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  • 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
  • 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 Black 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 Black Classic
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • EPIC OF GILGAMESH
    EPIC OF GILGAMESH
    ISBN: 9780140449198
    Title: EPIC OF GILGAMESH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The ancient Sumerian poem The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the oldest written stories in existence, translated with an introduction by Andrew George in Penguin Classics.

    Miraculously preserved on clay tablets dating back as much as four thousand years, the poem of Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, is the world's oldest epic, predating Homer by many centuries. The story tells of Gilgamesh's adventures with the wild man Enkidu, and of his arduous journey to the ends of the earth in quest of the Babylonian Noah and the secret of immortality. Alongside its themes of family, friendship and the duties of kings, The Epic of Gilgamesh is, above all, about mankind's eternal struggle with the fear of death.
    The Babylonian version has been known for over a century, but linguists are still deciphering new fragments in Akkadian and Sumerian.

    Andrew George's gripping translation brilliantly combines these into a fluid narrative and will long rank as the definitive English Gilgamesh.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • EROTIC POEMS
    EROTIC POEMS
    OVID
    ISBN: 9780140443608
    Title: EROTIC POEMS
    Author: OVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This collection of Ovid's poems deals with the whole spectrum of sexual desire, ranging from deeply emotional declarations of eternal devotion to flippant arguments for promiscuity. In the Amores, Ovid addresses himself in a series of elegies to Corinna, his beautiful, elusive mistress. The intimate and vulnerable nature of the poet revealed in these early poems vanishes in the notorious Art of Love, in which he provides a knowing and witty guide to sexual conquest - a work whose alleged obscenity led to Ovid's banishment from Rome in AD 8. This volume also includes the Cures for Love, with instructions on how to terminate a love affair, and On Facial Treatment for Ladies, an incomplete poem on the art of cosmetics.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ESSAYS
    ESSAYS
    BACON FRANCIS
    ISBN: 9780140432169
    Title: ESSAYS
    Author: BACON FRANCIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of the major political figures of his time, Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) served in the court of Elizabeth I and ultimately became Lord Chancellor under James I in 1617. A scholar, wit, lawyer and statesman, he wrote widely on politics, philosophy and science - declaring early in his career that 'I have taken all knowledge as my province'. In this, his most famous work, he considers a diverse range of subjects, such as death and marriage, ambition and atheism, in prose that is vibrant and rich in Renaissance learning. Bacon believed that rhetoric - the force of eloquence and persuasion - could lead the mind to the pure light of reason, and his own rhetorical genius is nowhere better expressed than in these vivid essays.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ESSAYS : A Selection
    ESSAYS : A Selection
    DE MONTAIGNE MICHEL
    ISBN: 9780140446029
    Title: ESSAYS : A Selection
    Author: DE MONTAIGNE MICHEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A survey of one of the giants of Renaissance thought, The Essays: A Selection collects some of Michel de Montaigne's most startling and original works, translated from the French and edited with an introduction and notes by M.A. Screech in Penguin Classics.

    To overcome a crisis of melancholy after the death of his father, Montaigne withdrew to his country estates and began to write, and in the highly original essays that resulted he discussed themes such as fathers and children, conscience and cowardice, coaches and cannibals, and, above all, himself. On Some Lines of Virgil opens out into a frank discussion of sexuality and makes a revolutionary case for the equality of the sexes. In On Experience he superbly propounds his thoughts on the right way to live, while other essays touch on issues of an age struggling with religious and intellectual strife, with France torn apart by civil war. These diverse subjects are united by Montaigne's distinctive voice - that of a tolerant man, sceptical, humane, often humorous and utterly honest in his pursuit of the truth.

    M.A. Screech's distinguished translation fully retains the light-hearted and inquiring nature of the essays. In his introduction, he examines Montaigne's life and times, and the remarkable self-portrait that emerges from his works.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533-1586) studied law and spent a number of years working as a counsellor before devoting his life to reading, writing and reflection.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ESSAYS AND APHORISMS
    ESSAYS AND APHORISMS
    SCHOPENHAUER ARTHUR
    ISBN: 9780140442274
    Title: ESSAYS AND APHORISMS
    Author: SCHOPENHAUER ARTHUR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    One of the greatest philosophers of the nineteenth century, Schopenhauer (1788-1860) believed that human action is determined not by reason but by 'will' - the blind and irrational desire for physical existence.

    This selection of his writings on religion, ethics, politics, women, suicide, books and many other themes is taken from Schopenhauer's last work, Parerga and Paralipomena, which he published in 1851. These pieces depict humanity as locked in a struggle beyond good and evil, and each individual absolutely free within a Godless world, in which art, morality and self-awareness are our only salvation.

    This innovative - and pessimistic - view has proved powerfully influential upon philosophy and art, directly affecting the work of Nietzsche, Wittgenstein and Wagner among others.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ESSAYS IN IDLENESS AND HOJOKI
    ESSAYS IN IDLENESS AND HOJOKI
    KENKO AND CHOMEI
    ISBN: 9780141192109
    Title: ESSAYS IN IDLENESS AND HOJOKI
    Author: KENKO AND CHOMEI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    These two works on life's fleeting pleasures are by Buddhist monks from medieval Japan, but each shows a different world-view. In the short memoir Hôjôki, Chômei recounts his decision to withdraw from worldly affairs and live as a hermit in a tiny hut in the mountains, contemplating the impermanence of human existence. Kenko, however, displays a fascination with more earthy matters in his collection of anecdotes, advice and observations. From ribald stories of drunken monks to aching nostalgia for the fading traditions of the Japanese court, Essays in Idleness is a constantly surprising work that ranges across the spectrum of human experience.

    Meredith McKinney's excellent new translation also includes notes and an introduction exploring the spiritual and historical background of the works.

    Chômei was born into a family of Shinto priests in around 1155, at at time when the stable world of the court was rapidly breaking up. He became an important though minor poet of his day, and at the age of fifty, withdrew from the world to become a tonsured monk. He died in around 1216.

    Kenkô was born around 1283 in Kyoto. He probably became a monk in his late twenties, and was also noted as a calligrapher. Today he is remembered for his wise and witty aphorisms, 'Essays in Idleness'.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ESSENTIAL KEYNES
    ESSENTIAL KEYNES
    KEYNES JOHN MAYNARD
    ISBN: 9781846148132
    Title: ESSENTIAL KEYNES
    Author: KEYNES JOHN MAYNARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Many of the greatest economic evils of our time are the fruits of risk, uncertainty, and ignorance'

    John Maynard Keynes was the most influential economist, and one of the most influential thinkers, of the twentieth century. He overturned the orthodoxy that markets were optimally self-regulating, and instead argued for state intervention to ensure full employment and economic stability. This new selection is the first comprehensive single-volume edition of Keynes's writings on economics, philosophy, social theory and policy, including several pieces never before published. Full of irony and wit, they offer a dazzling introduction to a figure whose ideas still have urgent relevance today.

    Edited with an introduction by Robert Skidelsky



    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • ETHICS
    ETHICS
    SPINOZA BENEDICT DE
    ISBN: 9780140435719
    Title: ETHICS
    Author: SPINOZA BENEDICT DE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Published shortly after his death, the Ethics is undoubtedly Spinoza's greatest work - an elegant, fully cohesive philosophical system that strives to provide a coherent picture of reality, and to comprehend the meaning of an ethical life. Following a logical step-by-step format, it defines in turn the nature of God, the mind, the emotions, human bondage to the emotions, and the power of understanding - moving from a consideration of the eternal, to speculate upon humanity's place in the natural order, the nature of freedom and the path to attainable happiness.

    A powerful work of elegant simplicity, the Ethics is a brilliantly insightful consideration of the possibility of redemption through intense thought and philosophical reflection.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • FAIRY TALES : HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN
    FAIRY TALES : HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN
    ANDERSEN HANS CHRISTIAN
    ISBN: 9780140448931
    Title: FAIRY TALES : HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN
    Author: ANDERSEN HANS CHRISTIAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Blending Danish folklore with magical storytelling, Hans Christian Andersen's unique fairy tales describe a world of beautiful princesses and sinister queens, rewarded virtue and unresolved desire. Rich with popular tales such as The Ugly Duckling, The Emperor's New Clothes and the darkly enchanting The Snow Queen, this revelatory new collection also contains many lesser-known but intriguing stories, such as the sinister The Shadow, in which a shadow slyly takes over the life of the man to whom it is bound.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER
    FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER
    POE EDGAR ALLEN
    ISBN: 9780141439815
    Title: FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER
    Author: POE EDGAR ALLEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Edgar Allan Poe was a writer of uncommon talent; in The Murders in the Rue Morgue he created the genre of detective fiction while his genius for finding the strangeness lurking within us all has been an influence on everyone from Freud to Hollywood. This complete collection of all his short stories and novellas contains well-known tales 'The Pit and the Pendulum' and 'The Tell-Tale Heart' alongside hidden gems that both unsettle and enthrall the reader.

    Imprint: Penguin Black Classic
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • FALL OF THE ROMAN REPUBLIC : SIX LIVES
    FALL OF THE ROMAN REPUBLIC : SIX LIVES
    PLUTARCH
    ISBN: 9780140449341
    Title: FALL OF THE ROMAN REPUBLIC : SIX LIVES
    Author: PLUTARCH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Plutarch has been called the last of the classical Greek historians and the first modern biographer. Above all, Plutarch was a superb dramatic artist and a brilliant popularizer, a writer who has influenced Shakespeare and many other with his vivid studies of the great Greek and Roman leaders.

    Plutarch's interest is not in historical analysis but rather in character, in the influences of birth and education, in the significance of individual fame and the moral issue this raises. Born in Boeotia in AD 46, he witnessed both the best and the worst aspects of Roman life during the first century AD - the burgeoning of Latin literature, but also the long and bloody foreign and civil wars that marked the collapse of the Republic and ushered in the Empire. Collected here are his lives of the six men who played a central part in those events- Marius and Sulla, Crassus and Cicero, Pompey and Caesar.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
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