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  • DAISY MILLER AND OTHER STORIES
    DAISY MILLER AND OTHER STORIES
    JAMES HENRY
    ISBN: 9781853262135
    Title: DAISY MILLER AND OTHER STORIES
    Author: JAMES HENRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction and Notes by Pat Righelato, University of Reading.

    Daisy Miller is one of Henry James's most attractive heroines: she represents youth and frivolity. As a tourist in Italy, her American freedom and freshness of spirit come up against the corruption and hypocrisy of European manners. From its first publication, readers on both sides of the Atlantic have quarrelled about her, defending or attacking the liberties that Daisy takes and the conventions that she ignores. All three tales in this collection, 'Daisy Miller', 'An International Episode' and 'Lady Barbarina', express James's most notable subject, "the international theme", the encounters, romantic and cultural, between Americans and Europeans.

    His heroes and heroines approach each other on unfamiliar ground with new freedoms, yet find themselves unexpectedly hampered by old constraints. In 'An International Episode', an English lord visiting Newport, Rhode Island, falls in love with an American girl, but their relationship becomes more complicated when she travels to London.

    In the light-hearted comedy 'Lady Barbarina', a rich young American seeks an English aristocratic bride. The unusual outcomes of these three tales pose a number of social questions about marriage and the traditional roles of men and women. Is an international marriage symbolic of the highest cultural fusion of values or is it an old style raid and capture? Is marriage to remain the feminine destination?

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
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  • DANGEROUS LIAISONS
    DANGEROUS LIAISONS
    DE LACLOS PIERRE CHODERLOS
    ISBN: 9781840227314
    Title: DANGEROUS LIAISONS
    Author: DE LACLOS PIERRE CHODERLOS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    With an Introduction and Notes by David Ellis.

    In this famous story of seduction, two highly intelligent but amoral French aristocrats plot the downfall of a respectable young married woman and a fifteen year old girl who has only just emerged from the convent. The letters these two conspirators exchange are remarkably frank in describing how they manage to achieve their ends and, at the same time, reveal nuances of character which make it impossible to dismiss either of them as simply evil. Those written by their victims are equally revelatory in a quite different and subtle way, while the manner in which Laclos handles the epistolary form in order to ensure that his two protagonists are finally defeated, not by outside forces, but the fissures in their own relationship, is a triumph of narrative skill. This novel poses shrewd questions about the relation between love and sex, and suggests that, in certain sections of eighteenth century French high society, idleness, boredom and wealth had created individuals whose misfortunes it would be hard to regret when, only seven years after 'Dangerous Liaisons' was published, the Revolution broke out.

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  • DANIEL DERONDA
    DANIEL DERONDA
    ELIOT GEORGE
    ISBN: 9781853261763
    Title: DANIEL DERONDA
    Author: ELIOT GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    With an Introduction and Notes by Dr Carole Jones, freelance writer and researcher.

    George Eliot's final novel, 'Daniel Deronda' (1876), follows the intertwining lives of the beautiful but spoiled and selfish Gwendolene Harleth and the selfless yet alienated Daniel Deronda, as they search for personal and vocational fulfilment and sympathetic relationship.

    Set largely in the degenerate English aristocratic society of the 1860s, 'Daniel Deronda' charts their search for meaningful lives against a background of imperialism, the oppression of women, and racial and religious prejudice. Gwendolen's attempts to escape a sadistic relationship and atone for past actions catalyse her friendship with Deronda, while his search for origins leads him, via Judaism, to a quest for moral growth.

    Eliot's radical dual narrative constantly challenges all solutions and ensures that the novel is as controversial now, as when it first appeared.

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  • DAVID COPPERFIELD
    DAVID COPPERFIELD
    DICKENS CHARLES
    ISBN: 9781853260247
    Title: DAVID COPPERFIELD
    Author: DICKENS CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Introduction and Notes by Dr Adrienne Gavin, Canterbury Christ Church University College. Illustrations by Hablot K. Browne (Phiz).

    Dickens wrote of 'David Copperfield': "Of all my books I like this the best". Millions of readers in almost every language on earth have subsequently come to share the author's own enthusiasm for this greatly loved classic, possibly because of its autobiographical form.

    Following the life of David through many sufferings and great adversity, the reader will also find many light-hearted moments in the company of a host of English fiction's greatest stars including Mr Micawber, Traddles, Uriah Heep, Creakle, Betsy Trotwood, and the Peggoty family.

    Few readers, arriving at the end of 'David Copperfield', will not wish to echo Thackeray's famous praise, having read the first monthly part – "Bravo Dickens".

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  • DE PROFUNDIS : THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL AND OTHER WRITINGS
    DE PROFUNDIS : THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL AND OTHER WRITINGS
    WILDE OSCAR
    ISBN: 9781840224016
    Title: DE PROFUNDIS : THE BALLAD OF READING GAOL AND OTHER WRITINGS
    Author: WILDE OSCAR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    De Profundis is Wilde's eloquent and bitter reproach from prison to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas. He contrasts his behaviour with that of his close friend Robert Ross who became Wilde's literary executor. The Ballad of Reading Gaol is a deeply moving and characteristically generous poem on the horrors of prison life, which was published anonymously in 1898. This collection also includes the essay The Soul of Man under Socialism and two of his Platonic dialogues, The Decay of Lying and The Critic as Artist.

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  • DEAD SOULS
    DEAD SOULS
    GOGOL NIKOLAI
    ISBN: 9781840226379
    Title: DEAD SOULS
    Author: GOGOL NIKOLAI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    With an Introduction by Anthony Briggs. Translated by Isabel F. Hapgood.

    Russia in the 1840s. There is a stranger in town, and he is behaving oddly. The unctuous Pavel Chichikov goes around the local estates buying up 'dead souls'. These are the papers relating to serfs who have died since the last census, but who remain on the record and still attract a tax demand. Chichikov is willing to relieve their owners of the tax burden by buying the titles for a song. What he does not say is that he then proposes to take out a huge mortgage against these fictitious citizens and buy himself a nice estate in Eastern Russia. Will he get away with it? Who will rumble him? Does this narrative contain a deeper message about Russia itself or the spiritual health of humanity?

    There is much interest and some suspense in considering these issues, but the real pleasure of this story lies elsewhere. It is an enjoyable comic romp through a retarded part of a backward country, a picaresque series of grotesque portraits, situations and conversations described with Gogolian humour based mainly on hyperbole. This is, quite simply, the funniest book in the Russian language before the twentieth century.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
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  • 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

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  • DECAMERON
    DECAMERON
    BOCCACCIO GIOVANNI
    ISBN: 9781840221336
    Title: DECAMERON
    Author: BOCCACCIO GIOVANNI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A new version of John Payne's Victorian translation, with an Introduction by Cormac O Cuilleanain

    1348. The Black Death is sweeping through Europe. In Florence, plague has carried off one hundred thousand people. In their Tuscan villas, seven young women and three young men tell tales to recreate the world they have lost, weaving a rich tapestry of comedy, tragedy, ribaldry and farce. Boccaccio's Decameron recasts the storytelling heritage of the ancient and medieval worlds into perennial forms that inspired writers from Chaucer and Shakespeare down to our own day. Boccaccio makes the incredible believable, with detail so sharp we can look straight into the lives of people who lived six hundred years ago. His 'Decameron' hovers between the fading glories of an aristocratic past - the Crusades, the Angevins, the courts of France, the legendary East - and the colourful squalor of contemporary life, where wives deceive husbands, friars and monks pursue fleshly ends, and natural instincts fight for satisfaction.

    Here are love and jealousy, passion and pride - and a shrewd calculation of profit and loss which heralds the rise of a dynamic merchant class. These stories show us early capitalism during a moment of crisis and revelation.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
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  • DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE  -  ABRIDGED
    DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE - ABRIDGED
    GIBBON EDWARD
    ISBN: 9781853264993
    Title: DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE - ABRIDGED
    Author: GIBBON EDWARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Abridged and with an Introduction by Antony Lentin and Brian Norman.

    Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, published between 1776 and 1788, is the undisputed masterpiece of English historical writing which can only perish with the language itself. Its length alone is a measure of its monumental quality: seventy-one chapters, of which twenty-eight appear in full in this edition.

    With style, learning and wit, Gibbon takes the reader through the history of Europe from the second century AD to the fall of Constantinople in 1453 - an enthralling account by 'the greatest of the historians of the Enlightenment'.

    This edition includes Gibbon's footnotes and quotations, here translated for the first time, together with brief explanatory comments, a precis of the chapters not included, 16 maps, a glossary, and a list of emperors.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
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  • DEERSLAYER
    DEERSLAYER
    COOPER JAMES FENIMORE
    ISBN: 9781853265525
    Title: DEERSLAYER
    Author: COOPER JAMES FENIMORE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    With a new Introduction by Cedric Watts, M.A., Ph.D., Research Professor of English, University of Sussex.

    'The Deerslayer' is the culmination of James Fenimore Cooper's "Leather-Stocking" novels, featuring Natty Bumppo (the deer-slaying young frontiersman) and the Mohican chief, Chingachgook. Cooper portrays the hubris of the conquest of a vast territory.

    The action takes place during the American wars of the 1740s. Natty and his friend Harry attempt to save a trapper and two young women, whose floating fort on Lake Glimmerglass is besieged by the ruthless Iroquois. The tension steadily increases to the point at which a cruel outcome seems inevitable.

    The exciting action, the romantic potentialities and the knowledgeable evocation of frontier life (with its moral and racial conflicts) have made this novel a perennial favourite. The courageous Natty, with his problematic values, has set the precedent for countless American heroes. Culturally, 'The Deerslayer' has proved to be a powerfully influential work.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
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  • 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
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  • DESCENT OF MAN
    DESCENT OF MAN
    DARWIN CHARLES
    ISBN: 9781840226980
    Title: DESCENT OF MAN
    Author: DARWIN CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    With an Introduction by Janet Browne, Aramont Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University.

    In 'The Descent of Man' Darwin addresses many of the issues raised by his notorious 'Origin of Species': finding in the traits and instincts of animals the origins of the mental abilities of humans, of language, of our social structures and our moral capacities, he attempts to show that there is no clear dividing line between animals and humans. Most importantly, he accounts for what Victorians called the 'races' of mankind by means of what he calls sexual selection. This book presents a full explanation of Darwin's ideas about sexual selection, including his belief that many important characteristics of human beings and animals have emerged in response to competition for mates.

    This was a controversial work. Yet Darwin tried hard to avoid being branded as a radical revolutionary. He is steeped in Victorian sensibilities regarding gender and cultural differences: he sees human civilisation as a move from barbarous savagery to modern gentlefolk, and women as more emotional and less intellectual than men, thus providing a biological basis for the social assumptions and prejudices of the day. 'The Descent of Man' played a major role in the emergence of social Darwinism.

    This complete version of the first edition gives the modern reader an unparalleled opportunity to engage directly with Darwin's proposals, launched in the midst of continuing controversy over 'On the Origin of Species'.

    Janet Browne is the author of the prize-winning biography, 'Charles Darwin: Voyaging' and 'Charles Darwin: The Power of Place'.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
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  • DESPERATE REMEDIES
    DESPERATE REMEDIES
    HARDY THOMAS
    ISBN: 9781840226348
    Title: DESPERATE REMEDIES
    Author: HARDY THOMAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The young Thomas Hardy, working as an architect, but fired with literary ambition, tried for years to get into print. He finally succeeded with 'Desperate Remedies', a "sensation novel" in the mode of Wilkie Collins. Here was a racy specimen of the genre, replete with sudden death, dark mysteries, intriguing clues, fire and storm, flight and pursuit.

    Anyone who enjoys 'The Woman in White' is likely to enjoy 'Desperate Remedies'. But that is only half the story. Hardy contrived also, in this unlikely context, to give a first airing to a number of the ideas and technical experiments which were to characterise his later fiction. The result is an exhilaratingly uneven work: at any point in the narrative some brilliant passage of description or metaphor may burst out like a firework. 'Desperate Remedies' can be relished both for what it is and for what it promises.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
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  • 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.

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  • DIAMOND AS BIG AS THE RITZ AND OTHER STORIES
    DIAMOND AS BIG AS THE RITZ AND OTHER STORIES
    FITZGERALD F SCOTT
    ISBN: 9781853262128
    Title: DIAMOND AS BIG AS THE RITZ AND OTHER STORIES
    Author: FITZGERALD F SCOTT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The Diamond as Big as the Ritz' is an ominous fable about the pursuit of great wealth. Readers will be transported to a fabulous fantasy land of such opulence that its very existence has to remain a jealously guarded secret.

    Fatal consequences lie in store for 'bona fide' guests and uninvited visitors alike, while the sybaritic luxury of the place is evoked in an effortless prose style which is quintessentially F. Scott Fitzgerald.

    Also featured in this volume are 'The Cut-Glass Bowl', 'May Day', 'The Rich Boy', 'Crazy Sunday', 'An Alcoholic Case', 'The Lees of Happiness', 'The Lost Decade' and 'Babylon Revisited'.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
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  • DIARY OF A NOBODY
    DIARY OF A NOBODY
    GROSSMITH GEORGE
    ISBN: 9781853262012
    Title: DIARY OF A NOBODY
    Author: GROSSMITH GEORGE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The Diary of a Nobody' is based on a series of amusing columns written between 1888-9 for Punch, and published as a novel in 1892 with illustrations by Weedon. The book has remained in print ever since that first publication.

    The diary is that of Mr Charles Pooter, a city clerk of lower middle-class status but significant social aspirations, living in Upper Holloway. Other characters include his wife Carrie (Caroline), his son Lupin, his friends Mr Cummings and Mr Gowing, and Lupin's unsuitable fiancee, Daisy Mutlar. The humour derives from Pooter's unconscious gaffes and self-importance, as well as the snubs he receives from those he considers socially inferior (i.e. tradesmen). The book has spawned the word "Pooterish" to describe a tendency to take oneself excessively seriously.

    Pooter is mentioned in John Betjeman's poem about Wembley.

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