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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
    RRP: $6.99

    Price: $6.99
  • 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
  • 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
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • 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.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • DISCOURSES
    DISCOURSES
    MACHIAVELLI NICOLO
    ISBN: 9780140444285
    Title: DISCOURSES
    Author: MACHIAVELLI NICOLO
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Imprint: PENGUIN CLASSIC
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • DIVINE COMEDY
    DIVINE COMEDY
    DANTE
    ISBN: 9781840221664
    Title: DIVINE COMEDY
    Author: DANTE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'The Divine Comedy' tells of the journey of a character who is at one and the same time both Dante himself and Everyman through the three realms of the Christian afterlife: Hell, Purgatory and Heaven. He presents a vision of the afterlife which is strikingly original in its conception, with a complex architecture and a coherent structure. On this journey Dante's protagonist – and his reader – meet characters who are variously noble, grotesque, beguiling, fearful, ridiculous, admirable, horrific and tender, and through them he is shown the consequences of sin, repentance and virtue, as he learns to avoid Hell and, through cleansing in Purgatory, to taste the joys of Heaven.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $16.95

    Price: $16.95
  • DIVINE COMEDY - INFERNO / PURGATORY / PARADISE
    DIVINE COMEDY - INFERNO / PURGATORY / PARADISE
    ALIGHIERI DANTE
    ISBN: 9780199535644
    Title: DIVINE COMEDY - INFERNO / PURGATORY / PARADISE
    Author: ALIGHIERI 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
  • DOMBEY AND SON
    DOMBEY AND SON
    DICKENS CHARLES
    ISBN: 9781853262579
    Title: DOMBEY AND SON
    Author: DICKENS CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    With an Introduction and Notes by Karl Ashley Smith, University of St Andrews.

    Illustrations by Hablot K. Browne (Phiz).

    Mr Dombey is a man obsessed with his firm. His son is groomed from birth to take his place within it, despite his visionary eccentricity and declining health. But Dombey also has a daughter, whose unfailing love for her father goes unreturned. "Girls" said Mr Dombey, "have nothing to do with Dombey and Son".

    When Walter Gay, a young clerk in her father's office, rescues her from a bewildering experience in the streets of London, his unforgettable friends believe he is well on his way to receiving her hand in marriage and inheriting the company. It is to be a very different type of story.

    'Dombey and Son' moved grown men to tears (Thackeray despaired of "writing against such power as this"), but its rich, comic characters and their joyful explosions of language draw laughter with equally unerring magic.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • DON QUIXOTE
    DON QUIXOTE
    DE CERVANTES MIGUEL
    ISBN: 9781853260360
    Title: DON QUIXOTE
    Author: DE CERVANTES MIGUEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Translated by Tobias Smollet. With an Introduction by David Whitlock.

    Cervantes' tale of the deranged gentleman who turns knight-errant, tilts at windmills and battles with sheep in the service of the lady of his dreams, Dulcinea del Toboso, has fascinated generations of readers, and inspired other creative artists such as Flaubert, Picasso and Richard Strauss. The tall, thin knight and his short, fat squire, Sancho Panza, have found their way into films, cartoons and even computer games. Supposedly intended as a parody of the most popular escapist fiction of the day, the 'books of chivalry', this precursor of the modern novel broadened and deepened into a sophisticated, comic account of the contradictions of human nature. Cervantes' greatest work can be enjoyed on many levels, all suffused with a subtle irony that reaches out to encompass the reader.


    According to tradition Cervantes first conceived his comic masterpiece in jail - his avowed intent being to debunk the romances of chivalry. From first publication 'Don Quixote' was a best-seller, initially taken as a knockabout account of a mad Spanish gentleman and his cowardly peasant squire, but later reinterpreted as an enlightenment text, a representation of universal human nature, a myth of a tragic hero defending man's nobler aspirations, a study in alienation, a spiritual autobiography, a metaphor for Spain's imperial decline, an experimental novel that shaped later prose fiction, a tragedy and comedy in one, and a demonstration that ambiguity and uncertainty can lie at the centre of great art and that great art can be comic.

    Smollet's vigorous and lively translation brilliantly catches the feeling and tone of the Spanish original. It is a comic novelist's homage to a comic novelist.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE
    DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE
    STEVENSON ROBERT LOUIS
    ISBN: 9781853260612
    Title: DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE
    Author: STEVENSON ROBERT LOUIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    First published to critical acclaim in 1886, this mesmerising thriller is a terrifying study of the duality of man's nature.

    This volume also includes Stevenson's 1887 collection of short stories: 'The Merry Men', 'Markheim', 'Thrawn Janet', 'Olalla', 'Will O'the Mill', and 'The Treasure of Franchard'

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • 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: $9.95

    Price: $9.95
  • DRACULA
    DRACULA
    STOKER BRAM
    ISBN: 9781853260865
    Title: DRACULA
    Author: STOKER BRAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Introduction and Notes by Dr David Rogers, Kingston University.

    "There he lay looking as if youth had been half-renewed, for the white hair and moustache were changed to dark iron-grey, the cheeks were fuller, and the white skin seemed ruby-red underneath; the mouth was redder than ever, for on the lips were gouts of fresh blood, which trickled from the corners of the mouth and ran over the chin and neck. Even the deep, burning eyes seemed set amongst the swollen flesh, for the lids and pouches underneath were bloated. It seemed as if the whole awful creature were simply gorged with blood; he lay like a filthy leech, exhausted with his repletion."

    Thus Bram Stoker, one of the greatest exponents of the supernatural narrative, describes the demonic subject of his chilling masterpiece 'Dracula', a truly iconic and unsettling tale of vampirism.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    RRP: $6.99

    Price: $6.99
  • DRUG AND OTHER STORIES
    DRUG AND OTHER STORIES
    CROWLEY ALEISTER
    ISBN: 9781840227345
    Title: DRUG AND OTHER STORIES
    Author: CROWLEY ALEISTER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This revised and expanded second edition brings together the uncollected short fiction of the poet, writer and religious philosopher Aleister Crowley (1875-1947). Of the fifty-four stories in the present volume, only thirty-five were published in his lifetime. Most of the rest appear in this collection for the first time.

    Crowley was a successful critic, editor and author of fiction from 1908 to 1922. Like their author, his stories are fun, smart, witty, thought-provoking and sometimes unsettling. They are set in places in which he had lived, and knew well: Belle Epoque Paris, Edwardian London, pre-revolutionary Russia and America during the First World War.

    The title story 'The Drug' stands as one of the first accounts — if not the first — of a psychedelic experience. His Black and Silver is a knowing early noir discovery that anticipates an entire genre. Atlantis is a masterpiece of occult fantasy that can stand with Samuel Butler's Erewhon. Frank Harris considered The Testament of Magdalen Blair the most terrifying tale ever written. This second edition adds several additional stories, including the Qabalistic allegory Ambrosii Magi Hortus Rosarum, featuring the author's previously unpublished annotations.

    Extensive editorial end-notes give full details about the stories.

    Imprint: WORDSWORTH EDITIONS
    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: $6.95

    Price: $6.95
  • ECCE HOMO
    ECCE HOMO
    NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    ISBN: 9780140445152
    Title: ECCE HOMO
    Author: NIETZSCHE FRIEDRICH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
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