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  • CRACKED LOOKING GLASS
    CRACKED LOOKING GLASS
    PORTER KATHERINE ANNE
    ISBN: 9780241339626
    Title: CRACKED LOOKING GLASS
    Author: PORTER KATHERINE ANNE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    She only wished to prove to herself she was once more on a train going somewhere'

    A tender story of devotion, resentment and ennui from the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $2.50
    Price: $2.50
  • CRANFORD AND SELECTED SHORT STORIES
    CRANFORD AND SELECTED SHORT STORIES
    GASKELL ELIZABETH
    ISBN: 9781840224511
    Title: CRANFORD AND SELECTED SHORT STORIES
    Author: GASKELL ELIZABETH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction and Notes by Professor Emeritus John Chapple, University of Hull

    The sheer variety and accomplishment of Elizabeth Gaskell’s shorter fiction is amazing. This new volume contains six of her finest stories that have been selected specifically to demonstrate this, and to trace the development of her art.

    As diverse in setting as in subject matter, these tales move from the gentle comedy of life in a small English country town in 'Dr Harrison's Confessions', to atmospheric horror in far north-west Wales with 'The Doom of the Griffiths'. The story of 'Cousin Phillis', her masterly tale of love and loss, is a subtle, complex and perceptive analysis of changes in English national life during an industrial age, while the gripping 'Lois the Witch' recreates the terrors of the Salem witchcraft trials in seventeenth-century New England, as Gaskell shrewdly shows the numerous roots of this furious outbreak of delusion. Whimsically modified fairy tales are set in a French chateau, while an engaging love story poetically evokes peasant life in wine-growing Germany.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • CREATE DANGEROUSLY
    CREATE DANGEROUSLY
    CAMUS ALBERT
    ISBN: 9780241339121
    Title: CREATE DANGEROUSLY
    Author: CAMUS ALBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    'To create today is to create dangerously. Any publication is an act, and that act exposes one to the passions of an age that forgives nothing.'

    Camus's powerful essay, which is as important today as ever, argues against 'art for art's sake', while his Nobel Prize speech brilliantly sets out his vision of the artist's role and responsibilities.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $2.50

    Price: $2.50
  • CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
    CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
    DOSTOYEVSKY FYODOR
    ISBN: 9781840224306
    Title: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
    Author: DOSTOYEVSKY FYODOR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Translated by Constance Garnett with an Introduction and Notes by Dr Keith Carabine, University of Kent at Canterbury.

    'Crime and Punishment' is one of the greatest and most readable novels ever written. From the beginning we are locked into the frenzied consciousness of Raskolnikov who, against his better instincts, is inexorably drawn to commit a brutal double murder.

    From that moment on, we share his conflicting feelings of self-loathing and pride, of contempt for and need of others, and of terrible despair and hope of redemption: and, in a remarkable transformation of the detective novel, we follow his agonised efforts to probe and confront both his own motives for, and the consequences of, his crime.

    The result is a tragic novel built out of a series of supremely dramatic scenes that illuminate the eternal conflicts at the heart of human existence: most especially our desire for self-expression and self-fulfilment, as against the constraints of morality and human laws; and our agonised awareness of the world's harsh injustices and of our own mortality, as against the mysteries of divine justice and immortality.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • CRYSTAL EGG AND OTHER STORIES
    CRYSTAL EGG AND OTHER STORIES
    WELLS H G
    ISBN: 9781840227390
    Title: CRYSTAL EGG AND OTHER STORIES
    Author: WELLS H G
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This volume contains a generous selection of the tales of H. G. Wells, some of them famous, some forgotten. They demonstrate his immense imaginative energy, his originality, his prophetic genius, and his mastery of a range embracing Gothic horror, social satire, lyrical reverie and Utopian fantasy. Here Wells predicts the use of the tank, the aeroplane, the parachute and the bathysphere; he depicts the arrival of monsters from the deep, and envisages the destruction of life on our planet. Nevertheless, in social comedy, Wells anticipates E. M. Forster. We also see why Wells proved to be a provocation and inspiration not only to numerous science-fiction writers but also to such eminent authors as Vladimir Nabokov, Jorge Luis Borges and William Golding. Entertaining, disturbing, astonishing and thought-provoking, these tales constitute a Wellsian cornucopia.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • CUSTARD HEART
    CUSTARD HEART
    PARKER DOROTHY
    ISBN: 9780241339589
    Title: CUSTARD HEART
    Author: PARKER DOROTHY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Only when the littler, kinder hours had succeeded noon could she bring herself to come forth and face the recurrent sorrows of living'

    A collection of satirical short stories set in New York from the master of scathing wit Dorothy Parker.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $2.50

    Price: $2.50
  • DAISY MILLER AND OTHER STORIES
    DAISY MILLER AND OTHER STORIES
    JAMES HENRY
    ISBN: 9781853262135
    Title: DAISY MILLER AND OTHER STORIES
    Author: JAMES HENRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction and Notes by Pat Righelato, University of Reading.

    Daisy Miller is one of Henry James's most attractive heroines: she represents youth and frivolity. As a tourist in Italy, her American freedom and freshness of spirit come up against the corruption and hypocrisy of European manners. From its first publication, readers on both sides of the Atlantic have quarrelled about her, defending or attacking the liberties that Daisy takes and the conventions that she ignores. All three tales in this collection, 'Daisy Miller', 'An International Episode' and 'Lady Barbarina', express James's most notable subject, "the international theme", the encounters, romantic and cultural, between Americans and Europeans.

    His heroes and heroines approach each other on unfamiliar ground with new freedoms, yet find themselves unexpectedly hampered by old constraints. In 'An International Episode', an English lord visiting Newport, Rhode Island, falls in love with an American girl, but their relationship becomes more complicated when she travels to London.

    In the light-hearted comedy 'Lady Barbarina', a rich young American seeks an English aristocratic bride. The unusual outcomes of these three tales pose a number of social questions about marriage and the traditional roles of men and women. Is an international marriage symbolic of the highest cultural fusion of values or is it an old style raid and capture? Is marriage to remain the feminine destination?

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • DANGEROUS LIAISONS
    DANGEROUS LIAISONS
    DE LACLOS PIERRE CHODERLOS
    ISBN: 9781840227314
    Title: DANGEROUS LIAISONS
    Author: DE LACLOS PIERRE CHODERLOS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    With an Introduction and Notes by David Ellis.

    In this famous story of seduction, two highly intelligent but amoral French aristocrats plot the downfall of a respectable young married woman and a fifteen year old girl who has only just emerged from the convent. The letters these two conspirators exchange are remarkably frank in describing how they manage to achieve their ends and, at the same time, reveal nuances of character which make it impossible to dismiss either of them as simply evil. Those written by their victims are equally revelatory in a quite different and subtle way, while the manner in which Laclos handles the epistolary form in order to ensure that his two protagonists are finally defeated, not by outside forces, but the fissures in their own relationship, is a triumph of narrative skill. This novel poses shrewd questions about the relation between love and sex, and suggests that, in certain sections of eighteenth century French high society, idleness, boredom and wealth had created individuals whose misfortunes it would be hard to regret when, only seven years after 'Dangerous Liaisons' was published, the Revolution broke out.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • DANIEL DERONDA
    DANIEL DERONDA
    ELIOT GEORGE
    ISBN: 9781853261763
    Title: DANIEL DERONDA
    Author: ELIOT GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    With an Introduction and Notes by Dr Carole Jones, freelance writer and researcher.

    George Eliot's final novel, 'Daniel Deronda' (1876), follows the intertwining lives of the beautiful but spoiled and selfish Gwendolene Harleth and the selfless yet alienated Daniel Deronda, as they search for personal and vocational fulfilment and sympathetic relationship.

    Set largely in the degenerate English aristocratic society of the 1860s, 'Daniel Deronda' charts their search for meaningful lives against a background of imperialism, the oppression of women, and racial and religious prejudice. Gwendolen's attempts to escape a sadistic relationship and atone for past actions catalyse her friendship with Deronda, while his search for origins leads him, via Judaism, to a quest for moral growth.

    Eliot's radical dual narrative constantly challenges all solutions and ensures that the novel is as controversial now, as when it first appeared.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • DARK DAYS
    DARK DAYS
    BALDWIN JAMES
    ISBN: 9780241337547
    Title: DARK DAYS
    Author: BALDWIN JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    I read about it in the paper, in the subway, on my way to work. I read it, and I couldn't believe it, and I read it again.'

    A story exploring racism and artistic expression, set in the jazz clubs of Greenwich Village.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $2.50

    Price: $2.50
  • DAVID COPPERFIELD
    DAVID COPPERFIELD
    DICKENS CHARLES
    ISBN: 9781853260247
    Title: DAVID COPPERFIELD
    Author: DICKENS CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Introduction and Notes by Dr Adrienne Gavin, Canterbury Christ Church University College. Illustrations by Hablot K. Browne (Phiz).

    Dickens wrote of 'David Copperfield': "Of all my books I like this the best". Millions of readers in almost every language on earth have subsequently come to share the author's own enthusiasm for this greatly loved classic, possibly because of its autobiographical form.

    Following the life of David through many sufferings and great adversity, the reader will also find many light-hearted moments in the company of a host of English fiction's greatest stars including Mr Micawber, Traddles, Uriah Heep, Creakle, Betsy Trotwood, and the Peggoty family.

    Few readers, arriving at the end of 'David Copperfield', will not wish to echo Thackeray's famous praise, having read the first monthly part – "Bravo Dickens".

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • DAYDREAM AND THE DRUNKENNESS OF A YOUNG LADY
    DAYDREAM AND THE DRUNKENNESS OF A YOUNG LADY
    LISPECTOR CLARICE
    ISBN: 9780241337608
    Title: DAYDREAM AND THE DRUNKENNESS OF A YOUNG LADY
    Author: LISPECTOR CLARICE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The morning became a long, drawn-out afternoon that became depthless night dawning innocently through the house.'

    Tales of desire and madness from this giant of Brazilian literature.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $2.50

    Price: $2.50
  • DE PROFUNDIS : THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL AND OTHER WRITINGS
    DE PROFUNDIS : THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL AND OTHER WRITINGS
    WILDE OSCAR
    ISBN: 9781840224016
    Title: DE PROFUNDIS : THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL AND OTHER WRITINGS
    Author: WILDE OSCAR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    De Profundis is Wilde's eloquent and bitter reproach from prison to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas. He contrasts his behaviour with that of his close friend Robert Ross who became Wilde's literary executor. The Ballad of Reading Gaol is a deeply moving and characteristically generous poem on the horrors of prison life, which was published anonymously in 1898. This collection also includes the essay The Soul of Man under Socialism and two of his Platonic dialogues, The Decay of Lying and The Critic as Artist.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • DEAD SOULS
    DEAD SOULS
    GOGOL NIKOLAI
    ISBN: 9781840226379
    Title: DEAD SOULS
    Author: GOGOL NIKOLAI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction by Anthony Briggs. Translated by Isabel F. Hapgood.

    Russia in the 1840s. There is a stranger in town, and he is behaving oddly. The unctuous Pavel Chichikov goes around the local estates buying up 'dead souls'. These are the papers relating to serfs who have died since the last census, but who remain on the record and still attract a tax demand. Chichikov is willing to relieve their owners of the tax burden by buying the titles for a song. What he does not say is that he then proposes to take out a huge mortgage against these fictitious citizens and buy himself a nice estate in Eastern Russia. Will he get away with it? Who will rumble him? Does this narrative contain a deeper message about Russia itself or the spiritual health of humanity?

    There is much interest and some suspense in considering these issues, but the real pleasure of this story lies elsewhere. It is an enjoyable comic romp through a retarded part of a backward country, a picaresque series of grotesque portraits, situations and conversations described with Gogolian humour based mainly on hyperbole. This is, quite simply, the funniest book in the Russian language before the twentieth century.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • DEATH OF IVAN IILICH AND OTHER STORIES
    DEATH OF IVAN IILICH AND OTHER STORIES
    TOLSTOY LEO
    ISBN: 9781840224535
    Title: DEATH OF IVAN IILICH AND OTHER STORIES
    Author: TOLSTOY LEO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction and Notes by Dr T.C.B.Cook.

    Count Leo Tolstoy is best known for 'War and Peace' and 'Anna Karenina', commonly regarded as amongst the greatest novels ever written. He also, however, wrote many masterly short stories, and this volume contains four of the longest and best in distinguished translations that have stood the test of time.

    In the early story 'Family Happiness', Tolstoy explores courtship and marriage from the point of view of a young wife. In 'The Kreutzer Sonata' he gives us a terrifying study of marital breakdown, in The Devil a powerful depiction of the power of sexual temptation, and, in perhaps the finest of all, 'The Death of Ivan Ilyich', he portrays the long agony of a man gradually coming to terms with his own mortality.

    This volume also includes an Introduction and Notes written specially for this Wordsworth edition by Dr Tim Cook, formely lecturer in literature at the Universities of Kingston and Ulster. Previous work contributed by Dr Cook for Wordsworth includes an introduction and notes to Charles Dickens' 'Nicholas Nickleby'.

    Other Stories include:

    Family Happiness
    The Kreutzer Sonata
    Afterword by the Author
    The Devil

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • DEATH THE BARBER
    DEATH THE BARBER
    WILLIAMS WILLIAM CARLOS
    ISBN: 9780241339824
    Title: DEATH THE BARBER
    Author: WILLIAMS WILLIAM CARLOS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The alphabet of the trees is fading in the song of the leaves'

    Selected poems by the great American imagist poet.

    Imprint: PENGUIN MODERN CLASSICS
    RRP: $2.50

    Price: $2.50
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