British Literature

The Monk (Penguin Classics)

‘Few may well maintain the look of his eye, right now fiery and penetrating’

Savaged by means of critics for its meant profanity and obscenity, and purchased in huge numbers by way of readers wanting to see even if it lived as much as its lurid attractiveness, The Monk turned a succès de scandale while it was once released in 1796 – now not least simply because its writer used to be a member of parliament and in basic terms two decades previous. It recounts the diabolical decline of Ambrosio, a Capuchin more suitable, who succumbs first to temptations provided via a tender woman who has entered his monastery disguised as a boy, and maintains his descent with more and more wicked acts of sorcery, homicide, incest and torture. Combining sensationalism with acute mental perception, this masterpiece of Gothic fiction is a robust exploration of ways violent and erotic impulses can holiday throughout the limitations of social and ethical restraint.

This version is predicated at the first version of 1796, which seemed prior to Lewis’s revisions to prevent fees of blasphemy. In his advent, Christopher MacLachlan discusses the novel’s position in the Gothic style, and its topics of sexual hope and the abuse of power.

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The Silver Fork Novel: Fashionable Fiction in the Age of Reform

By Edward M. Copeland III

Within the early 19th century there has been a unexpected trend for novels centering at the glamour of aristocratic social and political existence. Such novels, appealing as they have been to middle-class readers, have been condemned via modern critics as dangerously seductive, crassly advertisement, designed for the 'masses' and totally unworthy of regard. till lately, silver-fork novels have eluded critical attention and been overshadowed by way of authors equivalent to Jane Austen. They have been encouraged through Austen at their very private degrees, yet have been ironically drummed out of background through the very canon-makers who have been utilizing Austen's identify to set up their very own legitimacy. this primary smooth full-length learn of the silver-fork novel argues that those novels have been actually instruments of persuasion, novels intentionally aimed toward bringing the British center periods into an alliance with an aristocratic software of political reform

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What I Saw in America

By G. K. Chesterton

An enduring portrait of America’s virtues and vices as noticeable by means of certainly one of England’s maximum thinkers

After wasting his brother within the nice conflict, a bothered and depressed G. ok. Chesterton accepts a call for participation to affix a lecture journey that may take him around the usa for the 1st time. half travelogue, half exploration of the yankee scan, What I observed in America starts off with a guy of letters attempting to reconcile his religion with the atrocities and ethical dilemmas of struggle and expands into an illuminating attention of the constraints of capitalism, the idea that of yankee exceptionalism, and the way forward for the democratic system.
 
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Sense and Sensibility

By Jane Austen

Experience and Sensibility with b&w illustrations. experience and Sensibility is a unique by way of the English novelist Jane Austen. released in 1811, it was once Austen's first released novel, which she wrote less than the pseudonym "A Lady". the tale is set Elinor and Marianne, daughters of Mr Dashwood through his moment spouse. they've got a more youthful sister, Margaret, and an older half-brother named John. while their father dies, the kinfolk property passes to John, and the Dashwood girls are left in decreased situations. the unconventional follows the Dashwood sisters to their new domestic, a cottage on relative's estate, the place they adventure either romance and heartbreak. The distinction among the sisters' characters is ultimately resolved as they every one locate love and lasting happiness. throughout the occasions within the novel, Elinor and Marianne come across the experience and sensibility of lifestyles and love.

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Fifty Works of English Literature We Could Do Without

By Charles Osborne, Brigid Brophy, Michael Levey

The 50 works of English (and American) Literature handled during this publication are all thought of classics, reverently taught in our colleges, studied by way of researchers. The authors contend that those uninteresting, pretentious, and/or badly written works don't deserve their serious acclaim. This ebook includes an essay on all the 50 works, explaining why shall we do with no it.

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Lord Byron: Poems. Selected by Paul Muldoon

During this sequence, a modern poet selects and introduces a poet of the previous. via their collection of poems and via the non-public and significant reactions they exhibit of their prefaces, the editors provide insights into their very own paintings in addition to offering an available and passionate advent to an important poets in our literature. She walks in good looks, just like the evening Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that is better of darkish and shiny Meet in her element and her eyes: therefore mellowed to that delicate gentle Which heaven to gaudy day denies - "She Walks in Beauty".

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Armadillo: A Novel

By William Boyd

From the award-winning writer of A solid guy Africa and An Ice-Cream War comes Armadillo, a super satirical noir set in modern London.

To his colleagues, Lorimer Black, the good-looking, mild-mannered assurance adjuster emerging during the ranks of his London enterprise, is called the man who has all of it: the smooth fits, the enviable prestige. but if Lorimer arrives at a regimen company appointment and unearths his purchaser striking from a water pipe, his existence spirals uncontrolled. His corporation automobile is blowtorched after he investigates a fireplace at a luxurious lodge. He turns into the autumn man of a brand new colleague who places the corporate within the purple and the sufferer of a vicious assault by way of the possessive husband of a mysterious actress.  
        As Lorimer turns into more and more entangled in an obvious conspiracy that contains all people he understands, his personal previous involves gentle. an excellent satirical noir, Armadillo confirms Boyd's position as England's such a lot flexible, chic novelist.

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The Wisdom of Father Brown

By G. K. Chesterton

British author GILBERT KEITH CHESTERTON (1874-1936) expounded prolifically approximately his wide-ranging philosophies-he is very unlikely to categorize as "liberal" or "conservative," for instance-across a wide selection of avenues: he was once a literary critic, historian, playwright, novelist, columnist, and poet. His witty, funny variety earned him the name of the "prince of paradox," and his works-80 books and approximately 4,000 essays-remain one of the so much cherished within the English language Chesterton is better remembered, might be, as a spinner of poser stories, and for his habitual personality of dad Brown. This 1914 number of tales comprises a few of the crime-solving priest's maximum circumstances: . "The Absence of Mr. Glass" . "The Paradise of Thieves" . "The Duel of Dr. Hirsch" . "The guy within the Passage" . "The Mistake of the Machine" . "The Head of Caesar" . "The red Wig" . "The Perishing of the Pendragons" . "The God of the Gongs" . "The Salad of Colonel Gray" . "The unusual Crime of John Boulnois" . "The Fairy story of pop Brown"

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