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Ardor

Ardor

Roberto Calasso

$39.99

In this revelatory volume, Roberto Calasso, whom the Paris Review has called 'a literary institution', explores the ancient texts known as the Vedas.

Little is known about the Vedic people who lived more than three thousand years ago in northern India: they left behind almost no objects, images, ruins. They created no empires. Even the hallucinogenic plant, the soma, which appears at the centre of some of their rituals, has not been identified with any certainty. Only a 'Parthenon of words' remains: verses and formulations suggesting a daring understanding of life. 'If the Vedic people had been asked why they did not build cities,' writes Calasso, 'they could have replied: we did not seek power, but rapture.' This is the ardor of the Vedic world, a burning intensity that is always present, both in the mind and in the cosmos. With his signature erudition and profound sense of the past, Calasso explores the enigmatic web of ritual and myth that define the Vedas. Often at odds with modern thought, he shows how these texts illuminate the nature of consciousness more than neuroscientists have been able to offer us up to now. 

Following the 'hundred paths' of the Satapatha Brahmana, an impressive exegesis of Vedic ritual, Ardor indicates that it may be possible to reach what is closest by passing through that which is most remote, as 'the whole of Vedic India was an attempt to think further'.
Here Comes a Chopper to Chop off Your Head: The Dark Side of Childhood Rhymes and Stories

Here Comes a Chopper to Chop off Your Head: The Dark Side of Childhood Rhymes and Stories

Liz Evers

$19.99

Today's parents are increasingly replacing nursery rhymes with the latest pop songs, and fairy tales - now thought too scary for little ones - with cute stories about farmyard animals and talking trains.

Until recently, weird tales of fairy curses and flesh-eating ogres were considered suitable bedtime reading. And the strange-sounding and sometimes violent rhymes we rhymed off by rote were often taught to us in school. But have you ever asked yourself what on earth were they about? And what exactly were the morals and lessons we were meant to learn from them? 

Here Comes a Chopper to Chop Off Your Head delves into the origins of the best-known rhymes and tales to uncover a legacy of folk superstition, rotten royal families, execution, child marriage, cannibalism, and the multitude of other random acts of cruelty that make up any classic treasury. You'll learn about the bloody history of Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary; why Margery Daw, the subject of an innocent-seeming seesaw game, was accused of being a 'dirty slut'; and how pretending to decapitate your little friends to the tune of Oranges and Lemons became an acceptable pastime. 

You'll also find out about the terrifying events that befell the first Sleeping Beauty when she finally woke up; how Snow White's stepmother really died; and just who the wolf was in Little Red Riding Hood.
Loitering: New and Collected Essays

Loitering: New and Collected Essays

Charles D'Ambrosio

$32.99

Charles D'Ambrosio's essay collection Orphans spawned something of a cult following. In the decade since the tiny limited-edition volume sold out its print run, its devotees have pressed it upon their friends, students, and colleagues, only to find themselves begging for their copy's safe return. For anyone familiar with D'Ambrosio's writing, this enthusiasm should come as no surprise. His work is exacting and emotionally generous, often as funny as it is devastating. Loitering gathers those eleven original essays with new and previously uncollected work so that a broader audience might discover one of the world's great living essayists. No matter his subject-Native American whaling, a Pentecostal 'hell house', Mary Kay Letourneau, the work of J. D. Salinger, or, most often, his own family-D'Ambrosio approaches each piece with a singular voice and point of view; each essay, while unique and surprising, is unmistakably his own.
Meeting the Devil: A Book of Memoir from the London Review of Books

Meeting the Devil: A Book of Memoir from the London Review of Books

London Review of Books ,  Alan Bennett

$19.99

Autobiography has been an essential element of the London Review of Books since its founding in 1979. This volume collects many outstanding pieces of memoir that first appeared in the LRB's pages.

Here, Lorna Sage remembers growing up with her grandfather during the Second World War, Jenny Diski imagines her own burial, and Hilary Mantel tackles a strongman on her hospital bed. Julian Barnes writes about not getting the Booker Prize. Andrew O'Hagan confesses to his past as a schoolboy bully. A. J. P. Taylor hallucinates. Alan Bennett reports on the lady who lives in his drive. Tariq Ali relates his misadventures in Pyongyang. Anne Enright describes her obsession with Henrietta Lacks, the woman whose cells grow in petri dishes around the world. Frank Kermode tells his wartime stories. Terry Castle recounts her complicated friendship with Susan Sontag.

There are reports from poker tables and coal mines, and stories of double agents, online romance and stigmata. With a preface by Alan Bennett, Meeting the Devil displays the range of power and delight possible in the study of self-portrait.
Lives of the Poets: The History of Poets and Poetry

Lives of the Poets: The History of Poets and Poetry

Michael Schmidt

$39.99

A stunning volume of epic breadth which connects the lives and works of over 300 English-language poets of the last 700 years. LIVES OF THE POETS traverses the landscapes of biography, form, cultural pressures and important historical moments to tell not just a history of English poetry, but the story of English as a language. 'Astonishing' New York Times. 'Deft critical judgements, lightness of touch, the ability both to examine minutely and to generalize boldly - this book is both a tonic and a continuing pleasure' Independent. 'A celebration of poetry in the shape of a history from Chaucer up to the present day. A book to put into the hands of any young man or woman beginning to be aware that poetry is the glory of our language' Scotsman. 'A masterly exercise of cogency and compression' Times Literary Supplement.
Correct English: Reality or Myth?

Correct English: Reality or Myth?

Geoffrey Marnell

$32.95

Writing is a form of expression, as is painting and composing music. No one has the right to tell artists to paint in a particular way or composers to compose in a particular way. So don’t we have a right to talk and write as we please?

"Appallingly ignorant!" "Standards are plummeting!" Such are the cries of many a purist when they encounter language they do not like. But perhaps it is the purists who are ignorant for failing to see that language cannot be correct or incorrect, right or wrong.

As this book shows, to call any way of writing incorrect - such as starting a sentence with and or but - is just as silly as calling a lampshade dishonest. It is what philosophers call a category mistake. Writing can be unconventional or ambiguous, but not incorrect or wrong. Despite the purists’ fears, the English language is not going to the dogs. Change does not necessarily dilute a language. If it did, English speakers would have lost the ability to communicate centuries ago. Instead, English has become the lingua franca of the world. Language is an evolutionary gift and, like all gifts, we should be allowed to do with it what we please.

So a more tolerant attitude towards language is needed, one that respects the creativity and lust for novelty that defines Homo sapiens - and one that will eradicate the anxiety many suffer when they have to put pen to paper or give a talk. What this attitude should be is explored in this book.
Jedburgh Justice and Kentish Fire: The Story of English in Ten Phrases and Expressions

Jedburgh Justice and Kentish Fire: The Story of English in Ten Phrases and Expressions

Paul Anthony Jones

$29.99

Did you know that Jedburgh Justice is 'executing someone first, then giving them a trial'? Or that Kentish Fire is 'applauding sarcastically to silence your opponents'? From the author of Haggard Hawks and Paltry Poltroons, this is a fascinating collection of curious phrases and expressions from the English language, together with the stories of their etymology and anecdotes about their use in history. Where Haggard Hawks focused on lists of ten words of a particular kind, this collection instead focuses on lists phrases and expressions, also arranged by their quirky and specific origins.
Complete Write a Novel Course: Teach Yourself

Complete Write a Novel Course: Teach Yourself

Will Buckingham

$29.99

Designed to take you from the moment you first put pen to paper right through to the process of contacting publishers (or uploading an ebook file) and promoting your book, this is the most important book on writing that you'll ever read. It introduces you to the craft of fiction writing, the art of words and the way in which to use them. It gives you inspiration, ideas and practical advice. It gives you the background and the skills you'll need to succeed. Unlike other books on the market, however, it also helps you begin to critique your own work, meaning that at every step of the writing process you'll be producing the best art you can. There are plenty of other essential writing tools in this book, as well, including techniques for overcoming writer's block; with nearly a quarter of the book focussing on how to get published, how to publish yourself, which courses you do - and don't - need, the nuts and bolts of competitions and festivals and the importance of social media, this really is the most comprehensive companion to the subject available.
The Complete Writing for Children Course: Teach Yourself

The Complete Writing for Children Course: Teach Yourself

Clementine Beauvais

$29.99

Designed to take you from the moment you first put pen to paper to the point at which you are ready to start contacting publishers (or uploading an ebook file), this is the most important book on writing children's books you'll ever read. It introduces you to the craft of writing for children, the art of words - and pictures - and the way in which to use them. It gives you inspiration, ideas and practical advice. It gives you the background to each different area of children's writing, and the skills you'll need to succeed. Unlike any other book on the market, however, it also helps you begin to critique your own work, meaning that at every step of the writing process you'll be producing the best art you can. There are plenty of other essential writing tools in this book, as well, including techniques for overcoming writer's block; with nearly a quarter of the book focussing on how to get published, how to publish yourself, which courses you do - and don't - need, the nuts and bolts of competitions and festivals and the importance of social media, this really is the most comprehensive companion to the subject available.
Masterclass: Writing Crime Fiction: Teach Yourself

Masterclass: Writing Crime Fiction: Teach Yourself

Rosemary Rowe

$24.99

Do you have an idea for a gripping crime novel? Would you like to know how to plot your book flawlessly? Do you want to create beautifully crafted characters and nail biting twists? This book is designed for anyone who wants to write an unputdownable crime novel. Whatever your subgenre, whether Scandi-crime or detective 'cosies', this book is full of inspirational advice, acute insights and practical exercises. The first part of the book establishes the rules of writing crime fiction - from convincing characters to the role of research. The book then covers the practical craft of writing and editing, before explaining in detail how to secure a contract and/or self-publish your work. A comprehensive guide for anyone who wants to be the next Val McDermid or Ian Rankin.
Masterclass: Writing Plays: Teach Yourself

Masterclass: Writing Plays: Teach Yourself

Lesley Bown ,  Ann Gawthorpe

$24.99

Writing Plays is the invaluable and comprehensive guide to anyone who wants to write plays and get them performed. It covers the basics of the theatre, creating and working with characters, writing realistic speech and dialogue, constructing compelling plots and creating a great ending. There are also separate chapters focused on writing for different genres, including pantomimes, musicals, radio and television. And a final section looks at the practicalities of laying out, submitting and staging your play.
Masterclass: Writing Romantic Fiction Teach Yourself

Masterclass: Writing Romantic Fiction Teach Yourself

Barbara Samuel

$24.99

Do you want to capture the share of the fastest growing market in fiction? Do you have a compelling vision for a passionate love story? Masterclass: Write Romantic Fiction is designed for anyone who wants to write in this genre of popular fiction, whatever their focus. It is the only book available to cover the new and increasingly diverse sub-genres in romance to give insight into how to write really good eroticism, and to show aspiring writers how to gain recognition for their work. Whether contemplating self-publishing or going the traditional route, this is a smart and completely contemporary guide to writing sellable, credible and memorable romance.
Writing Great Books for Young Adults: Everything You Need to Know, from Crafting the Idea to Getting Published

Writing Great Books for Young Adults: Everything You Need to Know, from Crafting the Idea to Getting Published

Regina L Brooks

$18.99

Break into the Bestselling Young Adult Market with this IndispensableGuide!Whether you're just getting started or are on the hunt foran agent or publisher, Writing Great Books for Young Adults is your completeinsider source on how to succeed in the flourishing world of YA fiction andnonfiction. In this updated and revised edition, veteran literary agent ReginaL. Brooks offers invaluable advice for YA writers on everything from shapingyour novel to crafting the perfect pitch for your book.Learn How To: -Develop an authentic, engaging voice and writing style-Construct dynamic plots that will resonate with readers-Avoid common pitfalls related to tone and point of view-Navigate the emerging genres of YA nonfiction and New Adult-Create an exceptional query letter and proposal that willgrab the attention of agents and publishersYou'll also discover how successful film adaptations like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games have broadened the market for your book.Filled with tips and advice from agents, editors, and popular YA authors, Writing Great Books for Young Adults is your ticket to an incredible YA career! Brooks offers writers who are serious about attractingteen readers solid guidance through the creation process of writing YA fiction. --LibraryJournal
The Essence of the Brontes: A Compilation with Essays

The Essence of the Brontes: A Compilation with Essays

Muriel Spark

$39.99

First published by Peter Owen in 1993, this book brings together Muriel Spark's writings on the Bronte sisters, including a selection of their letters and a selection of Emily Bronte's poems. Perceptively but unsentimentally, Spark considers the Brontes' lives and works, including their generally disastrous attempts at teaching, and reflects on her own fascination, as a writer and a reader, with Emily Bronte and with 'the immortal Wuthering Heights and its nightmare hero'. This edition features a new foreword by Boyd Tonkin, Literary Editor at the Independent.
A Way of Happening

A Way of Happening

Judith Beveridge ,  Carolyn Rickett

$25.00

This anthology, a way of happening, follows on from two previous anthologies Wording the World (2010) and Here Not There (2012) which published student work from Avondale College alongside established poets. Writing is most often done in isolation, so it is important to have a sense that one is not working alone, but that one's writing forms part of a larger interaction and conversation among like-minded people. These anthologies establish a feeling of community for the students, a sense that what they are doing has significance. From the examples of work by more experienced poets, novice poets can see what is achievable through commitment and effort to the art of poetry writing. This anthology gives the new poets diverse and prestigious voices against which to test their own poems and to recognise the value of beautiful and finely articulated speech. It also enables the students to see that there are people, despite the apparent invisibility of poetry in our society, who readily dedicate their time and efforts to this art form and for whom poetry has a major place in their lives. Any reader coming to this volume will be struck by its cohesion and diversity and by the fresh and innovative voices all talking with depth and clarity.
It Never Rains

It Never Rains

Roger McGough

$9.99

It Never Rains by Roger McGough - an expanded edition of comic verse and free line drawings, from the nation's favourite poet. While up at Magdalen. Spent the time dagdalen. Moved on to Caius. Became the baius knaius. 'Oxford Blues' is one of the many new poems in this expanded and revised edition of The State of Poetry, Roger McGough's book of short humorous verse which was published in 2005 as part of Penguin's 70s series celebrating its 70th anniversary. From a poem commissioned to commemorate Dylan Thomas in just 140 characters, which unfortunately comes to an end mid-word, to a pre-emptive erratum notice, these poems show McGough at his inventive, hilarious best - and there are also new line drawings by the author offered at no extra cost. The patron saint of poetry . (Carol Ann Duffy). Roger McGough was a member of the group Scaffold in the 1960s when he contributed poems to the Penguin title The Mersey Sound, which has since sold over a million copies and is now available as a Penguin Classic. He has published many books of poems for children and adults, and both his Collected Poems (2004) and Selected Poems (2006) are also available in Penguin. He presents Poetry Please on Radio 4 and is President of the Poetry Society. He was honoured with the Freedom of the City of Liverpool in 2001 and with a CBE in 2005 for services to literature.
Love Poems

Love Poems

Bertolt Brecht ,  David Constantine ,  Tom Kuhn ,  Barbara Brecht-Schall

$30.95

Bertolt Brecht is widely considered the greatest German playwright of the twentieth century, and to this day remains best known as a dramatist, the author of Mother Courage, The Threepenny Opera, and The Caucasian Chalk Circle, among so many other works. However, Brecht was also a hugely prolific and eclectic poet, producing more than 2,000 poems during his lifetime-indeed, so many that even his own wife, Helene Weigel, had no idea just how many he had written. A thieving magpie of much of world literature, the full scope and variety of his poetic output did not become apparent until after his death. Now, the English-speaking world can access part of his stunning body of work in Love Poems, the first volume in a monumental undertaking by award-winning translators David Constantine and Tom Kuhn to translate Brecht's poetic legacy into English. Love Poems collects his most intimate and romantic poems, many of which were banned in German in the 1950s for their explicit eroticism. Written between 1918 and 1955, these poems reflect an artist driven not only by the bitter and violent politics of his age but, like Goethe, by the untrammeled forces of love, romance, and erotic desire. In a 1966 New Yorker article, Hannah Arendt wrote of Brecht that he had staked his life and his art as few poets have ever done. In these 78 poems, we see Brecht's astonishing and deeply personal love poems-including 22 never before published in English-many addressed to particular women, which show Brecht as lover and love poet, engaged in a bitter struggle to keep faith, hope, and love alive during desperate times. Featuring a personal foreword by Barbara Brecht-Schall, his last surviving child, Love Poems reveals Brecht as not merely one of the most famous playwrights of the twentieth century but also one of its most fiercely creative poets.
Shakespeare on Love

Shakespeare on Love

Stephen Brennan

$18.99

William Shakespeare is ubiquitous throughout the Western world as the master of the written word, and the above-quoted Sonnet 18 is celebrated as one of the most exquisite love poems of all time. Love comes in all forms-friendly, familial, unrequited, and lustful-and impressively, the bard's canon works with them all. His views on love-whether they be amorous and passionate or obsessive and unsettling-are provocative to the mind and imagination. The modern reader will recognize poignant turns of phrase; though still used today, they originated from Shakespeare-known for inventing much of the modern English vocabulary. Shakespeare on Love draws from the entire Shakespeare canon: love sonnets, plays, and songs. Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and countless others all have their place. In one complete volume, discover the lyrical, the funny, the lewd, and the idolatrous passages on love as composed by the most influential writer of the English language. Beloved excerpts featured in these pages include: Sonnet 43: All days are nights to see till I see thee, And nights bright days when dreams do show thee me. As You Like It: Who ever loved that loved not at first sight? Hamlet: Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ,  Sophia Martineck

$34.99

Rockport Books revisit the classics in a new series lushly illustrated by some of today's most endearing and sought-after artists. These aren't your typical classics-our artists reinterpret these stories and create a stunning presentation unlike any you've ever seen. Book enthusiasts and artisans will want to collect the entire series. Award-winning artist Sophia Martineck takes readers on a journey to 221B Baker St. and the compelling stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, through her luscious imagery. The stories take on a whole new meaning when accompanied by Martineck's mystical, colorful interpretations. With this edition of the Classics Reimagined series, you'll always solve the mystery of what to read!
The Classic Works of Henry James

The Classic Works of Henry James

Henry James

$24.99

Six of the very best Henry James classics.

This classic collection includes the British author's most influential works, from The Portrait of a Lady to the Aspern Papers. Part of a beautiful series of classic fiction, this title brings Henry James back to life and reminds the world just what a wonderful writer he was. Featuring Daisy Miller, Washington Square and The Bostonians, this is a brilliant bind up not to be missed.
The Classic Works of Mark Twain

The Classic Works of Mark Twain

Mark Twain

$24.99

Delighting children and adults around the world, the classic stories of Mark Twain are a must-read set. Featuring The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Prince and the Pauper and more this timeless collection will remind readers of the power of Twain's vivid imagination. Part of Bounty's new Classic Fiction series, this title is an essential for anyone with a real love of literature.
The Classic Works of Robert Louis Stevenson

The Classic Works of Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson

$24.99

From the adventures of Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island to The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Stevenson's legacy of novels and adventure stories is considerable and filled with colourful characters and rich settings, making for exciting and compelling reads for adults and young readers alike. Robert Louis Stevenson began writing articles whilst studying law at Edinburgh University and his earliest works were inspired by his travels around France. Treasure Island was written in 1883 and was followed by his other great novels, including Kidnapped and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Treasure Island tells the tale of Jim Hawkins and his dramatic adventure involving bloodthirsty pirates and their sinister leader, Long John Silver, and has captured the imaginations of generations of young readers. Kidnapped, too, has all the ingredients of a classic adventure story. Set in the highlands of Scotland during the Jacobite rebellion its hero, Alan Breck Steward, fearless and romantic, is one of Stevenson's most engaging characters. Weir of Hermiston, written in 1896, was left unfinished by Stevenson at the time of his death but contains some of this best writing. A vibrant story about the austere Scottish judge and his son, the novel displays the fruition of Stevenson's narrative abilities. The Master of Ballantrae tells of the lifelong feud between Master Ballantrae and his young brother Henry. This novel in particular underlines Stevenson's preoccupation with destiny and fate. The Black Arrow originally appeared in serial form and is a tremendously exciting adventure story in which the hero, Richard Shelton, fight for the Yorkists during the War of the Roses, encounters Richard III and an infamous band of archers who use the dreaded black arrows. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, tells of how a doctor creates a separate personality, evil in instinct and repulsive in appearance, through the use of a special drug he has discovered. Robert Louis Stevenson's legacy of novels and adventure stories is considerable and filled with colourful characters and rich settings, exciting and compelling for adults and young readers alike.
The Classic Works of Rudyard Kipling

The Classic Works of Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling

$24.99

This must-have collection includes Kipling's well loved stories including The Jungle Book, the Just So Stories, Stalky & Co. and of course Kim. Explore the wild world of Baloo the bear, discover the political conflict of The Great Game and lose yourself in Kipling's immersive prose in this essential part of any reader's bookshelf. Suitable for children and adults alike, the power of Kipling shows no signs of letting up.
The Classic Works of Thomas Hardy: Tess of the D'urbervilles, the Mayor of Casterbridge and Far from the Madding Crowd

The Classic Works of Thomas Hardy: Tess of the D'urbervilles, the Mayor of Casterbridge and Far from the Madding Crowd

Thomas Hardy

$24.99

Dealing with themes of determinism and inescapable fate, Thomas Hardy's novels are also reknowned for depicting the intimate relationship between character and the environment. Unflinchingly honest in portraying characters and their fortunes, Hardy depicts life with all its harsh realities. Tess of the D'Urbervilles received negative reviews when first published in 1891. Originally criticised as being too pessimistic, it is now regarded as a classic. The story of Tess's painful journey from girl to woman and her traumatic relationships with Alec D'Urberville and Angel Clare, is presided over by the unwavering hand of justice. The Major of Casterbridge recounts the life of Michael Henchard as he reaches the pinnacle of power, self esteem and self-satisfaction, only to lose it through folly and bad luck. The emotional rise and fall of Henchard is described with the greatest insight and sensitivity. Far from the Madding Crowd is the first of Hardy's Wessex tales. It relates the story of Bathsheba Everdene and the men who love her. Set against the farming community, tragedy and love unfold alongside the continual struggle of rural life.
Little Women

Little Women

Louisa May Alcott ,  Laura Ciolkowski

$24.99

An all-American tale of virtue and true love, Little Women is the nineteenth-century coming-of-age story of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March. A true classic, following the lives of these four spirited sisters, readers can explore Alcott's family drama as they navigate life with a father at war, financial hardships, and the lure and intrigue of the handsome young man who lives next door. Complete and unabridged, Little Women is an essential collectible that is both elegant and portable.
Picture of Dorian Gray

Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde ,  John Kenny

$24.99

Artist Basil Hallward has sent a gift. A portrait that perfectly captures young Dorian Gray's handsome features. When Lord Henry tempts Dorian with a new lifestyle of hedonism and pleasure, he realizes that he would sell his soul for an eternity of debauchery. Oscar Wilde's only published novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray is a dark and sinful story of excess and vice. Explore Wilde's lavish world of Gothic fiction, and his study of lost innocence, full of captivating characters with this gorgeous edition. Complete and unabridged, The Portrait of Dorian Gray is an essential collectible that is both elegant and portable.
The Wretched

The Wretched

Victor Hugo ,  Christine Donougher ,  Norman Denny

$9.99

This is a brilliant new translation by Christine Donougher of Victor Hugo's thrilling masterpiece, with an introduction by Robert Tombs. The Wretched (Les Miserables) is the basis for both the longest running musical on the West End and the highly-acclaimed film starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. Victor Hugo's tale of injustice, heroism and love follows the fortunes of Jean Valjean, an escaped convict determined to put his criminal past behind him. But his attempts to become a respected member of the community are constantly put under threat: by his own conscience, and by the relentless investigations of the dogged policeman Javert. It is not simply for himself that Valjean must stay free, however, for he has sworn to protect the baby daughter of Fantine, driven to prostitution by poverty. A magnificent achievement. It reads easily, sometimes racily, and Hugo's narrative power is never let down...An almost flawless translation, which brings the full flavour of one of the greatest novels of the nineteenth century to new readers in the twenty-first . (William Doyle, Times Literary Supplement). The year's most interesting publication from Penguin Classics was actually The Wretched [...] a new translation by Christine Donougher of the novel we all know as Les Miserables. You may think that 1,300 pages is a huge investment of time when the story is so familiar, but no adaptation can convey the addictive pleasure afforded by Victor Hugo's narrative voice: by turns chatty, crotchety, buoyant and savagely ironical, it's made to seem so contemporary and fresh in Donougher's rendering that the book has all the resonance of the most topical state-of-the-nation novel . (Telegraph). Christine Donougher's seamless and very modern translation of Les Miserables has an astonishing effect in that it reminds readers that Hugo was going further than any Dickensian lament about social conditions [...] The Wretched touches the soul . (Herald Scotland). Victor Hugo was born in Besancon, France in 1802. In 1822 he published his first collection of poetry and in the same year, he married his childhood friend, Adele Foucher. In 1831 he published his most famous youthful novel, Notre-Dame de Paris. A royalist and conservative as a young man, Hugo later became a committed social democrat and was exiled from France as a result of his political activities. In 1862, he wrote his longest and greatest novel, The Wretched (Les Miserables). After his death in 1885, his body lay in state under the Arc de Triomphe before being buried in the Pantheon. Christine Donougher is a freelance translator and editor. She has translated numerous books from French and Italian, and won the 1992 Scott Moncrieff Translation Prize for her translation of Sylvie Germain's The Book of Nights. Robert Tombs is Professor of History at St John's College, Cambridge. His most recent book is That Sweet Enemy: The French and the British from the Sun King to the Present, co-written with Isabelle Tombs.
Areopagitica and Other Writings

Areopagitica and Other Writings

John Milton ,  John Leonard ,  William Poole

$24.99

John Milton was celebrated and denounced in his own time both as a poet and as a polemicist. Today he is remembered first and foremost for his poetry, but his great epic Paradise Lost was published very late in his life, in 1667, and in his own time most readers more readily recognised Milton as a writer of prose. This superbly annotated new book is an authoritative edition of Milton's major prose works, including Of Education, The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates and the Divorce tracts, as well as the famous 1644 polemical tract on the opposing licensing and censorship, Areopagitica.
The Light of Truth

The Light of Truth

Ida B. Wells

$19.99

In this collection, Wells' anti-lynching crusade comes alive. Through brilliant social analysis, she exposed lynching as part of a larger framework of subjugation in which white people used violence as a deliberate tactic to combat black economic progress in the southern USA. Wells won international renown for her investigative journalism, leading her on lecture tours around the Northern States and Europe, where she rallied support against lynching. Wells established herself as an advocate for social justice and human dignity by combining irrefutable evidence with deeply personal emotional appeal. This volume is edited and introduced by Wells biographer Mia Bay.
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain ,  Azar Nafisi ,  R Kent Rasmussen

$9.99

The original Great American Novel, an incomparable adventure story and a classic of unruly humour, Twain's masterpiece sees Huckleberry Finn and Jim the slave escape their difficult lives by fleeing down the Mississippi on a raft. There, they find steamships, feuding families, an unlikely Duke and King and vital lessons about the world in which they live. With its unforgettable cast of characters, Hemingway called this 'the best book we've ever had'. This edition features a new introduction and notes by leading Mark Twain scholar R. Kent Rasmussen.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain ,  R Kent Rasmussen

$9.99

The exploits of Tom Sawyer, a consummate prankster with a quick wit, captivate children of all ages. Yet through the novel's humorous escapades, from the episodes of the whitewashed fence and the ordeal in the cave to the trial of Injun Joe, Mark Twain explores deeper themes within the adult world Tom will one day join. These include the baser human instincts of dishonesty and superstition, murder and revenge, starvation and slavery. This edition features a new introduction and notes by leading Mark Twain scholar R. Kent Rasmussen.
The Iliad

The Iliad

Homer ,  E. V. Rieu ,  Peter Jones

$35.00

This is a stunning Penguin clothbound edition of Homer's great epic, in E. V. Rieu's classic translation. The Iliad is the first and the greatest literary achievement of Greek civilization - an epic poem without rival in the literature of the world, and the cornerstone of Western culture. The story centres on the critical events in the last year of the Trojan War, which lead to Achilleus' killing of Hektor and determine the fate of Troy. But Homer's theme is not simply war or heroism. With compassion and humanity, he presents a universal and tragic view of the world, of human life lived under the shadow of suffering and death, set against a vast and largely unpitying divine background. Seven Greek cities claim the honour of being the birthplace of Homer (c. 8th-7th century BC), the poet to whom the composition of the Iliadand Odyssey are attributed. The Iliad is the oldest surviving work of Western literature, but the identity - or even the existence - of Homer himself is a complete mystery, with no reliable biographical information having survived. E. V. Rieu initiated Penguin Classics with Allen Lane and his famous translation of the Odyssey was the first book published in the series in 1947. The Iliad followed in 1950.
Oedipus at Colonus

Oedipus at Colonus

Sophocles ,  David D. Mulroy

$17.95

Oedipus at Colonus is the third in Sophocles' trilogy of plays about the famous king of Thebes and his unhappy family. It dramatizes the mysterious death of Oedipus, by which he is transformed into an immortal hero protecting Athens. This was Sophocles' final play, written in his mid-eighties and produced posthumously. Translator David Mulroy's introduction and notes deepen the reader's understanding of Oedipus' character and the real political tumult that was shaking Athens at the time that Sophocles wrote the play. Oedipus at Colonus is at once a complex study of a tragic character, an indictment of Athenian democracy, and a subtle endorsement of hope for personal immortality. As in his previous translations of Oedipus Rex and Antigone , Mulroy combines scrupulous scholarship and textual accuracy with a fresh poetic style. He uses iambic pentameter for spoken passages and short rhymed stanzas for choral songs, resulting in a text that is accessible and fun to read and perform.
The Offense of Love: Ars Amatoria, Remedia Amoris, and Tristia 2

The Offense of Love: Ars Amatoria, Remedia Amoris, and Tristia 2

Ovid ,  Julia Dyson Hejduk

$33.95

Ovid's Art of Love ( Ars Amatoria ) and its sequel Remedies for Love ( Remedia Amoris ) are among the most notorious poems of the ancient world. In AD 8, the emperor Augustus exiled Ovid to the shores of the Black Sea for a poem and a mistake. Whatever the mistake may have been, the poem was certainly the Ars Amatoria , which the emperor found a bit too immoral. In exile, Ovid composed Sad Things ( Tristia ), which included a defense of his life and work as brilliant and cheeky as his controversial love manuals. In a poem addressed to Augustus ( Tristia 2 ), he argues, Since all of life and literature is one long, steamy sex story, why single poor Ovid out? While seemingly groveling at the emperor's feet, he creates an image of Augustus as capricious tyrant and himself as suffering artist that wins over every reader (except the one to whom it was addressed). Bringing together translations of the Ars Amatoria , Remedia Amoris , and Tristia 2 , Julia Dyson Hejduk's The Offense of Love is the first book to include both the offense and the defense of Ovid's amatory work in a single volume. Hejduk's elegant and accurate translations, helpful notes, and comprehensive introduction will guide readers through Ovid's wickedly witty poetic tour of the literature, mythology, topography, religion, politics, and (of course) sexuality of ancient Rome.
Jason and the Argonauts

Jason and the Argonauts

Apollonius of Rhodes

$19.99

King Pelias insisted, so they drove the tautly fitted Argo up through the narrows of the Pontic Sea and past the Cobalt Clashing Rocks to win the golden fleece. 

Now in a riveting verse translation, Jason and the Argonauts (also known as the Argonautica) is the only surviving full account of Jason's voyage on the Argo in quest of the golden fleece with the aid of the sorceress-princess Medea. 

Written in Alexandria in the third century BCE, Apollonius' strikingly modern telling of a classic myth is an exemplary product of an emerging multicultural metropolis.  Though Apollonius used the manner and matter of Homeric epics, he wrote from a personal viewpoint, critically observing one of the most beloved heroes of Greek mythology.  In its combination of the fantastical and the real, the Argonautica is truly without exact parallel in classical or contemporary Greek literature and provides an experience close to magical.
Get Started in Latin: MP3 CD-ROM ONLY

Get Started in Latin: MP3 CD-ROM ONLY

G. D. A. Sharpley

$27.99

Get Started in Latin is the course to follow if you are taking your first steps in Latin, whether classical or medieval. Follow a Latin story set in a medieval monastery, where conspiracy unfolds in the cloisters, Vikings threaten to attack, and young lovers set out to unmask the villains. And discover the principal authors of classical Latin and read quotations from their writings. The audio contains readings of the story and of the classical authors (you will learn the grammar and vocabulary in the book, not in the audio). All the Latin we are left with now are seemingly lifeless letters on a page or in stone. In its day Latin was a language to be heard: readings in the ancient world were recitals and performances - poems, speeches, histories even. So while you may not need the audio to learn the ABC of the language, you do if you want to experience and enjoy Latin to the full. And how do we know how it sounded? Find out in the book.

Listen to the story and the classical authors on audio - to experience the sound of Latin.

This MP3 CD-ROM contains Latin readings of the medieval story and of classical authors quoted in the accompanying book (ISBN 9781444174786).

You can download the audio files on this disc from your computer to your MP3 player or play it in an MP3 CD-ROM player. The ideal course for a beginner, the new edition of the book includes:

The ideal course for a beginner, the new edition of the book includes:

An introduction to classical Latin authors - ancient writers like Cicero, Tacitus and Virgil.

A medieval story : a Latin 'whodunnit' - practising each new point of language.

Grammatical explanations and vocabulary support in each unit.

Lots of exercises - to practise each new point of language.

Discover how Latin evolved through the centuries - and its immense impact on English.

"The best part of the book is its lively narrative... As carefully graded passages [the story sections] are much more useful than another collection I have used. The practice sections are excellent." Dr Conrad O'Briain

The course is available as:

Get Started in Latin: BOOK ONLY

Get Started in Latin: BOOK ONLY

G. D. A. Sharpley

$29.99

Get Started in Latin is the course to follow if you are taking your first steps in Latin, whether classical or medieval. Follow a Latin story set in a medieval monastery, where conspiracy unfolds in the cloisters, Vikings threaten to attack, and young lovers set out to unmask the villains. And discover the principal authors of classical Latin and read quotations from their writings.

The ideal course for a beginner, the new edition of the book includes:

An introduction to classical Latin authors - ancient writers like Cicero, Tacitus and Virgil.

A medieval story : a Latin 'whodunnit' - practising each new point of language.

Grammatical explanations and vocabulary support in each unit.

Lots of exercises - to practise each new point of language.

Discover how Latin evolved through the centuries - and its immense impact on English.

"The best part of the book is its lively narrative... As carefully graded passages [the story sections] are much more useful than another collection I have used. The practice sections are excellent." Dr Conrad O'Briain

To enjoy the language to its full potential listen to readings of the texts on the accompanying MP3 CD-ROM (see below).

The course is available as:

Get Started in Latin: BOOK & MP3 CD PACK

Get Started in Latin: BOOK & MP3 CD PACK

G. D. A. Sharpley

$57.99

Get Started in Latin is the course to follow if you are taking your first steps in Latin, whether classical or medieval. Follow a Latin story set in a medieval monastery, where conspiracy unfolds in the cloisters, Vikings threaten to attack, and young lovers set out to unmask the villains. And discover the principal authors of classical Latin and read quotations from their writings.

This pack includes a book and an MP3 CD-ROM. You can download the audio files on this disc from your computer to an MP3 player or play the disc in an MP3-compatible CD player. The audio contains readings of the story and of the classical authors (you will learn the grammar and vocabulary in the book, not in the audio).

All the Latin we are left with now are seemingly lifeless letters on a page or in stone. In its day Latin was a language to be heard: readings in the ancient world were recitals and performances - poems, speeches, histories even. So while you may not need the audio to learn the ABC of the language, you do if you want to experience and enjoy Latin to the full. And how do we know how it sounded? Find out inside.

The ideal course for a beginner, the new edition of the book includes:

An introduction to classical Latin authors - ancient writers like Cicero, Tacitus and Virgil.

A medieval story : a Latin 'whodunnit' - practising each new point of language.

Grammatical explanations and vocabulary support in each unit.

Lots of exercises - to practise each new point of language.

Discover how Latin evolved through the centuries - and its immense impact on English.

"The best part of the book is its lively narrative... As carefully graded passages [the story sections] are much more useful than another collection I have used. The practice sections are excellent." Dr Conrad O'Briain

The course is available as:

           
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