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  • BEST SHORT STORIES - RUDYARD KIPLING
    BEST SHORT STORIES - RUDYARD KIPLING
    KIPLING RUDYARD
    ISBN: 9781853261794
    Title: BEST SHORT STORIES - RUDYARD KIPLING
    Author: KIPLING RUDYARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The diverse tales selected for this volume display the astonishing virtuosity of Rudyard Kipling's early writings. A Nobel prize-winner, Kipling was phenomenally productive and imaginative, displaying a literary mastery of idioms, technology and technical terms, exotic locations, and social range. He gained immense popularity, becoming (as these stories indicate) the knowledgeable spokesman for a wide public.

    Later, although Kipling's right-wing views increasingly incurred hostility, his creativity remained formidable. In this rich collection, we encounter bold realism, poignant nostalgia, dark comedy, the vividly horrific, the exuberantly fanciful and the disturbingly uncanny.

    Stories include:

    The Courting of Dinah Shadd / On Greenhow Hill / At the End of the Passage
    The Limitations of Pambe Serang / The Disturber of Traffic / The Finest Story in the World
    The Record of Badalia Herodsfoot / The Ship that Found Herself / The Maltese Cat
    Wireless / They / Mrs Bathurst / Below the Mill Dam

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL
    BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL
    NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    ISBN: 9780140449235
    Title: BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL
    Author: NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Beyond Good and Evil confirmed Nietzsche's position as the towering European philosopher of his age. The work dramatically rejects the traditional of Western thought with its notions of truth and God, good and evil. Nietzsche seeks to demonstrate that the Christian world is steeped in a false piety and infected with a 'slave morality'. With wit and energy, he turns from this critique to a philosophy that celebrates the present and demands that the individual impose their own 'will to power' upon the world.

    This edition includes a commentary on the text by the translator and Michael Tanner's introduction, which explains some of the more abstract passages in Beyond Good and Evil.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • BIRTH OF TRAGEDY
    BIRTH OF TRAGEDY
    NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    ISBN: 9780140433395
    Title: BIRTH OF TRAGEDY
    Author: NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A compelling argument for the necessity for art in life, Nietzsche's first book is fuelled by his enthusiasms for Greek tragedy, for the philosophy of Schopenhauer and for the music of Wagner, to whom this work was dedicated. Nietzsche outlined a distinction between its two central forces: the Apolline, representing beauty and order, and the Dionysiac, a primal or ecstatic reaction to the sublime. He believed the combination of these states produced the highest forms of music and tragic drama, which not only reveal the truth about suffering in life, but also provide a consolation for it. Impassioned and exhilarating in its conviction, The Birth of Tragedy has become a key text in European culture and in literary criticism.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BLEAK HOUSE
    BLEAK HOUSE
    DICKENS CHARLES
    ISBN: 9781853260827
    Title: BLEAK HOUSE
    Author: DICKENS CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction and Notes by Doreen Roberts, University of Kent at Canterbury. Illustrations by Hablot K. Browne (Phiz).

    'Bleak House' is one of Dickens' finest achievements, establishing his reputation as a serious and mature novelist, as well as a brilliant comic writer. It is at once a complex mystery story that fully engages the reader in the work of detection, and an unforgettable indictment of an indifferent society. Its representations of a great city's underworld, and of the law's corruption and delay, draw upon the author's personal knowledge and experience.

    But it is his symbolic art that projects these things in a vision that embraces black comedy, cosmic farce, and tragic ruin. In a unique creative experiment, Dickens divides the narrative between his heroine, Esther Summerson, who is psychologically interesting in her own right, and an unnamed narrator whose perspective both complements and challenges hers.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • BOOK OF GREEK AND ROMAN FOLKTALES LEGENDS AND MYTHS
    BOOK OF GREEK AND ROMAN FOLKTALES LEGENDS AND MYTHS
    HANSEN WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780691170152
    Title: BOOK OF GREEK AND ROMAN FOLKTALES LEGENDS AND MYTHS
    Author: HANSEN WILLIAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Captured centaurs and satyrs, talking animals, people who suddenly change sex, men who give birth, the temporarily insane and the permanently thick-witted, delicate sensualists, incompetent seers, a woman who remembers too much, a man who cannot laugh--these are just some of the colorful characters who feature in the unforgettable stories that ancient Greeks and Romans told in their daily lives. Together they created an incredibly rich body of popular oral stories that include, but range well beyond, mythology--from heroic legends, fairy tales, and fables to ghost stories, urban legends, and jokes. This unique anthology presents the largest collection of these tales ever assembled. Featuring nearly four hundred stories in authoritative and highly readable translations, this is the first book to offer a representative selection of the entire range of traditional classical storytelling.


    Set mostly in the world of humans, not gods, these stories focus on figures such as lovers, tricksters, philosophers, merchants, rulers, athletes, artists, and soldiers. The narratives range from the well-known--for example, Cupid and Psyche, Diogenes and his lantern, and the tortoise and the hare--to lesser-known tales that deserve wider attention. Entertaining and fascinating, they offer a unique window into the fantasies, anxieties, humor, and passions of the people who told them.


    Complete with beautiful illustrations by Glynnis Fawkes, a comprehensive introduction, notes, and more, this one-of-a-kind anthology will delight general readers as well as students of classics, fairy tales, and folklore.

    Imprint: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRES
    RRP: $78.00

    Price: $78.00
  • CALL OF THE WILD AND WHITE FANG
    CALL OF THE WILD AND WHITE FANG
    LONDON JACK
    ISBN: 9781853260261
    Title: CALL OF THE WILD AND WHITE FANG
    Author: LONDON JACK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The Call of the Wild' (1903) and 'White Fang'(1906) are world famous animal stories.

    Set in Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1890s, 'The Call of the Wild' is about Buck, the magnificent cross-bred offspring of a St Bernard and a Scottish Collie. Stolen from his pampered life on a Californian estate and shipped to the Klondike to work as a sledge dog, he triumphs over his circumstances and becomes the leader of a wolf pack. The story records the "decivilisation" of Buck as he answers 'the call of the wild', an inherent memory of primeval origins to which he instinctively responds.

    In contrast, 'White Fang' relates the tale of a wolf born and bred in the wild which is civilised by the master he comes to trust and love. The brutal world of the Klondike miners and their dogs is brilliantly evoked and Jack London's rendering of the sentient life of Buck and White Fang as they confront their destiny is enthralling and convincing. The deeper resonance of these stories derives from the author's use of the myth of the hero who survives by strength and courage, a powerful myth that still appeals to our collective unconscious.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • CANDIDE AND OTHER WORKS
    CANDIDE AND OTHER WORKS
    VOLTAIRE
    ISBN: 9781840227307
    Title: CANDIDE AND OTHER WORKS
    Author: VOLTAIRE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Introduction and Notes by James Fowler, Senior Lecturer in French, University of Kent.

    Voltaire is held to be one of the three greatest French writers of the eighteenth century. He fought against religious persecution, bigotry and injustice throughout his life, and has often been seen as one of the thinkers who prepared the way for the French Revolution. This volume contains: 'Zadig' (1748), the story of a young man who becomes king of Babylon; 'Candide' (1759), Voltaire’s most famous tale of all; and (in a new translation) 'The Ingenu' (1767), in which the hero, raised by Huron Indians, discovers the ways of Europe. The heroes of these tales are young, handsome, talented, and naïve. All three are animated by Voltaire’s sparkling wit, but also by his dark satire of ancien regime society.

    The volume closes with a new translation of 'Nanine', Voltaire’s three-act comedy which was seen, first as dangerously meritocratic, then as anti-revolutionary. The hero falls in love with a servant girl: but will he overcome society’s prejudice and marry her?

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • CANTERBURY TALES
    CANTERBURY TALES
    CHAUCER GEOFFREY
    ISBN: 9781840226928
    Title: CANTERBURY TALES
    Author: CHAUCER GEOFFREY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    During his life, Geoffrey Chaucer (born c.1340) was courtier, diplomat, revenue collector, administrator, negotiator, overseer of building projects, landowner and knight of the shire. He was servant, retainer, husband, friend and father. Whilst he was doing and ‘being’ all of these things, he was writing. Not only did he write in English - for princes, friends, family and, presumably, for his own pleasure – but his knowledge of French and Italian enabled him to engage with the works of notable French poets such as Eustache Deschamps, and also with the Italian works of Petrarch, Dante and Boccaccio, an understanding which he used to enrich and develop his own language.

    It was Boccaccio's Decameron which inspired Chaucer, in the 1390s, to begin work on 'The Canterbury Tales', which was still unfinished at his death in October 1400. It tells the story of a group of 30 pilgrims who meet at the Tabard Inn in Southwark, on the south bank of the Thames opposite the city of London, and travel together to visit the then famous shrine of St Thomas Becket in Canterbury cathedral. The tavern host, who accompanies them, suggests that they amuse one another along the way by telling stories. There will be a prize for this: the best storyteller will get a free meal in the tavern on their return. The stories told by the pilgrims range from bawdy comedies through saints' lives and moral tracts to courtly romances, but are always delivered with a generous helping of Chaucer’s own sly wit and ironic humour. Although based on the stereotypes of ‘estates satire’, his pilgrims appear as individuals who can be recognised by their audience. Chaucer succeeds in his aim of producing an overview of his times and their culture, for posterity, in the manner of Italian, proto-Renaissance, writers. In the decades after his death, Chaucer was recognised and elevated by a new generation of writers to a position of prominence in the emerging canon of English writing, from which he ultimately became known as ‘the Father of English Literature’.

    This transcription and edition is taken from British Library MS Harley 7334, produced within ten years of Chaucer’s death. The aim of this edition, with on-page notes and glosses, is to enable readers with little or no previous experience of Medieval English to read and enjoy this landmark in English Literature.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $16.95

    Price: $16.95
  • CAPITAL : A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production: Volume One and Two
    CAPITAL : A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production: Volume One and Two
    MARX KARL
    ISBN: 9781840226997
    Title: CAPITAL : A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production: Volume One and Two
    Author: MARX KARL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    With an Introduction by Mark G. Spencer, Brock University, Ontario, Canada. This edition includes both Volumes One and Two.

    Few writers have had a more demonstrable impact on the development of the modern world than has Karl Marx (1818-1883). Born in Trier into a middle-class Jewish family in 1818, by the time of his death in London in 1883, Marx claimed a growing international reputation. Of central importance then and later was his book DAS KAPITAL, or, as it is known to English readers, simply CAPITAL.

    Volume One of CAPITAL was published in Paris in 1867. This was the only volume published during Marx's lifetime and the only to have come directly from his pen.

    Volume Two, published in 1884, was based on notes Marx left, but written by his friend and collaborator, Friedrich Engels (1820-1895).

    Readers from the nineteenth century to the present have been captivated by the unmistakable power and urgency of this classic of world literature. Marx's critique of the capitalist system is rife with big themes: his theory of 'surplus value', his discussion of the exploitation of the working class, and his forecast of class conflict on a grand scale. Marx wrote with purpose. As he famously put it, 'Philosophers have previously tried to explain the world, our task is to change it.'

    Imprint: WORDS & MUSIC
    RRP: $16.95

    Price: $16.95
  • CASEBOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES AND HIS LAST BOW
    CASEBOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES AND HIS LAST BOW
    DOYLE ARTHUR CONAN
    ISBN: 9781853260704
    Title: CASEBOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES AND HIS LAST BOW
    Author: DOYLE ARTHUR CONAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    With a new Introduction by David Stuart Davies.

    'Surely no man would take up my profession if it were not that danger attracts him.'

    In 'The Casebook', you can read the final twelve stories that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about his brilliant detective. They are perhaps the most unusual and the darkest that he penned. Treachery, mutilation and the terrible consequences of infidelity are just some of the themes explored in these stories, along with atmospheric touches of the gothic, involving a bloodsucking vampire, crypts at midnight and strange bones in a furnace. The collection His Last Bow features some of Sherlock Holmes' most dramatic cases, including the vicious revenge intrigue connected with 'The Red Circle' and the insidious murders in 'The Devil's Foot'. The title story recounts how Sherlock Holmes is brought out of retirement to help the government foil a German plot on the eve of the First World War. These two fascinating sets of stories make a glorious farewell to the greatest detective of them all and his erstwhile companion, Dr Watson.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • CHRISTMAS CAROL  /  ANNOTATED
    CHRISTMAS CAROL / ANNOTATED
    DICKENS CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780393051582
    Title: CHRISTMAS CAROL / ANNOTATED
    Author: DICKENS CHARLES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What would Christmas be without A Christmas Carol?

    Charles Dickens's famous ghost story is as much a part of the season as plum pudding and mistletoe, and Michael Patrick Hearn, the celebrated annotator of The Wizard of Oz and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, has now prepared a sumptuous new edition of the Dickens classic. This latest contribution to the Norton annotated series delves into the engrossing history of the book's publication, when it first captivated Victorian England. This is the first edition to combine the original text of 1843 with Dickens's Public Reading text, which had its world premiere in America in 1867 and has not been reprinted in nearly a century. Also included are rare photographs as well as the original Leech wood engravings and hand-colored etchings. These are supplemented by other contemporary illustrations by George Cruikshank, Gustave Dor? John Tenniel, and "Phiz." The Annotated Christmas Carol will be a literary feast for the whole family for generations.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $37.95

    Price: $37.95
  • CHRISTMAS CAROL - Original Manuscript Edition
    CHRISTMAS CAROL - Original Manuscript Edition
    DICKENS CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780393608649
    Title: CHRISTMAS CAROL - Original Manuscript Edition
    Author: DICKENS CHARLES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A first-ever trade edition of the original manuscript of the beloved Christmas classic.

    Every year at the holidays, the historic Morgan Library & Museum in Manhattan displays one of the crown jewels of its extraordinary collection: the original manuscript of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, with its detailed emendations, deletions, and insertions in Dickens’s own hand.

    Here, for the first time in a beautiful trade edition, A Christmas Carol: The Original Manuscript Edition presents a facsimile of that invaluable manuscript, along with a typeset version of the story, a fascinating introduction by the Morgan’s chief literary curator on the history of the story, and a new foreword by Colm Tóibín celebrating its timeless appeal.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $30.95

    Price: $30.95
  • COLLECTED SHORT STORIES OF KATHERINE MANSFIELD
    COLLECTED SHORT STORIES OF KATHERINE MANSFIELD
    MANSFIELD KATHERINE
    ISBN: 9781840222654
    Title: COLLECTED SHORT STORIES OF KATHERINE MANSFIELD
    Author: MANSFIELD KATHERINE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction and Notes by Professor Stephen Arkin, San Francisco State University.

    Katherine Mansfield is widely regarded as a writer who helped create the modern short story. Born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1888, she came to London in 1903 to attend Queen's College and returned permanently in 1908. Her first book of stories, 'In a German Pension', appeared in 1911, and she went on to write and publish an extraordinary body of work. This edition of 'The Collected Stories' brings together all of the stories that Mansfield had written up until her death in January of 1923.

    With an introduction and head-notes, this volume allows the reader to become familiar with the complete range of Mansfield's work from the early, satirical stories set in Bavaria, through the luminous recollections of her childhood in New Zealand, and through the mature, deeply felt stories of her last years. Admired by Virginia Woolf in her lifetime and by many writers since her death, Katherine Mansfield is one of the great literary artists of the twentieth century.

    Short stories include:

    Bliss / Prelude / Je ne parle pas français / The Wind Blows / Psychology / Pictures
    The Man without a Temperament / Mr Reginald Peacock's Day / Sun and Moon
    Feuille d'Album / A Dill Pickle / The Little Governess / The Garden Party
    At The Bay / The Daughters of the Late Colonel / Mr and Mrs Dove / Millie
    Life of Ma Parker / Marriage a la Mode / The Voyage / Miss Brill / Her First Ball
    The Singing Lesson / The Stranger / The Doll's House / A Cup of Tea / The Fly
    The Canary / Something Childish but Very Natural / The Tiredness of Rosabel
    How Pearl Button Was Kidnapped / The Woman at the Store / An Indiscreet Journey
    And many more...

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • COLLECTED SHORT STORIES OF SAKI
    COLLECTED SHORT STORIES OF SAKI
    MUNRO HECTOR HUGH
    ISBN: 9781853260711
    Title: COLLECTED SHORT STORIES OF SAKI
    Author: MUNRO HECTOR HUGH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'All decent people live beyond their incomes nowadays, and those who aren't respectable live beyond other peoples'.

    Saki (H.H. Munro) stands alongside Anton Chekhov and O Henry as a master of the short story. His extraordinary stories are a mixture of humorous satire, irony and the macabre, in which the stupidities and hypocrisy of conventional society are viciously pilloried.

    This collection includes 'Sredni Vastor' and 'The Unrest Cure'. "We all know that Prime Ministers are wedded to the truth, but like other married couples they sometimes live apart".

    Short Stories include:

    Reginald
    Reginald in Russia
    Gabriel-Ernest
    Esme
    Tobermory
    The Easter Egg
    The Open Window
    The Schartz-Metterklume Method
    The Story-Teller
    The Toys of Peace
    The Interlopers
    The Bull
    And many more…

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • COLLECTED WORKS OF NATHANAEL WEST
    COLLECTED WORKS OF NATHANAEL WEST
    WEST NATHANAEL
    ISBN: 9781840226584
    Title: COLLECTED WORKS OF NATHANAEL WEST
    Author: WEST NATHANAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    With an Introduction and Notes by Henry Claridge, Senior Lecturer, School of English, University of Kent at Canterbury

    The four novels gathered here constitute the complete longer works of one the most brilliant and original American writers. West’s vision of American modernity is terrifyingly comical and diagnoses the tawdriness and meretriciousness of much of American popular culture. His greatest work, 'Miss Lonelyhearts', which begins this collection, is unique in modern literature. It describes New York in the early years of the Great Depression through the point of view of an "agony aunt" who corresponds with his suffering readers in the guise of "Miss Lonelyhearts: (Are you in trouble? – Do you need advice?)’" 'A Cool Million' is, as its subtitle suggests, the "dismantling" of a myth, here a caustic satire of the "rags to riches" story . West's final novel, "The Day of the Locust", is a comic, yet apocalyptic account of the fantasies of 1930s Hollywood. This volume concludes with West's parodic and surreal first venture into fiction, 'The Dream Life of Balso Snell'.

    Henry Claridge's introduction to this new edition of West's fictional writings contextualises his work in the United States of the Great Depression, in his evocation of 1930s Hollywood (where he worked as a writer of screenplays), and in the larger context of his Eastern European Jewish background, and, particularly, his reading of Dostoyesvky. The text comes with extensive annotations, a note on the textual history of West’s writings, and a guide to further reading for both the student and the general reader.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • COMMUNIST MANIFESTO
    COMMUNIST MANIFESTO
    MARX KARL / ENGELS FRIEDRICH
    ISBN: 9781840220964
    Title: COMMUNIST MANIFESTO
    Author: MARX KARL / ENGELS FRIEDRICH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an introduction by Dr. Laurence Marlow.

    A spectre is haunting Europe (and the world). Not, in the twenty-first century, the spectre of communism, but the spectre of capitalism. Marx's prediction that the state would wither away of its own accord has proved inaccurate, and he did not foresee the tyrannies which have ruled large parts of the globe in his name. Indeed, he would have been appalled if he had witnessed them. But his analysis of the evils and dangers of raw capitalism is as correct now as when it was written, and some of his suggestions (progressive income tax, abolition of child labour, free education for all children) are now accepted with little question.

    In a world where capitalism is no longer held in check by fear of a communist alternative, 'The Communist Manifesto' (with Socialism Utopian and Scientific, Engels's brief and clear exposition of Marxist thought) is essential reading.

    'The Condition of the Working Class in England' is Engels's first, and probably best-known, book. With Henry Mayhew's 'London Labour and the London Poor', it was and is the outstanding study of the working class in Victorian England.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $16.95

    Price: $16.95
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