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  • 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 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
    DIVINE COMEDY
    ALIGHIERI DANTE
    ISBN: 9781784871987
    Title: DIVINE COMEDY
    Author: ALIGHIERI DANTE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: July 2019 New Release

    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: RANDOM HOUSE
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • DOCTOR THORNE
    DOCTOR THORNE
    TROLLOPE ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9781840227369
    Title: DOCTOR THORNE
    Author: TROLLOPE ANTHONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction by Joanna Trollope.

    Trollope’s delightful novel recounts the fortunes of Doctor Thorne, an upright and principled country doctor, and his niece Mary. She falls in love with Frank Gresham, heir to the heavily mortgaged Greshambury estate, but he is constrained in his choices by the need to marry well so that he can restore the family fortunes.

    The vicissitudes of Mary and Frank's courtship are lovingly detailed with all the wit and satire that show Trollope at his finest. In this social comedy, full of snobbery, hypocrisy and self-seeking, we meet characters from the city and cathedral of Barchester, and are introduced to the grandiloquent de Courcy family, whose pretensions mark its members among the author's most felicitous creations, as well as the down-to-earth heiress Miss Dunstable and the deplorable Sir Roger Scatcherd.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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 CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • DON QUIXOTE   (Vintage Classic Europeans Series)
    DON QUIXOTE (Vintage Classic Europeans Series)
    CERVANTES MIGUEL DE
    ISBN: 9781784875008
    Title: DON QUIXOTE (Vintage Classic Europeans Series)
    Author: CERVANTES MIGUEL DE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    TRANSLATED FROM THE SPANISH BY EDITH GROSSMAN


    The Vintage Classics Europeans series - with covers provided by textile design firm Wallace Sewell, these are must-have editions of European masterpieces, celebrating the warp and weft of a shared literary treasury.


    Widely regarded as the world’s first modern novel, and one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote chronicles the adventures of a noble knight and his faithful squire as they travel through sixteenth-century Spain. Except the knight is not really a knight, his princesses are servant girls, his enchanted castles are inns and his giants are windmills. Don Quixote’s goodness is real however, and his wish for the world to be full of adventures and passion is so profoundly human that, four hundred years after its first appearance, his story still crackles, beguiles and inspires.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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
  • DUBLINERS
    DUBLINERS
    JOYCE JAMES
    ISBN: 9781853260483
    Title: DUBLINERS
    Author: JOYCE JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Introduction and Notes by Laurence Davies, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire.

    Living overseas but writing, always, about his native city, Joyce made Dublin unforgettable. The stories in Dubliners show us truants, seducers, gossips, rally-drivers, generous hostesses, corrupt politicians, failing priests, amateur theologians, struggling musicians, moony adolescents, victims of domestic brutishness, sentimental aunts and poets, patriots earnest or cynical, and people striving to get by.

    In every sense an international figure, Joyce was faithful to his own country by seeing it unflinchingly and challenging every precedent and piety in Irish literature.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • 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 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 ON THE BANALITY OF EVIL
    EICHMANN IN JERUSALEM : A REPORT ON THE BANALITY OF EVIL
    ARENDT HANNAH
    ISBN: 9780143039884
    Title: EICHMANN IN JERUSALEM : A REPORT ON 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 CLASSIC
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • 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
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