British Literature

Henry IV, Part 2 (The Pelican Shakespeare)

By William Shakespeare

The acclaimed Pelican Shakespeare sequence edited through A. R. Braunmuller and Stephen Orgel
The mythical Pelican Shakespeare sequence positive factors authoritative and meticulously researched texts paired with scholarship by way of well known Shakespeareans. every one e-book comprises an essay at the theatrical global of Shakespeare’s time, an advent to the person play, and an in depth notice at the textual content used. up-to-date via basic editors Stephen Orgel and A. R. Braunmuller, those easy-to-read variants comprise over thirty years of Shakespeare scholarship undertaken because the unique sequence, edited by means of Alfred Harbage, seemed among 1956 and 1967. With definitive texts and illuminating essays, the Pelican Shakespeare will stay a valued source for college kids, lecturers, and theater pros for a few years to come.
For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the prime writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the easiest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts more desirable via introductions and notes by means of extraordinary students and modern authors, in addition to up to date translations by way of award-winning translators.

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Complete Works of Thomas Hardy

By Thomas Hardy

* short yet informative introductions to the novels and different texts
* each one novel has its personal contents desk - simply navigate among chapters!
* some of the novels are totally illustrated with unique paintings – benefit from the precise flavour of the Victorian textual content in your eReader!
* details at the misplaced first novel ‘THE terrible guy AND THE LADY', with an extraordinary novella and poem tracing its content
* numerous photos on the topic of Hardy and his works
* all the brief tales with either chronological and alphabetical contents tables
* the compete performs – even together with the infrequent “Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall” to be had nowhere else as a electronic book
* all the poems with their very own separate chronological and alphabetical contents tables – locate that certain poem simply and quickly!
* the poems also are provided of their unique collections, each one with its personal table
* scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
* designated Hardy’s Wessex Map to accompany your examining of the novels
* boasts a different feedback part, with 6 various texts from different authors and critics, reading Hardy's literary paintings in detail
* contains D.H Lawrence's long serious e-book A examine OF THOMAS HARDY - first time in electronic print
* positive aspects Hardy's wife's biographies - discover the good writer's impressive existence intimately - on hand nowhere else

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James Joyce: A Literary Life (Macmillan Literary Lives)

By Morris Beja

James Joyce: A Literary existence is a brief biography of Joyce for the coed and basic reader. it's the first biography to seem for a couple of years (and the 1st to exploit all of the voluminous fabrics via and approximately Joyce that have turn into largely on hand over the past or 3 many years) of a novelist whom many regard because the such a lot influential author of the 20 th century, and positively one of many significant figures in global literature.

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The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's Comedies (Cambridge Introductions to Literature)

By Penny Gay

Why did theatre audiences chuckle in Shakespeare's day? Why do they nonetheless giggle now? What did Shakespeare do with the conventions of comedy that he inherited, in order that his performs proceed to amuse and circulate audiences? What do his comedies need to say approximately love, intercourse, gender, energy, kin, neighborhood, and sophistication? What position have soreness, cruelty, or even demise in a comedy? Why all these puns? In a survey that travels from Shakespeare's earliest experiments in farce and courtly love-stories to the nice romantic comedies of his heart years and the mould-breaking experiments of his final decade's paintings, this e-book addresses those important questions. Organised thematically, and protecting all Shakespeare's comedies from the start to the tip of his occupation, it offers readers with a map of the playwright's comedian kinds, displaying how he equipped on comedic conventions as he additional enriched the probabilities of the style.

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By William Shakespeare

In Othello, Shakespeare creates strong drama from a wedding among the unique Moor Othello and the Venetian girl Desdemona that starts with elopement and mutual devotion and ends with jealous rage and loss of life. Shakespeare builds many transformations into his hero and heroine, together with race, age, and cultural history. but such a lot readers and audiences think the couple’s powerful love could triumph over those transformations have been it no longer for Iago, who units out to spoil Othello. Iago’s fake insinuations approximately Desdemona’s infidelity draw Othello into his schemes, and Desdemona is subjected to Othello’s frightening verbal and actual assaults.

The authoritative variation of Othello from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the depended on and ordinary Shakespeare sequence for college students and common readers, includes:

-Freshly edited textual content in keeping with the easiest early revealed model of the play

-Full explanatory notes very easily put on pages dealing with the textual content of the play

-Scene-by-scene plot summaries

-A key to the play’s well-known traces and phrases

-An advent to studying Shakespeare’s language

-An essay via a number one Shakespeare pupil supplying a contemporary viewpoint at the play

-Fresh pictures from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s mammoth holdings of infrequent books

-An annotated consultant to additional reading

Essay through Susan Snyder

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is domestic to the world’s biggest choice of Shakespeare’s published works, and a magnet for Shakespeare students from worldwide. as well as exhibitions open to the general public all year long, the Folger deals a whole calendar of performances and courses. for additional info, stopover at

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Red Plenty

By Francis Spufford

"Spufford cunningly maps out a literary style of his personal . . . Freewheeling and fabulous." ―The instances (London)

Strange because it could appear, the grey, oppressive USSR was once based on a fairy story. It used to be outfitted at the twentieth-century magic referred to as "the deliberate economy," which was once going to gush forth an abundance of excellent issues that the lands of capitalism may possibly by no means fit. And only for a short while, within the heady years of the overdue Fifties, the magic appeared to be operating. Red lots is approximately that second in background, and the way it got here, and the way it went away; concerning the short period whilst, below the rash management of Khrushchev, the Soviet Union regarded ahead to a way forward for wealthy communists and resentful capitalists, whilst Moscow could out-glitter new york and each Lada will be greater engineered than a Porsche. it truly is concerning the scientists who did their surely impressive top to make the dream come precise, to provide the tyranny its satisfied finishing.

Red lots is historical past, it really is fiction, it really is as formidable as Sputnik, as uncompromising as an Aeroflot flight attendant, and as assorted from what you have been looking ahead to as a pitcher of Soviet champagne.

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Middlemarch (Penguin Classics)

By George Eliot

George Eliot's Victorian masterpiece: a brilliant portrait of a provincial city and its inhabitants

George Eliot’s novel, Middlemarch: A research of Provincial Life, explores a fictional nineteenth-century Midlands city in the course of glossy alterations. The proposed Reform invoice gives you political swap; the construction of railroads alters either the actual and cultural panorama; new clinical ways to medication incite public department; and scandal lurks in the back of respectability. The quiet drama of standard lives and mistaken offerings are performed out within the complexly portrayed principal characters of the novel—the idealistic Dorothea Brooke; the bold Dr. Lydgate; the spendthrift Fred Vincy; and the steadfast Mary Garth. the looks of 2 outsiders extra disrupts the town’s equilibrium—Will Ladislaw, the lively nephew of Dorothea’s husband, the Rev. Edward Casaubon, and the sinister John Raffles, who threatens to reveal the hidden previous of 1 of the town’s elite. Middlemarch displays George Eliot’s clear-eyed but humane figuring out of characters stuck up within the mysterious unfolding of self-knowledge. This Penguin Classics variation makes use of the second one version of 1874 and contours an creation and notes by way of Eliot-biographer Rosemary Ashton. In her creation, Ashton discusses topics of social swap in Middlemarch, and examines the unconventional as an inventive embodiment of Eliot's humanist beliefs.

For greater than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the major writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the easiest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts more advantageous via introductions and notes by means of distinct students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations through award-winning translators.

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