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World in Thirty-Eight Chapters or Dr Johnson's Guide to Life
Part portrait of Britain's greatest man of letters, part guide to life, a witty and erudite re-evaluation of Dr Johnson's enduring importance and relevance
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This Is Shakespeare
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Impact of God: Soundings from St John of the Cross
A modern insight into the legendary Christian mystic St John of the Cross.
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Metaphysical Poetry
Includes tightly argued lyrics, erotic and libertine considerations of love, divine poems and elegies of lament by such great figures as John Donne, George Herbert, Andrew Marvell and John Milton, alongside pieces from many other less well known but equally poets of the age, such as Anne Bradstreet, Katherine Philips and Thomas Traherne.
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Thomas More: A Very Brief History
Concise historical introduction to Thomas More and his continuing influence on the world and how we see it.
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Le Morte Darthur
This work begins with the birth of Arthur and the establishment of his kingdom and the fellowship of knights. It describes courtly society which is outwardly secure and successful, but which is, in reality, torn by dissent and ultimately treachery.
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Hamlet: The Oxford Shakespeare
Hamlet's combination of violence and introspection is unusual among Shakespeare's tragedies. It is also full of curious riddles and fascinating paradoxes, making it one of his most widely discussed plays. Professor Hibbard's illuminating and original introduction explains the process by which variant texts were fused in the eighteenth century to create the most commonly used text of today., Drawing on both critical and theatrical history, he shows how this gusion makes Hamlet seem a much more 'problematic' play than it was when it originally appeared in the First Folio of 1623. The Oxford Shakespeare edition presents a radically new text, based on that First Folio, which printed Shakespeare's own revision of an earlier version. The result is a 'theatrical' and highly practical edition for students and actors alike., 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.
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AS/A-level English Literature Workbook: The Duchess of Malfi
Check, reinforce and improve critical skills and textual understanding to give students the best chance of success in their AS/A-level English Literature exams.
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Best-Loved Swift
A fresh view of the life, work and wit of Jonathan Swift, the first of Ireland's truly great writers, presented through his poetry, fiction, epigrams, social satires and personal letters.
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Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia
Basilus, a foolish old Duke, consults an oracle, but he is less than pleased with what he learns. To escape the oracle's horrific prophecies, he withdraws into pastoral retreat with his wife and two daughters. When a pair of princes fall in love with the princesses and adopt disguises to gain access to them, all manner of complications ensue.
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Tragedy of Macbeth: The Oxford Shakespeare
Dark and violent, Macbeth is also the most theatrically spectacular of Shakespeare's tragedies. Indeed, for 250 years - until early this century - it was performed with grand operatic additions set to baroque music. In his introduction Nicholas Brooke relates the play's changing fortunes to changes within society and the theatre and investigates the sources of its enduring appeal., He examines its many layers of illusion and interprets its linguistic turns and echoes, arguing that the earliest surviving text is an adaptation, perhaps carried out by Shakespeare himself in collaboration with Thomas Middleton. This fully annotated edition reconsiders textual and staging problems, appraises past and present critical views, and represents a major contribution to our understanding of Macbeth. 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.
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Shakespeare's Dark Lady: Amelia Bassano Lanier the woman behind Shakespeare's plays?
Amelia Bassano Lanier is proved to be a strong candidate for authorship of Shakespeare's plays: Hudson looks at the fascinating life of this woman, believed by many to be the dark lady of the sonnets, and presents the case that she may have written Shakespeare's plays.
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Classical and Christian Ideas in English Renaissance Poetry
A new introduction and a fully updated bibliography make the second edition of this established text an indispensable resource for students and teachers of English poetry.
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Penguin Classics Book
<p>The Penguin Classics Book is a reader's companion to the largest library of classic literature in the world.</p><p>Spanning 4,000 years from the legends of Ancient Mesopotamia to the poetry of the First World War, with Greek tragedies, Icelandic sagas, Japanese epics and much more in between, it encompasses 500 authors and 1,200 books, bringing these to life with lively descriptions, literary connections and beautiful cover designs.</p><p>Publisher: Penguin Books<br />ISBN: 9780241320853</p>
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Tamburlaine
Christopher Marlowe's story of a Scythian shepherd who through using his brutality, lust for power and also his charm becomes a mighty conqueror and the King of Persia.
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Lives of the Poets: A Selection
The Lives of the Poets is one of the greatest works of English criticism, but also one of the most diverting. This is the only one-volume paperback edition to make available Johnson's most substantial Lives in unabridged form. Texts are drawn from Roger Lonsdale's authoritative complete edition, and introduced by John Mullan.
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Critical Reader of the Romantic Grand Tour: Tristes Plaisirs
A collection of writings about the Grand Tour that is original and innovative, straying from the usual path of aristocrats and churches. -- .
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Iago: The Strategies of Evil
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Mary and The Wrongs of Woman
Strongly autobiographical, Mary and The Wrongs of Woman powerfully complement Wollstonecraft's non-fictional writing, inspired by the French Revolution and the social upheavals that followed.
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Duchess of Malfi
The Duchess of Malfi is a macabre, tragic play which is often performed and studied at A level and university. This Arden edition brings all the scholarship and comprehensive analysis associated with the series and offers readers a deeper understanding of the play than competing editions.
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Othello: York Notes for A-level
This updated edition is ideal to support students when studying and revising for the new A level English Literature exams.
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Changeling: Thomas Middleton & William Rowley
This classic text is the tale of a woman who becomes involved in murder without realizing the terrible price she will pay for it. This edition includes an introduction which analyzes the play in detail, and a commentary illuminating difficulties in the play for the modern reader.
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Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age
Prize-winning biographer Leo Damrosch tells the story of "the Club," a group of extraordinary writers, artists, and thinkers who gathered weekly at a London tavern
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Merry Wives of Windsor
From the Royal Shakespeare Company - a modern, definitive edition of Shakespeare's enduringly popular comedy.
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Macbeth: Third Series
Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's most performed and studied tragedies. This major new Arden edition offers students detailed on-page commentary notes highlighting meaning and theatrical ideas and themes, as well as an illustrated, lengthy introduction setting the play in its historical, theatrical and critical context and outlining the recent debates about Middleton's possible co-authorship of some scenes. A comprehensive and informative edition ideal for students and teachers seeking to explore the play in depth, whether in the classroom or on the stage.
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Chaste Maid in Cheapside
This text is part of the New Mermaid series of modern spelling, fully-annotated editions of English plays. Each volume includes a critical introduction, biography of the author, discussions of dates and sources, textual details, a bibliography and information about the staging of the play.
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Doll's House: York Notes Advanced
Full of analysis and interpretation, historical background, discussions and commentaries, York Notes will help you get right to the heart of the text you're studying, whether it's poetry, a play or a novel.
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Vicar of Wakefield
Oliver Goldsmith's hugely successful novel of 1766 remained for generations one of the most highly regarded and beloved works of eighteenth-century fiction. It contains, in the figure of the vicar himself, one of the most harmlessly simply and unsophisticated yet also ironically complex narrators ever to appear in English fiction.
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Doctor Faustus and Other Plays: Tamburlaine, Parts I and II; Doctor Faustus, A- and B-Texts; The Jew of Malta; Edward II
Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593), a man of extreme passions and a playwright of immense talent, is the most important of Shakespeare's contemporaries. This edition offers his five major plays, which show the radicalism and vitality of his writing in the few years before his violent death.
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Italian
The Italian (1797) is a gripping tale of love and betrayal, abduction and assassination, and incarceration by the Inquisition. Radcliffe's last and most unnerving novel exemplifies her definition of 'terror' writing, combining Romantic and Gothic elements and influencing countless later writers.
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Foxe's Book of Martyrs: Select Narratives
Foxe's Book of Martyrs is a collection of unforgettable accounts of religious persecution. This modernized selection brings together some of the most stirring tales of the interrogation and execution of heretics burnt at the stake in the reign of Mary, with some of the original woodcut illustrations and an illuminating introduction.
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Winter's Tale
From the Royal Shakespeare Company - a modern, definitive edition of one of Shakespeare's last plays.
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Rover
Aphra Behn was the first female professional writer in England, and The Rover, her most popular play, is set in Naples during the misrule of carnival time. The Rover explores issues of love, trickery and deception, forced marriage, male power, fidelity, and the excesses of sexual passion.
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Sinister Histories: Gothic Novels and Representations of the Past, from Horace Walpole to Mary Wollstonecraft
Showing how the Gothic can be read as a complex reaction to Enlightenment methods of historical representation, Sinister histories uncovers hitherto neglected relationships between Gothic texts and prominent works of eighteenth-century history. -- .
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Measure for Measure: The Oxford Shakespeare
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John Donne - The Major Works
This authoritative edition was formerly published in the acclaimed Oxford Authors series under the general editorship of Frank Kermode. It brings together a unique combination of Donne's poetry and prose - all the major poems, complemented by rarely published letters and extracts from Donne's sermons - to give the essence of his work and thinking.
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Julius Caesar
From the Royal Shakespeare Company - a modern, definitive edition of Shakespeare's drama of the conflict between one man's ambition and the good of the state.
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Sidney's 'The Defence of Poesy' and Selected Renaissance Literary Criticism
Includes George Puttenham's "Art of English Poesy", Samuel Daniel's "Defense of Rhyme", and passages by writers such as Ben Jonson, Francis Bacon and George Gascoigne.
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Othello
From the Royal Shakespeare Company - a modern, definitive edition of Shakespeare's magnificent tragedy of love, jealousy and explosive racial politics.
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World of Christopher Marlowe
David Riggs evokes the atmosphere and texture of Marlowe's life, from the stench and poverty of a childhood spent near Canterbury's abattoirs to the fanatical pursuit of classical learning at school.
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King Lear
Includes material to help reader understand and enjoy Shakespeare on the stage as well as on the page. This book features scene-by-scene summary, offering an easily understandable way into the play.
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Lyrical Ballads: 1798 and 1802
Wordsworth and Coleridge's joint collection of poems has often been singled out as the founding text of English Romanticism. This is the only edition to print both the original 1798 collection and the expanded 1802 edition, with Wordsworth's famous Preface. It includes important letters, a wide-ranging introduction and generous notes.
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The Golden Treasury: Of English Verse
A beautiful edition of The Golden Treasury, one of the most widely read anthologies of English Verse ever published, with a foreword by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.
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Spenser: The Faerie Queene
Provides careful annotation of the text, detailed guidance to critical comment, and introductory material setting the poem - The Faerie Queene - in its historical and literary context. This book also includes additional original material, which includes a chronology, a letter to Raleigh, commendatory verses, and dedicatory sonnets.
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Macbeth: York Notes for AS & A2
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Shakespeare Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained
Features witty illustrations and inspirational quotes. This title covers every work, from the comedies of Twelfth Night and As You Like It to the tragedies of Julius Caesar and Hamlet, and lost plays and less well-known works of poetry.
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Doctor Faustus
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Machiavelli: A Very Short Introduction
Quentin Skinner introduces Niccolo Machiavelli, Florentine diplomat, politician, and the writer known for that most infamous Early Modern work, The Prince. He explores Machiavelli's theory of princely virtu, tracing its roots in ancient historians and moralists, and considering its influence on contemporary politics.
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Duchess of Malfi: By John Webster (Revels Student Editions)
Based on the reprinted Revels Plays Edition of 1964, the notes to this play have been augmented to cast futher light on Webster's dialogue. A new introduction sets the tragedy in the context of pre-Civil War England and discusses the play's themes, action and visual imagery.
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Oxford Student Texts: John Webster: The Duchess of Malfi
AN ACCESSIBLE APPROACH TO THE GREAT POETS