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Europeans: Three Lives and the Making of a Cosmopolitan Culture
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Blood Brothers
This Student Edition of Willy Russell's successful folk opera, the story of two Liverpudlian brothers who grow up on opposite sides of the social tracks, includes biographical notes and an introduction to the play with guidance on its interpretation.
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Romeo and Juliet (No Fear Shakespeare)
"The play plus a translation anyone can understand"--Cover.
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Theogony and Works and Days
Hesiod, who lived in Boetia in the late eighth century BC, is one of the oldest known, and possibly the oldest of Greek poets. His Theogony contains a systematic genealogy of the gods from the beginning of the world and an account of the struggles of the Titans. In contrast, Works and Days is a compendium of moral and practical advice on husbandry, and throws unique and fascinating light on archaic Greek society., As well as offering the earliest known sources for the myths of Pandora, Prometheus and the Golden Age, Hesiod's poetry provides a valuable account of the ethics and superstitions of the society in which he lived. Unlike Homer, Hesiod writes about himself and his family, and he stands out as the first personality in European literature. This new translation, by a leading expert on the Hesiodic poems combines accuracy with readability., It is accompanied by an introduction and explanatory notes. 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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Game of Thrones: A Guide to Westeros and Beyond: The Only Official Guide to the Complete HBO TV Series
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Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory: Fourth Edition
Beginning theory has been helping students navigate through the thickets of literary and cultural theory for over two decades. This new and expanded fourth edition continues to offer readers the best single-volume introduction to the field. The bewildering variety of approaches, theorists and technical language is lucidly and expertly unravelled., Unlike many books which assume certain positions about the critics and the theories they represent, Beginning theory allows readers to develop their own ideas once first principles and concepts have been grasped. The book has been updated for this edition and includes a new introduction, expanded chapters, and an overview of the subject ('Theory after "Theory"') which maps the arrival of new 'isms' since the second edition appeared in 2002 and the third edition in 2009. -- .
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Macbeth (No Fear Shakespeare)
Presents the original text of Shakespeare's play side by side with a modern version, with marginal notes and explanations and full descriptions of each character.
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View from the Bridge
Eddie Carbone is a longshoreman and a straightforward man, with a strong sense of decency and of honour. For Eddie, it's a privilege to take in his wife's cousins, Marco and Rodolpho, straight off the boat from Italy.
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Tao of Pooh & The Te of Piglet
While Pooh's Way is closely aligned to the ancient principle of Taoist philosophy, Piglet exhibits the very important principle of Taoism of the Te, meaning Virtue of the Small. The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet combines two of Benjamin Hoff's bestselling philosophy books.
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Streetcar Named Desire
Fading southern belle Blanche Dubois depends on the kindness of strangers and is adrift in the modern world. When she arrives to stay with her sister Stella in a crowded, boisterous corner of New Orleans, her delusions of grandeur bring her into conflict with Stella's crude, brutish husband Stanley.
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Consolation of Philosophy
Boethius was an eminent public figure under the Gothic emperor Theodoric, and an exceptional Greek scholar. When he became involved in a conspiracy and was imprisoned in Pavia, it was to the Greek philosophers that he turned. This work is a dialogue of alternating prose and verse between him and his 'nurse' Philosophy.
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How to Read a Book
How to Read a Book, originally published in 1940, has become a rare phenomenon, a living classic.
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September 1, 1939: A Biography of a Poem
This is a book about a poet, about a poem, about a city, and about a world at a point of change. More than a work of literary criticism or literary biography, it is a record of why and how we create and respond to great poetry.
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Beowulf: A Ladybird Expert Book
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All My Sons
In Joe and Kate Keller's family garden, an apple tree - a memorial to their son Larry, lost in the Second World War - has been torn down by a storm. But his loss is not the only part of the family's past they can't put behind them.
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Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies
A catalogue of mass slaughter, torture and slavery, which showed that the evangelizing vision of Columbus had descended under later conquistadors into genocide. It demands that the Indians be entitled to the basic rights of humankind.
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How To Interpret Literature: Critical Theory for Literary and Cultural Studies
Offering a refreshing combination of accessibility and intellectual rigor, How to Interpret Literature: Critical Theory for Literary and Cultural Studies, Third Edition, presents an up-to-date, concise, and wide-ranging historicist survey of contemporary thinking in critical theory. The only book of its kind that thoroughly merges literary studies with cultural studies, this text provides a critical look at the major movements in literary studies since the 1930s, including those often omitted from other texts. It is also the only up-to-date survey of literary theory that devotes extensive treatment to Queer Theory and Postcolonial and Race Studies., How to Interpret Literature is ideal as a stand-alone text or in conjunction with an anthology of primary readings such as Robert Dale Parker's Critical Theory: A Reader for Literary and Cultural Studies. Distinctive Features * A conversational and engaging tone that speaks directly to today's students * Wider coverage than any book of its kind * A rich assortment of pedagogical features (charts, text boxes, photos, and suggestions for further reading)
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Fierce Bad Rabbits: The Tales Behind Children's Picture Books
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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
As close to an autobiography as Stephen King has yet written and a brilliant guide for the aspiring writer, selected by both Val McDermid and Jeremy Vine as one of their top books.
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Penguin Book Quiz: From The Very Hungry Caterpillar to Ulysses - The Perfect Gift!
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"Streetcar Named Desire"
'A Streetcar Named Desire is a play of mythological centrality, redefining American Theatre with its indelible heightened poetic naturalism, breaking down the taboo that sexual obsession and sexual violence could not be shown on stage...' Trevor Nunn
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High Windows
Larkin's final collection of poems shows, as does all his best work, his ability to adapt contemporary speech rhythms and everyday vocabulary to subtle metrical patterns and poetic forms.
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Letters of Sylvia Plath Volume I: 1940-1956
Alongside a selection of photographs and Plath's own line-drawings, the editors masterfully contextualise what the pages disclose. This selection of early correspondence marks the key moments of Plath's adolescence, including childhood hobbies and high school boyfriends;
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So Brightly at the Last
A fascinating biography of the poetry of Clive James
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Mrs Gaskell and Me: Two Women, Two Love Stories, Two Centuries Apart
From the author of the beloved Bleaker House, Mrs Gaskell and Me is the story of two very modern women and their two love affairs, separated by a hundred and fifty years.
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Kafka's Last Trial: The Case of a Literary Legacy
The gripping story of the legal battle over the work of perhaps the most iconic writer of the twentieth century: a priceless cache of papers, an unprecedented international custody battle, and the unlikely journey of a trove of manuscripts from Prague to Palestine.
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Alice in Brexitland
Lying on a riverbank on a lazy summer's afternoon - 23rd June 2016, to be precise - Alice spots a flustered-looking white rabbit called Dave calling for a referendum.
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Romeo and Juliet (new edition)
Updated editions in this trusted Shakespeare series
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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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Daily Rituals: Women at Work
From Vanessa Bell and Charlotte Bronte to Nina Simone and Jane Campion, here are over one hundred and forty female writers, painters, musicians, sculptors, poets, choreographers, and filmmakers on how they create and work.
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Somewhere Becoming Rain: Collected Writings on Philip Larkin
Renowned critic, bestselling author and award-winning poet Clive James offers an exploration and celebration of one of his favourite writers, Philip Larkin.
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Streetcar Named Desire
The "Heinemann Plays" series offers contemporary drama and classic plays in classroom editions. Many have large casts and an equal mix of boy and girl parts. This play depicts the conflict between a fading Southern belle and the brash lower-class society of her sister's family.
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OCR Classical Civilisation AS and A Level Component 11: The World of the Hero
This textbook is endorsed by OCR and supports the specifications for AS and A-Level Classical Civilisation (first teaching September 2017). It covers all three options for Component 11: World of the Hero (Homer's Iliad, Homer's Odyssey and Virgil's Aeneid). Why does the Trojan War continue to fascinate us? What makes Odysseus a hero? What links can be drawn between the Aeneid and today's global politics?This book guides AS and A-Level students to a greater understanding of the epics of Homer and Virgil, setting the poems in their cultural context and drawing on the scholarship of leading academics to explore the poetry, characters and underlying philosophies., The colour illustrations, from the Cyclops on a Greek pot to a photograph of protesting Yadizi women, reflect the universal impact and continuing relevance of these classical epics. The ideal preparation for the final examinations, all content is presented by an expert and experienced teacher in a clear and accessible narrative. Ancient literary sources are described and analysed., Helpful student features include study questions, quotations from contemporary scholars, further reading, and boxes focusing in on key people, events and terms. Practice questions and exam guidance prepare students for assessment. A Companion Website is available at www.bloomsbury.com/class-civ-as-a-level.
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Duchess of Malfi
A major revision of this classic revenge tragedy. The comprehensive introduction covers recent developments in criticism and key theatre productions, as well as relating the play to other early modern tragedies. The edition gives students and teachers a reliable, annotated text and a stimulating overview of the play's context, critical perspectives and an exploration of its stage history., An invaluable resource for study and performance.
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Poetic Edda
A fully revised translation of the great collection of Norse-Icelandic mythological and heroic poetry known as the Poetic Edda, containing the narratives of the creation of the world and the coming of Ragnarok, the Doom of the Gods. Gods, giants, and human heroes populate the poems. This edition includes three new poems.
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Othello (No Fear Shakespeare)
Presents the original text of Shakespeare's play side by side with a modern version, with marginal notes and explanations and full descriptions of each character.
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Why You Should Read Children's Books, Even Though You Are So Old and Wise
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Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2020
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PURGATORY: Dante's Divine Trilogy Part Two. Englished in Prosaic Verse by Alasdair Gray
Alasdair Gray's remarkable interpretation of Dante's La Divina Commedia continues
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Russian Emigre Short Stories from Bunin to Yanovsky
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Kipling and War: From 'Tommy' to 'My Boy Jack'
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Doll's House"
The Student Edition of Ibsen's classic play, in Michael Meyer's definitive translation.
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Create Dangerously
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Little Faith
'This is storytelling at its finest.' USA Today'Heart-stoppingly good.' Willy Vlautin'Subtle and heartfelt . But while away, Shiloh became deeply involved with the pastor of an extremist church in a nearby town, who is convinced that Isaac has the ability to heal the sick.
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Liberty: Vintage Minis
Why should one half be free to live, while the other is doomed to watch silently from the sidelines? In this collection, the author leads us on a transformative journey through the liberating powers of the mind.
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Gallic War: Seven Commentaries on The Gallic War with an Eighth Commentary by Aulus Hirtius
The Gallic War, published on the eve of the civil war which led to the end of the Roman Republic, is an autobiographical account written by one of the most famous figures of European history. On one level a straightforward narrative of the campaigns Caesar fought against the Gauls, Germans and Britons, it also serves a deeper political purpose, revealing him as a commander of breathtaking flair, courage and persistence - a man of the people, a man without rival. This new translation reflects the purity of Caesar's Latin while preserving the pace and flow of his momentous narrative of the conquest of Gaul and the first Roman invasions of Britain and Germany. The introduction includes a survey of Caesar's role and reputation in later thought, while detailed notes, maps, a table of dates, and glossary make this the most useful edition available. 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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Guns, Germs & Steel: The Fate of Human Societies
Winner of the 1998 Pulitzer, Guns, Germs, and Steel attempts to answer why human history unfolded differently on different continents. Drawing on evidence from a diverse range of disciplines, Diamond argues that the varying rates of human development over the past 13,000 years have had little to do with genetic superiority.
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Stevie Smith: A Selection: edited by Hermione Lee
This comprehensive and welcoming edition draws on the whole of Stevie Smith's output in poetry, prose and drawings from Novel on Yellow Paper (1936) to Scorpion and Other Poems (1972).
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Virgil Aeneid XI: A Selection
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On Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Biography