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  • ELECTRA AND OTHER PLAYS
    ELECTRA AND OTHER PLAYS
    EURIPIDES
    ISBN: 9780140446685
    Title: ELECTRA AND OTHER PLAYS
    Author: EURIPIDES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Of all the ancient Greek tragedians, Euripides was the most sensitive to the lives of women and other outcasts in Athenian society, and Electra and Other Plays collects five plays demonstrating his talent for bringing to life their plight. This Penguin Classics edition is translated by John Davie with an introduction and notes by Richard Rutherford.

    Written during a period overshadowed by the fierce struggle for supremacy between Sparta and Euripides' native Athens, these five plays are haunted by the shadow of war - and in particular its impact on women. In Electra the children of Agamemnon take bloody revenge on their mother for murdering their father after his return from Troy, and Suppliant Women depicts the grieving mothers of those killed in battle. The other plays deal with the aftermath of the Trojan War for the defeated survivors, as Andromache shows Hector's widow as a trophy of war in the house of her Greek captor, and Hecabe portrays a defeated queen avenging the murder of her last-remaining son, while Trojan Women tells of the plight of the city's women in the hands of their victors.

    John Davie's compelling translations are accompanied by an introduction by Richard Rutherford describing the tragic genre and Euripides innovations, along with a chronology, prefaces to each play, notes, a bibliography and a glossary of names.

    Euripides (c.485-07 BC) was an Athenian born into a family of considerable rank. Disdaining the public duties expected of him, Euripides spent a life of quiet introspection, spending much of his life in a cave on Salamis. Late in life he voluntarily exiled himself to the court of Archelaus, King of Macedon, where he wrote The Bacchae, regarded by many as his greatest work. Euripides is thought to have written 92 plays, only 18 of which survive.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • EMMA
    EMMA
    AUSTEN JANE
    ISBN: 9780141439587
    Title: EMMA
    Author: AUSTEN JANE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Beautiful, clever, rich - and single Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protigie Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austin's most flawless work.

    This edition includes a new chronology, additional suggestions for further reading and the original Penguin Classics introduction by Tony Tanner.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • EMMA : AN ANNOTATED EDITION
    EMMA : AN ANNOTATED EDITION
    AUSTEN JANE / TANDON BHARAT [ED]
    ISBN: 9780674048843
    Title: EMMA : AN ANNOTATED EDITION
    Author: AUSTEN JANE / TANDON BHARAT [ED]
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Emma, perhaps the most technically accomplished of all of Austen's novels, is also, after Pride and Prejudice, her most popular one. Its numerous film and television adaptations testify to the world's enduring affection for the headstrong, often misguided Emma Woodhouse and her many romantic schemes.

    Like the previous volumes in Harvard's celebrated annotated Austen series, Emma: An Annotated Edition is a beautiful and illuminating gift edition that will be treasured by readers. Stimulating and helpful annotations appear in the bookas margins, offering information, definitions, and commentary. In his Introduction, Bharat Tandon suggests several ways to approach the novel, enabling a larger appreciation of its central concerns and accomplishments. Appearing throughout the book are many illustrations, often in color, which help the reader to better picture the Regency-era world that serves as the stage for Emmaas matchmaking adventures.

    Whether explaining the intricacies of early nineteenth-century dinner etiquette or speculating on Highburyas deliberately imprecise geographical location, Tandon serves as a delightful and entertaining guide. For those coming to the novel for the first time or those returning to it, Emma: An Annotated Edition offers a valuable portal to Austen's world.

    Imprint: HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $74.00

    Price: $74.00
  • ENNEADS
    ENNEADS
    PLOTINUS
    ISBN: 9780140445206
    Title: ENNEADS
    Author: PLOTINUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Regarded as the founder of Neo-Platonism, Plotinus (AD 204-70) was the last great philosopher of antiquity, producing 0works that proved in many ways a precursor to Renaissance thought. Plotinus was convinced of the existence of a state of supreme perfection and argued powerfully that it was necessary to guide the human soul towards this state. Here he outlines his compelling belief in three increasingly perfect levels of existence - the Soul, the Intellect, and the One - and explains his conviction that humanity must strive to draw the soul towards spiritual transcendence. A fusion of Platonism, mystic passion and Aristotelian thought, The Enneads offers a highly original synthesis of early philosophical and religious beliefs, which powerfully influenced later Christian and Islamic theology.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
    FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
    HARDY THOMAS
    ISBN: 9780141439655
    Title: FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
    Author: HARDY THOMAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Independent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene has come to Weatherbury to take up her position as a farmer on the largest estate in the area. Her confident presence draws three very different suitors: the gentleman-farmer Boldwood, soldier-seducer Sergeant Troy and the devoted Shepard Gabriel Oak. Each, in contrasting ways, unsettles her decisions and complicates her life, and when tragedy ensues, the stability of the whole community is threatened. The first of his works set in Wessex, Thomas Hardy's novel of swift passion and slow courtship is imbued with his evocative descriptions of rural life and landscapes, and with unflinching honesty about sexual relationships.

    This edition, based on Hardy's original 1874 manuscript, is the complete novel he never saw published, and restores its full candour and innovation.
    Rosemarie Morgan's introduction discusses the history of its publication, and the Biblical and classical allusions that permeate the novel.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • FAUST PART I
    FAUST PART I
    GOETHE
    ISBN: 9780140449013
    Title: FAUST PART I
    Author: GOETHE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Goethe's Faust reworks the late medieval myth of Dr Faust, a brilliant scholar so disillusioned he resolves to make a contract or wager with Mephistopheles. The devil will do all he asks on Earth and seek to grant him a moment in life so glorious that he will wish it to last for ever. But if Faust does bid the moment stay, he falls to Mephisto and must serve him after death. In this first part of Goethe's great work the embittered thinker and Mephistopheles enter into their agreement, and soon Faust is living a life beyond his study and - in rejuvenated form - winning the love of the charming and beautiful Gretchen. But in this compelling tragedy of arrogance, unfulfilled desire and self-delusion, Faust, served by the devil, heads inexorably towards destruction. This major new translation by David Constantine conveys the innate lyrical liveliness of Goethe's original. The preface, by A. S. Byatt, considers Goethe's lifelong relationship with the myth of Faust and the play's influence on modern literature.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FAUST PART II
    FAUST PART II
    GOETHE
    ISBN: 9780140449020
    Title: FAUST PART II
    Author: GOETHE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The corpse is prone and when the spirit fliesI show her my entitlement, blood-signed'

    After the sorrowful loss of his beloved Gretchen, the soul-sold Faust is tempted by the demon Mephistopheles with the grandest distractions of politics and power. Eager for new sensations, Faust calls for a vision of the unsurpassed beauty of Helen of Troy, and then, overwhelmed, for her to be brought back from the underworld and delivered to him bodily. But even this does not bring contentment, or satisfy his appetite for fresh experience. Completed a few months before Goethe's death, the concluding part of his masterpiece is a rich and allusive work, weaving together a wealth of diverse philosophical ideas and influences, reworking the medieval myth of Dr Faustus and speculating upon the search for truth in the Age of Enlightenment.David Constantine's major new translation includes a preface by A. S. Byatt on Goethe's Faust and other representations of the character throughout literature.

    This edition also includes an introduction by Constantine, chronology, notes, a synopsis of each scene and further reading.

    Translated with an introduction and notes by DAVID CONSTANTINE and with a preface by A. S. BYATT

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • FEAR AND TREMBLING
    FEAR AND TREMBLING
    KIERKEGAARD SOREN
    ISBN: 9780140444490
    Title: FEAR AND TREMBLING
    Author: KIERKEGAARD SOREN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Fear and Trembling Kierkegaard, writing under the pseudonym Johannes de silentio, expounds his personal view of religion through a discussion of the scene in Genesis in which Abraham prepares to sacrifice his son at God's command. Believing Abraham's unreserved obedience to be the essential leap of faith needed to make a full commitment to his religion, Kierkegaard himself made great sacrifices in order to dedicate his life entirely to his philosophy and to God. The conviction shown in this religious polemic - that a man can have an exceptional mission in life - informed all Kierkegaard's later writings, and was also hugely influential for both Protestant theology and the existentialist movement.

    Alastair Hannay's introduction elucidates Kierkegaard's philosophy and the ways in which it conflicted with more accepted contemporary views. This edition also includes detailed notes to complement this groundbreaking analysis of religion, and new chronology.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FIRST MEN IN THE MOON AND A MODERN UTOPIA
    FIRST MEN IN THE MOON AND A MODERN UTOPIA
    WELLS H G
    ISBN: 9781840227444
    Title: FIRST MEN IN THE MOON AND A MODERN UTOPIA
    Author: WELLS H G
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When penniless businessman Mr Bedford retreats to Kent to write a play, he encounters Dr Cavor, an absent-minded scientist who has invented a material that counteracts gravity. This discovery enables the two men to set off on a fantastic journey to the Moon. But they are not prepared for what they find there - a world of freezing nights, boiling days and danger from a sinister alien lifeform, the selenites, creatures who have developed an intricate hierarchical society beneath the lunar surface.

    The First Men in the Moon ignited speculation in nineteenth century society concerning what lies on and beneath the surface of the Moon. By turns amusing, thrilling and stimulating, the novel is a classic of its genre.

    This volume also contains another of Wells's fascinating thought-provoking fantasies: A Modern Utopia in which two travellers fall into a space-warp and find themselves upon a Utopian Earth controlled by a single World Government.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • FLATLAND : A Romance of Many Dimensions
    FLATLAND : A Romance of Many Dimensions
    ABBOTT EDWIN A
    ISBN: 9780140435313
    Title: FLATLAND : A Romance of Many Dimensions
    Author: ABBOTT EDWIN A
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    FLATLAND has fascinated generations of readers. It is a deft mixture of social satire and science fiction that continues to pose provocative questions about perception and reality. FLATLAND is a brilliant parody of Victorian society where all existence is limited to length and breadth - its inhabitants unable even to imagine a third dimension. The amiable narrator, A Square, provides an overview of this fantastic world - its physics and metaphysics, its history, customs and religious beliefs. But when a strange visitor mysteriously appears and transports the incredulous Flatlander to the Land of Three Dimensions, his world view is forever shattered.



    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • FRANKENSTEIN : The 1818 Text
    FRANKENSTEIN : The 1818 Text
    SHELLEY MARY
    ISBN: 9780143131847
    Title: FRANKENSTEIN : The 1818 Text
    Author: SHELLEY MARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    2018 marks the bicentennial of Mary Shelley's seminal novel of the scientist whose creation becomes a monster.

    This edition is the original 1818 text, which preserves the hard-hitting and politically charged aspects of Shelley's original writing, as well as her unflinching wit and strong female voice.

    This edition also includes a new introduction and suggestions for further reading by author and Shelley expert Charlotte Gordon, literary excerpts and reviews selected by Gordon and a chronology and essay by preeminent Shelley scholar Charles E. Robinson.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON / AROUND THE MOON
    FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON / AROUND THE MOON
    VERNE JULES
    ISBN: 9781840226706
    Title: FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON / AROUND THE MOON
    Author: VERNE JULES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction and Notes by Alex Dolby.

    Translation by T.K. Linklater

    Jules Verne (1828-1905) was internationally famous as the author of novels based on ‘extraordinary voyages.’ His visionary use of new travel technologies inspired his readers to look to the industrial future rather than the remote past for their dreams of adventure. The popularity of his novels led directly to modern science fiction.

    In 'From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon', Jules Verne turned the ancient fantasy of space flight into a believable technological possibility – an engineering dream for the industrial age. Directly inspired by Verne’s story, enthusiasts worked successfully at overcoming the practical difficulties, and within a century, human beings did indeed fly to the Moon. Curiously, however, Verne is unlikely to have thought it possible that a manned projectile could actually be fired out of a giant cannon, rising higher than the Moon, swinging around it, and then landing safely back on Earth. He had used the science of the day to construct a literary conjuring trick, a hoax, one of the most successful in all history. By skilful misdirection he drew the attention of readers away from weaknesses in the project. Read the book and you, too, will be fooled into accepting the realistic possibility in Verne’s time of that dream of flying to the Moon.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • GAMBLER AND OTHER STORIES
    GAMBLER AND OTHER STORIES
    DOSTOYEVSKY FYODOR
    ISBN: 9780140455090
    Title: GAMBLER AND OTHER STORIES
    Author: DOSTOYEVSKY FYODOR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Gambler and Other Stories is Fyodor Dostoyevsky's collection of one novella and six short stories reflecting his own life - indeed, 'The Gambler', a story of a young tutor in the employment of a formerly wealthy Russian General, was written under a strict deadline so he could pay off his roulette debts. This volume includes 'Bobok', the tale of a frustrated writer visiting a cemetery and enjoying the gossip of the dead; 'The Dream of a Ridiculous Man', the story of one man's plan to commit suicide and the troubling dream that follows, as well as 'A Christmas Party and a Wedding', 'A Nasty Story' and 'The Meek One'.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • GOOD SOLDIER
    GOOD SOLDIER
    FORD FORD MADOX
    ISBN: 9780141441849
    Title: GOOD SOLDIER
    Author: FORD FORD MADOX
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Dowells, a wealthy American couple, have been close friends with the Ashburnhams for years. Edward Ashburnham, a first-rate soldier, seems to be the perfect English gentleman, and Leonora his perfect wife, but beneath the surface their marriage seethes with unhappiness and deception. Our only window on the strange tangle of events surrounding Edward is provided by John Dowell, the husband he deceives. Gradually Dowell unfolds a devastating story, in which everyone's honesty is in doubt.

    This extraordinary novel of passion and betrayal is a masterpiece of narrative skill and emotional depth.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • GOOD SOLDIER SVEJK
    GOOD SOLDIER SVEJK
    HASEK JAROSLAV
    ISBN: 9780140449914
    Title: GOOD SOLDIER SVEJK
    Author: HASEK JAROSLAV
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Good-natured and garrulous, Svejk becomes the Austrian army's most loyal Czech soldier when he is called up on the outbreak of the First World War - although his bumbling attempts to get to the front serve only to prevent him from reaching it. Playing cards, getting drunk and becoming a general nuisance, the resourceful Svejk uses all his natural cunning and genial subterfuge to deal with the doctors, police, clergy and officers who chivvy him towards battle. The story of a 'little man' caught in a vast bureaucratic machine, The Good Soldier Svejk combines dazzling wordplay and piercing satire to create a hilariously subversive depiction of the futility of war.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR DIARY OF A MADMAN AND SELECTED STORIES
    GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR DIARY OF A MADMAN AND SELECTED STORIES
    GOGOL NIKOLAI
    ISBN: 9780140449075
    Title: GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR DIARY OF A MADMAN AND SELECTED STORIES
    Author: GOGOL NIKOLAI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Author, dramatist and satirist, Nikolay Gogol (1809-1852) deeply influenced later Russian literature with his powerful depictions of a society dominated by petty bureaocracy and base corruption. This volume includes both his most admired short fiction and his most famous drama. A biting and frequently hilarious political satire, The Government Inspector has been popular since its first performance and was regarded by Nabokov as the greatest Russian play every written. The stories gathered here, meanwhile, range from comic to tragic and describe the isolated lives of low-ranking clerks, lunatics and swindlers. They include Diary of a Madman, an amusing but disturbing exploration of insanity; Nevsky Prospect, a depiction of an artist besotted with a prostitute; and The Overcoat, a moving consideration of poverty that powerfully influenced Dostoevsky and later Russian literature.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
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