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How to be a Writer: Who Smashes Deadlines, Crushes Editors, and Lives in a Solid Gold Hovercraft

How to be a Writer: Who Smashes Deadlines, Crushes Editors, and Lives in a Solid Gold Hovercraft

John Birmingham

$24.99

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'Beauty is good, but coin is better. You can't eat artistic integrity. It tastes like sawdust.' This gonzo guide is a lesson in the practicalities of writing: how to be productive, professional and maybe one day even pay the rent. Topics covered include 'How to slay writer's block', 'What the hell is workflow?', 'How to write 10,000 words in a day' and 'The best apps for writers'. How to Be a Writer is a kick-arse writing guide with a tough-love approach, written for the internet generation. John Birmingham is lauded as a prolific writer working across multiple genres. Here he shares his secrets. And some hard-core, real-world practical advice. And a few excellent descriptions of explosions.
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William Shakespeare: The Wars of the Roses and the Historians

William Shakespeare: The Wars of the Roses and the Historians

Keith Dockray

$44.99

For historians of the Wars of the Roses, William Shakespeare is both a curse and a blessing: a curse because he immortalized Tudor spin on fifteenth-century civil wars that helped justify Elizabeth I's occupation of the English throne; a blessing because, without Shakespeare's 8-play Plantagenet history cycle, hardly anyone beyond specialists in the history of the period would know of their existence. Moreover, no mere historian will ever paint a more compelling and dramatic picture of England's Lancastrian and Yorkist kings, and the Wars of the Roses, than William Shakespeare.

The book begins with an examination of the context, content and significance of each of the plays from Richard 2nd to Richard 3rd, and then considers the contemporary, near-contemporary and Tudor sources on which Shakespeare drew; how such authors chose to present 15th Century kings, politics and society; and in what ways historians since Shakespeare have sought to reinterpret the Wars of the Roses era. 

The book ends with a retrospective assessment of Shakespeare's Plantagenet plays, both in performance and as a result of their impact on historical writing.The Plays: Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Henry V, Henry VI Parts I1, 2 and 3 and Richard III.
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The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger's Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare's First Folio

The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger's Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare's First Folio

Andrea Mays

$24.99

Today it is the most valuable book in the world. Recently one sold for over five million dollars. It is the book that rescued the name of William Shakespeare and half of his plays from oblivion. The Millionaire and the Bardtells the miraculous and romantic story of the making of the First Folio, and of the American industrialist whose thrilling pursuit of the book became a lifelong obsession. When Shakespeare died in 1616 half of his plays died with him. No one-not even their author-believed that his writings would last, that he was a genius, or that future generations would celebrate him as the greatest author in the history of the English language. By the time of his death his plays were rarely performed, eighteen of them had never been published, and the rest existed only in bastardized forms that did not stay true to his original language. Seven years later, in 1623, Shakespeare's business partners, companions, and fellow actors, John Heminges and Henry Condell, gathered copies of the plays and manuscripts, edited and published thirty-six of them. This massive book, the First Folio, was intended as a memorial to their deceased friend. They could not have known that it would become one of the most important books ever published in the English language, nor that it would become a fetish object for collectors. A a literary detective story, the tale of two mysterious men-a brilliant author and his obsessive collector-separated by space and time. It is a tale of two cities-Elizabethan and Jacobean London and Gilded Age New York. It is a chronicle of two worlds-of art and commerce-that unfolded an ocean and three centuries apart. And it is the thrilling tale of the luminous book that saved the name of William Shakespeare to the last syllable of recorded time.
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Distant Lands: Telling Tales in Latin 2

Distant Lands: Telling Tales in Latin 2

Lorna Robinson

$19.99

Narrated by the chatty and imaginative Roman poet Ovid (who lived in Rome during the first century BC), this new course takes young learners on a journey through some of the tales from Ovid s Metamorphoses. From the history of Ovid's exile, the story of Lycaon (the wild man who became a wold) to Pyramus and Thisbe (the love-struck pair), Lorna Robinson uses Ovid s stories to teach Latin grammar and vocabulary, exploring the relationship between Latin and English to enhance literacy as well as encouraging children s imaginations by asking them to discuss how Ovid s themes are still topical today. At the end of each chapter there are suggested activities to help learners reinforce what they have just learned. The illustrations bring Ovid s stories alive for a wide range of learners, making this book the ideal first introduction to Latin.
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The Wicked Wit of Oscar Wilde

The Wicked Wit of Oscar Wilde

Maria Leach

$17.99

A celebration of the virtuoso of well-turned phrases and the master of the studied insult with this collection of his most acerbic quips. No playwright apart from Shakespeare is as widely quoted and Oscar Wilde's needle-sharp rejoinders are often repeated with delight. However, his jibes were rarely cruel, and displayed a profound understanding of the human character and its vanities. Includes such notable quotes as: 'Work is the curse of the drinking classes.' 'All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That's his.' The Importance of Being Earnest 'We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.' Lady Windermere's Fan With a timeline of his life and quotations divided by themes, this book demonstrates why, more than a hundred years after his death, people are still drawn to Wilde's dazzling repartee and the wicked brilliance of his social observations.
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An Introduction to the Composition and Analysis of Greek Prose

An Introduction to the Composition and Analysis of Greek Prose

Eleanor Dickey

$53.95

Why learn to write in a dead language? Because a really good understanding of a language can only be attained by using it actively. Unlike earlier textbooks aimed at schoolboys, this work addresses modern adults who want to understand concepts fully as they learn. Drawing on recent scholarship where appropriate and assuming no prior background except some reading knowledge of Greek, the course combines a structured review of paradigms and vocabulary with clear and comprehensive explanations of the rules of Greek syntax. Large numbers of exercises are provided, both with and without key: a complete set of cumulative exercises and another set of non-cumulative exercises for those who prefer to dip into specific sections. The exercises include, as well as English sentences and paragraphs for translation, Greek sentences and passages for translation, analysis, and manipulation. A full English-Greek vocabulary and list of principal parts are included.
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Living with A Dead Language: My Romance with Latin

Living with A Dead Language: My Romance with Latin

Ann Patty

$42.95

An entertaining exploration of the richness and relevance of the Latin language and literature, and an inspiring account of finding renewed purpose through learning something new and challenging

After thirty-five years of living in New York City, Ann Patty stopped working and moved to the country upstate. She was soon bored, aimless, and lost in the woods. Hoping to challenge her restless, word-loving brain, and to find a new engagement with life, she began a serious study of Latin as an auditor at local colleges. 

In Living with a Dead Language, Patty weaves elements of her personal life into the confounding grammar and syntax of Latin as she chronicles not only the daily slog but also the deep pleasures of trying to master an inflected language. Courses in Roman history and epigraphy give her new insight into her tragic, long-deceased mother; Horace into the loss of a brilliant friend;, Lucretius into her tenacious drivenness and attraction to Buddhism. Catullus calls up her early days in 1970s New York while Ovid adds a delightful dimension to the flora and fauna that surround her. Finally, Virgil reconciles her to her new life-no longer an urban exile but a scholar, writer, and teacher. Along the way, she meets an intriguing, impassioned cast of characters: professors, students, and classicists outside of academia who become her new colleagues and who keep Latin very much alive.

Written with humor, candor, and an infectious enthusiasm for words and grammar, Patty's book is a celebration of how learning and literature can transform the past and lead to a new, unexpected future.
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Livy: The History of Rome (Titi Livi Ab Urbe Condita)

Livy: The History of Rome (Titi Livi Ab Urbe Condita)

John Briscoe

$96.95

Oxford Classical Texts, also known as Scriptorum Classicorum Bibliotheca Oxoniensis, provide authoritative, clear, and reliable editions of ancient texts, with apparatus criticus on each page. In this volume, Briscoe provides readers with a revised critical edition of the original Latin text of books 21 to 25 of Livy's history of Rome-which cover the first eight years (218-211 BC) of Rome's war with Hannibal-and with the key information required to understand and appreciate the depth and historical relevance of these important writings. Commencing with a substantial English preface, the volume assembles a large number of conjectures, both within the detailed critical apparatus which accompanies the Latin text, and within an extensive appendix. Briscoe draws on the body of research which has accumulated since the previous edition, and utilizes a broad range of manuscripts - some unknown to most or all previous editors of the text - which are organized into designated groups through the use of Greek sigla, enabling the reader to easily identify the stage at which a reading entered the tradition. The volume also includes a comprehensive list of editions and other sources of conjectures, and an extensive index nominum, featuring personal, ethnic, and geographical names.
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Selected Letters from Pliny the Younger's Epistulae

Selected Letters from Pliny the Younger's Epistulae

Jacqueline M. Carlon

$32.95

This anthology offers a comprehensive introduction to Pliny the Younger's Epistulae for intermediate and advanced Latin students, with the grammatical, lexical, and historical support to enable them to read quickly and fluidly. As the only selection of the letters with extensive commentary, it provides instructors with a unique and complete resource for students. ABOUT THE SERIES The Oxford Greek and Latin College Commentaries is designed for students in intermediate or advanced Greek or Latin. Each volume includes a comprehensive introduction. The placement, on the same page, of the ancient text, a running vocabulary, and succinct notes focusing on grammar, syntax, and distinctive features of style provides students with essential learning aids. Series Editors: Barbara Weiden Boyd, Bowdoin College, Stephen Esposito, Boston University, and Mary Lefkowitz, Wellesley College Also Available Ovid: Ars Amatoria, Book 3, Christopher M. Brunelle, St. Olaf College Forthcoming Latin Volumes Suetonius's Life of Augustus Darryl Phillips, Connecticut College Lucan's De Bello Civile, Book 5 Jonathan Tracy, Massey University, New Zealand
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Ovid: A Poet on the Margins

Ovid: A Poet on the Margins

Laurel Fulkerson

$29.99

The Latin poet Ovid was famously exiled by the Emperor Augustus to the shores of the Black Sea for his self-confessed crimes of 'a poem and a mistake'. Throughout his poetry, he discusses his exile and embraces the themes of marginality and alterity. This core motif is explored throughout this overview of Ovid's life, the society he lived in and his innovative, perennially popular body of work. Presenting basic biographical information and the historical context of the newly Augustan Rome, the book details the contextual instabilities inherent in living at the border between republic and empire. Examining Ovid's poetic representations of 'otherness' from self-portraits to the mythological characters who populate his work, and his audacious experiments with genre, metre and poetic form, the book provides a coherent and original look at this much-studied author. An analysis of Ovid's parodic spirit alongside his more serious exposure of the workings of power reveals his focus on the powerless, the marginalized and the aberrant, as well as Ovid's treatment of the powerful and the abuses they perpetuate. Intelligible to readers with little or no experience of Ovid, all passages of Latin are translated and the work includes relevant maps, glossaries, a timeline and suggestions for further reading.
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The Great Australian Spelling Bee: Workbook 1

The Great Australian Spelling Bee: Workbook 1

Macquarie Dictionary

$7.99

The Great Australian Spelling Bee Workbooks are the official companion to The Great Australian Spelling Book and to The Great Australian Spelling Bee as seen on Network TEN. Written by the Macquarie Dictionary editors with expert consultants, these books are suitable for ages 8-13, in school year 3-7. Progressing in level of difficulty, these workbooks provide a variety of fun and challenging activities designed to help students spell their way to success, whether they are just starting out or preparing for the next spelling bee. Ideal for parents and teacher to help improve children's spelling skills in a fun and engaging way. - Practice and reinforce spelling skills - Improve and build vocabulary - Improve comprehension - Apply spelling rules and use spelling strategies Workbook 1 is graded as easy level and suitable for students in middle primary and upwards. The Macquarie Dictionary is the official dictionary of The Great Australian Spelling Bee on Network TEN.
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The Great Australian Spelling Bee: Workbook 2

The Great Australian Spelling Bee: Workbook 2

Macquarie Dictionary

$7.99

The Great Australian Spelling Bee Workbooks are the official companion to The Great Australian Spelling Book and to The Great Australian Spelling Bee as seen on Network TEN. Written by the Macquarie Dictionary editors with expert consultants, these books are suitable for ages 8-13, in school years 3-7. Progressing in level of difficulty, these workbooks provide a variety of fun and challenging activities designed to help students spell their way to success, whether they are just starting out or preparing for the next spelling bee. Ideal for parents and teacher to help improve children's spelling skills in a fun and engaging way. - Practice and reinforce spelling skills - Improve and build vocabulary - Improve comprehension - Apply spelling rules and use spelling strategies Workbook 2 is graded as medium level and suitable for students in middle primary and upwards. The Macquarie Dictionary is the official dictionary of The Great Australian Spelling Bee on Network TEN.
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The Great Australian Spelling Bee: Workbook 3

The Great Australian Spelling Bee: Workbook 3

Macquarie Dictionary

$7.99

The Great Australian Spelling Bee Workbooks are the official companion to The Great Australian Spelling Book and to The Great Australian Spelling Bee as seen on Network TEN. Written by the Macquarie Dictionary editors with expert consultants, these books are suitable for ages 8-13, in school years 3-7. Progressing in level of difficulty, these workbooks provide a variety of fun and challenging activities designed to help students spell their way to success, whether they are just starting out or preparing for the next spelling bee. Ideal for parents and teacher to help improve children's spelling skills in a fun and engaging way. - Practice and reinforce spelling skills - Improve and build vocabulary - Improve comprehension - Apply spelling rules and use spelling strategies Workbook 3 is graded as hard level and suitable for upper primary to early secondary students. The Macquarie Dictionary is the official dictionary of The Great Australian Spelling Bee on Network TEN.
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Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

Verna Kale

$29.99

Ernest Hemingway has enjoyed a rich legacy as the progenitor of modern fiction, an oversized character in literary lore who wrote some of the most honest and moving accounts of the twentieth century, set against such grand backdrops as the bullrings of Spain, the savannahs of Africa and the rivers of the American Midwest. Verna Kale challenges many of the long-standing assumptions Hemingway's legacy has created. She offers a real-life portrait of the historical figure as he really was: a writer, a sportsman and a celebrity with a long and turbulent career.Ernest Hemingway follows Hemingway's adventures as a Red Cross volunteer in the First World War, an expatriate 'Lost Generation' poet in 1920s Paris, a young novelist navigating the burgeoning middlebrow fiction market, and a seasoned writer trying to craft his masterpiece - a novel that would blow open the boundaries of American fiction. Exploring his four marriages, his struggles with his celebrity and craft and the steep decline of his health in later life, this concise biography offers an insightful portrait of one of the most important figures of American arts and letters.
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Palace of Books

Palace of Books

Roger Grenier ,  Alice Kaplan

$27.95

For decades, French writer, editor, and publisher Roger Grenier has been enticing readers with compact, erudite books that draw elegant connections between the art of living and the work of art. Under Grenier’s wry gaze, clichés crumble, and offbeat anecdotes build to powerful insights.

With Palace of Books, he invites us to explore the domain of literature, its sweeping vistas and hidden recesses. Engaging such fundamental questions as why people feel the need to write, or what is involved in putting one’s self on the page, or how a writer knows she’s written her last sentence, Grenier marshals apposite passages from his favorite writers: Chekhov, Baudelaire, Proust, James, Kafka, Mansfield and many others. Those writers mingle companionably with tales from Grenier’s half-century as an editor and friend to countless legendary figures, including Albert Camus, Romain Gary, Milan Kundera, and Brassai,.

Grenier offers here a series of observations and quotations that feel as spontaneous as good conversation, yet carry the lasting insights of a lifetime of reading and thinking. Palace of Books is rich with pleasures and surprises, the perfect accompaniment to old literary favorites, and the perfect introduction to new ones.
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In Praise of Literature

In Praise of Literature

Zygmunt Bauman

$33.95

In this new book Zygmunt Bauman and Riccardo Mazzeo examine the contentious issue of the relation between literature (and the arts in general) and sociology (or, more generally, a branch of the humanities claiming scientific status).

While many commentators see literature and sociology as radically different vocations, Bauman and Mazzeo argue that they are bound together by a common purpose and a shared subject matter. Despite the many differences in terms of their methods and their ways of presenting their findings, novels and sociological texts are not at cross-purposes. Indeed, it is precisely their differences that make them at once indispensable to each other and mutually complementary.

The writers of novels and of sociological texts may explore their world from different perspectives, seeking and producing different types of 'data', but their products bear the unmistakable marks of their shared origin. They feed each other and depend on each other in terms of their agenda, their discoveries and the contents of their messages.

In a world characterized by the continuous search for new sensations and the fetishism of consumption, they bring fundamental existential questions back to the public agenda. Literature and sociology reveal the truth of the human condition only when they stay in one another's company, remaining attentive to each other's findings and engaged in a continuous dialogue.

For only together can they rise to the challenging task of untangling and laying bare the complex intertwining of biography and history as well as of individual and society that totality we are constantly shaping while being shaped by it...
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Oxford Companion to Children's Literature

Oxford Companion to Children's Literature

Daniel Hahn

$31.95

The last thirty years have witnessed one of the most fertile periods in the history of children's books: the flowering of imaginative illustration and writing, the Harry Potter phenomenon, the rise of young adult and crossover fiction, and books that tackle extraordinarily difficult subjects.

The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature provides an indispensable and fascinating reference guide to the world of children's literature. Its 3,500 entries cover every genre from fairy tales to chapbooks; school stories to science fiction; comics to children's hymns. Originally published in 1983, this bestselling Companion has been comprehensively revised and updated by Daniel Hahn. Over 900 new entries bring the book right up to date. A whole generation of new authors and illustrators are showcased, with books like Dogger, The Hunger Games, and Twilight making their first appearance. There are articles on developments such as manga, fan fiction, and non-print publishing, and there is additional information on prizes and prizewinners. 

This accessible A to Z is the first place to look for information about the authors, illustrators, printers, publishers, educationalists, and others who have influenced the development of children's literature, as well as the stories and characters at their centre. Written both to entertain and to instruct, the highly acclaimed Oxford Companion to Children's Literature is a reference work that no one interested in the world of children's books should be without.
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Reading in the Digital Age: The Literary Agenda

Reading in the Digital Age: The Literary Agenda

Maryanne Wolf

$26.95

The Literary Agenda is a series of short polemical monographs about the importance of literature and of reading in the wider world and about the state of literary education inside schools and universities. The category of "the literary" has always been contentious. What is clear, however, is how increasingly it is dismissed or is unrecognised as a way of thinking or an arena for thought. It is sceptically challenged from within, for example, by the sometimes rival claims of cultural history, contextualized explanation, or media studies. It is shaken from without by even greater pressures: by economic exigency and the severe social attitudes that can follow from it; by technological change that may leave the traditional forms of serious human communication looking merely antiquated. For just these reasons this is the right time for renewal, to start reinvigorated work into the meaning and value of literary reading.

This book wrestles with critical, timely questions for 21st-century society. How does literacy change the human brain? What does it mean to be a literate or a non-literate person in the present digital culture: for example, what will be lost in the present reading brain, and what will be gained with different mediums than print? What are the consequences of a digital reading brain for the literary mind and for writing itself? Can knowledge about the reading brain and advances in technology offer new forms of literacy and new forms of knowledge to the peoples in remote regions of the world who would never otherwise become literate? By using both research from cognitive neuroscience, psycholinguistics, child development, and education, and considering literary examples from world literature, Maryanne Wolf plots a course that seeks to preserve the deepest forms of reading from the past, while developing the cognitive skills necessary for this century's next generation.
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Pen to Paper: Artists' Handwritten Letters from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art

Pen to Paper: Artists' Handwritten Letters from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art

Mary Savig

$55.00

The Art of Handwriting reveals how the simple act of writing a letter in one's own hand can be an artistic act. The letters, from the collections of the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art, show that an artist might put pen to paper just as he or she would apply a line to a drawing. In the age of emails, texts, and tweets, this book explores what can be learned from the handwriting of artists such as Georgia O'Keefe, Isamu Noguchi, Willem de Kooning, Thomas Eakins, and others. For each letter, a leading authority on the artist's work will discuss how the pressure of line and sense of rhythm speak to that artist's signature style. Questions of biography also arise: Does handwriting confirm assumptions about the artist, or does it suggest a new understanding?
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Collected Poems

Collected Poems

Judith Wright

$24.99

A new edition of the Collected Poems of Judith Wright, one of Australia's best-loved poets This definitive collection represents the impressive poetic achievement of one of Australia's best loved and most highly respected poets.Judith Wright's Collected Poems comprises her work from 1942 to 1985 and is a fitting tribute to an outstanding poet. Demonstrating a deep love of the Australian landscape, coupled with an awareness of white history and an intense concern for Aboriginal rights, she increasingly focused on the need for wildlife preservation and conservation and was one of the first Australian environmentalists. The late Dorothy Porter referred to Judith Wright's poetry as being so lucid and so perceptive that it was 'shining with meaning'. Whether she is read for her rich evocation of the Australian land, for the truth, sensitivity and profundity of her meditations on the great themes of love, death and eternity, or for the beauty of her lyric style, Judith Wright is always supremely rewarding.
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Comfort Food

Comfort Food

Ellen van Neerven

$24.95

Following on from the success of her award-winning fiction debut, Heat and Light, Ellen van Neerven announces herself as a talented poet with this assured collection. Moving between places and cultures, Comfort Food explores identity, sovereignty and the restless quest for love. Using food as her inspiration, van Neerven offers a cross-cultural vision of the exotic and the familiar. This sensuous volume sets a new benchmark in contemporary Australian poetry.
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Collected Poems: 1950-2012

Collected Poems: 1950-2012

Adrienne Rich ,  Claudia Rankine

$71.95

Adrienne Rich whose poetry is distinguished by an unswerving progressive vision and a dazzling, empathic ferocity (The New York Times) was the singular voice of her generation. She brought discussions of gender, race and class to the forefront of poetical discourse, pushing formal boundaries and consistently examining both self and society. This volume traces the evolution of Rich's poetry, from her earliest, formally exact and decorous work to her later poems, which became increasingly radical in both form and content. Displaying the entire body of Rich's poetry, The Collected Poems gathers and commemorates all Rich's boldly political, formally ambitious, thoughtful and lucid work.
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Pearl

Pearl

Simon Armitage ,  Sue Roberts

$32.99

A new version of the Middle English poem Pearl, from the acclaimed poet and translator of Gawain and the Green Knight. Simon Armitage's version of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight garnered front-page reviews across two continents and confirmed his reputation as a leading translator. This new work is an entrancing allegorical tale of grief and lost love, as the narrator is led on a Dantean journey through sorrow to redemption by his vanished beloved, Pearl. Retaining all the alliterative music of the original, a Medieval English poem thought to be by the same anonymous author responsible for Gawain, Pearl is here brought to vivid and intricate life in care of one of the finest poets writing today.
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Complete Poems and Fragments

Complete Poems and Fragments

Sappho ,  Stanley Lombardo ,  Pamela Gordon

$22.00

In this expanded edition of his distinguished Sappho: Poems and Fragments (2002), Stanley Lombardo offers over 100 fragments not included in the original edition, as well as the new poems discovered in 2004 and 2014. His translation of this latter material yields fresh insights into Sappho's representations of old age, two of her brothers, and her special relationship with Aphrodite. Pamela Gordon's engaging, balanced, and informative Introduction has been revised to incorporate discussion of the new fragments, which subtly alter our previous understanding of the archaic poet's corpus. Complete Poems and Fragments also offers a useful updated bibliography, as well as a section on 'Elegiac Sappho' that presents the reception of the Lesbian poet in later Greek and Latin elegiac poems.
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Classic Haiku:  The Greatest Japanese Poetry from Basho, Buson, Issa, Shiki, and their Followers

Classic Haiku: The Greatest Japanese Poetry from Basho, Buson, Issa, Shiki, and their Followers

Tom Lowenstein

$24.99

Bringing together the greatest Haiku poems and combining them with evocative imagery. This essential collection is the ultimate introduction to the art of Haiku. Classic Haiku contains a selection of about two hundred haiku by the four most celebrated haiku poets of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The texts presented will not be original translations, but versions arrived at through comparative use of literal and literary translations and of commentaries allowing for accessibility for the modern reader. The introduction offers background information about the poets in the anthology, and gives an account of the nature of haiku and its development in relation to Japanese poetic tradition.
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Shakespeare's Strangest Tales: Extraordinary but True Tales from 400 Years of Shakespearean Theatre

Shakespeare's Strangest Tales: Extraordinary but True Tales from 400 Years of Shakespearean Theatre

Iain Spragg

$19.99

A fascinating playbill of stories from the weird and wonderful world of Shakespearean theatre through the centuries, including distinguished actors falling off stages, fluffed lines, performances in the dark, and why you must never, ever say the name of that Scottish play, especially if you are Peter O'Toole. Discover a wealth of Shakespearean shenanigans over the years, including the terrible behaviour of the groundlings at Shakespeare's Globe, how the 'rude mechanicals' in A Midsummer Night's Dream got recast as a bunch of ladies from the WI, and how Dame Maggie Smith got even with Sir Laurence Olivier. Published to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, this treasury of curious tales is a must-read for all Shakespeare lovers and theatre fans.
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Shakespeare's Plants and Gardens: A Dictionary

Shakespeare's Plants and Gardens: A Dictionary

Nicki Faircloth ,  Vivian Thomas

$54.99

Shakespeare lived when knowledge of plants and their uses was a given, but also at a time of unique interest in plants and gardens. His lifetime saw the beginning of scientific interest in plants, the first large-scale plant introductions from outside the country since Roman times, and the beginning of gardening as a leisure activity. Shakespeare's works show that he engaged with this new world to illuminate so many facets of his plays and poems.

This dictionary offers a complete companion to Shakespeare's references to landscape, plants and gardens, including both formal and rural settings. It covers plants and flowers, gardening terms, and the activities that Shakespeare included within both cultivated and uncultivated landscapes as well as encompassing garden imagery in relation to politics, the state and personal lives. Each alphabetical entry offers a definition and overview of the term discussed in its historical context, followed by a guided tour of its use in Shakespeare's works and finally an extensive bibliography, including primary and secondary sources, books and articles.
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A Treasury of Irish Fairy and Folk Tales

A Treasury of Irish Fairy and Folk Tales

$49.99

These lrish tales all are reprinted from nineteenth-century sources, but they date back to a centuries-old oral tradition of storytelling that had yet to be committed to the printed page. They were passed down through the ages virtually unaltered and feature a wide variety of fantastic beings. This edition has an exquisitely designed bonded-leather binding, with distinctive gilt edging and a silk-ribbon bookmark.
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The Cossacks and Hadji Murat

The Cossacks and Hadji Murat

Leo Tolstoy

$14.99

A new series of twenty distinctive, unforgettable Penguin Classics in a beautiful new design and pocket-sized format, with coloured jackets echoing Penguin's original covers.

'He said that Shamil had ordered Hadji Murat to be taken dead or alive...'

In 1851, at the age of twenty-two, Tolstoy joined the Russian army and travelled to the Caucasus as a soldier. The four years that followed were among the most significant in his life, and deeply influenced the stories collected here. Begun in 1852 but unfinished for a decade, the Cossacks describes the experiences of Olenin, a young cultured Russian who comes to despise civilization after spending time with the wild Cossack people.

Sevastopol Sketches, based on Tolstoy's own experiences of the siege of Sevastopol in 1854-55, is a compelling consideration of the nature of war, while Hadji Murat, written towards the end of his life, returns to the Caucasus of Tolstoy's youth to explore the life of a great leader torn apart by a conflict of loyalties. Written at the end of the nineteenth century, it is amongst the last and greatest of Tolstoy's shorter works.
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Three Other Theban Plays: Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes; Euripides' Suppliants; Euripides' Phoenician Women

Three Other Theban Plays: Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes; Euripides' Suppliants; Euripides' Phoenician Women

Aeschylus ,  Euripides

$24.00

Though now associated mainly with Sophocles' Theban Plays and Euripides' Bacchae, the theme of Thebes and its royalty was a favorite of ancient Greek poets, one explored in a now lost epic cycle, as well as several other surviving tragedies. With a rich Introduction that sets three of these plays within the larger contexts of Theban legend and of Greek tragedy in performance, Cecelia Eaton Luschnig's annotated translation of Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes, Euripides' Suppliants, and Euripides' Phoenician Women offers a brilliant constellation of less familiar Theban playsthose dealing with the war between Oedipus' sons, its casualties, and survivors.
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain

$24.99

Desperate to escape his abusive father and the constraints of the civilized life, young Huck Finn fakes his death and, with the help of his slave friend Jim, embarks on a vagabond life rafting down the Mississippi River. Yet life is anything but carefree for Huck and Jim. Their travels bring them into contact with scores of rogues, rascals, ruffians, hucksters, and law-abiding citizens who would as soon seen Jim returned to his owners and Huck to his Pa. Looking out for each other, Huck and Jim forge a bond that protects them from the prejudices and bigotry of their time and place, and a society whose rules and regulations seem as perplexing as they are inflexible.
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The Beast Within

The Beast Within

Emile Zola

$14.99

A new series of twenty distinctive, unforgettable Penguin Classics in a beautiful new design and pocket-sized format, with coloured jackets echoing Penguin's original covers.

'The train ran on without a driver, on and on, like some mindless, unseeing beast...'

One of Zola's darkest and most violent works - a tense thriller of political corruption and a graphic exploration of the criminal mind, as a murder is committed on the new railways of the Second Empire.
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The Betrothed

The Betrothed

Alessandro Manzoni ,  Bruce Penman

$14.99

'I pity this house; the curse of God is hanging over it' Two lovers must face tyrants, war, riots, plague and famine as they struggle to be together, in this teeming panorama of seventeenth-century Italian life - the original historical novel. A new series of twenty distinctive, unforgettable Penguin Classics in a beautiful new design and pocket-sized format, with coloured jackets echoing Penguin's original covers.
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Fathers and Sons

Fathers and Sons

Ivan Turgenev ,  Peter Carson

$14.99

A new series of twenty distinctive, unforgettable Penguin Classics in a beautiful new design and pocket-sized format, with coloured jackets echoing Penguin's original covers.

'Aristocracy, liberalism, progress, principles...useless words! A Russian doesn't need them'

Returning home after years away at university, Arkady is proud to introduce his clever friend Bazarov to his father and uncle. But their guest soon stirs up unrest on the quiet country estate - his outspoken nihilist views and his scathing criticisms of the older men expose the growing distance between Arkady and his father. And when Bazarov visits his own doting but old-fashioned parents, his disdainful rejection of traditional Russian life causes even further distress.

In Fathers and Sons, Turgeneve created a beautifully-drawn and highly influential portrayal of the clash between generations, at a time just before the end of serfdom, when the refined yet vanishing landowning class was being overturned by a brash new breed that strove to change the world.
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The Lost Estate

The Lost Estate

Henri Alain-Fournier

$14.99

'He too began to chase the great pierrot through the corridors of the chateau...' This is a novel of desperate yearning and vanished adolescence, the story of Meaulnes and his restless search for a lost, enchanted world has the atmosphere of a dream and the purity of a fairy tale. It is a new series of twenty distinctive, unforgettable Penguin Classics in a beautiful new design and pocket-sized format, with coloured jackets echoing Penguin's original covers.
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The Malay Archipelago

The Malay Archipelago

Wallace Alfred Russel

$14.99

'I slept very comfortably with half a dozen smoke-dried human skulls suspended over my head' The great Victorian scientist's heroic adventures across South-East Asia, from Singapore to the wilds of New Guinea, encountering head-hunters, jungles, birds of paradise and new discoveries that would change the world. A new series of twenty distinctive, unforgettable Penguin Classics in a beautiful new design and pocket-sized format, with coloured jackets echoing Penguin's original covers.
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The Master and Margarita

The Master and Margarita

Mikhail Afanasevich Bulgakov ,  Richard Pevear ,  Larissa Volokhonsky

$14.99

'Manuscripts don't burn' This ribald, carnivalesque satire - featuring the Devil, true love and a gun-toting cat - was written in the darkest days of the Soviet Union and became an underground sensation. A new series of twenty distinctive, unforgettable Penguin Classics in a beautiful new design and pocket-sized format, with coloured jackets echoing Penguin's original covers.
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Metaphysics

Metaphysics

Aristotle ,  C. D. C. Reeve

$46.00

This new translation of Aristotle's Metaphysics in its entirety is a model of accuracy and consistency, presented with a wealth of annotation and commentary. Sequentially numbered endnotes provide the information most needed at each juncture, while a detailed Index of Terms guides the reader to places where focused discussion of key notions occurs. An illuminating general Introduction describes the book that lies ahead, explaining what it is about, what it is trying to do, how it goes about doing it, and what sort of audience it presupposes.
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A Parisian Affair

A Parisian Affair

Guy De Maupassant

$14.99

'Nowhere could she discover the dens of iniquity about which she had dreamed...' Sparkling, darkly humorous tales of high society, playboys, courtesans, peasants, sex and savagery in nineteenth-century France, from the father of the short story. A new series of twenty distinctive, unforgettable Penguin Classics in a beautiful new design and pocket-sized format, with coloured jackets echoing Penguin's original covers.
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The Secret Agent

The Secret Agent

Joseph Conrad

$14.99

'The terrorist and the policeman both come from the same basket.' Set in an Edwardian London underworld of terrorist bombers, spies, grotesques and fanatics, Conrad's dark, unsettling masterpiece asks if we ever really know others, or ourselves. A new series of twenty distinctive, unforgettable Penguin Classics in a beautiful new design and pocket-sized format, with coloured jackets echoing Penguin's original covers.
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Timaeus

Timaeus

Plato ,  Peter Kalkavage

$22.00

Both an ideal entree for beginning readers and a solid text for scholars, the second edition of Peter Kalkavage's acclaimed translation of Plato's Timaeus brings enhanced accessibility to a rendering well known for its faithfulness to the original text. An extensive essay offers insights into the reading of the work, the nature of Platonic dialogue, and the cultural background of the Timaeus. Appendices on music, astronomy, and geometry provide additional guidance. A brief outline of the themes of the work, a detailed glossary, and a selected bibliography are also included.
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Walden

Walden

Henry Thoreau

$14.99

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. Inspiring, brilliantly written, cantankerous and funny - Walden is both a very specific story about one man's attempt to live the simple life in the wilderness, and the great, founding text both for the environmental movement and the entire counter-culture A new series of twenty distinctive, unforgettable Penguin Classics in a beautiful new design and pocket-sized format, with coloured jackets echoing Penguin's original covers.
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War and Peace (TV Tie-In)

War and Peace (TV Tie-In)

Leo Tolstoy

$24.99

This is the official tie-in edition to the BBC adaptation of War and Peace with an exclusive introduction written by Andrew Davies. Tolstoy's beguiling masterpiece entwines love, death and determinism with Russia's war with Napoleon and its effects on those swept up by the terror it brings. The lives of Pierre, Prince Andrei and Natasha are changed forever as conflict rages throughout the early nineteenth century. Following the rise and fall of some of society's most influential families, this truthful and poignant epic is as relevant today as ever. This six part adaptation has been written by Bafta-winning author Andrew Davies and will be directed by Tom Harper (Peaky Blinders, The Scouting Book for Boys, Woman in Black: Angel of Death). Accompanied by a stellar cast including Paul Dano (12 Years a Slave, Prisoners, There Will Be Blood) as the idealistic Pierre, James Norton (Happy Valley, Belle, Grantchester) as the ambitious Prince Andrei and Lily James (Cinderella, Downton Abbey) as the impulsive beauty Natasha. It also features the legendary Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge, Harry Potter, Longford), Gillian Anderson (The Fall, The X-Files), Greta Scacchi (White Mischief, Presumed Innocent) and many more.
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Victorian Fairy Tales

Victorian Fairy Tales

Michael Newton

$17.95

'The Queen and the bat had been talking a good deal that afternoon...'

The Victorian fascination with fairyland vivified the literature of the period, and led to some of the most imaginative fairy tales ever written. They offer the shortest path to the age's dreams, desires, and wishes. Authors central to the nineteenth-century canon such as W. M. Thackeray, Oscar Wilde, Ford Madox Ford, and Rudyard Kipling wrote fairy tales, and authors primarily famous for their work in the genre include George MacDonald, Juliana Ewing, Mary De Morgan, and Andrew Lang. This anthology brings together fourteen of the best stories, by these and other outstanding practitioners, to show the vibrancy and variety of the form and its abilities to reflect our deepest concerns.

In tales of whimsy and romance, witty satire and uncanny mystery, love, suffering, family and the travails of identity are imaginatively explored. Michael Newton's introduction and notes provide illuminating contextual and biographical information about the authors and the development of the literary fairy tale. A selection of original illustrations is also included.
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I Speak, Therefore I am: Seventeen Thoughts About Language

I Speak, Therefore I am: Seventeen Thoughts About Language

Andrea C. Moro ,  Ian Roberts

$29.95

There are no men so dull and stupid, not even idiots, as to be incapable of joining together different words, and thereby constructing a declaration by which to make their thoughts understood... On the other hand, there is no other animal, however perfect or happily circumstanced which can do the like. - Descartes

Language is more like a snowflake than a giraffe's neck. Its specific properties are determined by laws of nature, they have not developed through the accumulation of historical accidents. - Noam Chomsky

In I Speak, Therefore I Am, the Italian linguist and neuroscientist Andrea Moro composes an album of his favorite quotations from the history of linguistics, beginning with the Book of Genesis and the power of naming and concluding with Noam Chomsky's metaphor that language is a snowflake. Moro's seventeen linguistic thoughts and his commentary on them display the humanness of language: our need to name and interpret this world and create imaginary ones, to express and understand ourselves. This book is sure to delight anyone who enjoys the ineffable paradox that is human language.
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Slang: A Very Short Introduction

Slang: A Very Short Introduction

Jonathon Green

$15.95

Slang, however one judges it, shows us at our most human. It is used widely and often, typically associated with the writers of noir fiction, teenagers, and rappers, but also found in the works of Shakespeare and Dickens. It has been recorded since at least 1500 AD, and today's vocabulary, taken from every major English-speaking country, runs to over 125,000 slang words and phrases. This Very Short Introduction takes readers on a wide-ranging tour of this fascinating sub-set of the English language. It considers the meaning and origins of the word 'slang' itself, the ideas that a make a word 'slang', the long-running themes that run through slang, and the history of slang's many dictionaries. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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The Times Quick Cryptic Crossword Book 1: 80 Challenging Quick Cryptic Crosswords from the Times

The Times Quick Cryptic Crossword Book 1: 80 Challenging Quick Cryptic Crosswords from the Times

The Times Mind Games ,  Richard Rogan

$14.99

A brand new series of 80 puzzles from The Times adapting the cryptic puzzle for those with a hectic lifestyle and schedule. Ideal for those starting out with cryptic crosswords, and those who'd like to tackle the main puzzle but feel daunted, or who can perhaps only solve a handful of clues. Appearing Monday to Friday in the puzzle pages of Times2, this crossword has a reduced 13x13 grid size and reduced difficulty too, the intention being to encourage people to take their first steps in tackling cryptic crosswords. And also to cater for those of us who have limited time to devote to our favourite pastime and need a ready-made set of puzzles that is solvable in a short space of time. In addition to the 80 puzzles there is a sample Quick Cryptic followed by a list of answers with detailed explanations of all the clues. All other solutions, should they be needed, are at the back of the book as usual!
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The Times Super Fiendish Su Doku Book 3: 200 of the Most Treacherous Su Doku Puzzles

The Times Super Fiendish Su Doku Book 3: 200 of the Most Treacherous Su Doku Puzzles

The Times Mind Games

$14.99

These are previously unpublished high-quality Su Doku grids from the puzzle providers to The Times, and help to develop you to take on Extreme Su Doku. The 200 puzzles in this collection of treacherously difficult puzzles will stretch even the most advanced Su Doku enthusiast. You will need to use all of your best solving techniques to get to the end of this testing challenge. The puzzles in the collection are of the highest quality and are perfect for the advanced solver in need of a constant supply of ultra-difficult puzzles. Guaranteed to provide hours of mind-stretching entertainment.
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Rubinstein: Move by Move

Rubinstein: Move by Move

Zenon Franco

$39.99

This series provides an ideal platform to study chess openings. By continually challenging the reader to answer probing questions throughout the book, the Move by Move format greatly encourages the learning and practising of vital skills just as much as the traditional assimilation of opening knowledge.

Carefully selected questions and answers are designed to keep you actively involved and allow you to monitor your progress as you learn. This is an excellent way to study any chess opening and at the same time improve your general chess skills and knowledge.The Queen's Indian enjoys a deserved reputation as a reliable opening choice for Black against 1 d4. Black's opening system involves an early queenside fianchetto with the hypermodern approach of controlling the centre with pieces, and the resulting positions are rich in dynamic and strategic possibilities for both sides. The Queen's Indian is a popular choice at all levels of chess, and many of the World's top players have employed it as part of their opening repertoires.

In this book, International Master and chess coach Lorin D'Costa invites you to join him in studying the Queen's Indian.He highlights the typical plans and tactics for both sides, constructs a practical repertoire for Black and provides answers to all the key questions. 
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Master of the Cinematic Universe: The Secret Code to Writing in the New World of Media

Master of the Cinematic Universe: The Secret Code to Writing in the New World of Media

John Bucher ,  Jeremy Casper

$17.99

Master of the Cinematic Universe is a guide to the future of trans-media storytelling. Content creators of every flavor are constantly needing to expand the mediums they can work in. This volume serves as a resource for using the timeless truths of story structure to craft established as well as up and coming short-form media formats.
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