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  • RAINBOW
    RAINBOW
    LAWRENCE D H
    ISBN: 9780141441382
    Title: RAINBOW
    Author: LAWRENCE D H
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The novel (1915) chronicles the lives of three generations of the Brangwen family over a period of more than 60 years, setting them against the emergence of modern England.

    The central figure of ursula becomes the focus of Lawrence's examination of relationships and the conflicts they bring, and the inextricable mingling of the physical and the spiritual. Suffused with biblical imagery, The Rainbow addresses searching human issues in a setting of precise and vivid detail.

    When Tom Brangwen marries a Polish widow, Lydia Lensky, and adopts her daughter Anna as his own, he is unprepared for the conflict and passion that erupts between them.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • RAMAYANA : A Shortened Modern Prose Version Of The Indian Epic
    RAMAYANA : A Shortened Modern Prose Version Of The Indian Epic
    NARAYAN R K
    ISBN: 9780143039679
    Title: RAMAYANA : A Shortened Modern Prose Version Of The Indian Epic
    Author: NARAYAN R K
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Ramayana is, quite simply, the greatest of Indian epics - and one of the world's supreme masterpieces of storytelling 'Almost every individual living in India,' writes R. K. Narayan in the Introduction to this new interpretation, 'is aware of the story of The Ramayana. Everyone of whatever age, outlook, education or station in life knows the essential part of the epic and adores the main figures in it - Rama and Sita. Every child is told the story at bedtime . . . The Ramayana pervades our cultural life.' Although the Sanskrit original was composed by Valmiki, probably around the fourth century BC, poets have produced countless variant versions in different languages. Here, drawing his inspiration from the work of an eleventh-century Tamil poet called Kamban, Narayan has used the talents of a master novelist to recreate the excitement and joy he has found in the original. It can be enjoyed and appreciated, he suggests, for its psychological insight, its spiritual depth and its practical wisdom - or just as a thrilling tale of abduction, battle and courtship played out in a universe thronged with heroes, deities and demons.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • RED AND THE BLACK
    RED AND THE BLACK
    STENDHAL
    ISBN: 9780140447644
    Title: RED AND THE BLACK
    Author: STENDHAL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Charting the rise and fall of an ambitious young social climber in a cruel, monarchical society, Stendhal's The Red and the Black is translated with an introduction and notes by Roger Gard in Penguin Classics.

    Handsome, ambitious Julien Sorel is determined to rise above his humble provincial origins. Soon realizing that success can only be achieved by adopting the subtle code of hypocrisy by which society operates, he begins to achieve advancement through deceit and self-interest. His triumphant career takes him into the heart of glamorous Parisian society, along the way conquering the gentle, married Madame de Rênal, and the haughty Mathilde. But then Julien commits an unexpected, devastating crime - and brings about his own downfall. The Red and the Black is a lively, satirical portrayal of French society after Waterloo, riddled with corruption, greed and ennui, and Julien - the cold exploiter whose Machiavellian campaign is undercut by his own emotions - is one of the most intriguing characters in European literature.

    Roger Gard's fine translation remains faithful to the natural, conversational tone of the original, while his introduction elucidates the complexities of Julien's character. This edition also contains a chronology, further reading and an appendix on Stendhal's use of epigraphs.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • REFLECTIONS ON THE REVOLUTION IN FRANCE
    REFLECTIONS ON THE REVOLUTION IN FRANCE
    BURKE EDMUND
    ISBN: 9780140432046
    Title: REFLECTIONS ON THE REVOLUTION IN FRANCE
    Author: BURKE EDMUND
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Presenting a scathing attack on the French revolution's attitudes to existing institutions, property and religion, this work makes a cogent case for upholding inherited rights and established customs. It argues for piecemeal reform rather than revolutionary change, and deplores the influence the revolution might have in Britain.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • REPUBLIC
    REPUBLIC
    PLATO
    ISBN: 9780141442433
    Title: REPUBLIC
    Author: PLATO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Translated with an introduction and notes by Christopher Rowe

    'We set about founding the best city we could, because we could be confident that if it was good we would find justice in it' Republic, Plato's masterwork, was first enjoyed 2,400 years ago and remains one of the most widely-read books in the world- as a foundational work of Western philosophy, and for the richness of its ideas and virtuosity of its writing.

    Presented as a dialogue between Plato's teacher Socrates and various interlocutors, it is an exhortation to philosophy, inviting its readers to reflect on the choices to be made if we are to live the best life available to us. This complex, dynamic work creates a picture of an ideal society governed not by the desire for money, power or fame, but by philosophy, wisdom and justice.

    Christopher Rowe's accurate and enjoyable new translation remains faithful to the many variations of the Republic's tone, style and pace. This edition also contains a chronology, further reading, an outline of the work's main arguments and an introduction discussing Plato's relationship with Socrates, and the Republic's style, ideas and historical context.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • RESURRECTION
    RESURRECTION
    TOLSTOY LEO
    ISBN: 9780140424638
    Title: RESURRECTION
    Author: TOLSTOY LEO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Serving on the jury at a murder trial, Prince Dmitri Nekhlyudov is devastated when he sees the prisoner - Katyusha, a young woman he seduced and abandoned years before. As Dmitri faces the consequences of his actions, he decides to give up his life of wealth and luxury to devote himself to rescuing Katyusha, even if it means following her into exile in Siberia. But can a man truly find redemption by saving another person? Tolstoy's most controversial novel, Resurrection (1899) is a scathing indictment of injustice, corruption and hypocrisy at all levels of society. Creating a vast panorama of Russian life, from peasants to aristocrats, bureaucrats to convicts, it reveals Tolstoy's magnificent storytelling powers. Anthony Briggs' superb new translation preserves Tolstoy's gripping realism and satirical humour. In his introduction, Briggs discusses the true story behind Resurrection, Tolstoy's political and religious reasons for writing the novel, his gift for characterization and the compelling psychological portrait of Dmitri.

    This edition also includes a chronology, notes and a summary of chapters. Translated with an introduction and notes by ANTHONY BRIGGS

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • REVELATIONS OF DIVINE LOVE
    REVELATIONS OF DIVINE LOVE
    JULIAN OF NORWICH
    ISBN: 9780140446739
    Title: REVELATIONS OF DIVINE LOVE
    Author: JULIAN OF NORWICH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Coming from a society where women were barred from serious writing and teaching, Julian, an anchorite in the great medieval city of Norwich, nevertheless used the English vernacular of the day to describe an extraordinary series of 'showings' which she received from God.

    One of the first woman authors, Julian of Norwich produced in Revelations of Divine Love a remarkable work of revelatory insight, that stands alongside The Cloud of Unknowing and Piers Plowman as a classic of Medieval religious literature. This Penguin Classics edition is translated from Middle English by Elizabeth Spearing, with an introduction and notes by A.C. Spearing.
    After fervently praying for a greater understanding of Christ's passion, Julian of Norwich, a fourteenth-century anchorite and mystic, experienced a series of divine revelations. Through these 'showings', Christ's sufferings were revealed to her with extraordinary intensity, but she also received assurance of God's unwavering love for man and his infinite capacity for forgiveness. Written in a vigorous English vernacular, the Revelations are one of the most original works of medieval mysticism and have had a lasting influence on Christian thought.
    This edition of the Revelations contains both the short text, which is mainly an account of the 'showings' themselves and Julian's initial interpretation of their meaning, and the long text, completed some twenty years later, which moves from vision to a daringly speculative theology. Elizabeth Spearing's translation preserves Julian's directness of expression and the rich complexity of her thought. An introduction, notes and appendices help to place the works in context for modern readers.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • REVERIES OF THE SOLITARY WALKER
    REVERIES OF THE SOLITARY WALKER
    ROUSSEAU JEAN-JACQUES
    ISBN: 9780140443639
    Title: REVERIES OF THE SOLITARY WALKER
    Author: ROUSSEAU JEAN-JACQUES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    After a period of forced exile and solitary wandering brought about by his radical views on religion and politics, Jean-Jacques Rousseau returned to Paris in 1770. Here, in the last two years of his life, he wrote his final work, the Reveries. In this eloquent masterpiece the great political thinker describes his sense of isolation from a society he felt had rejected his writings - and the manner in which he has come to terms with his alienation, as he walks around Paris, gazing at plants, day-dreaming and finding comfort in the virtues of solitude and the natural world. Meditative, amusing and lyrical, this is a fascinating exploration of Rousseau's thought as he looks back over his life, searching to justify his actions, to defend himself against his critics and to elaborate upon his philosophy.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • RIGHTS OF MAN
    RIGHTS OF MAN
    PAINE THOMAS
    ISBN: 9780140390155
    Title: RIGHTS OF MAN
    Author: PAINE THOMAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of the great classics on democracy, Rights of Man was published in England in 1791 as a vindication of the French Revolution and a critique of the British system of government. In direct, forceful prose, Paine defends popular rights, national independence, revolutionary war, and economic growth - all considered dangerous and even seditious issues. In his introduction Eric Foner presents an overview of Paine's career as political theorist and pamphleteer, and supplies essential background material to Rights of Man. He discusses how Paine created a language of modern politics that brought important issues to the common man and the working classes and assesses the debt owed to Paine by the American and British radical traditions.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • RISE AND FALL OF ATHENS
    RISE AND FALL OF ATHENS
    PLUTARCH
    ISBN: 9780140441024
    Title: RISE AND FALL OF ATHENS
    Author: PLUTARCH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Nine Greek biographies illustrate the rise and fall of Athens, from the legendary days of Theseus, the city's founder, through Solon, Themistocles, Aristides, Cimon, Pericles, Nicias, and Alcibiades, to the razing of its walls by Lysander.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • RISE OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
    RISE OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
    POLYBIUS
    ISBN: 9780140443622
    Title: RISE OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE
    Author: POLYBIUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Greek statesman Polybius (c.200–118 BC) wrote his account of the relentless growth of the Roman Empire in order to help his fellow countrymen understand how their world came to be dominated by Rome. Opening with the Punic War in 264 BC, he vividly records the critical stages of Roman expansion: its campaigns throughout the Mediterranean, the temporary setbacks inflicted by Hannibal and the final destruction of Carthage. An active participant of the politics of his time as well as a friend of many prominent Roman citizens, Polybius drew on many eyewitness accounts in writing this cornerstone work of history.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ROBINSON CRUSOE
    ROBINSON CRUSOE
    DEFOE DANIEL
    ISBN: 9780141439822
    Title: ROBINSON CRUSOE
    Author: DEFOE DANIEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe", regarded by many to be first novel in English, is also the original tale of a castaway struggling to survive on a remote desert island.

    This "Penguin Classics" is edited with an introduction and notes by John Richetti. The sole survivor of a shipwreck, Robinson Crusoe is washed up on a desert island. In his journal he chronicles his daily battle to stay alive, as he conquers isolation, fashions shelter and clothes, enlists the help of a native islander who he names 'Friday', and fights off cannibals and mutineers. Written in an age of exploration and enterprise, it has been variously interpreted as an embodiment of British imperialist values, as a portrayal of 'natural man', or as a moral fable. But above all is a brilliant narrative, depicting Crusoe's transformation from terrified survivor to self-sufficient master of an island. This edition contains a full chronology of Defoe's life and times, explanatory notes, glossary and a critical introduction discussing "Robinson Crusoe" as a pioneering work of modern psychological realism. Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) had a variety of careers including merchant, soldier, and political pamphleteer. Over the course of his life Daniel Defoe wrote over two hundred and fifty books on economics, history, biography and crime, but is best remembered for the fiction he produced in late life, which includes "Robinson Crusoe" (1719), "Moll Flanders" (1722) and "Roxana" (1724). Defoe had a great influence on the development of the English novel and many consider him to be the first true novelist.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • ROOM OF ONES OWN
    ROOM OF ONES OWN
    WOOLF VIRGINIA
    ISBN: 9780241387528
    Title: ROOM OF ONES OWN
    Author: WOOLF VIRGINIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: August 2018 New Release

    A Room of One's Own, based on a lecture given at Girton College Cambridge, is one of the great feminist polemics. Woolf's blazing writing on female creativity, the role of the writer, and the silent fate of Shakespeare's imaginary sister remains a powerful reminder of a woman's need for financial independence and intellectual freedom.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • ROOM OF ONES OWN / THREE GUINEAS
    ROOM OF ONES OWN / THREE GUINEAS
    WOOLF VIRGINIA
    ISBN: 9780241371978
    Title: ROOM OF ONES OWN / THREE GUINEAS
    Author: WOOLF VIRGINIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A Room of One's Own, based on a lecture given at Girton College Cambridge, is one of the great feminist polemics, ranging in its themes from Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte to the silent fate of Shakespeare's gifted (imaginary) sister and the effects of poverty and sexual constraint on female creativity. Published almost a decade later Three Guineas breaks new ground in its discussion of men, militarism and women's attitudes towards war. These two pieces reveal Virginia Woolf's fiery spirit and sophisticated wit and confirm her status as a highly inspirational essayist.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ROOTS OF YOGA
    ROOTS OF YOGA
    ISBN: 9780241253045
    Title: ROOTS OF YOGA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The first collection of its kind: a compendium of source texts on yoga, translated, introduced and edited by two of the foremost yoga scholars in the world

    'Yoga is to be known through yoga. Yoga arises from yoga. One who is vigilant by means of yoga delights in yoga for a long time'

    Yoga is hugely popular around the world today, yet until now little has been known of its roots. This book collects, for the first time, core teachings of yoga in their original form, translated and edited by two of the world's foremost scholars of the subject. It includes a wide range of texts from different schools of yoga, languages and eras: among others, key passages from the early Upanisads and the Mahabharata, and from the Tantric, Buddhist and Jaina traditions, with many pieces in scholarly translation for the first time. Covering yoga's varying definitions across systems, models of the esoteric and physical bodies, and its most important practices, such as posture, breath control, sensory withdrawal and meditation, Roots of Yoga is a unique and essential source of knowledge.

    Translated and edited with an introduction by James Mallinson and Mark Singleton

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM
    RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM
    KHAYYAM OMAR
    ISBN: 9780140443844
    Title: RUBAIYAT OF OMAR KHAYYAM
    Author: KHAYYAM OMAR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Revered in eleventh-century Persia as an astronomer, mathematician and philosopher, Omar Khayyam is now known first and foremost for his Ruba'iyat. The short epigrammatic stanza form allowed poets of his day to express personal feelings, beliefs and doubts with wit and clarity, and Khayyam became one of its most accomplished masters with his touching meditations on the transience of human life and of the natural world. One of the supreme achievements of medieval literature, the reckless romanticism and the pragmatic fatalism in the face of death means these verses continue to hold the imagination of modern readers.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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