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  • 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 Black 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
  • NOVELS TALES JOURNEYS
    NOVELS TALES JOURNEYS
    PUSHKIN ALEXANDER
    ISBN: 9780241290378
    Title: NOVELS TALES JOURNEYS
    Author: PUSHKIN ALEXANDER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'At that moment it seemed to him that the queen of spades winked and grinned. The extraordinary likeness struck him . . . "The old woman!" he cried in horror'

    Universally acknowledged as his nation's greatest poet, Pushkin was also a master of prose, whose works expanded the boundaries of Russian storytelling. This collection of his prose writing ranges from satires to comedies, travel narratives to imaginative historical fiction, and includes his greatest stories- the haunting dreamworld of 'The Queen of Spades', the five short 'Tales of the Late Ivan Petrovich Belkin' and the novella The Captain's Daughter, which has been called the most perfect book in Russian literature.

    Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ODYSSEY
    ODYSSEY
    HOMER / RIEU [TRANS]
    ISBN: 9780140449112
    Title: ODYSSEY
    Author: HOMER / RIEU [TRANS]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Homer's The Odyssey is an epic that has endured for thousands of years, and this Penguin Classics edition is translated by E.V. Rieu, revised by D.C.H. Rieu, and contains an introduction by Peter Jones.

    The epic tale of Odysseus and his ten-year journey home after the Trojan war forms one of the earliest and greatest works of Western literature. Confronted by natural and supernatural threats - from the witch Circe who turns his men into pigs, to the twin terrors of Scylla and Charybdis; from the stupefied Lotus-Eaters to the implacable enmity of the sea-god Poseidon himself - Odysseus must test his bravery and native cunning to the full if he is to reach his homeland safely. But the danger is no less severe in his native Ithaca, as Odysseus finds himself contending with the suitors who, in his absence, have begun to surround his wife Penelope...
    E.V. Rieu's translation of The Odyssey was the first Penguin Classic to be published, and has itself achieved classic status. For this edition, Rieu's text has been sensitively revised and a new introduction added to complement his original introduction.

    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 Iliad and 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.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • ODYSSEY / PENGUIN DELUXE CLASSIC
    ODYSSEY / PENGUIN DELUXE CLASSIC
    HOMER / FAGLES ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780140268867
    Title: ODYSSEY / PENGUIN DELUXE CLASSIC
    Author: HOMER / FAGLES ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    If the Iliad is the world's greatest war epic, then the Odyssey is literature's grandest evocation of everyman's journey through life. Odysseus' reliance on his wit and wiliness for survival in his encounters with divine and natural forces, during his ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War, is at once the timeless human story and an individual test of moral endurance. In the myths and legends that are retold here, Fagles has captured the energy and poetry of Homer's original in a bold, contemporary idiom, and given us an Odyssey to read aloud, to savour, and to treasure for its sheer lyrical mastery. Renowned classicist Bernard Knox's superb Introduction and textual commentary provide new insights and background information for the general reader and scholar alike, intensifying the strength of Fagles' introduction. This is an Odyssey to delight both the classicist and the public at large, and to captivate a new generation of Homer's students.

    Imprint: PENGUIN DELUXE CLASSICS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ODYSSEY : A New Translation by Emily Wilson
    ODYSSEY : A New Translation by Emily Wilson
    HOMER / WILSON EMILY
    ISBN: 9780393356250
    Title: ODYSSEY : A New Translation by Emily Wilson
    Author: HOMER / WILSON EMILY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A lean, fleet-footed translation that recaptures Homer’s "nimble gallop" and brings an ancient epic to new life.

    The first great adventure story in the Western canon, The Odyssey is a poem about violence and the aftermath of war; about wealth, poverty and power; about marriage, family and identity; and about travellers, hospitality and the changing meanings of home in a strange world.

    This vivid new translation—the first by a woman—matches the number of lines in the Greek original, striding at Homer’s sprightly pace. Emily Wilson employs elemental, resonant language and a five-beat line to produce a translation with an enchanting “rhythm and rumble” that avoids proclaiming its own grandeur. An engrossing tale told in a compelling new voice that allows contemporary readers to luxuriate in Homer’s descriptions and similes and to thrill at the tension and excitement of its hero’s adventures, Wilson recaptures what is “epic” about this wellspring of world literature.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ON LIBERTY
    ON LIBERTY
    MILL JOHN STUART
    ISBN: 9780140432077
    Title: ON LIBERTY
    Author: MILL JOHN STUART
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.' To this 'one very simple principle' the whole of Mill's essay On Liberty is dedicated. While many of his immediate predecessors and contemporaries, from Adam Smith to Godwin and Thoreau, had celebrated liberty, it was Mill who organized the idea into a philosophy, and put it into the form in which it is generally known today.

    The editor of this essay, Gertrude Himmelfarb records responses to Mill's books and comments on his fear of 'the tyranny of the majority'. Dr Himmelfarb concludes that the same inconsistencies which underlie On Liberty continue to complicate the moral and political stance of liberals today.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • ON LOVE AND BARLEY : Haiku of Basho
    ON LOVE AND BARLEY : Haiku of Basho
    BASHO MATSUO
    ISBN: 9780140444599
    Title: ON LOVE AND BARLEY : Haiku of Basho
    Author: BASHO MATSUO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Presents the poems that combine 'karumi', or lightness of touch, with the Zen ideal of oneness with creation and evoke the natural world - the cherry blossom, the leaping frog, the summer moon or the winter snow - suggesting the smallness of human life in comparison to the vastness and drama of nature.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ON THE GENEALOGY OF MORALS
    ON THE GENEALOGY OF MORALS
    NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    ISBN: 9780141195377
    Title: ON THE GENEALOGY OF MORALS
    Author: NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Alas for this mad, melancholy beast: man! What wild phantasies are visited upon this beast, what perversity, paroxysms of hysteria, madness, and bestiality of ideas'

    On the Genealogy of Morals explores issues at the very core of human nature in three powerful essays. Here Nietzsche dissects the basic concepts of 'good', 'bad' and 'evil', going on to examine humankind's transformation from barbarous creatures into civilized beings who can feel remorse, regret, pity and compassion but, in the process, destroying instinct and freedom. Nietzsche asks why the virtues of poverty, humility and chastity have become so central to religion, even when they deny vitality and life itself. Daring to expose uncomfortable truths, this brilliant and provocative polemic provides startling insights into our complex psychology.

    Translated by Michael A. Scarpitti with an introduction and notes by Robert C. Holub



    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $14.99
    Price: $14.99
  • ON THE ORIGINS OF SPECIES
    ON THE ORIGINS OF SPECIES
    DARWIN CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780140439120
    Title: ON THE ORIGINS OF SPECIES
    Author: DARWIN CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'From the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely the production of the higher animals, directly follows'

    Written for a general readership, On the Origin of Species sold out on the day of its publication and has remained in print ever since. Instantly, and persistently, controversial, it transformed scientific thinking about all life on earth. Before the Origin, accepted thought held that life was the static and perfect creation of God. By a single, systematic argument Darwin called this view into question. His ideas have since affected public perception of everything from religion to economics. William Bynum's introduction discusses Darwin's life, the publication and reception of On the Origin of Species, and subsequent development of its major themes.

    This edition also includes brief biographies of some of the most important scientific thinkers leading up to and surrounding the Origin, suggested further reading, notes and a chronology. With an introduction and notes by WILLIAM BYNUM

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • ON WRITING HISTORY : From Herodotus to Herodian
    ON WRITING HISTORY : From Herodotus to Herodian
    ISBN: 9780141393575
    Title: ON WRITING HISTORY : From Herodotus to Herodian
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    My historian is to be this kind of man- fearless, above bribery, free, a friend of frank speech and truth, one who calls figs figs and a trough a trough'

    What is history and how should it be written? How does it differ from other forms of writing? What responsibility does the historian bear? This new anthology of writings from the ancient world, when the study of history was just beginning, explores these questions and many more. It ranges from longer pieces, such as the complete essays 'On Thucydides' by Dionysus, 'On the Malice of Herodotus' by Plutarch and the witty 'How to Write History' by Lucian, to key shorter writings by Polybius, Cicero, Xenophon and Pliny the Younger, brought together here in fresh new translations.

    Edited and Translated by John Marincola

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ONE HUNDRED POETS ONE POEM EACH : A Treasury of Classical Japanese Verse
    ONE HUNDRED POETS ONE POEM EACH : A Treasury of Classical Japanese Verse
    ISBN: 9780141395937
    Title: ONE HUNDRED POETS ONE POEM EACH : A Treasury of Classical Japanese Verse
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    How the night deepens. A ribbon of frost is stretched across the bridge of magpie wings the lovers will cross.' The best-loved and most widely read of all Japanese poetry collections, the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu contains 100 short poems on nature, the seasons, travel, and, above all, love. Dating back to the seventh century, these elegant, precisely observed waka poems (the precursor of haiku) express deep emotion through visual images based on a penetrating observation of the natural world. Peter MacMillan's new translation of his prize-winning original conveys even more effectively the beauty and subtlety of this magical collection. Translated with an introduction and commentary by Peter MacMillan

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ORESTEIAN TRILOGY
    ORESTEIAN TRILOGY
    AESCHYLUS
    ISBN: 9780140440676
    Title: ORESTEIAN TRILOGY
    Author: AESCHYLUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Aeschylus (525-c.456 bc) set his great trilogy in the immediate aftermath of the Fall of Troy, when King Agamemnon returns to Argos, a victor in war. Agamemnon depicts the hero's discovery that his family has been destroyed by his wife's infidelity and ends with his death at her callous hand. Clytemnestra's crime is repaid in The Choephori when her outraged son Orestes kills both her and her lover. The Eumenides then follows Orestes as he is hounded to Athens by the Furies' law of vengeance and depicts Athene replacing the bloody cycle of revenge with a system of civil justice. Written in the years after the Battle of Marathon, The Oresteian Trilogy affirmed the deliverance of democratic Athens not only from Persian conquest, but also from its own barbaric past.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ORLANDO
    ORLANDO
    WOOLF VIRGINIA
    ISBN: 9780241371961
    Title: ORLANDO
    Author: WOOLF VIRGINIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Orlando has always been an outsider . . .

    His longing for passion, adventure and fulfilment takes him out of his own time. Chasing a dream through the centuries, he bounds from Elizabethan England amd imperial Turkey to the modern world.

    Will he find happiness with the exotic Russian Princess Sasha? Or is the dashing explorer Shelmerdine the ideal man? And what form will Orlando take on the journey - a nobleman, traveller, writer? Man or . . . woman?

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
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