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  • SELECTED POLITICAL SPEECHES
    SELECTED POLITICAL SPEECHES
    CICERO
    ISBN: 9780140442144
    Title: SELECTED POLITICAL SPEECHES
    Author: CICERO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Amid the corruption and power struggles of the collapse of the Roman Republic, Cicero (106-43BC) produced some of the most stirring and eloquent speeches in history. A statesman and lawyer, he was one of the only outsiders to penetrate the aristocratic circles that controlled the Roman state, and became renowned for his speaking to the Assembly, Senate and courtrooms. Whether fighting corruption, quashing the Catiline conspiracy, defending the poet Archias or railing against Mark Antony in the Philippics - the magnificent arguments in defence of liberty which led to his banishment and death - Cicero's speeches are oratory masterpieces, vividly evocative of the cut and thrust of Roman political life.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • SELECTED SHORT STORIES
    SELECTED SHORT STORIES
    WOOLF VIRGINIA
    ISBN: 9780241372517
    Title: SELECTED SHORT STORIES
    Author: WOOLF VIRGINIA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Virginia Woolf tested the boundaries of fiction in these short stories, developing a new language of sensation, feeling and thought, and recreating in words the 'swarm and confusion of life'. Defying categorization, the stories range from the more traditional narrative style of 'Solid Objects' through the fragile impressionism of 'Kew Gardens' to the abstract exploration of consciousness in 'The Mark on the Wall'.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • SELECTED WORKS - Cicero
    SELECTED WORKS - Cicero
    CICERO
    ISBN: 9780140440997
    Title: SELECTED WORKS - Cicero
    Author: CICERO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Lawyer, philosopher, statesman and defender of Rome's Republic, Cicero was a master of eloquence, and his pure literary and oratorical style and strict sense of morality have been a powerful influence on European literature and thought for over two thousand years in matters of politics, philosophy, and faith. This selection demonstrates the diversity of his writings, and includes letters to friends and statesmen on Roman life and politics; the vitriolic Second Philippic Against Antony; and his two most famous philosophical treatises, On Duties and On Old Age - a celebration of his own declining years. Written at a time of brutal political and social change, Cicero's lucid ethical writings formed the foundation of the Western liberal tradition in political and moral thought that continues to this day.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • SELECTED WRITINGS   -   Meister Eckhart
    SELECTED WRITINGS - Meister Eckhart
    ECKHART MEISTER
    ISBN: 9780140433432
    Title: SELECTED WRITINGS - Meister Eckhart
    Author: ECKHART MEISTER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Composed during a critical time in the evolution of European intellectual life, the works of Meister Eckhart (c. 1260-1327) are some of the most powerful medieval attempts to achieve a synthesis between ancient Greek thought and the Christian faith. Writing with great rhetorical brilliance, Eckhart combines the neoplatonic concept of oneness - the idea that the ultimate principle of the universe is single and undivided - with his Christian belief in the Trinity, and considers the struggle to describe a perfect God through the imperfect medium of language. Fusing philosophy and religion with vivid originality and metaphysical passion, these works have intrigued and inspired philosophers and theologians from Hegel to Heidegger and beyond.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • SELECTED WRITINGS - Hildegard of Bingen
    SELECTED WRITINGS - Hildegard of Bingen
    HILDEGARD OF BINGEN
    ISBN: 9780140436044
    Title: SELECTED WRITINGS - Hildegard of Bingen
    Author: HILDEGARD OF BINGEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Benedictine nun, poet and musician, Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was one of the most remarkable figures of the Middle Ages. She undertook preaching tours throughout the German empire at the age of sixty, and was consulted not only by her religious contemporaries but also by kings and emperors, yet it is largely for her apocalyptic and mystical writings that she is remembered. This volume includes selections from her three visionary works, her treatises on medicine and the natural world, her devotional songs, and fascinating letters to prominent figures of her time. Dealing with such eternal subjects as the relationship between humans and nature, and men and women, Hildegard's works show her to be a wide-ranging thinker who created such fresh, startling images and ideas that her writings have been compared to Dante and Blake.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
    SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
    AUSTEN JANE
    ISBN: 9780141439662
    Title: SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
    Author: AUSTEN JANE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor's warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile, Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love - and its threatened loss - the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love. This edition includes explanatory notes, textual variants between the first and second editions, and Tony Tanner's introduction to the original Penguin Classic edition.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM
    SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM
    LAWRENCE T E
    ISBN: 9780099511786
    Title: SEVEN PILLARS OF WISDOM
    Author: LAWRENCE T E
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom is an unusual and rich work. It encompasses an account of the Arab Revolt against the Turks during the First World War alongside general Middle Eastern and military history, politics, adventure and drama. It is also a memoir of the soldier known as Lawrence of Arabia'.Lawrence is a fascinating and controversial figure and his talent as a vivid and imaginative writer shines through on every page of this, his masterpiece.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom provides a unique portrait of this extraordinary man and an insight into the birth of the Arab nation

    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME
    SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME
    WELLS H G
    ISBN: 9780141441047
    Title: SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME
    Author: WELLS H G
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    When Dr Philip Raven, an intellectual working for the League of Nations, dies in 1930 he leaves behind a powerful legacy an unpublished 'dream book'. Inspired by visions he has experienced for many years, it appears to be a book written far into the future- a history of humanity from the date of his death up to 2105. The Shape of Things to Come provides this 'history of the future', an account that was in some ways remarkably prescient - predicting climatic disaster and sweeping cultural changes, including a Second World War, the rise of chemical warfare, and political instabilities in the Middle East. Foretelling an era of war, plague and political chaos, this remains on of the greatest of all works of social prophecy.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • SHOOTING PARTY
    SHOOTING PARTY
    CHEKHOV ANTON
    ISBN: 9780140448986
    Title: SHOOTING PARTY
    Author: CHEKHOV ANTON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Shooting Party, Chekhov's only full-length novel, centres on Olga, the pretty young daughter of a drunken forester on a country estate, and her fateful relationships with the men in her life. Adored by Urbenin, the estate manager, whom she marries to escape the poverty of her home, she is also desired by the dissolute Count Karneyev and by Zinovyev, a magistrate, who knows the secret misery of her marriage. When an attempt is made on Olga's life in the woods, it seems impossible to discover the perpetrator in an impenetrable web of deceit, lust, loathing and double-dealing. One of Chekhov's earliest experiments in fiction, The Shooting Party combines the classic elements of a gripping mystery with a story of corruption, concealed love and fatal jealousy.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT
    SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT
    ODONOGHUE BERNARD
    ISBN: 9780140424539
    Title: SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT
    Author: ODONOGHUE BERNARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Composed during the fourteenth century in the English Midlands, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight describes the events that follow when a mysterious green-coloured knight rides into King Arthur's Camelot in deep mid-winter. The mighty knight presents a challenge to the court- he will allow himself to be struck by one blow, on the condition that he will be allowed to return the strike on the following New Year's Eve. Sir Gawain takes up the challenge, decapitating the stranger - only to see the Green Knight seize up his own severed head and ride away, leaving Gawain to seek him out and honour their pact. Blending Celtic myth and Christian faith, Gawain is among the greatest Middle English poems- a tale of magic, chivalry and seduction.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $9.95

    Price: $9.95
  • SKETCHES FROM A HUNTERS ALBUM
    SKETCHES FROM A HUNTERS ALBUM
    TURGENEV IVAN
    ISBN: 9780140445220
    Title: SKETCHES FROM A HUNTERS ALBUM
    Author: TURGENEV IVAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Turgenev s first major prose work is a series of twenty-five Sketches: the observations and anecdotes of the author during his travels through Russia satisfying his passion for hunting.

    His album is filled with moving insights into the lives of those he encounters peasants and landowners, doctors and bailiffs, neglected wives and bereft mothers each providing a glimpse of love, tragedy, courage and loss, and anticipating Turgenev s great later works such as First Love and Fathers and Sons. His depiction of the cruelty and arrogance of the ruling classes was considered subversive and led to his arrest and confinement to his estate, but these sketches opened the minds of contemporary readers to the plight of the peasantry and were even said to have led Tsar Alexander II to abolish serfdom.


    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • SLEEPER AWAKES
    SLEEPER AWAKES
    WELLS H G
    ISBN: 9780141441061
    Title: SLEEPER AWAKES
    Author: WELLS H G
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A troubled insomniac in 1890s England falls suddenly into a sleep-like trance, from which he does not awake for over two hundred years. During his centuries of slumber, however, investments are made that make him the richest and most powerful man on Earth. But when he comes out of his trance he is horrified to discover that the money accumulated in his name is being used to maintain a hierarchal society in which most are poor, and more than a third of all people are enslaved. Oppressed and uneducated, the masses cling desperately to one dream that the sleeper will awake, and lead them all to freedom.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • SORCERERS APPRENTICE : An Anthology of Magical Tales
    SORCERERS APPRENTICE : An Anthology of Magical Tales
    ZIPES JACK
    ISBN: 9780691172651
    Title: SORCERERS APPRENTICE : An Anthology of Magical Tales
    Author: ZIPES JACK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" might conjure up images of Mickey Mouse from the Disney film Fantasia, or of Harry Potter. As this anthology reveals, however, "sorcerer's apprentice" tales - in which a young person rebels against, or complies with, an authority who holds the keys to magical powers - have been told through the centuries, in many languages and cultures, from classical times to today. This unique and beautifully illustrated book brings together more than seventy sorcerer's apprentice stories by a plethora of writers, including Ovid, Sir Walter Scott, and the Brothers Grimm. From Goethe's "The Pupil in Magic" to A. K. Ramanujan's "The Guru and His Disciple," this expansive collection presents variations of a classic passed down through countries and eras.


    Readers enter worlds where household objects are brought to life and shape-shifting occurs from human to animal and back again. We meet two types of apprentice: "The Humiliated Apprentice," a foolish bumbler who wields magic ineffectively and promotes obedience to authority; and "The Rebellious Apprentice" who, through ambition and transformative skills, promotes empowerment and self-awareness. In an extensive introduction, esteemed fairy-tale scholar Jack Zipes discusses the significance and meaning of the apprentice stories, the contradictions in popular retellings, and the importance of magic as a tool of resistance against figures who abuse their authority. Twenty specially commissioned black-and-white illustrations by noted artist Natalie Frank bring the stories to visual life. The Sorcerer's Apprentice enlightens and entertains readers with enduring, spellbinding tales of sorcery that have been with us through the ages.

    Imprint: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRES
    RRP: $74.99

    Price: $74.99
  • SORROWS OF YOUNG WERTHER
    SORROWS OF YOUNG WERTHER
    GOETHE
    ISBN: 9780140445039
    Title: SORROWS OF YOUNG WERTHER
    Author: GOETHE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A key work in the German 'Sturm und Drang' movement, Johann Goethe's autobiographical epistolary novel The Sorrows of Young Werther is a defining moment in early Romanticism, which has influenced writers from Mary Shelley to Thomas Mann.


    Visiting an idyllic German village, Werther, a sensitive young man, meets and falls in love with sweet-natured Charlotte. Although he realises that she is to marry Albert, he is unable to subdue his passion and his infatuation torments him to the point of despair. The first great 'confessional' novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther draws both on Goethe's own unrequited love for Charlotte Buff and on the death of his friend Karl Wilhelm Jerusalem. The book was an immediate success, and a cult rapidly grew up around it, resulting in numerous imitations as well as violent criticism and suppression on the grounds of its apparent support of suicide. Goethe's sensitive exploration of the mind of an artist at odds with society and ill-equipped to cope with life is now considered the first great tragic novel of European literature.

    This edition includes notes and an introduction by Michael Hulse, who explores the origins of the novel in the author's life and examines its impact on European culture.

    Johann Wolfgang Goethe (1749-1832) was born in Frankfurt, Germany. Although he directed the German State Theatre, dabbled in the occult and worked on scientific theories in evolutionary botany, Goethe is best remembered for his great works The Sorrows of Young Werther and Faust, and his part in the 18th century 'Sturm and Drang' movement.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • STEPPE AND OTHER STORIES 1887-91
    STEPPE AND OTHER STORIES 1887-91
    CHEKHOV ANTON
    ISBN: 9780140447859
    Title: STEPPE AND OTHER STORIES 1887-91
    Author: CHEKHOV ANTON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Steppe and Other Stories 1887-91 is a collection that reveals Anton Chekhov's evolution from a novice writer to a master of short narrative form. This Penguin Classics edition is translated by Ronald Wilks with an introduction by Donald Rayfield.
    This collection of Chekhov's finest early writing is headlined by 'The Steppe', which established his reputation, telling the unforgettable tale of a boy's journey to a new school in Kiev, travelling through majestic landscapes towards an unknown destiny. 'Gusev' depicts an ocean voyage, where the sea takes on a terrifying, primeval power; 'The Kiss' portrays a shy soldier's failed romantic encounter; and in 'The Duel' two men's enmity ends in farce. Haunting and highly atmospheric, all the stories in this volume show a writer emerging from the shadow of his masters - great Russian writers such as Leo Tolstoy, Ivan Turgenev and Nikolai Gogol - and discovering his own voice. They also illustrate Chekhov's genius for evoking the natural world and exploring inner lives.
    This is the first of three chronological volumes of Chekhov's short stories in Penguin Classics. Ronald Wilks's delicate translation is accompanied by a chronology and explanatory notes. This edition also contains an introduction and annotated bibliography by internationally renowned Chekhov scholar Donald Rayfield.
    Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) was born in Taganrog, a port on the sea of Azov. In 1879 he travelled to Moscow, where he entered the medical faculty of the university, graduating in 1884. During his university years, he supported his family by contributing humorous stories and sketches to magazines. He published his first volume of stories, Motley Tales, in 1886, and a year later his second volume In the Twilight, for which he received the Pushkin Prize. Today his plays, including 'Uncle Vanya', 'The Seagull', and 'The Cherry Orchard' are recognised as masterpieces the world over.
    If you enjoyed The Steppe, you might like Chekhov's The Lady with the Little Dog and Other Stories, also available in Penguin Classics.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • SYMPOSIUM
    SYMPOSIUM
    PLATO
    ISBN: 9780140449273
    Title: SYMPOSIUM
    Author: PLATO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.


    Plato's retelling of the discourses between Socrates and his friends on such subjects as love and desire, truth and illusion, spiritual transcendence and the qualities of a good ruler, profoundly affected the ways in which we view human relationships, society and leadership - and shaped the whole tradition of Western philosophy.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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