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Northanger Abbey (Literary Heritage)

In Northanger Abbey a young woman s penchant for sensational Gothic novels leads to misunderstandings in the matters of the heart Austen s first this is considered by many to be among her most charming novels


The Three Musketeers (Alexandre Dumas) (Literary Thoughts Edition)

Literary Thoughts edition br br presents br br The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas br br br br br br br br The historical novel The Three Musketeers French Les Trois Mousquetaires written by French author Alexandre Dumas recounts the adventures of a young man named d Artagnan based on Charles de Batz Castelmore d Artagnan in the years after he leaves home to travel to Paris to join the Musketeers of the Guard br br All books of the Literary Thoughts edition have been transscribed from original prints and edited for better reading experience br br Please visit our homepage a target blank href http www literarythoughts com rel nofollow www literarythoughts com a to see our other publications


Othello: Literary Touchstone

In Othello Shakespeare creates a powerful drama of a marriage that begins with fascination between the exotic Moor Othello and the Venetian lady Desdemona with elopement and with intense mutual devotion and that ends precipitately with jealous rage and violent deaths He sets this story in the romantic world of the Mediterranean moving the action from Venice to the island of Cyprus and giving it an even more exotic coloring with stories of Othello s African past br br Shakespeare builds so many differences into his hero and heroine differences of race of age of cultural background that one should not perhaps be surprised that the marriage ends disastrously But most people who see or read the play feel that the love that the play presents between Othello and Desdemona is so strong that it would have overcome all these differences were it not for the words and actions of Othello s standard bearer Iago who hates Othello and sets out to destroy him by destroying his love for Desdemona br br As Othello succumbs to Iago s insinuations that Desdemona is unfaithful fascination which dominates the early acts of the play turns to horror especially for the audience We are confronted by spectacles of a generous and trusting Othello in the grip of Iago s schemes of an innocent Desdemona who has given herself up entirely to her love for Othello only to be subjected to his horrifying verbal and physical assaults the outcome of Othello s mistaken convictions about her faithlessness


The Importance of Being Earnest: A Literary Classic

The Importance of Being Earnest A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde first performed in It is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious persona to escape burdensome social obligations The themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage and the resulting satire of Victorian ways Comtemporary reviews all praised the play s humor Its high farce and witty classic dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde s most enduringly popular play


Mansfield Park - Full Version (Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection)

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen is part of the Literary Classics Collection which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader including new scholarship thoughtful design and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of the Literary Classics Collection br br New introductions commissioned from today s top writers and scholars br Biographies of the authors br Chronologies of contemporary historical biographical and cultural events br Footnotes and endnotes br Selective discussions of imitations parodies poems books plays paintings operas statuary and films inspired by the work br Comments by other famous authors br Study questions to challenge the reader s viewpoints and expectations br Bibliographies for further reading br Indices amp Glossaries when appropriate br br All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest The Literary Classics Collection pulls together a constellation of influences biographical historical and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works br br At the age of ten Fanny Price leaves the poverty of her Portsmouth home to be brought up among the family of her wealthy uncle Sir Thomas Bertram in the chilly grandeur of Mansfield Park She gradually falls in love with her cousin Edmund but when the dazzling and sophisticated Crawfords arrive and amateur theatricals unleash rivalry and sexual jealousy Fanny has to fight to retain her independence br br Mansfield Park Jane Austen


Peter Pan - Full Version (Illustrated and Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection)

Peter Pan by J M Barrie is part of the Literary Classics Collection which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader including new scholarship thoughtful design and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of the Literary Classics Collection br br New introductions commissioned from today s top writers and scholars br Biographies of the authors br Chronologies of contemporary historical biographical and cultural events br Footnotes and endnotes br Selective discussions of imitations parodies poems books plays paintings operas statuary and films inspired by the work br Comments by other famous authors br Study questions to challenge the reader s viewpoints and expectations br Bibliographies for further reading br Indices amp Glossaries when appropriate br br All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest The Literary Classics Collection pulls together a constellation of influences biographical historical and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works br br Peter Pan or The Boy Who Wouldn t Grow Up and Peter and Wendy are the stage play and novel respectively which tell the story of Peter Pan a mischievous little boy who can fly and his adventures on the island of Neverland with Wendy Darling and her brothers the fairy Tinker Bell the Lost Boys the Indian princess Tiger Lily and the pirate Captain Hook The story was written by Scottish playwright and novelist J M Barrie inspired by his friendship with the Llewelyn Davies family


Mrs Dalloway: with Introduction and Literary Articles (Modernism Book 1)

Introduction by John Crawford br Literary critiques by notable literary experts br Complete unabridged and formatted texts br Fully linked Table of Content references and return to content throughout br br One June day in London in Clarissa Dalloway goes about planning a fashionable evening party she is to host her thoughts punctuated unfeelingly by the chimes of Big Ben this is the deceptively simple plot of Virginia Woolf s most famous masterpiece of th century modernist literature Yet Woolf enmeshes all the inflections of Mrs Dalloway s personality and many of the implications of modern civilization in those twenty four hours Mrs Dalloway in her own home is the perfect hostess even to her servants to her daughter her husband and her rejected suitor of long ago who cannot free his mind of her It is almost a perfect being that Mrs Dalloway enjoys but within Woolf s stream of consciousness there is a resentfulness in her some paucity of spiritual graces or rather some positive hideousness br br INTRODUCTION THE PERFECT HOSTESS br By John W Crawford th May New York Times br br A short review of Mrs Dalloway written in the year of its release by the author and critic John Crawford br br Articles br br EXPLORING CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE MODERN AN INTRODUCTION br br Elaine Showalter Professor Emerita of English and Avalon Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University describes how in Mrs Dalloway Virginia Woolf uses stream of consciousness to enter the minds of her characters and portray cultural and individual change in the period following the First World War br br MRS DALLOWAY AND THE FIRST WORLD WAR br br Mrs Dalloway which takes place on one day in June shows how the First World War continued to affect those who had lived through it five years after it ended David Bradshaw Professor of English Literature at Oxford University and a Fellow of Worcester College until his untimely death in explores the novel s commemoration of the dead and evocations of trauma and mourning br br VIRGINIA WOOLF S LONDON br br Virginia Woolf loved London and her novel Mrs Dalloway famously begins with Clarissa Dalloway walking through the city David Bradshaw Professor of English Literature at Oxford University and a Fellow of Worcester College until his untimely death in investigates how the excitement beauty and inequalities of London influenced Woolf s writing


Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)

i The murderer is with us on the train now i br br Just after midnight the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift By morning the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment stabbed a dozen times his door locked from the inside One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer br br Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man s enemies before the murderer decides to strike again


The War of the Worlds - Full Version (Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection)

The War of the Worlds by H G Wells is part of the Literary Classics Collection which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader including new scholarship thoughtful design and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of the Literary Classics Collection br br New introductions commissioned from today s top writers and scholars br Biographies of the authors br Chronologies of contemporary historical biographical and cultural events br Footnotes and endnotes br Selective discussions of imitations parodies poems books plays paintings operas statuary and films inspired by the work br Comments by other famous authors br Study questions to challenge the reader s viewpoints and expectations br Bibliographies for further reading br Indices amp Glossaries when appropriate br br All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest The Literary Classics Collection pulls together a constellation of influences biographical historical and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works br br The War of the Worlds by H G Wells is an early science fiction novel which describes an invasion of England by aliens from Mars It is one of the earliest and best known depictions of an alien invasion of Earth and has influenced many others as well as spawning several films radio dramas comic book adaptations and a television series based on the story The radio broadcast caused public outcry against the episode as many listeners believed that an actual Martian invasion was in progress a notable example of mass hysteria br br The War of the Worlds H G Wells


The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: LiteraryLovers.org Enhanced Edition (Illustrated + Study Guide + Audio) (Victorian English Mysteries Book 1)

First published as a series of short stories out of The Strand magazine between Later these stories were collected and published as the book The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle Within a few years Sherlock Holmes became a household name and Doyle s fun action packed mystery novels became a hit from London to the Americas Enjoy this enhanced edition of one of the books that started it all This edition includes br br br Full Illustrations found in original Strand magazine br Historical illustrations from Sherlock Holmes history including popular comic book covers br A study guide with a list of questions to assist with understanding the text and examining it critically br An historical background including illustrations to help the readers understand s England br


Gulliver's Travels, Literary Touchstone Edition

i Gulliver s Travels i is Jonathan Swift s satiric masterpiece the fantastic tale of the four voyages of Lemuel Gulliver an English ship s surgeon First he is shipwrecked in the land of Lilliput where the alarmed residents are only six inches tall His second voyage takes him to the land of Brobdingnag where the people are sixty feet tall Further adventures bring Gulliver to an island that floats in the sky and a land where horses are endowed with reason and beasts are shaped like men br br Read by children as an adventure story and by adults as a devastating satire of society i Gulliver s Travels i remains a fascinating blend of travelogue realism symbolism and fantastic voyage all with a serious philosophical content


Robinson Crusoe (Literary Guild)

Crusoe the family name corrupted from the German name Kreutznaer sets sail from the Queen s Dock in Hull on a sea voyage in August against the wishes of his parents who want him to pursue a career possibly in law After a tumultuous journey where his ship is wrecked in a storm his lust for the sea remains so strong that he sets out to sea again This journey too ends in disaster as the ship is taken over by Sale pirates the Sale Rovers and Crusoe is enslaved by a Moor Two years later he escapes in a boat with a boy named Xury a captain of a Portuguese ship off the west coast of Africa rescues him The ship is en route to Brazil Crusoe sells Xury to the captain With the captain s help Crusoe procures a plantation Robinson Crusoe is a novel by Daniel Defoe first published on April This first edition credited the work s fictional protagonist Robinson Crusoe as its author leading many readers to believe he was a real person and the book a travelogue of true incidents It was published under the considerably longer original title The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe Of York Mariner


Candide, or Optimism (Illustrated and Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection)

Candide or Optimism by Voltaire is part of the Literary Classics Collection which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader including new scholarship thoughtful design and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of the Literary Classics Collection br br New introductions commissioned from today s top writers and scholars br Biographies of the authors br Chronologies of contemporary historical biographical and cultural events br Footnotes and endnotes br Selective discussions of imitations parodies poems books plays paintings operas statuary and films inspired by the work br Comments by other famous authors br Study questions to challenge the reader s viewpoints and expectations br Bibliographies for further reading br Indices amp Glossaries when appropriate br br All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest The Literary Classics Collection pulls together a constellation of influences biographical historical and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works br br Candide is the story of a gentle man who though pummeled and slapped in every direction by fate clings desperately to the belief that he lives in the best of all possible worlds On the surface a witty bantering tale this eighteenth century classic is actually a savage satiric thrust at the philosophical optimism that proclaims that all disaster and human suffering is part of a benevolent cosmic plan Fast funny often outrageous the French philosopher s immortal narrative takes Candide around the world to discover that contrary to the teachings of his distringuished tutor Dr Pangloss all is not always for the best Alive with wit brilliance and graceful storytelling Candide has become Voltaire s most celebrated work


The Phantom of the Opera - Full Version [Annotated] (Literary Classics Collection)

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux is part of the Literary Classics Collection series which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader including new scholarship thoughtful design and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of the Literary Classics Collection br br New introductions commissioned from today s top writers and scholars br Biographies of the authors br Chronologies of contemporary historical biographical and cultural events br Footnotes and endnotes br Selective discussions of imitations parodies poems books plays paintings operas statuary and films inspired by the work br Comments by other famous authors br Study questions to challenge the reader s viewpoints and expectations br Bibliographies for further reading br Indices amp Glossaries when appropriate br br All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest The Literary Classics Collection pulls together a constellation of influences biographical historical and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works br br The story of a man named Erik an eccentric physically deformed genius who terrorizes the Opera Garnier in Paris He builds his home beneath it and takes the love of his life a beautiful soprano under his wing


Beowulf (Broadview Literary Texts)

A i New York Times i Bestseller and Whitbread Book of the Year br br Heaney s performance reminds us that i Beowulf i written near the turn of another millennium was intended to be heard not read br br Composed toward the end of the first millennium of our era i Beowulf i is the elegiac narrative of the adventures of Beowulf a Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly invincible monster Grendel and later from Grendel s mother He then returns to his own country and lives to old age before dying in a vivid fight against a dragon br br The poem is about encountering the monstrous defeating it and then having to live on in the exhausted aftermath In the contours of this story at once remote and uncannily familiar at the end of the twentieth century Seamus Heaney finds a resonance that summons power to the poetry from deep beneath its surface br br While an abridgment of Heaney s full translation of i Beowulf i Heaney prepared this abridgment himself to read for the BBC program from which this recording is taken


The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory

The latest installment of this trusted literary companion covers all aspects of literary theory from definitions of technical terms to characterizations of literary movements Geared toward students teachers readers and writers alike i The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory i explains critical jargon intertextuality aporia schools of literary theory structuralism feminist criticism literary forms sonnet ottava rima and genres elegy pastoral and examines artifacts historic locales archetypes origins of well known phrases and much much more Scholarly straightforward comprehensive and even entertaining this is a resource that no word lover should be without


The Hunchback of Notre Dame [Annotated] (Literary Classics Collection)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo is part of the Literary Classics Collection series which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader including new scholarship thoughtful design and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of the Literary Classics Collection br br New introductions commissioned from today s top writers and scholars br Biographies of the authors br Chronologies of contemporary historical biographical and cultural events br Footnotes and endnotes br Selective discussions of imitations parodies poems books plays paintings operas statuary and films inspired by the work br Comments by other famous authors br Study questions to challenge the reader s viewpoints and expectations br Bibliographies for further reading br Indices amp Glossaries when appropriate br br All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest The Literary Classics Collection pulls together a constellation of influences biographical historical and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works br br The Hunchback of Notre Dame French Notre Dame de Paris is an French novel written by Victor Hugo It is set in in Paris in and around the cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris The book tells the story of a poor barefoot Gypsy girl La Esmeralda and a misshapen bell ringer Quasimodo who was raised by the Archdeacon Claude Frollo The book was written as a statement to preserve the Notre Dame cathedral and not to modernize it as Hugo was thoroughly against this br The story begins during the Renaissance in the day of the Festival of Fools in Paris Quasimodo the deformed bell ringer is introduced by his crowning as Pope of Fools br Esm ralda a beautiful year old gypsy with a kind and generous heart captures the hearts of many men but especially Quasimodo s adopted father Claude Frollo Frollo is torn between his lust and the rules of the church He orders Quasimodo to get her Quasimodo is caught and whipped and ordered to be tied down in the heat Esm ralda seeing his thirst offers him water It saves her for she captures the heart of the hunchback


Much Ado About Nothing: Literary Touchstone

In em Much Ado About Nothing em Shakespeare s glittering comedy there wages a merry war between Beatrice and Benedick of lacerating words and caustic wit Their family and friends contrive to spark up love amid their battles and to bring together the two pronounced bachelors in harmony with highly comic results Beatrice s gentle and virtuous cousin Hero is part of the conspiracy and while making this incongruous match she falls in love herself However darker elements lurk in the shadows in the shape of the melancholy villain Don John who threatens to thwart Hero s innocent love and to quash the natural merriment of the court at Messina


The Canterbury Tales - Literary Touchstone Edition

On a spring day in April sometime in the waning years of the th century travelers set out for Canterbury on a pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint Thomas Beckett Among them is a knight a monk a prioress a plowman a miller a merchant a clerk and an oft widowed wife from Bath Travel is arduous and wearing to maintain their spirits this band of pilgrims entertains each other with a series of tall tales that span the spectrum of literary genres Five hundred years later people are still reading Geoffrey Chaucer s i Canterbury Tales i If you haven t yet made the acquaintance of the Franklin the Pardoner or the Squire because you never learned Middle English take heart this edition of the i Tales i has been translated into modern idiom p From the heroic romance of The Knight s Tale to the low farce embodied in the stories of the Miller the Reeve and the Merchant Chaucer treated such universal subjects as love sex and death in poetry that is simultaneously witty insightful and poignant i The Canterbury Tales i is a grand tour of th century English mores and morals one that modern day readers will enjoy p


Black Beauty: Annotated version of Black Beauty with in-depth literary analysis

This annotated version of Black Beauty includes the full original story an in depth literary analysis and an author s biography Enjoy this clever must read by one of the world s most famous authors You should also check out our publisher s page for a wide array of other classics


The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession

In the tradition of The Orchid Thief a compelling narrative set within the strange and genteel world of rare book collecting the true story of an infamous book thief his victims and the man determined to catch him br br Rare book theft is even more widespread than fine art theft Most thieves of course steal for profit John Charles Gilkey steals purely for the love of books In an attempt to understand him better journalist Allison Hoover Bartlett plunged herself into the world of book lust and discovered just how dangerous it can be br br Gilkey is an obsessed unrepentant book thief who has stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of rare books from book fairs stores and libraries around the country Ken Sanders is the self appointed bibliodick book dealer with a penchant for detective work driven to catch him br br Bartlett befriended both outlandish characters and found herself caught in the middle of efforts to recover hidden treasure With a mixture of suspense insight and humor she has woven this entertaining cat and mouse chase into a narrative that not only reveals exactly how Gilkey pulled off his dirtiest crimes where he stashed the loot and how Sanders ultimately caught him but also explores the romance of books the lure to collect them and the temptation to steal them br br Immersing the reader in a rich wide world of literary obsession Bartlett looks at the history of book passion collection and theft through the ages to examine the craving that makes some people willing to stop at nothing to possess the books they love


The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, Books I-II

It is a question if any work of literature in our era other than i The Divine Comedy i is commensurate with i The Gulag Archipelago i in structure scale multiplicity of incident and characters emotional range variety of inflection and above all in the staggering magnitude of its underlying concept br br In this masterpiece the author of i One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich i and i The First Circle i has orchestrated thousands of incidents and individual histories into one narrative of unflagging power and momentum Written in a tone that encompasses Olympian wrath bitter calm savage irony and sheer comedy it combines history autobiography documentary and political analysis as it examines in its totality the Soviet apparatus of repression from its inception following the October revolution of br br The Archipelago of Mr Solzhenitsyn s work is the network of secret police installations camps prisons transit centers communications facilities transportation systems and espionage organizations which in his view honeycombs the length and breadth of the Soviet Union br br Drawing on his own experience material from Soviet archives cases collected during his eleven years of labor camps and exile and the evidence of more that fellow prisoners Mr Solzhenitsyn concludes that the secret police are the vital element of the Soviet regime and have been ever since its founding by Lenin br br Numerous studies of the Soviet system of control have been published in the West but until now nothing so complete so carefully documented and assembled and never before has a literary giant devoted his gifts of narrative and characterization to the enterprise Solzhenitsyn has here created and peopled with brilliantly portrayed human beings a vast overarching fresco of that state within a state which is the Gulag Archipelago br br i Taken from the inside jacket material of the Harper amp Row First Edition of i


The Museum of Literary Souls

p Mr Berger has spent thirty four years keeping his life as empty as possible His job title as a closed accounts registrar doesn t spark much interest and his cautious flirtation with a woman at his company was cut short upon her engagement to another man This doesn t bother him however as he much prefers the company of books to that of people When a series of fortuitous events leads to an early retirement in the English countryside Mr Berger is content to spend the remainder of his years nestled comfortably between the pages of a book But fate has other plans p p His serene life turns strange when he witnesses a tragedy chillingly reminiscent of i Anna Karenina i as a woman flings herself before a train When he rushes to the scene she has vanished leaving no body on the tracks Berger s investigation into this event leads him to Caxton Private Lending Library amp Book Depository where the line between fiction and reality becomes blurred beyond comprehension p


The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination

An analysis of Victorial women writers this pathbreaking book of feminist literary criticism is now reissued with a substantial new introduction by Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar that reveals the origins of their revolutionary realization in the s that the personal was the political the sexual was the textual


The Age of Innocence - Full Version (Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection)

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton is part of the Literary Classics Collection which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader including new scholarship thoughtful design and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of the Literary Classics Collection br br New introductions commissioned from today s top writers and scholars br Biographies of the authors br Chronologies of contemporary historical biographical and cultural events br Footnotes and endnotes br Selective discussions of imitations parodies poems books plays paintings operas statuary and films inspired by the work br Comments by other famous authors br Study questions to challenge the reader s viewpoints and expectations br Bibliographies for further reading br Indices amp Glossaries when appropriate br br All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest The Literary Classics Collection pulls together a constellation of influences biographical historical and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works br br The Age of Innocence is an intimate portrayal of East Coast American society in the th century and the human lives that came into conflict with it Newland Archer is heir to one of New York City s first families and his bride to be is everything he ever hoped Then his fiancee s older cousin leaves her European husband and appears in New York where she refuses to conform to society and her family s wishes Archer is at first angered and then intrigued by her Their passionate relationship challenges everything he believes and ultimately suffers at the hands of society and family obligation br br The novel won the Pulitzer Prize Wharton was the first woman to win it


A Glossary of Literary Terms


A Room With a View - Full Version (Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection)

A Room With a View by E M Forster is part of the Literary Classics Collection which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader including new scholarship thoughtful design and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of the Literary Classics Collection br br New introductions commissioned from today s top writers and scholars br Biographies of the authors br Chronologies of contemporary historical biographical and cultural events br Footnotes and endnotes br Selective discussions of imitations parodies poems books plays paintings operas statuary and films inspired by the work br Comments by other famous authors br Study questions to challenge the reader s viewpoints and expectations br Bibliographies for further reading br Indices amp Glossaries when appropriate br br All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest The Literary Classics Collection pulls together a constellation of influences biographical historical and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works br br br A Room with a View is a romance and a social critique of Edwardian society A young woman is chaperoned to Italy by her bitter aunt There she meets an intriguing but eccentric young man Back in England she finds herself respectably engaged to a proper gentleman but is thrown into a muddle when her young man from Italy moves to her English town The novel celebrates the chaotic unsure muddle of feelings over a kind of lifeless acceptance of the way things are br br


The Wind in the Willows (Illustrated and Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection)

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame is part of the Literary Classics Collection which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader including new scholarship thoughtful design and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of the Literary Classics Collection br br New introductions commissioned from today s top writers and scholars br Biographies of the authors br Chronologies of contemporary historical biographical and cultural events br Footnotes and endnotes br Selective discussions of imitations parodies poems books plays paintings operas statuary and films inspired by the work br Comments by other famous authors br Study questions to challenge the reader s viewpoints and expectations br Bibliographies for further reading br Indices amp Glossaries when appropriate br br All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest The Literary Classics Collection pulls together a constellation of influences biographical historical and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works br br Since its first publication in generations of adults and children have cherished Kenneth Grahame s classic The Wind in the Willows For in this entrancing lyrical world of gurgling rivers and whispering reeds live four of the wisest wittiest noblest and most lovable creatures in all literature Rat Mole Badger and Toad of Toad Hall Like true adventurers they glory in life s simplest pleasures and natural wonders But it is Toad cocky and irrepressible in his goggles and overcoat whose passion for motorcars represents the free and fearless spirit in all of us just as it s Toad s downfall that inspires the others to test Grahame s most precious theme the miracle of loyalty and friendship


The Woman in White - Full Version (Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection)

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins is part of the Literary Classics Collection which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader including new scholarship thoughtful design and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of the Literary Classics Collection br br New introductions commissioned from today s top writers and scholars br Biographies of the authors br Chronologies of contemporary historical biographical and cultural events br Footnotes and endnotes br Selective discussions of imitations parodies poems books plays paintings operas statuary and films inspired by the work br Comments by other famous authors br Study questions to challenge the reader s viewpoints and expectations br Bibliographies for further reading br Indices amp Glossaries when appropriate br br All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest The Literary Classics Collection pulls together a constellation of influences biographical historical and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works br br The Woman in White is credited with being the first of the sensation novels and one of the finest examples of the genre A young woman s husband defrauds her of her fortune her identity and eventually her sanity She is saved by her sister and a loyal man who loves her and her two rescuers attempt to expose her husband They meet a woman dressed all in white whose fate seems curiously intertwined with that of the young woman In the tradition of the sensation novel the story contravenes boundaries of class identity and the private and public spheres


The Inferno (Dante's Inferno) - Full Version [Illustrated and Annotated] (Literary Classics Collection)

The Inferno remains literature s most hallowed and graphic vision of Hell Dante plunges readers into this unforgettable world with a deceptively simple and now legendary tercet br br Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark For the straightforward pathway had been lost br br With these words Dante plunges readers into the unforgettable world of the Inferno one of the most graphic visions of Hell ever created In this first part of the epic The Divine Comedy Dante is led by the poet Virgil down into the nine circles of Hell where he travels through nightmare landscapes of fetid cesspools viper pits frozen lakes and boiling rivers of blood and witnesses sinners being beaten burned eaten defecated upon and torn to pieces by demons Along the way he meets the most fascinating characters known to the classical and medieval world the silver tongued Ulysses lustful Francesca da Rimini the heretical Farinata degli Uberti and scores of other intriguing and notorious figures br br This edition of the Inferno revives the famous Henry Wadsworth Longfellow translation which first introduced Dante s literary genius to a broad American audience Opening the book we stand face to face with the poet wrote William Dean Howells of Longfellow s Dante and when his voice ceases we may marvel if he has not sung to us in his own Tuscan Lyrically graceful and brimming with startlingly vivid images Dante s Inferno is a perpetually engrossing classic that ranks with the greatest works of Homer and Shakespeare br br Features a map of Hell and illustrations by Gustave Dor br br br br The Inferno or Dante s Inferno by Dante Alighieri is part of the Literary Classics Collection which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader including new scholarship thoughtful design and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of the Literary Classics Collection br br New introductions commissioned from today s top writers and scholars br Biographies of the authors br Chronologies of contemporary historical biographical and cultural events br Footnotes and endnotes br Selective discussions of imitations parodies poems books plays paintings operas statuary and films inspired by the work br Comments by other famous authors br Study questions to challenge the reader s viewpoints and expectations br Bibliographies for further reading br Indices amp Glossaries when appropriate br br All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest The Literary Classics Collection pulls together a constellation of influences biographical historical and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works


Northanger Abbey (Literary Heritage)

In Northanger Abbey a young woman s penchant for sensational Gothic novels leads to misunderstandings in the matters of the heart Austen s first this is considered by many to be among her most charming novels


The Three Musketeers (Alexandre Dumas) (Literary Thoughts Edition)

Literary Thoughts edition br br presents br br The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas br br br br br br br br The historical novel The Three Musketeers French Les Trois Mousquetaires written by French author Alexandre Dumas recounts the adventures of a young man named d Artagnan based on Charles de Batz Castelmore d Artagnan in the years after he leaves home to travel to Paris to join the Musketeers of the Guard br br All books of the Literary Thoughts edition have been transscribed from original prints and edited for better reading experience br br Please visit our homepage a target blank href http www literarythoughts com rel nofollow www literarythoughts com a to see our other publications


Othello: Literary Touchstone

In Othello Shakespeare creates a powerful drama of a marriage that begins with fascination between the exotic Moor Othello and the Venetian lady Desdemona with elopement and with intense mutual devotion and that ends precipitately with jealous rage and violent deaths He sets this story in the romantic world of the Mediterranean moving the action from Venice to the island of Cyprus and giving it an even more exotic coloring with stories of Othello s African past br br Shakespeare builds so many differences into his hero and heroine differences of race of age of cultural background that one should not perhaps be surprised that the marriage ends disastrously But most people who see or read the play feel that the love that the play presents between Othello and Desdemona is so strong that it would have overcome all these differences were it not for the words and actions of Othello s standard bearer Iago who hates Othello and sets out to destroy him by destroying his love for Desdemona br br As Othello succumbs to Iago s insinuations that Desdemona is unfaithful fascination which dominates the early acts of the play turns to horror especially for the audience We are confronted by spectacles of a generous and trusting Othello in the grip of Iago s schemes of an innocent Desdemona who has given herself up entirely to her love for Othello only to be subjected to his horrifying verbal and physical assaults the outcome of Othello s mistaken convictions about her faithlessness


The Importance of Being Earnest: A Literary Classic

The Importance of Being Earnest A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde first performed in It is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious persona to escape burdensome social obligations The themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage and the resulting satire of Victorian ways Comtemporary reviews all praised the play s humor Its high farce and witty classic dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde s most enduringly popular play


Mansfield Park - Full Version (Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection)

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen is part of the Literary Classics Collection which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader including new scholarship thoughtful design and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of the Literary Classics Collection br br New introductions commissioned from today s top writers and scholars br Biographies of the authors br Chronologies of contemporary historical biographical and cultural events br Footnotes and endnotes br Selective discussions of imitations parodies poems books plays paintings operas statuary and films inspired by the work br Comments by other famous authors br Study questions to challenge the reader s viewpoints and expectations br Bibliographies for further reading br Indices amp Glossaries when appropriate br br All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest The Literary Classics Collection pulls together a constellation of influences biographical historical and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works br br At the age of ten Fanny Price leaves the poverty of her Portsmouth home to be brought up among the family of her wealthy uncle Sir Thomas Bertram in the chilly grandeur of Mansfield Park She gradually falls in love with her cousin Edmund but when the dazzling and sophisticated Crawfords arrive and amateur theatricals unleash rivalry and sexual jealousy Fanny has to fight to retain her independence br br Mansfield Park Jane Austen


Peter Pan - Full Version (Illustrated and Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection)

Peter Pan by J M Barrie is part of the Literary Classics Collection which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader including new scholarship thoughtful design and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of the Literary Classics Collection br br New introductions commissioned from today s top writers and scholars br Biographies of the authors br Chronologies of contemporary historical biographical and cultural events br Footnotes and endnotes br Selective discussions of imitations parodies poems books plays paintings operas statuary and films inspired by the work br Comments by other famous authors br Study questions to challenge the reader s viewpoints and expectations br Bibliographies for further reading br Indices amp Glossaries when appropriate br br All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest The Literary Classics Collection pulls together a constellation of influences biographical historical and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works br br Peter Pan or The Boy Who Wouldn t Grow Up and Peter and Wendy are the stage play and novel respectively which tell the story of Peter Pan a mischievous little boy who can fly and his adventures on the island of Neverland with Wendy Darling and her brothers the fairy Tinker Bell the Lost Boys the Indian princess Tiger Lily and the pirate Captain Hook The story was written by Scottish playwright and novelist J M Barrie inspired by his friendship with the Llewelyn Davies family


Mrs Dalloway: with Introduction and Literary Articles (Modernism Book 1)

Introduction by John Crawford br Literary critiques by notable literary experts br Complete unabridged and formatted texts br Fully linked Table of Content references and return to content throughout br br One June day in London in Clarissa Dalloway goes about planning a fashionable evening party she is to host her thoughts punctuated unfeelingly by the chimes of Big Ben this is the deceptively simple plot of Virginia Woolf s most famous masterpiece of th century modernist literature Yet Woolf enmeshes all the inflections of Mrs Dalloway s personality and many of the implications of modern civilization in those twenty four hours Mrs Dalloway in her own home is the perfect hostess even to her servants to her daughter her husband and her rejected suitor of long ago who cannot free his mind of her It is almost a perfect being that Mrs Dalloway enjoys but within Woolf s stream of consciousness there is a resentfulness in her some paucity of spiritual graces or rather some positive hideousness br br INTRODUCTION THE PERFECT HOSTESS br By John W Crawford th May New York Times br br A short review of Mrs Dalloway written in the year of its release by the author and critic John Crawford br br Articles br br EXPLORING CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE MODERN AN INTRODUCTION br br Elaine Showalter Professor Emerita of English and Avalon Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University describes how in Mrs Dalloway Virginia Woolf uses stream of consciousness to enter the minds of her characters and portray cultural and individual change in the period following the First World War br br MRS DALLOWAY AND THE FIRST WORLD WAR br br Mrs Dalloway which takes place on one day in June shows how the First World War continued to affect those who had lived through it five years after it ended David Bradshaw Professor of English Literature at Oxford University and a Fellow of Worcester College until his untimely death in explores the novel s commemoration of the dead and evocations of trauma and mourning br br VIRGINIA WOOLF S LONDON br br Virginia Woolf loved London and her novel Mrs Dalloway famously begins with Clarissa Dalloway walking through the city David Bradshaw Professor of English Literature at Oxford University and a Fellow of Worcester College until his untimely death in investigates how the excitement beauty and inequalities of London influenced Woolf s writing


Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)

i The murderer is with us on the train now i br br Just after midnight the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift By morning the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment stabbed a dozen times his door locked from the inside One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer br br Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man s enemies before the murderer decides to strike again


The War of the Worlds - Full Version (Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection)

The War of the Worlds by H G Wells is part of the Literary Classics Collection which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader including new scholarship thoughtful design and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of the Literary Classics Collection br br New introductions commissioned from today s top writers and scholars br Biographies of the authors br Chronologies of contemporary historical biographical and cultural events br Footnotes and endnotes br Selective discussions of imitations parodies poems books plays paintings operas statuary and films inspired by the work br Comments by other famous authors br Study questions to challenge the reader s viewpoints and expectations br Bibliographies for further reading br Indices amp Glossaries when appropriate br br All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest The Literary Classics Collection pulls together a constellation of influences biographical historical and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works br br The War of the Worlds by H G Wells is an early science fiction novel which describes an invasion of England by aliens from Mars It is one of the earliest and best known depictions of an alien invasion of Earth and has influenced many others as well as spawning several films radio dramas comic book adaptations and a television series based on the story The radio broadcast caused public outcry against the episode as many listeners believed that an actual Martian invasion was in progress a notable example of mass hysteria br br The War of the Worlds H G Wells


The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: LiteraryLovers.org Enhanced Edition (Illustrated + Study Guide + Audio) (Victorian English Mysteries Book 1)

First published as a series of short stories out of The Strand magazine between Later these stories were collected and published as the book The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle Within a few years Sherlock Holmes became a household name and Doyle s fun action packed mystery novels became a hit from London to the Americas Enjoy this enhanced edition of one of the books that started it all This edition includes br br br Full Illustrations found in original Strand magazine br Historical illustrations from Sherlock Holmes history including popular comic book covers br A study guide with a list of questions to assist with understanding the text and examining it critically br An historical background including illustrations to help the readers understand s England br


Gulliver's Travels, Literary Touchstone Edition

i Gulliver s Travels i is Jonathan Swift s satiric masterpiece the fantastic tale of the four voyages of Lemuel Gulliver an English ship s surgeon First he is shipwrecked in the land of Lilliput where the alarmed residents are only six inches tall His second voyage takes him to the land of Brobdingnag where the people are sixty feet tall Further adventures bring Gulliver to an island that floats in the sky and a land where horses are endowed with reason and beasts are shaped like men br br Read by children as an adventure story and by adults as a devastating satire of society i Gulliver s Travels i remains a fascinating blend of travelogue realism symbolism and fantastic voyage all with a serious philosophical content


Robinson Crusoe (Literary Guild)

Crusoe the family name corrupted from the German name Kreutznaer sets sail from the Queen s Dock in Hull on a sea voyage in August against the wishes of his parents who want him to pursue a career possibly in law After a tumultuous journey where his ship is wrecked in a storm his lust for the sea remains so strong that he sets out to sea again This journey too ends in disaster as the ship is taken over by Sale pirates the Sale Rovers and Crusoe is enslaved by a Moor Two years later he escapes in a boat with a boy named Xury a captain of a Portuguese ship off the west coast of Africa rescues him The ship is en route to Brazil Crusoe sells Xury to the captain With the captain s help Crusoe procures a plantation Robinson Crusoe is a novel by Daniel Defoe first published on April This first edition credited the work s fictional protagonist Robinson Crusoe as its author leading many readers to believe he was a real person and the book a travelogue of true incidents It was published under the considerably longer original title The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe Of York Mariner


Candide, or Optimism (Illustrated and Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection)

Candide or Optimism by Voltaire is part of the Literary Classics Collection which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader including new scholarship thoughtful design and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of the Literary Classics Collection br br New introductions commissioned from today s top writers and scholars br Biographies of the authors br Chronologies of contemporary historical biographical and cultural events br Footnotes and endnotes br Selective discussions of imitations parodies poems books plays paintings operas statuary and films inspired by the work br Comments by other famous authors br Study questions to challenge the reader s viewpoints and expectations br Bibliographies for further reading br Indices amp Glossaries when appropriate br br All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest The Literary Classics Collection pulls together a constellation of influences biographical historical and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works br br Candide is the story of a gentle man who though pummeled and slapped in every direction by fate clings desperately to the belief that he lives in the best of all possible worlds On the surface a witty bantering tale this eighteenth century classic is actually a savage satiric thrust at the philosophical optimism that proclaims that all disaster and human suffering is part of a benevolent cosmic plan Fast funny often outrageous the French philosopher s immortal narrative takes Candide around the world to discover that contrary to the teachings of his distringuished tutor Dr Pangloss all is not always for the best Alive with wit brilliance and graceful storytelling Candide has become Voltaire s most celebrated work


The Phantom of the Opera - Full Version [Annotated] (Literary Classics Collection)

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux is part of the Literary Classics Collection series which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader including new scholarship thoughtful design and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of the Literary Classics Collection br br New introductions commissioned from today s top writers and scholars br Biographies of the authors br Chronologies of contemporary historical biographical and cultural events br Footnotes and endnotes br Selective discussions of imitations parodies poems books plays paintings operas statuary and films inspired by the work br Comments by other famous authors br Study questions to challenge the reader s viewpoints and expectations br Bibliographies for further reading br Indices amp Glossaries when appropriate br br All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest The Literary Classics Collection pulls together a constellation of influences biographical historical and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works br br The story of a man named Erik an eccentric physically deformed genius who terrorizes the Opera Garnier in Paris He builds his home beneath it and takes the love of his life a beautiful soprano under his wing


Beowulf (Broadview Literary Texts)

A i New York Times i Bestseller and Whitbread Book of the Year br br Heaney s performance reminds us that i Beowulf i written near the turn of another millennium was intended to be heard not read br br Composed toward the end of the first millennium of our era i Beowulf i is the elegiac narrative of the adventures of Beowulf a Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly invincible monster Grendel and later from Grendel s mother He then returns to his own country and lives to old age before dying in a vivid fight against a dragon br br The poem is about encountering the monstrous defeating it and then having to live on in the exhausted aftermath In the contours of this story at once remote and uncannily familiar at the end of the twentieth century Seamus Heaney finds a resonance that summons power to the poetry from deep beneath its surface br br While an abridgment of Heaney s full translation of i Beowulf i Heaney prepared this abridgment himself to read for the BBC program from which this recording is taken


The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory

The latest installment of this trusted literary companion covers all aspects of literary theory from definitions of technical terms to characterizations of literary movements Geared toward students teachers readers and writers alike i The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory i explains critical jargon intertextuality aporia schools of literary theory structuralism feminist criticism literary forms sonnet ottava rima and genres elegy pastoral and examines artifacts historic locales archetypes origins of well known phrases and much much more Scholarly straightforward comprehensive and even entertaining this is a resource that no word lover should be without


The Hunchback of Notre Dame [Annotated] (Literary Classics Collection)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo is part of the Literary Classics Collection series which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader including new scholarship thoughtful design and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of the Literary Classics Collection br br New introductions commissioned from today s top writers and scholars br Biographies of the authors br Chronologies of contemporary historical biographical and cultural events br Footnotes and endnotes br Selective discussions of imitations parodies poems books plays paintings operas statuary and films inspired by the work br Comments by other famous authors br Study questions to challenge the reader s viewpoints and expectations br Bibliographies for further reading br Indices amp Glossaries when appropriate br br All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest The Literary Classics Collection pulls together a constellation of influences biographical historical and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works br br The Hunchback of Notre Dame French Notre Dame de Paris is an French novel written by Victor Hugo It is set in in Paris in and around the cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris The book tells the story of a poor barefoot Gypsy girl La Esmeralda and a misshapen bell ringer Quasimodo who was raised by the Archdeacon Claude Frollo The book was written as a statement to preserve the Notre Dame cathedral and not to modernize it as Hugo was thoroughly against this br The story begins during the Renaissance in the day of the Festival of Fools in Paris Quasimodo the deformed bell ringer is introduced by his crowning as Pope of Fools br Esm ralda a beautiful year old gypsy with a kind and generous heart captures the hearts of many men but especially Quasimodo s adopted father Claude Frollo Frollo is torn between his lust and the rules of the church He orders Quasimodo to get her Quasimodo is caught and whipped and ordered to be tied down in the heat Esm ralda seeing his thirst offers him water It saves her for she captures the heart of the hunchback


Much Ado About Nothing: Literary Touchstone

In em Much Ado About Nothing em Shakespeare s glittering comedy there wages a merry war between Beatrice and Benedick of lacerating words and caustic wit Their family and friends contrive to spark up love amid their battles and to bring together the two pronounced bachelors in harmony with highly comic results Beatrice s gentle and virtuous cousin Hero is part of the conspiracy and while making this incongruous match she falls in love herself However darker elements lurk in the shadows in the shape of the melancholy villain Don John who threatens to thwart Hero s innocent love and to quash the natural merriment of the court at Messina


The Canterbury Tales - Literary Touchstone Edition

On a spring day in April sometime in the waning years of the th century travelers set out for Canterbury on a pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint Thomas Beckett Among them is a knight a monk a prioress a plowman a miller a merchant a clerk and an oft widowed wife from Bath Travel is arduous and wearing to maintain their spirits this band of pilgrims entertains each other with a series of tall tales that span the spectrum of literary genres Five hundred years later people are still reading Geoffrey Chaucer s i Canterbury Tales i If you haven t yet made the acquaintance of the Franklin the Pardoner or the Squire because you never learned Middle English take heart this edition of the i Tales i has been translated into modern idiom p From the heroic romance of The Knight s Tale to the low farce embodied in the stories of the Miller the Reeve and the Merchant Chaucer treated such universal subjects as love sex and death in poetry that is simultaneously witty insightful and poignant i The Canterbury Tales i is a grand tour of th century English mores and morals one that modern day readers will enjoy p


Black Beauty: Annotated version of Black Beauty with in-depth literary analysis

This annotated version of Black Beauty includes the full original story an in depth literary analysis and an author s biography Enjoy this clever must read by one of the world s most famous authors You should also check out our publisher s page for a wide array of other classics


The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession

In the tradition of The Orchid Thief a compelling narrative set within the strange and genteel world of rare book collecting the true story of an infamous book thief his victims and the man determined to catch him br br Rare book theft is even more widespread than fine art theft Most thieves of course steal for profit John Charles Gilkey steals purely for the love of books In an attempt to understand him better journalist Allison Hoover Bartlett plunged herself into the world of book lust and discovered just how dangerous it can be br br Gilkey is an obsessed unrepentant book thief who has stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of rare books from book fairs stores and libraries around the country Ken Sanders is the self appointed bibliodick book dealer with a penchant for detective work driven to catch him br br Bartlett befriended both outlandish characters and found herself caught in the middle of efforts to recover hidden treasure With a mixture of suspense insight and humor she has woven this entertaining cat and mouse chase into a narrative that not only reveals exactly how Gilkey pulled off his dirtiest crimes where he stashed the loot and how Sanders ultimately caught him but also explores the romance of books the lure to collect them and the temptation to steal them br br Immersing the reader in a rich wide world of literary obsession Bartlett looks at the history of book passion collection and theft through the ages to examine the craving that makes some people willing to stop at nothing to possess the books they love


The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, Books I-II

It is a question if any work of literature in our era other than i The Divine Comedy i is commensurate with i The Gulag Archipelago i in structure scale multiplicity of incident and characters emotional range variety of inflection and above all in the staggering magnitude of its underlying concept br br In this masterpiece the author of i One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich i and i The First Circle i has orchestrated thousands of incidents and individual histories into one narrative of unflagging power and momentum Written in a tone that encompasses Olympian wrath bitter calm savage irony and sheer comedy it combines history autobiography documentary and political analysis as it examines in its totality the Soviet apparatus of repression from its inception following the October revolution of br br The Archipelago of Mr Solzhenitsyn s work is the network of secret police installations camps prisons transit centers communications facilities transportation systems and espionage organizations which in his view honeycombs the length and breadth of the Soviet Union br br Drawing on his own experience material from Soviet archives cases collected during his eleven years of labor camps and exile and the evidence of more that fellow prisoners Mr Solzhenitsyn concludes that the secret police are the vital element of the Soviet regime and have been ever since its founding by Lenin br br Numerous studies of the Soviet system of control have been published in the West but until now nothing so complete so carefully documented and assembled and never before has a literary giant devoted his gifts of narrative and characterization to the enterprise Solzhenitsyn has here created and peopled with brilliantly portrayed human beings a vast overarching fresco of that state within a state which is the Gulag Archipelago br br i Taken from the inside jacket material of the Harper amp Row First Edition of i


The Museum of Literary Souls

p Mr Berger has spent thirty four years keeping his life as empty as possible His job title as a closed accounts registrar doesn t spark much interest and his cautious flirtation with a woman at his company was cut short upon her engagement to another man This doesn t bother him however as he much prefers the company of books to that of people When a series of fortuitous events leads to an early retirement in the English countryside Mr Berger is content to spend the remainder of his years nestled comfortably between the pages of a book But fate has other plans p p His serene life turns strange when he witnesses a tragedy chillingly reminiscent of i Anna Karenina i as a woman flings herself before a train When he rushes to the scene she has vanished leaving no body on the tracks Berger s investigation into this event leads him to Caxton Private Lending Library amp Book Depository where the line between fiction and reality becomes blurred beyond comprehension p


The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination

An analysis of Victorial women writers this pathbreaking book of feminist literary criticism is now reissued with a substantial new introduction by Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar that reveals the origins of their revolutionary realization in the s that the personal was the political the sexual was the textual


The Age of Innocence - Full Version (Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection)

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton is part of the Literary Classics Collection which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader including new scholarship thoughtful design and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of the Literary Classics Collection br br New introductions commissioned from today s top writers and scholars br Biographies of the authors br Chronologies of contemporary historical biographical and cultural events br Footnotes and endnotes br Selective discussions of imitations parodies poems books plays paintings operas statuary and films inspired by the work br Comments by other famous authors br Study questions to challenge the reader s viewpoints and expectations br Bibliographies for further reading br Indices amp Glossaries when appropriate br br All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest The Literary Classics Collection pulls together a constellation of influences biographical historical and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works br br The Age of Innocence is an intimate portrayal of East Coast American society in the th century and the human lives that came into conflict with it Newland Archer is heir to one of New York City s first families and his bride to be is everything he ever hoped Then his fiancee s older cousin leaves her European husband and appears in New York where she refuses to conform to society and her family s wishes Archer is at first angered and then intrigued by her Their passionate relationship challenges everything he believes and ultimately suffers at the hands of society and family obligation br br The novel won the Pulitzer Prize Wharton was the first woman to win it


A Glossary of Literary Terms


A Room With a View - Full Version (Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection)

A Room With a View by E M Forster is part of the Literary Classics Collection which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader including new scholarship thoughtful design and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of the Literary Classics Collection br br New introductions commissioned from today s top writers and scholars br Biographies of the authors br Chronologies of contemporary historical biographical and cultural events br Footnotes and endnotes br Selective discussions of imitations parodies poems books plays paintings operas statuary and films inspired by the work br Comments by other famous authors br Study questions to challenge the reader s viewpoints and expectations br Bibliographies for further reading br Indices amp Glossaries when appropriate br br All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest The Literary Classics Collection pulls together a constellation of influences biographical historical and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works br br br A Room with a View is a romance and a social critique of Edwardian society A young woman is chaperoned to Italy by her bitter aunt There she meets an intriguing but eccentric young man Back in England she finds herself respectably engaged to a proper gentleman but is thrown into a muddle when her young man from Italy moves to her English town The novel celebrates the chaotic unsure muddle of feelings over a kind of lifeless acceptance of the way things are br br


The Wind in the Willows (Illustrated and Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection)

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame is part of the Literary Classics Collection which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader including new scholarship thoughtful design and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of the Literary Classics Collection br br New introductions commissioned from today s top writers and scholars br Biographies of the authors br Chronologies of contemporary historical biographical and cultural events br Footnotes and endnotes br Selective discussions of imitations parodies poems books plays paintings operas statuary and films inspired by the work br Comments by other famous authors br Study questions to challenge the reader s viewpoints and expectations br Bibliographies for further reading br Indices amp Glossaries when appropriate br br All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest The Literary Classics Collection pulls together a constellation of influences biographical historical and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works br br Since its first publication in generations of adults and children have cherished Kenneth Grahame s classic The Wind in the Willows For in this entrancing lyrical world of gurgling rivers and whispering reeds live four of the wisest wittiest noblest and most lovable creatures in all literature Rat Mole Badger and Toad of Toad Hall Like true adventurers they glory in life s simplest pleasures and natural wonders But it is Toad cocky and irrepressible in his goggles and overcoat whose passion for motorcars represents the free and fearless spirit in all of us just as it s Toad s downfall that inspires the others to test Grahame s most precious theme the miracle of loyalty and friendship


The Woman in White - Full Version (Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection)

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins is part of the Literary Classics Collection which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader including new scholarship thoughtful design and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of the Literary Classics Collection br br New introductions commissioned from today s top writers and scholars br Biographies of the authors br Chronologies of contemporary historical biographical and cultural events br Footnotes and endnotes br Selective discussions of imitations parodies poems books plays paintings operas statuary and films inspired by the work br Comments by other famous authors br Study questions to challenge the reader s viewpoints and expectations br Bibliographies for further reading br Indices amp Glossaries when appropriate br br All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest The Literary Classics Collection pulls together a constellation of influences biographical historical and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works br br The Woman in White is credited with being the first of the sensation novels and one of the finest examples of the genre A young woman s husband defrauds her of her fortune her identity and eventually her sanity She is saved by her sister and a loyal man who loves her and her two rescuers attempt to expose her husband They meet a woman dressed all in white whose fate seems curiously intertwined with that of the young woman In the tradition of the sensation novel the story contravenes boundaries of class identity and the private and public spheres


The Inferno (Dante's Inferno) - Full Version [Illustrated and Annotated] (Literary Classics Collection)

The Inferno remains literature s most hallowed and graphic vision of Hell Dante plunges readers into this unforgettable world with a deceptively simple and now legendary tercet br br Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark For the straightforward pathway had been lost br br With these words Dante plunges readers into the unforgettable world of the Inferno one of the most graphic visions of Hell ever created In this first part of the epic The Divine Comedy Dante is led by the poet Virgil down into the nine circles of Hell where he travels through nightmare landscapes of fetid cesspools viper pits frozen lakes and boiling rivers of blood and witnesses sinners being beaten burned eaten defecated upon and torn to pieces by demons Along the way he meets the most fascinating characters known to the classical and medieval world the silver tongued Ulysses lustful Francesca da Rimini the heretical Farinata degli Uberti and scores of other intriguing and notorious figures br br This edition of the Inferno revives the famous Henry Wadsworth Longfellow translation which first introduced Dante s literary genius to a broad American audience Opening the book we stand face to face with the poet wrote William Dean Howells of Longfellow s Dante and when his voice ceases we may marvel if he has not sung to us in his own Tuscan Lyrically graceful and brimming with startlingly vivid images Dante s Inferno is a perpetually engrossing classic that ranks with the greatest works of Homer and Shakespeare br br Features a map of Hell and illustrations by Gustave Dor br br br br The Inferno or Dante s Inferno by Dante Alighieri is part of the Literary Classics Collection which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader including new scholarship thoughtful design and pages of carefully crafted extras Here are some of the remarkable features of the Literary Classics Collection br br New introductions commissioned from today s top writers and scholars br Biographies of the authors br Chronologies of contemporary historical biographical and cultural events br Footnotes and endnotes br Selective discussions of imitations parodies poems books plays paintings operas statuary and films inspired by the work br Comments by other famous authors br Study questions to challenge the reader s viewpoints and expectations br Bibliographies for further reading br Indices amp Glossaries when appropriate br br All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications some include illustrations of historical interest The Literary Classics Collection pulls together a constellation of influences biographical historical and literary to enrich each reader s understanding of these enduring works