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  • MODERN UTOPIA
    MODERN UTOPIA
    WELLS H G
    ISBN: 9780141441122
    Title: MODERN UTOPIA
    Author: WELLS H G
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    While walking in the Swiss Alps, two English travellers fall into a space-warp, and suddenly find themselves in another world. In many ways the same as our own - even down to the characters that inhabit it - this new planet is still somehow radically different, for the two walkers are now upon a Utopian Earth controlled by a single World Government. Here, as they soon learn, all share a common language, there is sexual, economic and racial equality, and society is ruled by socialist ideals enforced by an austere, voluntary elite- the Samurai'. But what will the Utopians make of these new visitors from a less perfect world?

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS

    Price: $9.95
  • MOONSTONE
    MOONSTONE
    COLLINS WILKIE
    ISBN: 9780140434088
    Title: MOONSTONE
    Author: COLLINS WILKIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Moonstone, a priceless yellow diamond, is looted from an Indian temple and maliciously bequeathed to Rachel Verinder. On her eighteenth birthday, her friend and suitor Franklin Blake brings the gift to her. That very night, it is stolen again. No one is above suspicion, as the idiosyncratic Sergeant Cuff and the Franklin piece together a puzzling series of events as mystifying as an opium dream and as deceptive as the nearby Shivering Sand. T. S. Eliot famously described THE MOONSTONE as 'the first, the longest and the best of modern English detective novels', but, as Sandra Kemp discusses in her introduction, it offers many other facets, which reveal Collins's sensibilities as untypical of his era.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • MRS DALLOWAY
    MRS DALLOWAY
    WOOLF VIRGINIA
    ISBN: 9780241371947
    Title: MRS DALLOWAY
    Author: WOOLF VIRGINIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On a June morning in 1923, Clarissa Dalloway is preparing for a party and remembering her past. Elsewhere in London, Septimus Smith is suffering from shell-shock and on the brink of madness. Their days interweave and their lives converge as the party reaches its glittering climax. Here, Virginia Woolf perfected the interior monologue and the novel's lyricism and accessibility have made it one of her most popular works.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • MYSTERIES OF UDOLPHO
    MYSTERIES OF UDOLPHO
    RADCLIFFE ANNE
    ISBN: 9780140437591
    Title: MYSTERIES OF UDOLPHO
    Author: RADCLIFFE ANNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This was the most popular novel of Radcliffe's time and Radcliffe's portrayal of her heroine's inner life raised the Gothic romance to a new level. The atmosphere of fear and the gripping plot continue to thrill today. This is the story of the orphaned Emily St Aubert who finds herself separated from the man she loves and confined within the Castle of Udolpho by her aunt's new husband, Montoni. Here she must cope with an unwanted suitor, Montoni's threats, and the wild imaginings and terrors which threaten to overwhelm her.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • MYSTERIOUS ISLAND
    MYSTERIOUS ISLAND
    VERNE JULES
    ISBN: 9781840226249
    Title: MYSTERIOUS ISLAND
    Author: VERNE JULES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction by Alex Dolby.

    Translation by W.H.G. Kingston.

    Jules Verne (1828-1905) is internationally famous as the author of a distinctive series of adventure stories describing new travel technologies which opened up the world and provided means to escape from it. The collective enthusiasm of generations of readers of his 'extraordinary voyages' was a key factor in the rise of modern science fiction.

    In 'The Mysterious Island' a group of men escape imprisonment during the American Civil War by stealing a balloon. Blown across the world, they are air-wrecked on a remote desert island. In a manner reminiscent of Robinson Crusoe, the men apply their scientific knowledge and technical skill to exploit the island's bountiful resources, eventually constructing a sophisticated society in miniature. The book is also an intriguing mystery story, for the island has a secret.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • NANA
    NANA
    ZOLA EMILE
    ISBN: 9780140442632
    Title: NANA
    Author: ZOLA EMILE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Born to drunken parents in the slums of Paris, Nana lives in squalor until she is discovered at the Théâtre des Variétés. She soon rises from the streets to set the city alight as the most famous high-class prostitute of her day. Rich men, Comtes and Marquises fall at her feet, great ladies try to emulate her appearance, lovers even kill themselves for her. Nana's hedonistic appetite for luxury and decadent pleasures knows no bounds - until, eventually, it consumes her. Nana provoked outrage on its publication in 1880, with its heroine damned as 'the most crude and bestial sort of whore', yes the language of the novel makes Nana almost a mythical figure: a destructive force preying on a corrupt society.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH AND OTHER TRAVEL SKETCHES
    NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH AND OTHER TRAVEL SKETCHES
    BASHO MATSUO
    ISBN: 9780140441857
    Title: NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH AND OTHER TRAVEL SKETCHES
    Author: BASHO MATSUO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In his perfectly crafted haiku poems, Basho described the natural world with great simplicity and delicacy of feeling. When he composed The Narrow Road to the Deep North he was a serious student of Zen Buddhism setting off on a series of travels designed to strip away the trappings of the material world and bring spiritual enlightenment. He wrote of the seasons changing, of the smell of the rain, the brightness of the moon and the beauty of the waterfall, through which he sensed the mysteries of the universe. These travel writings not only chronicle Basho's perilous journeys through Japan, but they also capture his vision of eternity in the transient world around him.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • NATURE OF THINGS
    NATURE OF THINGS
    LUCRETIUS / STALLINGS ALICIA (TRAN)
    ISBN: 9780140447965
    Title: NATURE OF THINGS
    Author: LUCRETIUS / STALLINGS ALICIA (TRAN)
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Lucretius' poem On the Nature of Things combines a scientific and philosophical treatise with some of the greatest poetry ever written. With intense moral fervour he demonstrates to humanity that in death there is nothing to fear since the soul is mortal, and the world and everything in it is governed by the mechanical laws of nature and not by gods; and that by believing this men can live in peace of mind and happiness. He bases this on the atomic theory expounded by the Greek philosopher Epicurus, and continues with an examination of sensation, sex, cosmology, meteorology, and geology, all of these subjects made more attractive by the poetry with which he illustrates them.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • NICOMACHEAN ETHICS
    NICOMACHEAN ETHICS
    ARISTOTLE
    ISBN: 9780140455472
    Title: NICOMACHEAN ETHICS
    Author: ARISTOTLE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Aristotle's classic treatise is based on his famous doctrine of the golden mean, which advocates taking the middle course between excess and deficiency. Reacting against Plato's absolutism, Aristotle insisted that there are no definitive moral standards, and that ethical philosophy must be based on human nature and experience. Treating such topics as moral worth, intellectual virtue, pleasure, friendship and happiness, Aristotle's work asks above all- what is the good life and how can we live it?

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • NIETZSCHE READER
    NIETZSCHE READER
    NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    ISBN: 9780140443295
    Title: NIETZSCHE READER
    Author: NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The literary career of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) spanned less than twenty years, but no area of intellectual inquiry was left untouched by his iconoclastic genius. The philosopher who announced the death of God in The Gay Science (1882) and went on to challenge the Christian code of morality in Beyond Good and Evil (1886), grappled with the fundamental issues of the human condition in his own intense autobiography, Ecce Homo (1888). Most notorious of all, perhaps, his idea of the triumphantly transgressive übermann ('superman') is developed in the extreme, yet poetic words of Thus Spake Zarathustra (1883-92). Whether addressing conventional Western philosophy or breaking new ground, Nietzsche vastly extended the boundaries of nineteenth-century thought.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • NINETY FIVE THESES AND OTHER WRITINGS
    NINETY FIVE THESES AND OTHER WRITINGS
    LUTHER MARTIN
    ISBN: 9780143107583
    Title: NINETY FIVE THESES AND OTHER WRITINGS
    Author: LUTHER MARTIN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, a new translation of Martin Luther's most famous works by leading Luther scholar and pastor William Russell

    This volume contains selections from Martin Luther's most evocative and provocative writings, freshly translated, for the 21st century. These documents, which span the Reformer's literary career, point to the enduring and flexible character of his central ideas. As Luther's reform proposals emerged, they coalesced around some basic priorities, which he delivered to wide-ranging audiences--writing for children, preaching in congregations, formulating academic treatises, penning letters to family and friends, counter-punching critics, summarizing Biblical books, crafting confessions of faith, and more. This book demonstrates that range and provides entry points, for non-specialists and specialists alike, into the thought and life of the epoch-defining, fascinating, and controversial Martin Luther. With attention to the breadth of his literary output, it draws from his letters, sermons, popular writings, and formal theological works. This breadth allows readers to encounter Luther the man: the sinner and the saint, the public activist and the private counselor, the theologian and the pastor. These writings possess a practical, accessible arc, as Luther does not write only for specialists and church officials, but he applies his chief insights to the "real-life" issues that faced his rather wide variety of audiences.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • NORTH AND SOUTH
    NORTH AND SOUTH
    GASKELL ELIZABETH
    ISBN: 9780140434248
    Title: NORTH AND SOUTH
    Author: GASKELL ELIZABETH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When her father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience, Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the north of England. Initially repulsed by the ugliness of her new surroundings in the industrial town of Milton, Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of the local mill workers and develops a passionate sense of social justice. This is intensified by her tempestuous relationship with the mill owner and self-made man John Thornton, as their fierce opposition over his treatment of his employees masks a deeper attraction. In North and South,Elizabeth Gaskell skilfully fused individual feeling with social concern, and in Margaret Hale created on of the most original heroines of Victorian literature. In her introduction, Patricia Ingham examines geographical, economic and class differences, and male and female roles in North and South. This edition also includes a list for further reading, notes and a glossary.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • NORTHANGER ABBEY
    NORTHANGER ABBEY
    AUSTEN JANE
    ISBN: 9780141439792
    Title: NORTHANGER ABBEY
    Author: AUSTEN JANE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Catherine Morland experiences the joys of fashionable society for the first time. She is delighted with her acquaintances: rude, boorish John Thorpe, his flirtatious sister Isabella, who shares Catherine's love of novels and intrigue, and sophisticated Eleanor and Henry Tilney, who invite her to their father's mysterious house, Northanger Abbey.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • NORTHANGER ABBEY : AN ANNOTATED EDITION
    NORTHANGER ABBEY : AN ANNOTATED EDITION
    AUSTEN JANE / WOLFSON SUSAN
    ISBN: 9780674725676
    Title: NORTHANGER ABBEY : AN ANNOTATED EDITION
    Author: AUSTEN JANE / WOLFSON SUSAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In her introduction to Northanger Abbey--part of Harvard's celebrated annotated Austen series--Susan Wolfson proposes that Austen's most underappreciated, most playful novel is about fiction itself and how it can take possession of everyday understandings. Wolfson's running commentary will engage new readers and delight scholars.

    Imprint: BELKNAP PRESS
    RRP: $69.00

    Price: $69.00
  • NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND AND THE DOUBLE
    NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND AND THE DOUBLE
    DOSTOYEVSKY FYODOR
    ISBN: 9780140455120
    Title: NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND AND THE DOUBLE
    Author: DOSTOYEVSKY FYODOR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Alienated from society and paralysed by a sense of hose own insignificance, the anonymous narrator of Dostoyevsky's groundbreaking Notes from Underground tells the story of his tortured life.

    Collected here in Penguin Classics are two of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's shorter works, Notes from Underground and The Double, translated by Ronald Wilks with an introduction by Robert Louis Jackson.

    Alienated from society and paralysed by a sense of his own insignificance, the anonymous narrator of Dostoyevsky's groundbreaking Notes from Underground tells the story of his tortured life. With bitter irony, he describes his refusal to become a worker in the 'anthill' of society and his gradual withdrawal to an existence 'underground'. The seemingly ordinary world of St Petersburg takes on a nightmarish quality in The Double when a government clerk encounters a man who looks exactly like him - his double, perhaps, or possibly the darker side of his own personality. Like Notes from Underground, this is a masterly tragicomic study of human consciousness.

    Ronald Wilks's extraordinary new translation is accompanied here by an introduction by Robert Louis Jackson discussing these pivotal works in the context of Dostoyevsky's life and times. This edition also contains a chronology, bibliography, table of ranks and notes on each work.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • NOTRE DAME DE PARIS
    NOTRE DAME DE PARIS
    HUGO VICTOR
    ISBN: 9780140443530
    Title: NOTRE DAME DE PARIS
    Author: HUGO VICTOR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    More commonly known as The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Victor Hugo's Romantic novel of dark passions and unrequited love, Notre-Dame de Paris, is translated with an introduction by John Sturrock in Penguin Classics.In the vaulted Gothic towers of Notre-Dame Cathedral lives Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bellringer. Mocked and shunned for his appearance, he is pitied only by Esmerelda, a beautiful gypsy dancer to whom he becomes completely devoted. Esmerelda, however, has also attracted the attention of the sinister archdeacon Claude Frollo, and when she rejects his lecherous approaches, Frollo hatches a plot to destroy her, that only Quasimodo can prevent. Victor Hugo's sensational, evocative novel brings life to the medieval Paris he loved, and mourns its passing in one of the greatest historical romances of the nineteenth century.John Sturrock's clear, contemporary translation is accompanied by an introduction discussing it as a passionate novel of ideas, written in defence of Gothic architecture and of a burgeoning democracy, and demonstrating that an ugly exterior can conceal moral beauty.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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