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  • DEAD SOULS
    DEAD SOULS
    GOGOL NIKOLAI
    ISBN: 9780140448078
    Title: DEAD SOULS
    Author: GOGOL NIKOLAI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Chichikov, a mysterious stranger, arrives in the provincial town of 'N', visiting a succession of landowners and making each a strange offer. He proposes to buy the names of dead serfs still registered on the census, saving their owners from paying tax on them, and to use these souls as collateral to re-invent himself as a gentleman. In this ebullient masterpiece, Gogol created a grotesque gallery of human types, from the bear-like Sobakevich to the insubstantial fool Manilov, and, above all, the devilish con man Chichikov. Dead Souls, Russia s first major novel, is one of the most unusual works of nineteenth-century fiction and a devastating satire on social hypocrisy.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DEATH OF IVAN IILICH AND OTHER STORIES
    DEATH OF IVAN IILICH AND OTHER STORIES
    TOLSTOY LEO
    ISBN: 9781840224535
    Title: DEATH OF IVAN IILICH AND OTHER STORIES
    Author: TOLSTOY LEO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction and Notes by Dr T.C.B.Cook.

    Count Leo Tolstoy is best known for 'War and Peace' and 'Anna Karenina', commonly regarded as amongst the greatest novels ever written. He also, however, wrote many masterly short stories, and this volume contains four of the longest and best in distinguished translations that have stood the test of time.

    In the early story 'Family Happiness', Tolstoy explores courtship and marriage from the point of view of a young wife. In 'The Kreutzer Sonata' he gives us a terrifying study of marital breakdown, in The Devil a powerful depiction of the power of sexual temptation, and, in perhaps the finest of all, 'The Death of Ivan Ilyich', he portrays the long agony of a man gradually coming to terms with his own mortality.

    This volume also includes an Introduction and Notes written specially for this Wordsworth edition by Dr Tim Cook, formely lecturer in literature at the Universities of Kingston and Ulster. Previous work contributed by Dr Cook for Wordsworth includes an introduction and notes to Charles Dickens' 'Nicholas Nickleby'.

    Other Stories include:

    Family Happiness
    The Kreutzer Sonata
    Afterword by the Author
    The Devil

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA - ABRIDGED
    DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA - ABRIDGED
    TOCQUEVILLE ALEXIS DE
    ISBN: 9781853264801
    Title: DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA - ABRIDGED
    Author: TOCQUEVILLE ALEXIS DE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Abridged, with an Introduction by Patrick Renshaw.

    'Democracy in America' is a classic of political philosophy. Hailed by John Stuart Mill and Horace Greely as the finest book ever written on the nature of democracy, it continues to be an influential text on both sides of the Atlantic, above all in the emerging democracies of Eastern Europe.

    De Tocqueville examines the structures, institutions and operation of democracy, and shows how Europe can learn from American success and failures. His central theme is the advancement of the rule of the people, but he also predicts that slavery will bring about the 'most horrible of civil wars', foresees that the USA and Russia will be the Superpowers of the twentieth century, and is 150 years ahead of his time in his views on the position and importance of women.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $16.95

    Price: $16.95
  • DEVILS
    DEVILS
    DOSTOYEVSKY FYODOR
    ISBN: 9781840220995
    Title: DEVILS
    Author: DOSTOYEVSKY FYODOR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Translated by Constance Garnett with an Introduction by A.D.P. Briggs.

    In 1869 a young Russian was strangled, shot through the head and thrown into a pond. His crime? A wish to leave small group of violent revolutionaries, from which he had become alienated. Dostoevsky takes this real-life catastrophe as the subject and culmination of 'Devils', a title that refers the young radicals themselves and also to the materialistic ideas that possessed the minds of many thinking people Russian society at the time.

    The satirical portraits of the revolutionaries, with their naivety, ludicrous single-mindedness and readiness for murder and destruction, might seem exaggerated - until we consider their all-too-recognisable descendants in the real world ever since. The key figure in the novel, however, is beyond politics. Nikolay Stavrogin, another product of rationalism run wild, exercises his charisma with ruthless authority and total amorality. His unhappiness is accounted for when he confesses to a ghastly sexual crime - in a chapter long suppressed by the censor.

    This prophetic account of modern morals and politics, with its fifty-odd characters, amazing events and challenging ideas, is seen by some critics as Dostoevsky's masterpiece.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.99

    Price: $6.99
  • DIARY OF LADY MURASAKI
    DIARY OF LADY MURASAKI
    MURASAKI LADY
    ISBN: 9780140435764
    Title: DIARY OF LADY MURASAKI
    Author: MURASAKI LADY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Diary recorded by Lady Murasaki (c. 973-c. 1020), author of The Tale of Genji, is an intimate picture of her life as tutor and companion to the young Empress Shoshi. Told in a series of vignettes, it offers revealing glimpses of the Japanese imperial palace - the auspicious birth of a prince, rivalries between the Emperor's consorts, with sharp criticism of Murasaki's fellow ladies-in-waiting and drunken courtiers, and telling remarks about the timid Empress and her powerful father, Michinaga. The Diary is also a work of great subtlety and intense personal reflection, as Murasaki makes penetrating insights into human psychology - her pragmatic observations always balanced by an exquisite and pensive melancholy.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS
    DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS
    PEPYS SAMUEL
    ISBN: 9781841593791
    Title: DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS
    Author: PEPYS SAMUEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) began writing in 1660 he was a young clerk living in London, struggling to pay his rent. Over the next nine years as he kept his journal, he rose to be a powerful naval administrator. He became eyewitness to some of the most significant events in seventeenth-century English history, among them, the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660 (he was in the ship that brought back Charles II from exile), the plague that ravaged the capital in 1665, and the Great Fire of 1666, described with poetry and horror. Pepys's diary gives vivid descriptions of spectacular events, but much of the richness of the diary lies in the details it provides about the minor dramas of daily life. While Pepys was keen to hear the King's views, he was also ready to talk with a soldier, a housekeeper, or a child rag-picker. He records with searing frankness his tumultuous personal and professional life- the pleasures and frustrations of his marriage, together with his infidelities, his ambitions, and his power schemes. All of this was set down in shorthand, to protect it from prying eyes. The result is a lively, often astonishing, diary and an unrivalled account of life in seventeenth-century London.

    Imprint: EVERYMAN HARDBACKS
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
  • DISCOURSES AND SELECTED WRITINGS
    DISCOURSES AND SELECTED WRITINGS
    EPICTETUS
    ISBN: 9780140449464
    Title: DISCOURSES AND SELECTED WRITINGS
    Author: EPICTETUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Epictetus, a Greek stoic and freed slave, ran a thriving philosophy school in Nicropolis in the early second century AD. His animated discussions were celebrated for their rhetorical wizardry and were written down by Arrian, his most famous pupil. Together with the Enchiridion, a manual of his main ideas, and the fragments collected here, The Discourses argue that happiness lies in learning to perceive exactly what is in our power to change and what is not, and in embracing our fate to live in harmony with god and nature. In this personal, practical guide to the ethics of stoicism and moral self-improvement, Epictetus tackles questions of freedom and imprisonment, illness and fear, family, friendship and love, and leaves an intriguing document of daily life in the classical world.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DIVINE COMEDY - INFERNO / PURGATORY / PARADISE
    DIVINE COMEDY - INFERNO / PURGATORY / PARADISE
    DANTE
    ISBN: 9780199535644
    Title: DIVINE COMEDY - INFERNO / PURGATORY / PARADISE
    Author: DANTE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Described variously as the greatest poem of the European Middle Ages and, because of the author's evangelical purpose, the `fifth Gospel', the Divine Comedy is central to the culture of the west. The poem is a spiritual autobiography in the form of a journey - the poet travels from the dark circles of the Inferno, up the mountain of Purgatory, where Virgil, his guide leaves him to encounter Beatrice in the Earthly Paradise. Dante conceived the poem as the new epic of Christendom, and he creates a world in which reason and faith have transformed moral and social chaos into order. Charles Sisson's blank verse translation is remarkable for its lucidity and vigour, and the Introduction, diagrams, maps, and notes by David Higgins provide the reader with invaluable guidance. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • DOCTOR THORNE
    DOCTOR THORNE
    TROLLOPE ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9781840227369
    Title: DOCTOR THORNE
    Author: TROLLOPE ANTHONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction by Joanna Trollope.

    Trollope’s delightful novel recounts the fortunes of Doctor Thorne, an upright and principled country doctor, and his niece Mary. She falls in love with Frank Gresham, heir to the heavily mortgaged Greshambury estate, but he is constrained in his choices by the need to marry well so that he can restore the family fortunes.

    The vicissitudes of Mary and Frank's courtship are lovingly detailed with all the wit and satire that show Trollope at his finest. In this social comedy, full of snobbery, hypocrisy and self-seeking, we meet characters from the city and cathedral of Barchester, and are introduced to the grandiloquent de Courcy family, whose pretensions mark its members among the author's most felicitous creations, as well as the down-to-earth heiress Miss Dunstable and the deplorable Sir Roger Scatcherd.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • DON QUIXOTE
    DON QUIXOTE
    CERVANTES MIGUEL DE
    ISBN: 9780140449099
    Title: DON QUIXOTE
    Author: CERVANTES MIGUEL DE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Don Quixote has become so entranced by reading romances of chivalry that he determines to become a knight errant and pursue bold adventures, accompanied by his squire, the cunning Sancho Panza. As they roam the world together, the ageing Quixote's fancy leads them wildly astray. At the same time the relationship between the two men grows with fascinating subtlety. Often considered to be the first modern novel, Don Quixote is a wonderful burlesque of the popular literature its disordered protagonist is obsessed with. John Rutherford's landmark translation does full justice to the energy and wit of Cervantes's prose. His introduction discusses the traditional works parodied in Don Quixote, as well as issues surrounding literary translation.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • DON QUIXOTE   (Vintage Classic Europeans Series)
    DON QUIXOTE (Vintage Classic Europeans Series)
    CERVANTES MIGUEL DE
    ISBN: 9781784875008
    Title: DON QUIXOTE (Vintage Classic Europeans Series)
    Author: CERVANTES MIGUEL DE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    TRANSLATED FROM THE SPANISH BY EDITH GROSSMAN


    The Vintage Classics Europeans series - with covers provided by textile design firm Wallace Sewell, these are must-have editions of European masterpieces, celebrating the warp and weft of a shared literary treasury.


    Widely regarded as the world’s first modern novel, and one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote chronicles the adventures of a noble knight and his faithful squire as they travel through sixteenth-century Spain. Except the knight is not really a knight, his princesses are servant girls, his enchanted castles are inns and his giants are windmills. Don Quixote’s goodness is real however, and his wish for the world to be full of adventures and passion is so profoundly human that, four hundred years after its first appearance, his story still crackles, beguiles and inspires.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • DRACULA
    DRACULA
    STOKER BRAM
    ISBN: 9780141439846
    Title: DRACULA
    Author: STOKER BRAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula purchase a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries about his client and his castle. Soon afterwards, disturbing incidents unfold in England- an unmanned ship is wrecked at Whitby; strange puncture marks appear on a young woman's neck; and a lunatic asylum inmate raves about the imminent arrival of his 'Master'.

    In the ensuing battle of wits between the sinister Count and a determined group of adversaries, Bram Stoker created a masterpiece of the horror genre, probing deeply into human identity, sanity, and the dark corners of Victorian sexuality and desire. For this completely updated edition, Maurice Hindle has revised his introduction, list of further reading and textual notes, and added two new appendices- Stoker's essay on censorship and his interview with Winston Churchill, both published in 1908.

    Christopher Frayling's preface discusses Stoker's significance and the influences that contributed to his creation of the Dracula myth.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • DUBLINERS
    DUBLINERS
    JOYCE JAMES
    ISBN: 9781853260483
    Title: DUBLINERS
    Author: JOYCE JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Introduction and Notes by Laurence Davies, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire.

    Living overseas but writing, always, about his native city, Joyce made Dublin unforgettable. The stories in Dubliners show us truants, seducers, gossips, rally-drivers, generous hostesses, corrupt politicians, failing priests, amateur theologians, struggling musicians, moony adolescents, victims of domestic brutishness, sentimental aunts and poets, patriots earnest or cynical, and people striving to get by.

    In every sense an international figure, Joyce was faithful to his own country by seeing it unflinchingly and challenging every precedent and piety in Irish literature.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $7.99

    Price: $7.99
  • EARLY IRISH MYTHS AND SAGAS
    EARLY IRISH MYTHS AND SAGAS
    ISBN: 9780140443974
    Title: EARLY IRISH MYTHS AND SAGAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Irish tales, first written down in the eighth century, deal with the birth, childhood, courtship, premonitions, and death of gods, goddesses, and mortals.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • ECCE HOMO
    ECCE HOMO
    NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    ISBN: 9780140445152
    Title: ECCE HOMO
    Author: NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In late 1888, only weeks before his final collapse into madness, Nietzsche (1844 1900) set out to compose his autobiography, and Ecce Homo remains one of the most intriguing yet bizarre examples of the genre ever written. In this extraordinary work Nietzsche traces his life, work and development as a philosopher, examines the heroes he has identified with, struggled against and then overcome Schopenhauer, Wagner, Socrates, Christ and predicts the cataclysmic impact of his forthcoming revelation of all values . Both self-celebrating and self-mocking, penetrating and strange, Ecce Homo gives the final, definitive expression to Nietzsche s main beliefs and is in every way his last testament.







    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • EITHER/OR : A FRAGMENT OF LIFE
    EITHER/OR : A FRAGMENT OF LIFE
    KIERKEGAARD SOREN
    ISBN: 9780140445770
    Title: EITHER/OR : A FRAGMENT OF LIFE
    Author: KIERKEGAARD SOREN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Either/Or, using the voices of two characters - the aesthetic young man of part one, called simply 'A', and the ethical Judge Vilhelm of the second section - Kierkegaard reflects upon the search for a meaningful existence, contemplating subjects as diverse as Mozart, drama, boredom, and, in the famous Seducer's Diary, the cynical seduction and ultimate rejection of a young, beautiful woman. A masterpiece of duality, Either/Or is a brilliant exploration of the conflict between the aesthetic and the ethical - both meditating ironically and seductively upon Epicurean pleasures, and eloquently expounding the noble virtues of a morally upstanding life.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
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