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  • DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS
    DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS
    PEPYS SAMUEL
    ISBN: 9781841593791
    Title: DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS
    Author: PEPYS SAMUEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) began writing in 1660 he was a young clerk living in London, struggling to pay his rent. Over the next nine years as he kept his journal, he rose to be a powerful naval administrator. He became eyewitness to some of the most significant events in seventeenth-century English history, among them, the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660 (he was in the ship that brought back Charles II from exile), the plague that ravaged the capital in 1665, and the Great Fire of 1666, described with poetry and horror. Pepys's diary gives vivid descriptions of spectacular events, but much of the richness of the diary lies in the details it provides about the minor dramas of daily life. While Pepys was keen to hear the King's views, he was also ready to talk with a soldier, a housekeeper, or a child rag-picker. He records with searing frankness his tumultuous personal and professional life- the pleasures and frustrations of his marriage, together with his infidelities, his ambitions, and his power schemes. All of this was set down in shorthand, to protect it from prying eyes. The result is a lively, often astonishing, diary and an unrivalled account of life in seventeenth-century London.

    Imprint: EVERYMAN HARDBACKS
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
  • DISCOURSE ON INEQUALITY
    DISCOURSE ON INEQUALITY
    ROUSSEAU JEAN-JACQUES
    ISBN: 9780140444391
    Title: DISCOURSE ON INEQUALITY
    Author: ROUSSEAU JEAN-JACQUES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In "A Discourse on Inequality", Rousseau sets out to demonstrate how the growth of civilization corrupts man's natural happiness and freedom by creating artificial inequalities of wealth, power and social privilege. Contending that primitive man was equal to his fellows, Rousseau believed that as societies become more sophisticated, the strongest and most intelligent members of the community gain an unnatural advantage over their weaker brethren, and that constitutions set up to rectify these imbalances through peace and justice in fact do nothing but perpetuate them. Rousseau's political and social arguments in the "Discourse" were a hugely influential denunciation of the social conditions of his time and one of the most revolutionary documents of the eighteenth-century.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DISCOURSE ON METHOD AND RELATED WRITINGS
    DISCOURSE ON METHOD AND RELATED WRITINGS
    DESCARTES RENE
    ISBN: 9780140446999
    Title: DISCOURSE ON METHOD AND RELATED WRITINGS
    Author: DESCARTES RENE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is the second of a new two-volume edition of the works of Descartes in Penguin Classics. This volume is designed for students who approach Descartes from the point of view of his philosophy of science. Includes DISCOURSE ON METHOD, the most accessible and well-known of his discussions of scientific method; the first seven chapters of the earlier, unpublished work, THE WORLD; as well as a selection of Descartes' correspondence and his replies to his critics.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DISCOURSES
    DISCOURSES
    MACHIAVELLI NICOLO
    ISBN: 9780140444285
    Title: DISCOURSES
    Author: MACHIAVELLI NICOLO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ambitious in scope, but also clear-eyed and pragmatic, The Discourses creates a modern theory of republic politics.

    Few figures in intellectual history have proved as notorious and ambiguous as Niccolò Machiavelli. But while his treatise The Prince made his name synonymous with autocratic ruthlessness and cynical manipulation, The Discourses (c.1517) shows a radically different outlook on the world of politics. In this carefully argued commentary on Livy’s history of republican Rome, Machiavelli proposed a system of government that would uphold civic freedom and security by instilling the virtues of active citizenship, and that would also encourage citizens to put the needs of the state above selfish, personal interests. Ambitious in scope, but also clear-eyed and pragmatic, The Discourses creates a modern theory of republic politics.

    Leslie J. Walker’s definitive translation has been revised by Brian Richardson and is accompanied by an introduction by Bernard Crick, which illuminates Machiavelli’s historical context and his new theories of politics. This edition also includes suggestions for further reading and notes.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DISCOURSES AND SELECTED WRITINGS
    DISCOURSES AND SELECTED WRITINGS
    EPICTETUS
    ISBN: 9780140449464
    Title: DISCOURSES AND SELECTED WRITINGS
    Author: EPICTETUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Epictetus, a Greek stoic and freed slave, ran a thriving philosophy school in Nicropolis in the early second century AD. His animated discussions were celebrated for their rhetorical wizardry and were written down by Arrian, his most famous pupil. Together with the Enchiridion, a manual of his main ideas, and the fragments collected here, The Discourses argue that happiness lies in learning to perceive exactly what is in our power to change and what is not, and in embracing our fate to live in harmony with god and nature. In this personal, practical guide to the ethics of stoicism and moral self-improvement, Epictetus tackles questions of freedom and imprisonment, illness and fear, family, friendship and love, and leaves an intriguing document of daily life in the classical world.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DIVINE COMEDY   -   New and Revised Translation by Steve Ellis
    DIVINE COMEDY - New and Revised Translation by Steve Ellis
    ALIGHIERI DANTE
    ISBN: 9781784871987
    Title: DIVINE COMEDY - New and Revised Translation by Steve Ellis
    Author: ALIGHIERI DANTE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Halfway through life, you find yourself lost, unsure of the right path. Greed, deception and pride have led you away from the ideals and dreams you cherished in younger days. How do you go on?

    This is the starting point of one of the most extraordinary and important journeys in western literature, a stunningly ambitious flight of imagination and philosophy which has reverberated down the years since Dante Alighieri first wrote it down in the fourteenth century. The Divine Comedy is a vision of the afterlife, the three regions of Hell, Purgatory and Paradise, through which the narrator must journey in order to better understand the workings of the universe, the love of God, and his place in the world.

    Poet and translator Steve Ellis translated the Inferno in 1994, and it was greeted with great acclaim. Now Ellis's translation of the entire poem is published here for the first time, and Dante's epic can be experienced afresh and in new glorious life and colour, the physicality and immediacy of Dante's verse rendered in English as never before.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • DOCTOR THORNE
    DOCTOR THORNE
    TROLLOPE ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9780140433265
    Title: DOCTOR THORNE
    Author: TROLLOPE ANTHONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Son of a bankrupt landowner, Frank Gresham is intent on marrying his beloved Mary Thorne, despite her illegitimacy and apparent poverty. Frank's ambitious mother and haughty aunt are set against the match, however, and push him to save the family's mortgaged estate by making a good marriage to a wealthy heiress. Only Mary's loving uncle, Dr Thorne, knows the secret of her birth and the fortune she is to inherit that will make her socially acceptable in the eyes of Frank's family - but the high-principled doctor believes she should be accepted on her own terms. A telling examination of the relationship between society, money and morality, Dr Thorne (1858) is enduringly popular for Trollope's affectionate depiction of rural English life and his deceptively simple portrayal of human nature.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.95

    Price: $19.95
  • DON QUIXOTE
    DON QUIXOTE
    CERVANTES MIGUEL DE
    ISBN: 9780140449099
    Title: DON QUIXOTE
    Author: CERVANTES MIGUEL DE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Don Quixote has become so entranced by reading romances of chivalry that he determines to become a knight errant and pursue bold adventures, accompanied by his squire, the cunning Sancho Panza. As they roam the world together, the ageing Quixote's fancy leads them wildly astray. At the same time the relationship between the two men grows with fascinating subtlety. Often considered to be the first modern novel, Don Quixote is a wonderful burlesque of the popular literature its disordered protagonist is obsessed with. John Rutherford's landmark translation does full justice to the energy and wit of Cervantes's prose. His introduction discusses the traditional works parodied in Don Quixote, as well as issues surrounding literary translation.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • DRACULA
    DRACULA
    STOKER BRAM
    ISBN: 9780141439846
    Title: DRACULA
    Author: STOKER BRAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula purchase a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries about his client and his castle. Soon afterwards, disturbing incidents unfold in England- an unmanned ship is wrecked at Whitby; strange puncture marks appear on a young woman's neck; and a lunatic asylum inmate raves about the imminent arrival of his 'Master'.

    In the ensuing battle of wits between the sinister Count and a determined group of adversaries, Bram Stoker created a masterpiece of the horror genre, probing deeply into human identity, sanity, and the dark corners of Victorian sexuality and desire. For this completely updated edition, Maurice Hindle has revised his introduction, list of further reading and textual notes, and added two new appendices- Stoker's essay on censorship and his interview with Winston Churchill, both published in 1908.

    Christopher Frayling's preface discusses Stoker's significance and the influences that contributed to his creation of the Dracula myth.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • DREAM STORY
    DREAM STORY
    SCHNITZLER ARTHUR
    ISBN: 9780241372630
    Title: DREAM STORY
    Author: SCHNITZLER ARTHUR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: February 2020 New Release

    In Dream Story, a married couple are first traumatized and then achieve a new depth of understanding by confessing to each other their sexual fantasies, dream-like adventures and might-have-beens. Taking us on a guided tour of Vienna's seedy cafes, red-light district, decadent villas, hospitals and morgue, Schnitzler brilliantly uncovers the violence and depravity lurking beneath the surface of civilized society. Like his Viennese contemporary Sigmund Freud, the doctor and writer Arthur Schnitzler was a bold pioneer in exploring the dark tangled roots of human sexuality.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • EARLY IRISH MYTHS AND SAGAS
    EARLY IRISH MYTHS AND SAGAS
    ISBN: 9780140443974
    Title: EARLY IRISH MYTHS AND SAGAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Irish tales, first written down in the eighth century, deal with the birth, childhood, courtship, premonitions, and death of gods, goddesses, and mortals.

    These early Irish stories, probably first written down around the eighth century A.D., represent the oral tradition of the Iron Age Celts who flourished in Europe during the seven centuries before Christ. Building the economic, social and artistic foundations of the continent as they did, their myths and tales can be said to be the earliest voices from the dawn of Western civilisation. Later, with the growth of the Roman and Viking empires, their influence died except in Ireland. There, less exposed to new traditions, their original culture is preserved in these stories. Written in beautiful, elusive language, the main tension is between reality and fantasy, and the themes foreshadow those which preoccupied Yeats, Synge and Joyce. Throughout, the energy and pride of reality is allied powerfully with the magic of fantasy, creating a world where men mingle freely with the gods and where the afterworld is an extension of this heroic, romantic and idealistic picture.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • EARLY SOCRATIC DIALOGUES
    EARLY SOCRATIC DIALOGUES
    PLATO
    ISBN: 9780140455038
    Title: EARLY SOCRATIC DIALOGUES
    Author: PLATO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Rich in drama and humour, they include the controversial Ion, a debate on poetic inspiration; Laches, in which Socrates seeks to define bravery; and Euthydemus, which considers the relationship between philosophy and politics. Together, these dialogues provide a definitive portrait of the real Socrates and raise issues still keenly debated by philosophers, forming an incisive overview of Plato's philosophy.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ECCE HOMO
    ECCE HOMO
    NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    ISBN: 9780140445152
    Title: ECCE HOMO
    Author: NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In late 1888, only weeks before his final collapse into madness, Nietzsche (1844 1900) set out to compose his autobiography, and Ecce Homo remains one of the most intriguing yet bizarre examples of the genre ever written. In this extraordinary work Nietzsche traces his life, work and development as a philosopher, examines the heroes he has identified with, struggled against and then overcome Schopenhauer, Wagner, Socrates, Christ and predicts the cataclysmic impact of his forthcoming revelation of all values . Both self-celebrating and self-mocking, penetrating and strange, Ecce Homo gives the final, definitive expression to Nietzsche s main beliefs and is in every way his last testament.







    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ECLOGUES
    ECLOGUES
    VIRGIL
    ISBN: 9780140444193
    Title: ECLOGUES
    Author: VIRGIL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Haunting and enigmatic, Virgil's Eclogues combined a Greek literary form with scenes from contemporary Roman life to create a work that inspired a whole European tradition of pastoral poetry.

    For despite their rustic setting and the beauty of their phrasing, the poems in Virgil's first collection are also grounded in reality. Shepherds are overwhelmed by the torments of poetic love - but they must also endure such real-life events as the tragic consequences of Julius Caesar's murder in 44 bc and a civil war. In giving unforgettable expression to the disasters of the day through poetry, the Eclogues paved the way for the Georgics and the Aeneid, the two greatest works of Latin literature, and are also a major masterpiece in their own right.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • EICHMANN IN JERUSALEM : A Report of the Banality of Evil
    EICHMANN IN JERUSALEM : A Report of the Banality of Evil
    ARENDT HANNAH
    ISBN: 9780143039884
    Title: EICHMANN IN JERUSALEM : A Report of the Banality of Evil
    Author: ARENDT HANNAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Hannah Arendt's authoritative report on the trial of Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann includes further factual material that came to light after the trial, as well as Arendt's postscript directly addressing the controversy that arose over her account.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • EITHER/OR : A FRAGMENT OF LIFE
    EITHER/OR : A FRAGMENT OF LIFE
    KIERKEGAARD SOREN
    ISBN: 9780140445770
    Title: EITHER/OR : A FRAGMENT OF LIFE
    Author: KIERKEGAARD SOREN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Either/Or, using the voices of two characters - the aesthetic young man of part one, called simply 'A', and the ethical Judge Vilhelm of the second section - Kierkegaard reflects upon the search for a meaningful existence, contemplating subjects as diverse as Mozart, drama, boredom, and, in the famous Seducer's Diary, the cynical seduction and ultimate rejection of a young, beautiful woman. A masterpiece of duality, Either/Or is a brilliant exploration of the conflict between the aesthetic and the ethical - both meditating ironically and seductively upon Epicurean pleasures, and eloquently expounding the noble virtues of a morally upstanding life.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
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