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  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ELECTRA AND OTHER PLAYS
    ELECTRA AND OTHER PLAYS
    EURIPIDES
    ISBN: 9780140446685
    Title: ELECTRA AND OTHER PLAYS
    Author: EURIPIDES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Of all the ancient Greek tragedians, Euripides was the most sensitive to the lives of women and other outcasts in Athenian society, and Electra and Other Plays collects five plays demonstrating his talent for bringing to life their plight. This Penguin Classics edition is translated by John Davie with an introduction and notes by Richard Rutherford.

    Written during a period overshadowed by the fierce struggle for supremacy between Sparta and Euripides' native Athens, these five plays are haunted by the shadow of war - and in particular its impact on women. In Electra the children of Agamemnon take bloody revenge on their mother for murdering their father after his return from Troy, and Suppliant Women depicts the grieving mothers of those killed in battle. The other plays deal with the aftermath of the Trojan War for the defeated survivors, as Andromache shows Hector's widow as a trophy of war in the house of her Greek captor, and Hecabe portrays a defeated queen avenging the murder of her last-remaining son, while Trojan Women tells of the plight of the city's women in the hands of their victors.

    John Davie's compelling translations are accompanied by an introduction by Richard Rutherford describing the tragic genre and Euripides innovations, along with a chronology, prefaces to each play, notes, a bibliography and a glossary of names.

    Euripides (c.485-07 BC) was an Athenian born into a family of considerable rank. Disdaining the public duties expected of him, Euripides spent a life of quiet introspection, spending much of his life in a cave on Salamis. Late in life he voluntarily exiled himself to the court of Archelaus, King of Macedon, where he wrote The Bacchae, regarded by many as his greatest work. Euripides is thought to have written 92 plays, only 18 of which survive.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • EMMA
    EMMA
    AUSTEN JANE
    ISBN: 9780141439587
    Title: EMMA
    Author: AUSTEN JANE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Beautiful, clever, rich - and single Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protigie Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austin's most flawless work.

    This edition includes a new chronology, additional suggestions for further reading and the original Penguin Classics introduction by Tony Tanner.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • EMMA : AN ANNOTATED EDITION
    EMMA : AN ANNOTATED EDITION
    AUSTEN JANE / TANDON BHARAT [ED]
    ISBN: 9780674048843
    Title: EMMA : AN ANNOTATED EDITION
    Author: AUSTEN JANE / TANDON BHARAT [ED]
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Emma, perhaps the most technically accomplished of all of Austen's novels, is also, after Pride and Prejudice, her most popular one. Its numerous film and television adaptations testify to the world's enduring affection for the headstrong, often misguided Emma Woodhouse and her many romantic schemes.

    Like the previous volumes in Harvard's celebrated annotated Austen series, Emma: An Annotated Edition is a beautiful and illuminating gift edition that will be treasured by readers. Stimulating and helpful annotations appear in the bookas margins, offering information, definitions, and commentary. In his Introduction, Bharat Tandon suggests several ways to approach the novel, enabling a larger appreciation of its central concerns and accomplishments. Appearing throughout the book are many illustrations, often in color, which help the reader to better picture the Regency-era world that serves as the stage for Emmaas matchmaking adventures.

    Whether explaining the intricacies of early nineteenth-century dinner etiquette or speculating on Highburyas deliberately imprecise geographical location, Tandon serves as a delightful and entertaining guide. For those coming to the novel for the first time or those returning to it, Emma: An Annotated Edition offers a valuable portal to Austen's world.

    Imprint: HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $74.00

    Price: $74.00
  • ENNEADS
    ENNEADS
    PLOTINUS
    ISBN: 9780140445206
    Title: ENNEADS
    Author: PLOTINUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Regarded as the founder of Neo-Platonism, Plotinus (AD 204-70) was the last great philosopher of antiquity, producing 0works that proved in many ways a precursor to Renaissance thought. Plotinus was convinced of the existence of a state of supreme perfection and argued powerfully that it was necessary to guide the human soul towards this state. Here he outlines his compelling belief in three increasingly perfect levels of existence - the Soul, the Intellect, and the One - and explains his conviction that humanity must strive to draw the soul towards spiritual transcendence. A fusion of Platonism, mystic passion and Aristotelian thought, The Enneads offers a highly original synthesis of early philosophical and religious beliefs, which powerfully influenced later Christian and Islamic theology.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • ESSENTIAL PHILOSOPHICAL WORKS
    ESSENTIAL PHILOSOPHICAL WORKS
    HUME DAVID
    ISBN: 9781840226669
    Title: ESSENTIAL PHILOSOPHICAL WORKS
    Author: HUME DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an introduction by Charlotte R. Brown and William Edward Morris

    David Hume (1711–1776) was the most important philosopher ever to write in English, as well as a master stylist. This volume contains his major philosophical works. A Treatise of Human Nature (1739–1740), published while Hume was still in his twenties, consists of three books on the understanding, the passions, and morals. It applies the experimental method of reasoning to human nature in a revolution that was intended to make Hume the Newton of the moral sciences. Disappointed with the Treatise’s failure to bring about such a revolution, Hume later recast Book I as An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding (1751), and Book III as An Enquiry concerning the Principles of Morals, which he regarded as ‘incomparably the best’ of all his works. Both Enquiries went through several editions in his lifetime.

    Hume’s works, controversial in his day, remain deeply and widely influential in ours, especially for his contributions to our understanding of the nature of morality, political and economic theory, philosophy of religion, and philosophical naturalism.

    This volume also includes Hume’s anonymous Abstract of Books I and II of the Treatise, and the short autobiographical essay, ‘My Own Life’, which he wrote just before his death.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
    FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
    HARDY THOMAS
    ISBN: 9781853260674
    Title: FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
    Author: HARDY THOMAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Set in Wessex countryside, this is a story of a young farmer Gabriel Oak and his love for and pursuit of the elusive Bathsheba Everdene, whose wayward nature leads her to both tragedy and true love.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
    FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
    HARDY THOMAS
    ISBN: 9780141439655
    Title: FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
    Author: HARDY THOMAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Independent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene has come to Weatherbury to take up her position as a farmer on the largest estate in the area. Her confident presence draws three very different suitors: the gentleman-farmer Boldwood, soldier-seducer Sergeant Troy and the devoted Shepard Gabriel Oak. Each, in contrasting ways, unsettles her decisions and complicates her life, and when tragedy ensues, the stability of the whole community is threatened. The first of his works set in Wessex, Thomas Hardy's novel of swift passion and slow courtship is imbued with his evocative descriptions of rural life and landscapes, and with unflinching honesty about sexual relationships.

    This edition, based on Hardy's original 1874 manuscript, is the complete novel he never saw published, and restores its full candour and innovation.
    Rosemarie Morgan's introduction discusses the history of its publication, and the Biblical and classical allusions that permeate the novel.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • FATHERS AND SONS
    FATHERS AND SONS
    TURGENEV IVAN
    ISBN: 9781853262869
    Title: FATHERS AND SONS
    Author: TURGENEV IVAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction by Lionel Kelly, University of Reading

    Translated by C.J. Hogarth.

    'Fathers and Sons' is one of the greatest nineteenth century Russian novels, and has long been acclaimed as Turgenev's finest work. It is a political novel set in a domestic context, with a universal theme, the generational divide between fathers and sons. Set in 1859 at the moment when the Russian autocratic state began to move hesitantly towards social and political reform, the novel explores the conflict between the liberal-minded fathers of Russian reformist sympathies and their free-thinking intellectual sons whose revolutionary ideology threatened the stability of the state.

    At its centre is Evgeny Bazorov, a strong-willed antagonist of all forms of social orthodoxy who proclaims himself a nihilist and believes in the need to overthrow all the institutions of the state. As the novel develops Bazarov's political ambitions become fatally meshed with emotional and private concerns, and his end is a tragic failure. The novel caused a bitter furore on its publication in 1862, and this, a year later, drove Turgenev from Russia.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • FAUST PART I
    FAUST PART I
    GOETHE
    ISBN: 9780140449013
    Title: FAUST PART I
    Author: GOETHE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Goethe's Faust reworks the late medieval myth of Dr Faust, a brilliant scholar so disillusioned he resolves to make a contract or wager with Mephistopheles. The devil will do all he asks on Earth and seek to grant him a moment in life so glorious that he will wish it to last for ever. But if Faust does bid the moment stay, he falls to Mephisto and must serve him after death. In this first part of Goethe's great work the embittered thinker and Mephistopheles enter into their agreement, and soon Faust is living a life beyond his study and - in rejuvenated form - winning the love of the charming and beautiful Gretchen. But in this compelling tragedy of arrogance, unfulfilled desire and self-delusion, Faust, served by the devil, heads inexorably towards destruction. This major new translation by David Constantine conveys the innate lyrical liveliness of Goethe's original. The preface, by A. S. Byatt, considers Goethe's lifelong relationship with the myth of Faust and the play's influence on modern literature.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FAUST PART II
    FAUST PART II
    GOETHE
    ISBN: 9780140449020
    Title: FAUST PART II
    Author: GOETHE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The corpse is prone and when the spirit fliesI show her my entitlement, blood-signed'

    After the sorrowful loss of his beloved Gretchen, the soul-sold Faust is tempted by the demon Mephistopheles with the grandest distractions of politics and power. Eager for new sensations, Faust calls for a vision of the unsurpassed beauty of Helen of Troy, and then, overwhelmed, for her to be brought back from the underworld and delivered to him bodily. But even this does not bring contentment, or satisfy his appetite for fresh experience. Completed a few months before Goethe's death, the concluding part of his masterpiece is a rich and allusive work, weaving together a wealth of diverse philosophical ideas and influences, reworking the medieval myth of Dr Faustus and speculating upon the search for truth in the Age of Enlightenment.David Constantine's major new translation includes a preface by A. S. Byatt on Goethe's Faust and other representations of the character throughout literature.

    This edition also includes an introduction by Constantine, chronology, notes, a synopsis of each scene and further reading.

    Translated with an introduction and notes by DAVID CONSTANTINE and with a preface by A. S. BYATT

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • FEAR AND TREMBLING
    FEAR AND TREMBLING
    KIERKEGAARD SOREN
    ISBN: 9780140444490
    Title: FEAR AND TREMBLING
    Author: KIERKEGAARD SOREN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Fear and Trembling Kierkegaard, writing under the pseudonym Johannes de silentio, expounds his personal view of religion through a discussion of the scene in Genesis in which Abraham prepares to sacrifice his son at God's command. Believing Abraham's unreserved obedience to be the essential leap of faith needed to make a full commitment to his religion, Kierkegaard himself made great sacrifices in order to dedicate his life entirely to his philosophy and to God. The conviction shown in this religious polemic - that a man can have an exceptional mission in life - informed all Kierkegaard's later writings, and was also hugely influential for both Protestant theology and the existentialist movement.

    Alastair Hannay's introduction elucidates Kierkegaard's philosophy and the ways in which it conflicted with more accepted contemporary views. This edition also includes detailed notes to complement this groundbreaking analysis of religion, and new chronology.

    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FINNEGANS WAKE
    FINNEGANS WAKE
    JOYCE JAMES
    ISBN: 9781840226614
    Title: FINNEGANS WAKE
    Author: JOYCE JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction and Notes by Professor Len Platt, Professor of Modern Literatures, Head of Goldsmiths Learning Enhancement Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London

    'Finnegans Wake' is the book of Here Comes Everybody and Anna Livia Plurabelle and their family - their book, but in a curious way the book of us all as well as all our books. Joyce's last great work, it is not comprised of many borrowed styles, like Ulysses, but, rather, formulated as one dense, tongue-twisting soundscape.

    This "language" is based on English vocabulary and syntax but, at the same time, self-consciously designed to function as a pun machine with an astonishing capacity for resisting singularity of meaning. Announcing a "revolution of the word", this astonishing book amounts to a powerfully resonant cultural critique - a unique kind of miscommunication which, far from stabilizing the world in meaning, constructs a universe radically unfixed by a wild diversity of possibilities and potentials. It also remains the most hilarious, "obscene", book of innuendos ever to be imagined.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
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