a straightforward clarity to the prose and the notes identify people, places and events in the text. The substantial introduction and foreword explore Plutarch as an historical figure and the history of the Republic's fall.
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Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales

Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales

The Brothers Grimm ,  Arthur Rackham

$44.99
Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales collects more than two hundred tales set down by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in the early decades of the nineteenth century, among them some of the best-loved and most famous fairy tales in all literature: Little Red Riding Hood, Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, and Tom Thumb . Derived from folk tales that had been part of the oral storytelling tradition for centuries, these stories are acknowledged as literary landmarks that transcend their time and culture. This edition also features ten rarely seen Children's Legends and the full-colour artwork of Arthur Rackham. Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales is one of Barnes & Noble's Leatherbound classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world's greatest authors in an exquisitely designed bonded-leather binding, with distinctive gilt edging and a silk-ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectible, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensable cornerstone for every home library.
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Les Miserables

Les Miserables

Victor Hugo

$49.99
One of the most widely read novels of all time, Les Miserables was the crowning literary achievement of Victor Hugo's career. An enormous melodrama set against the background of political upheaval in France following the rule of Napoleon I, the novel tells the story of the peasant Jean Valjean - unjustly imprisoned and hounded by his nemesis, the magnificently realized police detective, Javert. A monumental classic dedicated to the oppressed, Les Miserables captures the entirety of life in 19th-century France.
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Anna Livia Plurabelle: Faber Modern Classics

Anna Livia Plurabelle: Faber Modern Classics

James Joyce ,  Edna O'Brien

$16.99
As James Joyce was working on Finnegans Wake, he asked his friend T.S. Eliot to shepherd an early extract, simply known as 'Work in Progress' into print. This celebrated episode, Anna Livia Plurabelle, was the first part of Joyce's extraordinary text to be published in England, printed in pamphlet form in 1930. It became the best-known section of Finnegans Wake, and one of Joyce's favourites; revised and published independently more times than any other piece. This new edition in the Faber Modern Classics series includes a new foreword by Edna O'Brien. His writing is not about something; it is that something itself. (Samuel Beckett).
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Tarzan of the Apes and the Return of Tarzan

Tarzan of the Apes and the Return of Tarzan

Edgar Rice Burroughs ,  Darren Harris-Fain

$16.99
Edgar Rice Burroughs' first two Tarzan books in one volume! Tarzan of the Apes (1912)and The Return of Tarzan (1913) recount the adventures of John Clayton, a man who was raised by apes after the death of his parents. Clayton was renamed Tarzan by the apes, and grew up in the wild without knowledge of his humanity. Both novels are classic examples of American pulp fiction, portraying Tarzan as the quintessential strong, wild, able-bodied hero. This elegantly designed clothbound edition features an elastic closure and a new introduction.
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The Call of the Wild and White Fang

The Call of the Wild and White Fang

Jack London ,  Kenneth Brandt

$16.99
Two great American classics by Jack London in one volume The Call of the Wild (1903)and;White Fang (1906) are two classic American adventure novels depicting the evolution of two dogs in the wild. The novels are in fact mirror images of one another, as Call of the Wild depicts Buck's journey from domestic to wild dog, while White Fangrecounts White Fang's transformation from wild beast to domestic companion. Both convey powerful themes of redemption and survival that continue to affect readers even today. This elegantly designed clothbound edition features an elastic closure and a new introduction.
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The Prince

The Prince

Niccolo Machiavelli ,  John Lotherington

$16.99
Machiavelli's Prince is a primer on power Written during the Italian Renaissance, Niccolo Machiavelli's astute observations on how to read people and situations, especially for acquiring and maintaining political power, is a classic primer for politicians and business leaders alike. Whether you approach this reading for its historical significance or choose to apply this knowledge toward achieving success in your own life, you will be enriched. This elegantly designed clothbound edition features an elastic closure and a new introduction.
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The Will to Power

The Will to Power

Friedrich Nietzsche ,  Michael A. Scarpitti ,  Michael A. Scarpitti ,  R.Kevin Hill

$22.99
New to Penguin Classics, The Will to Power contains some of Nietzsche's most fascinating and combative writings on nihilism, metaphysics and the future of Europe. Assembled by Nietzsche's sister after his death, The Will to Power is a collection of the philosopher's reflections and theories taken from his unpublished notebooks. Covering topics such as nihilism, Christianity, morality and the famous 'will to power', the book was controversially presented as Nietzsche's all-but-completed magnum opus containing his philosophical system. Including some of his most interesting metaphysical and epistemological thoughts, as well as some of his most disturbing ethical and political comments, the book would prove to have a significant influence on Nietzsche's contentious reception in the twentieth century.
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Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoevsky

$22.99
TRANSLATED BY RICHARD PEVEAR AND LARISSA VOLOKHONSKY. Consumed by the idea of his own special destiny, immured in poverty and deprivation, Rashkolnikov is drawn to commit a terrible crime. In the aftermath, Rashkolnikov is dogged by madness, guilt and a calculating detective, and a feverish cat-and-mouse game unfolds. The only hope for redemption, if Rashkolnikov can but recognise it, lies in the virtuous and faithful Sonya. The Vintage Classic Russians Series: Published for the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, these are must-have, beautifully designed editions of six epic masterpieces that have survived controversy, censorship and suppression to influence decades of thought and artistic expression.
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Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy

$22.99
TRANSLATED BY LOUISE AND AYLMER MAUDE. Anna is a beautiful, intelligent woman whose passionate affair with the dashing Count Vronsky leads her to ruin. But her story is also about a search for meaning, and by twinning it with that of Levin, an awkward idealist whose happy marriage and domestic trials form the backdrop for a similar quest, Tolstoy creates a rich and complex masterpiece that has captured the imagination of readers for decades. The Vintage Classic Russians Series: Published for the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, these are must-have, beautifully designed editions of six epic masterpieces that have survived controversy, censorship and suppression to influence decades of thought and artistic expression.
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The Master and Margarita

The Master and Margarita

Mikhail Afanasevich Bulgakov

$22.99
THE ORIGINAL AND BEST TRANSLATION BY MICHAEL GLENNY 50th Anniversary Edition. Afterwards, when it was frankly too late, descriptions were issued of the man: expensive grey suit, grey beret, one green eye and the other black. He arrives in Moscow one hot summer afternoon with various alarming accomplices, including a demonic, fast-talking black cat. When he leaves, the asylums are full and the forces of law and order are in disarray. Only the Master, a man devoted to truth, and Margarita, the woman he loves, can resist the devil's onslaught. Brilliant and blackly comic, The Master and Margarita was repressed by Stalin's authorities and only published after the author's death. The Vintage Classic Russians Series: Published for the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, these are must-have, beautifully designed editions of six epic masterpieces that have survived controversy, censorship and suppression to influence decades of thought and artistic expression.
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War and Peace

War and Peace

Leo Tolstoy

$22.99
THE ACCLAIMED TRANSLATION BY RICHARD PEVEAR AND LARISSA VOLOKHONSKY. If you've never read it, now is the moment. This translation will show that you don't read War and Peace, you live it . (The Times). From sophisticated Moscow soirees to breathless troika rides through the snow, from the bloody front line at Austerlitz to a wife's death in childbirth, Tolstoy conjures a broad panorama of rich, messy, beautiful and debased human life. We follow the fates of open-hearted, impulsive Pierre Bezukhov, his melancholy friend Prince Andrei and the enchanting Natasha Rostov, as history and fiction are combined in one of the wisest and most enthralling novels ever written. A joy to read...The sense of actually being in the skin of these people is phenomenally, brilliantly rendered by this translation . (Simon Schama). The Vintage Classic Russians Series: Published for the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, these are must-have, beautifully designed editions of six epic masterpieces that have survived controversy, censorship and suppression to influence decades of thought and artistic expression.
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The Italian

The Italian

Ann Radcliffe ,  Nick Groom

$20.95
'Among his associates no one loved him, many disliked him, and more feared him.' Father Schedoni is enlisted by the imperious Marchesa di Vivaldi to prevent her son from marrying the beautiful Ellena. Schedoni has no scruples in kidnapping Ellena and in undertaking whatever villainy will further his own ends. His menacing presence dominates a gripping tale of love and betrayal, abduction and assassination, and incarceration in the dreadful dungeons of the Inquisition. Uncertainty and doubt lie everywhere, in Radcliffe's last and most unnerving novel. Ann Radcliffe defined the 'terror' genre of writing and helped to establish the Gothic novel, thrilling readers with her mysterious plots and eerie effects. In The Italian she rejects the rational certainties of the Enlightenment for a more ambiguous and unsettling account of what it is to be an individual - particularly a woman - in a culture haunted by history and dominated by institutional power. This new edition includes Radcliffe's important essay 'On the Supernatural in Poetry', in which she distinguishes terror writing from horror.
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Five Women Who Loved Love: Amorous Tales from 17th-Century Japan

Five Women Who Loved Love: Amorous Tales from 17th-Century Japan

Ihara Saikaku

$16.99
First published in 1686, Five Women Who Loved Love was an immediate bestseller in the bawdy, life-loving world that was Genroku Japan. And the novel’s popularity has, if anything, increased with the years, making it today a classic like Boccaccio’s Decameron or the writings of Rabelais.

The book follows five determined women in their always amorous and usually illicit adventures. The five heroines are Onatsu, already wise in the ways of love by the age of sixteen; Osen, a faithful wife until unjustly accused of adultery; Osan, a Kyoto beauty who falls asleep in the wrong bed; Oshichi, willing to burn down a city to meet her samurai lover; and Oman, who has to compete with handsome boys to win her lover’s affections.

But the book is more than a collection of skillfully told erotic tales, for, as the translator points out in the introduction, “Saikaku ... could not delve into the inmost secrets of human life only to expose them to ridicule or snickering prurience. Obviously fascinated by the variety and complexity of human love, but retaining always a sense of its intrinsic dignity ... he is both a discriminating and compassionate judge of his fellow men.”

Saikaku’s style, as allusive as it is witty, as abbreviated as it is penetrating, is a challenge that few translators have dared face, and certainly never before with the success here achieved in a translation that recaptures the heady flavor of the original.
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Kojiki: Records of the Ancient Masters

Kojiki: Records of the Ancient Masters

Basil Chamberlain

$24.99
Written by imperial command in the eighth century, The Kojiki: Records of Ancient Matters is Japan's classic of classics, the oldest connected literary work and the fundamental scripture of Shinto. A more factual history called the Nihongi or Nihon Shoki (Chronicles of Japan) was completed in A.D. 720, but The Kojiki remains the better known, perhaps because of its special concern with the legends of the gods, with the divine descent of the imperial family, and with native Shinto. Both works have immense value as records of the development of Japan into a unified state with a well-defined character.

Indeed, even the mythological aspects were accepted as fact throughout most of subsequent Japanese history until the defeat and disillusionment of the nation in 1945. This classic text is a key to the historical roots of the Japanese people their early life and the development of their character and institutions as well as a lively mixture of legend and history, genealogy, and poetry.

It stands as one of the greatest monuments of Japanese literature because it preserves more faithfully than any other book the mythology, manners, language and traditions of Japan. It provides, furthermore, a vivid account of a nation in the making. The work opens "when chaos had begun to condense, but force and form were not yet manifest, and there was nought named, nought done..." It recounts the mythological creation of Japan by the divine brother and sister Izanami and Izanagi; tales of the Sun Goddess and other deities; the divine origin of Jimmu the first emperor; and the histories of subsequent reigns.

Epic material is complemented by a fresh bucolic vein expressed in songs and poetry. This famous translation by the British scholar Basil Hall Chamberlain is enhanced by notes on the text and an extensive introduction discussing early Japanese society, as well as The Kojiki and its background. Important for its wealth of information, The Kojiki is indispensable to anyone interested in things Japanese.
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On Life and Death

On Life and Death

Cicero ,  John Davie ,  Miriam T. Griffin

$20.95
'any service I may have rendered my countrymen in my active life I may also extend to them...now that I am at leisure' Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC), Rome's greatest orator, had a career of intense activity in politics, the law courts and the administration, mostly in Rome. His fortunes, however, followed those of Rome, and he found himself driven into exile in 58 BC, only to return a year later to a city paralyzed by the domination of Pompey, Crassus, and Caesar. Cicero, though a senior statesman, struggled to maintain his independence and it was during these years that, frustrated in public life, he first started to put his excess energy, stylistic brilliance, and superabundant vocabulary into writing these works of philosophy. The three dialogues collected here are the most accessible of Cicero's works, written to his friends Atticus and Brutus, with the intent of popularizing philosophy in Ancient Rome. They deal with the everyday problems of life; ethics in business, the experience of grief, and the difficulties of old age.
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The Jewish War

The Jewish War

Josephus ,  Martin Hammond ,  Martin Goodman

$22.95
'I am Josephus...I myself fought against the Romans' In August of AD 70 the city of Jerusalem was destroyed by Roman forces after a six-month siege. This was the disastrous outcome of a Jewish revolt against Roman domination which began in AD 66 with some early success, but soon became mired in factional conflict. The war ended in the destruction of the famous Jewish Temple (rebuilt by Herod the Great a century before). The remarkable story of the war is narrated by an eye-witness and participant, Josephus. He was at first a rebel commander, then after his capture, supported Titus in the final assault on Jerusalem. Josephus spares no detail of a horrific conflict - atrocities on both sides, the reign of terror in Jerusalem, the appalling conditions of the siege, and the final mass suicide at Masada. His vivid narrative is our prime source for this period of history. It is a dramatic story, with resonances to the present day.
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Practical Latin for Gardeners: More Than 1500 Essential Plant Names and the Secrets They Contain

Practical Latin for Gardeners: More Than 1500 Essential Plant Names and the Secrets They Contain

James Armitage

$24.99
Practical Latin for Gardeners is a timely and useful guide to plant names based on the bestselling Latin for Gardeners. It contains 1,500 of the most useful and widespread Latin names, organised into thematic chapters including Colour, Plant Form and Habitat. Each chapter is divided into smaller groups, such as large plants and small plants, allowing gardeners to make new connections and discoveries in a way standard alphabetical lists simply don't permit. 'Behind the Name' boxes further increase the book's practical value, and botanical watercolours ensure that it is beautiful as well as functional.
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RHS Practical Latin for Gardeners: More Than 1,500 Essential Plant Names and the Secrets They Contain

RHS Practical Latin for Gardeners: More Than 1,500 Essential Plant Names and the Secrets They Contain

James Armitage

$19.99
RHS Practical Latin for Gardeners is a unique guide to plant binomials based on the bestselling RHS Latin for Gardeners. It contains 1,500 of the most useful and most widespread Latin names, organized into thematic chapters including Colour, Size, Form and Habitat. Each chapter is further subdivided into smaller groups, such as large plants and small plants. This allows gardeners to make new connections and discoveries in a way standard alphabetical lists don't permit. 'Behind the Name' feature boxes further increase the book's practical value, and a wide range of botanical watercolours ensure that it is beautiful as well as functional. This book includes a definition and pronunciation guide for each word, as well as a 16-page alphabetical index, so that it can still be used as a conventional dictionary of Latin names. And its handy, pocket-sized format makes it the perfect gift.
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Macquarie Dictionary Seventh Edition

Macquarie Dictionary Seventh Edition

Macquarie Dictionary

$120.00
It is not just the meaning of a word but the feel of a word that counts. The end result when we wish to compile a list of these particular words is a dictionary that characterises us as a community. Kate Grenville, international award-winning Australian author Since the Macquarie Dictionary was first published in 1981, its reputation as Australia's national dictionary has gone from strength to strength. It is now nationally and internationally regarded as the standard reference on Australian English. A comprehensive and up-to-date account of our variety of English, it not only includes all those words and senses peculiar to Australian English, but also those common to the whole English-speaking world. The Seventh Edition features: * a comprehensive record of English as it is used in Australia, with evidence from corpus data, including Macquarie's own corpus of Australian English, Ozcorp * thousands of new words and senses, such as grandcare, rumbler alarm, fitspiration, modest wear, cool burn, freecycle, grolar bear, digital tattoo, listicle, captain's call, robopoll, vamping, spiraliser and slackpacking * illustrative phrases, many from Australian literature, which clearly show how a word is used in context * words and phrases from regional Australia, such as boondie, prickly jack, bungarra, dragon's teeth and goose club * words, both formal and informal, that date back to the Australian military experience of WW1, such as gezumpher, bullring and green envelope * extensive usage notes * etymologies of words and phrases * foreword by Kate Grenville, international award-winning Australian author
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The Tongue of Adam

The Tongue of Adam

Abdelfattah Kilito

$19.95
In the beginning there was one language-one tongue that Adam used to compose the first poem, an elegy for Abel. These days, no one bothers to ask about the tongue of Adam. It is a naive question, vaguely embarrassing and irksome, like questions posed by children, which one can only answer rather stupidly. So begins Abdelfattah Kilito's The Tongue of Adam, a delightful series of lectures. With a Borgesian flair for riddles, stories, and subtle scholarly distinctions, Kilito presents an assortment of discussions related to Adam's tongue, including translation, comparative religion, and lexicography: for example, how, from Babel onward, can we explain the plurality of language? Or can Adam's poetry be judged aesthetically, the same as any other poem? Drawing from the commentators of the Koran to Walter Benjamin, from the esoteric speculations of Judaism to Herodotus, The Tongue of Adam is a nimble book about the mysterious rise of humankind's multilingualism.
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The Times Ultimate Killer Su Doku Book 9: 200 of the Deadliest Su Doku Puzzles

The Times Ultimate Killer Su Doku Book 9: 200 of the Deadliest Su Doku Puzzles

The Times Mind Games

$14.99
Specially compiled to provide the most deadly Su Doku challenge, this is the only volume for Su Doku enthusiasts who need a puzzle that really tests their mettle. Prepare yourself for the toughest Su Doku challenge there is. These diabolically difficult Ultimate Killer Su Doku puzzles will really put your brainpower to the test as you 'warm up' with the 150 Deadly Killer puzzles before steeling yourself to take on the 50 Extra Deadly Su Dokus. Are you ready for the challenge? Not for the faint-hearted. The puzzles use the same 9x9 grid as a regular Su Doku, but have an extra mathematical element that multiplies the challenge. The aim is not only to complete every row, column and cube so that it contains the digits 1 to 9, but also to make sure that the outlined sections, called cages, add up to the number given in each cage. Warning: Not suitable for amateur puzzlers!
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The Accidental Dictionary: The Surprising Twists and Turns of English Words

The Accidental Dictionary: The Surprising Twists and Turns of English Words

Paul Anthony Jones

$32.99
How well do you know your words?; Buxom used to mean obedient; A cloud was a rock; Raunchy originally meant dirty; Brimming with hidden histories and tantalising twists, The Accidental Dictionary tells the extraordinary stories behind ordinary words.; Our everyday language is full of surprises; its origins are stranger than you might think. Any word might be knocked and buffeted, subjected to twists and turns, expansions and contractions, happy and unhappy accidents.

There are intriguing tales behind even the most familiar terms, and they can say as much about the present as they do the past.; Busking, for instance, originally meant piracy. Grin meant to snarl. A bimbo was a man, nice meant ignorant, glamour was magic and a cupboard was a table ...; Focusing on 100 surprising threads in the evolution of English, The Accidental Dictionary reveals the etymological origins and quirky developments that have led to the meanings we take for granted today. It is a weird and wonderful journey into words.; So, let's revel in its randomness and delight in its diversity - our dictionary is indeed accidental.
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Book Love: A Celebration of Writers, Readers & the Printed and Bound Book

Book Love: A Celebration of Writers, Readers & the Printed and Bound Book

James Charlton ,  Bill Henderson

$18.95
Contributors include Eudora Welty, Patti Smith, Henry Miller, John Updike, Cicero, Groucho Marx, George Orwell, Marcel Proust, William Faulkner, E.L. Doctorow, Woody Allen, C.S. Lewis, Saul Bellow, Dorothy Parker, and hundreds more.
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Aussie Slang Dictionary

Aussie Slang Dictionary

Lolla Stewart

$17.99
Australians pride themselves on being easy-going and informal. Their vocabulary with its colour, humour and inventiveness reflects these qualities. This thoroughly entertaining Aussie Slang Dictionary will help you decipher and speak the true Aussie language. Full of dazzling definitions from true-blue Aussies you'll never be lost for words with this collection of colourful sayings. From aerial ping-pong (Australian Rules Football) to on the wrong tram (to be following the wrong train of thought) and finishing up with some verbal diarrhoea (never-ending blather), your mind will be brimming with useful (and not so useful!) sayings for your next run-in with an Aussie. And, for dinki-di Aussies living in the UK, use this book to expand your vocabulary and increase your unique way of communicating.
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Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel: The Complete Guide to Mystery, Suspense, and Crime

Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel: The Complete Guide to Mystery, Suspense, and Crime

Hallie Ephron ,  Sara Paretsky

$29.99
Discover the secrets to crafting an unforgettable mystery! To piece together the puzzle of your mystery novel, you need patience, resilience, a solid understanding of the craft, and a clear blueprint for combining the plot, characters, setting, and more. And while patience and resilience must come from you, the essentials of craft and the plan to execute them are right at your fingertips with Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel.

This completely revised and updated edition features solid strategies for drafting, revising, and selling an intriguing novel that grips your readers and refuses to let them go. New York Times best-selling author Hallie Ephron shows you how to: Create a compelling sleuth and a worthy villain; Construct a plot rich in twists, red herrings, and misdirection; Bring the story to a satisfying conclusion; Sharpen characters and optimize pace during revision; Seek publication through both traditional and indie paths.

Filled with helpful worksheets and exercises for every step of the process, Writing and Selling Your Mystery Novel Revised and Expanded reveals the keys to writing a memorable story that will have fans of mystery, suspense, and crime clamoring for more.
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Just Write: Creating Unforgettable Fiction and a Rewarding Writing Life

Just Write: Creating Unforgettable Fiction and a Rewarding Writing Life

James Scott Bell

$29.99
Half intensive craft workshop and half practical advice on building and sustaining a successful writing practice, Live to Write marries craft and technique with encouragement and insider advice. Featuring the best posts written for the Kill Zone blog (a thriller writers' blog that has appeared on WD's 101 Best Websites for Writers multiple times) as well as brand-new material, the book will serve as a guide for all fiction writers on mastering the craft and keeping at it, no matter what their chosen genre.
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Keys to Great Writing: Mastering the Elements of Composition and Revision

Keys to Great Writing: Mastering the Elements of Composition and Revision

Stephen Wilbers

$29.99
This edition contains all the celebrated content of the original--choosing the right word; writing with economy; composing coherent, organized, and polished pieces; and much more--plus brand-new exercises for practicing the presented lessons, a revised introduction from Wilbers and a new foreword from a notable author. Transform your writing! If you're ready to empower your writing but are unsure of where to start, let Keys to Great Writing Revised and Expanded show you the way.

Award-winning author and veteran writing coach Stephen Wilbers provides invaluable instruction on every aspect of the craft, from word choice and sentence structure to organization and revision. In this edition, you'll find: Self-assessments to strengthen your sentences and paragraphs, evaluate your goals, and approach your writing with confidence. Practical and easy-to-understand techniques for utilizing economy, precision, action, music, and personality. Helpful tips and techniques for the writing process, including advice on prewriting, drafting, revising, and proofreading. Exercises, checklists, and more to refine your writing skills.

For more than a decade, Keys to Great Writing has helped writers of all experience levels infuse their work with clarity, grace, and style. With the revised and expanded edition at your fingertips, you'll have the tools to invigorate your prose and develop a unique and effective voice.
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Writing the Intimate Character: Create Unique, Compelling Characters Through Mastery of Point of View

Writing the Intimate Character: Create Unique, Compelling Characters Through Mastery of Point of View

Jordan Rosenfeld

$29.99
The key to excellent fiction lies in its characters: the unforgettable protagonists, antagonists, and secondary characters who populate the world of your story. Understanding and effectively using point of view allows you to write a powerful narrative that draws readers in and engages them with characters in a meaningful way.

Through a blend of practical instruction, useful examples, and helpful exercises, Writing the Intimate Character shows you how to create the experience of living through a character rather than just reading about one. Inside, you'll learn:

    * The functions and benefits of first-person, third-person intimate, omniscient, and second-person points of view.
    * How to apply character cues - specific behaviors, sensory perceptions, dialogue, and visual imagery - to develop a realistic protagonist and secondary cast.
    * The surface and subset feelings that get to the root of your character's emotions.
    * How different viewpoints affect the story you want to tell.

Writing the Intimate Character helps you craft a novel in which readers can experience your characters' senses, dive inside their minds, and truly feel their emotions.
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